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Why your Guitars?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael T. Swisher May 31, 2010.

 

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Michael T. Swisher shared Diamond Dave's discussion on Facebook
Jan 29
Michael T. Swisher commented on Edward Sparks's group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"Michael, If you look at my post to your discussion 'New Guitar', you will find a pix of my L-130. Specs are Grand Concert size (11 1/4" upper, 14 7/8" lower – 41" overall length – 24.75" scale, 14 frets to…"
Aug 9, 2013
Michael T. Swisher commented on Edward Sparks's group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"Jdango, That sounds like my experience too. I have a luthier built OM with a wide neck and long scale that handles my large hands better for finger-style, and a sweeter sonic color that I love equally. However, and despite build issues, the L-130…"
Aug 9, 2013
Michael T. Swisher commented on GNuck's group Small Body Guitars
"Thought I might share a picture of my renewed1964 B-25 with this group. I posted this on the Gibson group earlier, but thought that I might add to the discussion here as well. I worried over investing any more cash into what is not really an…"
Jul 27, 2013
Michael T. Swisher commented on Edward Sparks's group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"For Jim (and Edward): This from the Vintage Guitar Guy site: http://home.provide.net/~cfh/gibson.html J-35: Gibson introduced this low-cost model during the depression because the $60 Jumbo was not selling well. The J-35 was essentially a…"
May 30, 2013
Michael T. Swisher commented on Edward Sparks's group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"Thought I might share a picture of my renewed1964 B-25 with the group. I worried over it for a long and then bit the bullet to get it fixed. My very fine luthier put on new tuners, a new ebony bridge, bone nut and saddle, and new…"
May 30, 2013
Michael T. Swisher replied to Michael S. Jackson's discussion New Gibson in the group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"Michael, You might be in the mood for a Dreadnaught sized Gibson – which have their charms, but I urge you to try some of the smaller bodies as well. I have had my L-130 (Grand Concert size) for a decade and every one who plays it just drops…"
May 30, 2013
Michael T. Swisher commented on Edward Sparks's group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"Any solid wood top will change with age, often for the better. My L130 started off well but improved to amazing. However, at no point has it been mellow (it projects very well, aka is loud even with light strings). The improvement has been in its…"
Mar 28, 2013
Michael T. Swisher commented on Edward Sparks's group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"FG, Yes, the screwed in bridge is an 'authentic' bad idea. The 60's were not among Gibson's best years. Acoustics in general were not the real market for the big shops back then. It looks like the pickguard was a heavy slab of…"
Dec 26, 2012
Michael T. Swisher commented on Edward Sparks's group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"Hey, look everyone, it's our favorite screwed-in ceramic bridge! Just when you thought it was safe to strum in tune. Not that I don't love my B-25, but really now, them things be tone killers fo' sure. Michael"
Dec 26, 2012
Michael T. Swisher replied to Jonathan Cooney's discussion Figuring out string guages
"Jonathan, Changing the tension on any set of strings is likely to cause them to go flabby faster than tuning them one way and leaving it at that. Slack-key (Hawaiian tunings) players face this problem a lot. Tension (tuning) stresses the the metal.…"
Jul 12, 2012
Michael T. Swisher commented on Edward Sparks's group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"Ted, Nice box! The pics suggest that at some point the top was over-sprayed with clear lacquer. The Tuner strip with the word top on it is probably original, the other one (if period Gibson) is likely from an L-1. Stephen, If you want to find your…"
Jul 11, 2012
Michael T. Swisher commented on Edward Sparks's group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"Stephen, Yes, as much as Gibson did anything the same from week to week (not to mention year to year) they are the same body shape & size. The LG2 & LG3 are x-braced rather than ladder-braced so they sound more contemporary with even color…"
Jul 10, 2012
Michael T. Swisher commented on Edward Sparks's group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"Stephen, I believe the fretboard radius taper4ed from 12" to something nearly flat (whatever it took to match the bridge/saddle set-up. Thing were notoriously loose at Gibson so I think there is some inconsistency, but I believe the 12" is…"
Jul 10, 2012
Michael T. Swisher commented on Edward Sparks's group Gibson Acoustic Owners
"The white dots on the rectangular bridge suggest a post-war LG1. Assuming that you used the original pickguard as a template suggests a pre '54 model. Before '49 there were no dots and after '53 the bridge is usually the standard…"
Jul 10, 2012
Michael T. Swisher commented on Dan Gabel, Editor & Group Publisher's group Songwriters
"If I remember correctly, the opening bars to 'Proud Mary' are deliberate lifts of the opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and the opening bars of Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue" are a riff on 'Shave & a…"
Jul 5, 2012

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician
How many years have you been playing guitar?
More than 30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Electric guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
Gibson L130, Gibson B25, Worland OM, Loar 200VS, Ultrasound Amp, Fender American Special Telecaster, Fender Vibra-tone practice amp
What type of music do you like to play?
Acoustic Blues, my own compositions and classics, and anything else that grabs my fancy
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At 1:55pm on March 1, 2011, Michael T. Schulz said…

This forum format is new to me, so I hope I communicate OK...

 

Where: Back in Missouri.  Park Hills, about an hour or so south of St. Louis.  5 Ozark acres in the country.

 

Contact: Stick with email: mschulz@wildblue.net   I don't care for Facebook, but it looks like I won't be able to avoid it much longer.

 

I've been checking up on you occasionally...your artwork moreso.  Didn't expect you move from Boston area.  You landed in a great place, though.  I lived in Augusta, GA for a bit, and traveled northward...beautiful!  I collect custom knives, and have a few friends in your area.

 

BTW, to keep the acoustic guitar theme, the Martin I mentioned has brief, but distinguished provenance.  I was moving to Palm Springs with the guitar in the luggage.  It was October 1, 1977 and I was approaching Cordes Junction, Az.  Yep, I went to the Arcosanti Festival.  While I was there, Jackson Browne came to play, and drafted me as "roadie" and sound engineer.  Browne played the Martin for one song "Linda Paloma".  I never learned to play, and left the guitar in storage at a luthier in Santa Barbara.

 

It's been a long, winding road!

At 2:35am on August 11, 2010, Antonio Eduardo Rosa said…
Thanks for accepting my friendship and for your kind comment, Michael!
At 11:49am on October 14, 2009, Ron Nagle said…
Hi Michael, thanks for the friendship.
Ron.
At 1:31pm on September 6, 2009, Edward Sparks said…
Hi Michael,
Welcome tot he Gibson Owners Group! Tell us about your L130 and post some pictures! We love this stuff!
Edward
http://mysite.verizon.net/emsparks/index.htm
 
 
 

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