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Comment by Denny Ryan on December 12, 2009 at 6:02pm
Forrest,
In doing a little research the early Lyle guitars that were made in Japan were close copies of the Dove however the later ones were built in Korea and are not nearly as good.(material or workmanship). Mine is more of a wall hanger. A friend of mine has a Dove in Flight and there is no comparison. I just got mine so maybe after some tinkering it may improve some. Thanks Marshall on the zero fret info.
Comment by Marshall on December 11, 2009 at 10:48pm
Strings rest on the zero fret. The nut keeps them in place laterally. The zero fret sets the height. There's supposed to be some philosophy that says a zero nut is a good thing. But most all builders don't use it. My Steinberger electric has a zero fret. That's neither here not there.
Comment by Forrest Anderson on December 11, 2009 at 5:28pm
I was betting on the Hummingbird, too.

Do you know how the Lyle "Dove" differs from a Gibson Dove? Is it a fairly true facsimile in the way it is built, or did they just build a guitar in the same shape and dress it like a Dove?

Does it sound like a Gibson Dove? (In my own mind this is a somewhat enigmatic question; in my experience Gibsons tend to sound like Gibsons (as distinct from Martins for example) but while there seem to be lots of really great Gibsons out there, there also are a fair number of not so good ones. And I personally have played Doves that made me want to mortgage the house to buy as well as ones I wouldn't have accepted as gifts.

I'm very interested to know how your Lyle compares to the genuine Doves you've played.

Best wishes,

Forrest
Comment by Denny Ryan on December 11, 2009 at 5:27pm
Question for the experts: the Dove copy guitar has a zero fret. I've never had one like this. Are the strings supposed to be resting on the zero fret as the come off the nut or above it like a standard fretted guitar? There is a buzz only on the g string. Wondering if the metal to metal contact is causing that.
Comment by Denny Ryan on December 11, 2009 at 4:24pm
Actually its the Dove. Its a Lyle (made in Japan, replica (copy) guitar that i bought on ebay. Someone put a Gibson Decal on the headstock and Dove on the truss rod cover. Guess how much I paid for it? The Hummingbird is actually a J30 with a Hummingbird pickguard but its a Gibson.
Comment by Edward Sparks on December 11, 2009 at 2:59pm
Nope, I can't tell...I see three headstocks (okay four but really three) and they all look different and genuine to me...I guess if I had to choose one it would be the Hummingbird because I have never seen a Hummingbird with all the fancies and dot inlay on the fingerboard...but who knows, Gibson has pulled all kinds of stunts in the past 115 years! You have my attention...so, fess up and let me know! Edward
Comment by Ron on December 11, 2009 at 2:38pm
and the inlays on the neck are dots
Comment by Ron on December 11, 2009 at 2:37pm
My guess is the Humming Bird, no dot inlays on the bridge.
Comment by Denny Ryan on December 11, 2009 at 2:11pm
one of the three is not a real Gibson Guitar. Can you spot it?
Comment by Edward Sparks on December 10, 2009 at 3:11pm
Beautiful Denny,
I see you are a Gibby Dread Man! I have a J100 extra and a dread of my own...a J160E. I love the sunburst on your Hummingbird! What gauges of strings are you using on these beauties? I use Martin "Bluegrass" strings on my J100 extra, don't play Bluegrass, but it is their "medium bottom/light top" set and they are great! On my J160E with the electric guitar P100 pickup, I use ZEBRA strings, a medium set...they are wound with Bronze and silver, so they give you a good acoustic sound, yet still sound balanced with the pickup turned on... Thanks for sharing!
Edward
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