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I test drove a Blueridge BG160. It's a Chinese Gibson j45 clone & it plays & sounds the part. Made of all solid woods but at only $650.00 it's almost too good to be true. Tuners seem a bit…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by bruce wilson Apr 17, 2012.


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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Gigging or professional musician
How many years have you been playing guitar?
20-30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Archtop guitar, Electric guitar
The make and model of your guitar(s) and/or other instruments and gear.
2 Gibson Les Pauls, Fender USA Telecaster, Fender MIM Strat, Gretsch 5120 , Epiphone EJ160E accoustic/electric, Seagull SWS Maritime dred accoustic/electric Seagull Coastline CW s6 slim spruce, Gibson j45, Blueridge BG160
What type of music do you like to play?
Classic rock, rockabilly, country, accoustic rock
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I don't regularly read Acoustic Guitar

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Recording King

Does anybody happen to own a Recording King Guitar? The one I'm interested in in particular is a very good knock off of a Gibson j45. Can"t find a dealer or anyone that owns one

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 7:02pm — 1 Comment

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At 10:14am on July 23, 2012, Edward Sparks said…

hey, sorry for another message, but I just noticed you are in Georgia.  Although I live in Maryland, I was born in Macon and still have lots of family from my father's side in know Cochran?

At 10:11am on July 23, 2012, Edward Sparks said…

Hey Richard,

Great seeing you in the Epiphone Group I started!  Consider joining us in the Gibson Owners Group!  I started it a while back and it's been great! Here are my two Gibson acoustics:  A 2006 J160E, and a 1994 J100 Extra.

My Les Paul is a 1976 Les Paul Signature:

My Epiphone is a 1948 Zenith archtop:

At 7:26pm on May 1, 2012, Phil Manuel said…

Oh, man Richard, I didn't think you were putting folks down.  You're right, you gotta put buying a guitar in perspective. Heck, I saved for 2 years to get mine. I wouldn't have bought the Martin if I didn't match one of those 'gainfully employed or gigging professionally' conditions.  There are a lot of capable guitars less expensive, and give you less worry on stage, and traveling.I've gone from cheap silvertone acoustics up to what I currently have.  Each guitar along the way had their own character, and as time went on I learned to appreciate better built instruments.

I appreciate your kind words about my posted music, though I see them as only first takes - not perfect by any means.  I know about choking up, on stage, and in the studio.  The cure - keep doing it, I try to think about just having a conversation with myself when I record.  There's no real pressure for me, not worried exactly about capturing the perfect recording as much as I want to get through the dang song.  In fact, my version of 'Spike Driver Blues' is incomplete - I fudged the next verse, so I took the engineer's way out - I faded it out before the mistake.  The guitar was already tuned to open-G, so I did the song there, but really, I play it in G standard tuning.  I just had the time, so I rushed the recording. My voice drops about an octave in the morning, so I can get that old blues guy voice, so when it happens, I like to take advantage of it. Works nice for blues.

When I get my workflow down, I hope I can get better at recording what I can really play.  That's what I'm shooting for anyway.  Post or send me some examples of your playing.

At 7:00pm on April 9, 2012, Jud Hair said…

Hi Richard ... Thanks for joining the Seagull group.  Glad to have you with us!


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