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Hey there from the Monterey peninsula, CA!

JSeth

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:RoCkInHey everyone - new member, had soooo much trouble just getting the registration, feels like I've been here a while already! Prowling around, unable to post anything...
I've been playing guitar nearly 50 years, started by a plastic "roy rogers" emenee guitar that my grandpa gave me for my 7th birthday...made my living as a singer/songwriter for about 30 yrs before caddieing at an exclusive private golf course in Pebble Beach for the last 8 years. Don't I wish that I'd saved a few guitars and amps thru the years!:jo

Currently, I have two acoustic guitars, both made by Mark Angus, a small custom luthier who now is at the guitar shoppe in Laguna Beach, CA. Both are the same shape - pretty close to a guild f-40 shape - I played dreadnoughts for years and wanted a less boomy, more mid-rangey tone.

The 6 string is maple sides and back, nothing too fancy, hard rock with a little figuring, book-matched. Black Forest German spruce top, phillipino (?) mahogany neck, rosewood caps on the headstock, rosewood binding on the body, maple binding on the neck. I found Mark through a friend when I was looking to replace a '72 d-35 Martin (which was a thorough dog!) - I also checked out some guitars by a guy named Taylor (who was just starting biz in Lemon Grove, CA at the time), but I liked Mark's guitars better...so, in march of 1979 I took posession of #35 and he's been a real buddy for all these years...

The 12 string was purchased 4 years later; to this day it is the only 12 string that Angus has made. Indian rosewood sides and back, same black forest spruce top and mahogany neck. Maple binding on the rosewood/mini gotoh tuners, #58.

Both instruments are very clean, no extravagant inlays or flash, just the best sounding ones I could find. Both have fishman under saddle active pup's and I stick an sm-57 in the soundhole for breath and string noise when performing either solo or in small groups; always wrestled with getting a really good acoustic sound w/o spending a fortune on each guitar - hoping to figure out alternatives from you all who may know something better! They both sound very good amplified tho' - I get a lot of "wow! what kind of system do you use for the 12 string?"!

Electric guitars are:
a 1963 (or '67, the factory said they lost the lists in a fire!), perfectly stock, near mint Gibson ES-175, kind of muted sunburst...really a sweet old box with one of the legendary fast old gibson necks, wonderful jazz tones...it is strung very heavy, .013's I think, flat wound - like cables!

Gibson 1974 ES-345, walnut, and pretty much a 335 now...had it neutered in the 70's, swapped the trapeze bridge for a post, then for solid brass post bridge and nut (remember starz guitars in the 80's?), and the dear thing still wouldn't stay in tune...finally had a wonderful craftsman install a kahler tremelo w/ locking nut and that did the trick; however, it broached any semblance to a "stock" guitar! Took out the 6 pos. switch (and the wad of capacitors on it!), pulled the stock pups and replaced them w/ seymour duncan's - a paf '58 in the fingerboard position and a jeff beck on the bridge, both with coil taps so I could approximate a 'strat' sound...oh yeah - a bypass switch where the old 6 pos rotary switch was; it feeds the signal straight to the amp, bypassing tone and vol controls. I have a very accurate right hand, so I took off the floating pickguard for a different look, very clean! I'm fortunate to have Mr. Rick McKee do the work on my instruments; his fret work and set-up is impeccable...a couple years ago, I switched to .011's, and really like the thicker string tone. For years I carried around all the old parts, but I'm afraid they've gone away by now...sigh...

The newest kid on the block is a Taylor T-5...a red edgeburst maple top standard. I really like this guitar, more and more as I play it. The 'bolt-on' neck concept, which seems so repugnant to the acoustic 'purist' in me makes perfect sense for an electric guitar, and I have to say that this guitar has the most accurate neck I've ever played; all my guitars play very well, but the neck on the T-5 is something else! I love how light it is - 5#s! - and the unplugged tonal balance. At first, I kept trying to get it to sound like a gibson or a fender; it makes some of those sounds very well, along with a tone strangely reminiscent of an old gretsch I used to own - but it wasn't until I just got into playing the thing that I began to appreciate all the neat sounds it makes. Seems there's some unspoken 'anti-taylor' juju on this site, but I'm telling you - this guitar is really a good instrument! I had to pitch a fit to have it set up the way I wanted it, then had to have Taylor put in a different fingerboard pickup that covered the high 'e' string better, but I am really happy with it now...

My amplifiers are a '74 Deluxe Reverb (got it on e-bay several years ago and it arrived without any "frankenstein-ing" inside, even had original [still good] rca tubes in it!) and a early 80's yamaha solid state GL-10012. I've got a volume pedal and a crybaby wah, but after years of messing around with distortion, etc etc pedals and such, I currently have nothing of the sort! A good tone is the thing I want to hear... funny thing, the Taylor sounds better to me thru the solid state amp than the old tube fender; I think it's because of the electronics being so very clean.

:horseGood lord what a long tome of a post! Hope you gained more than enough insight into my guitar world - I look forward to chatting with a bunch of you! See you around!
 

billm408

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Welcome Doctor!
Glad to see that you've overcome the technical obstacles getting here.
We'll have to go chase the pill soon!

:AOK
 

rosscoep

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Monterey Peninsula is indeed one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I was kayaking in September in Pacific Grove, surrounded by harbor seals, bliss.

Welcome
 

Lucidology

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Yo Jseth ...

My brother Vince Lucido caddies at Cypress Point (ya might know him)

From what you say about your equipment .. you'd hate mine..
Your right & left hand index fingers would instantly join together in the sigh of the cross .. (LOL)

Welcome, from somewho also lives in Monterey ...
 




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