"Well, I bought the RK 35 and am well pleased with that decision. Nice instrument...good tone all the way up the neck, good construction, fit and finish. Not a lot of bling but that's ok, I listen with my ears not my eyes. Yep, well pleased…"
"I will indeed Michael. Preliminary indications are that the banjo is much better than I am :P Looking in the rearview mirror reveals that it has been more than 25 years since I have owned a banjo and this bicycle definitly has some rust that needs…"
"Well...I dun didit. I have acquired a Recording King Rk-35 Madison from a private owner/collector who was thinning the herd. I am well pleased so far though of course when my finger are placing words here they are not making music so...carry…"
"Jim, thanks for the input. I hear what you are saying re: Gibson/Epiphone quality control and unfortunatly in my neck of the woods it is practically impossible to test drive and compare multiple copies of the same instrument...so...as I said I *do*…"
"Ok Folks, seeking some more input. I will be taking a field trip tomorrow evening to check out a very slightly used Recording King Rk-35. I have been unable to find any negative reviews on this particular instrument which in itself seems odd,…"
"Michael, thanks for the input...when you say 'a bit of tweaking' are we referring to things like tailpiece tension and bridge placement and head tension and all those other things that I vaguely remember fiddling with way back when I…"
"Greetings All...I do not currently own an Epiphone instrument but am not so patiently awaiting the arrival of some MB-250s at my nearly local music store so... if one of them speaks to me and says "take me home" I *will* be an Epi…"
"Well, after a year and a half of thinking about it, considering the options and all that other stuff I am pretty sure that I am about to pull the trigger and return a banjo to the collection. It's been 20+ years since I've had one of my…"
Hey it's funny you should mention and use the Martin Bluegrass strings...I use those on both my Gibson acoustics too. I ordered a new J160E from Gibson in 2004 when they first offered it with a solid "X" braced top, and I noticed that when I played a little agressively with a flatpick the low "A" and "D" would buzz a little, and I just wrote it off to it being a new guitar and I needed to get it set up for my string gauge choice, which was lights. Then that same year I went to the Philly Vintage Guitar show and bought a 1994 J100 Extra and when I strung it up with lights, it too buzzed the same way! I took it to a local well respected repair guy and he took one look at them and said go get yourself a set of Martin Bluegrass strings (Med.Lights) and that'll fix the problem, no charge, see you later. I walked down the street to the guitar shop and bought two sets...he was so right...now I buy them buy the case! Martin came out with a new set called Bluegrass SP's but they are a step up in heavyness gauge-wise. Also, there is a John Pearse set called Bluegrass too and I have used them and they work just as well! I think Gibson needs to come out with their own version, as a matter of fact I might just email them that suggestion! Edward
I saw John Sebastian on a talk show and he played "Welcome Back" and then sat with the interviewer (who was probably Merv Griffin) for a few minutes propping the Mark 35 against the back of his seat. The next guest came out and John moved down one seat to allow the new guest to be interviewed...the guest moved that seat and toppled the Mark 35. He looked back at it and then at John and then turned back to the interviewer without so much as a sorry or howdy do! Even at my young age, a Gibson lover, I gasped. John turned and set the guitar upright and then under his breath very sarcastically said, which picked up on the mic for us all at home to hear, "That's all right, it's only Gibson!" An event I guess has faded into the past for everyone who caught the show but myself! I will never for get it. I read up on the Mark guitars and they were pretty cool, in concept and theory...don't know if all the science made a big difference, but it was a cool departure for Gibson at the time! Also, note the headstock is shaped suspiciously like the PRS headstock...or would it be the other way around?!?!?!?
Here is some interesting reading for you: http://theonesthatgotaway.blogspot.com/2008/09/gibson-mk-35.html
Brent, welcome to the Gibson Owners Group! I see you have a MK-35 Gibson!!! Very cool, not many of these around and I have always loved them...the first I ever saw was played by John Sebastian on TV doing the "Welcome Back" song when it was a hit...that's a long time ago! Got pictures you can post in the Group? We just love this "Stuff!"