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  1. It looks as if the Stormy Mondays are slightly bassier than the Mules (I get confused about the timeline of PAFs & related but they seem to be based on something a year or so earlier). My intuition is I'd like the treblier ones more (ie Mules) but I can see I will have to do research (or become rich and buy both, sadly not a realistic option). Thanks for the pointers!
  2. There are some already (sorry, I'd post a link but I don't know if I can find it on an iPad: look for threads by me.) PS thank you for the suggestion. These people are pretty close to me (I am at least theoretically half Cornish), so I'll talk to them!
  3. My H-575 is the only guitar I have ever owned that made me realise, within the first seconds of playing it, that this was my guitar. I have to force myself to play my ES-175 now (it still can do things the H-575 can't, mostly because the H-575 is singke-pickup), which was my previous favourite guitar. And the H-575 was less than half the price. These are very good guitars: congratulations.
  4. I have two H150s: a lovely, relatively light, yellow sunburst one that I think is just beautiful to look at, and an annoyingly heavy (especially as I get older, it makes my left hand numb), annoyingly purple one which I don't want to like. But the purple one has HRWs and the yellow one has Schallers, and there is no competition, especially on the neck pickup: purple one every time. Rationally, I should swap the pickups and sell the purple one, but I don't want to get rid of either, not least because the purple one was a gift from my wife. So, assuming I don't have vast sums to spend
  5. I couldn't play any carved- or arched-top guitar without such a thing: for a long time I relied on them to rest my little finger on to give me a fixed position for my right hand. Although I don't seem do that so much now I still would feel very odd playing a guitar without a rest there. I could play a flat-topped guitar (tele say) without one, although a tele anyway obviously has one to hold the pickups anyway. So for me they're really essential: the cosmetics don't matter because I couldn't play without one. (I play with a pick and between my index finger and thumb and then the ne
  6. This is going to sound like a glib comment, but it's not meant as one: it is not possible to have too many hollow or semi-hollow guitars. It just isn't.
  7. I probably don't have anything useful to add, but late last year I bought a 2nd-hand single (neck) pickup H-575 as a companion for my (slightly rubbish) ES-175 and a bunch of other guitars. It's just a wonderful guitar: I've simply never had a guitar which I felt more at home with. It may help that it has an HRW pickup: those things seem to be reasonably magic. Based on this, H-575s are at least worth considering.
  8. I recently bought a second-hand H-575 (single HRW neck pickup), which arrived with a broken neck, making it impossible for me not to buy it, purely as I felt so sorry for this damaged but beautiful thing. It has turned out to be, of course, the best guitar in the world. I use 12-52 strings on semis (I've played a 175 for a long time), and traditionally use D'Addario ordinary strings. Long before the H-575 arrived in my life I'd bought a set of flatwound strings (also D'Addario, also 12-52) to try on the 175. Well, I tried them on the Heritage instead and I have a very love-hate rel
  9. That's a good idea: I've got some newish ones (might actually be new) and I'll have a go at swapping individual tubes in and out. Well, before I bought it, anyway, so maybe twenty years (but I'm pretty sure someone had looked at it previously as it looks suspicously clean inside, although possibly it's just led a charmed life). I think swapping tubes and reseating things generally would be a good approach. I also need to look at the connections for the powersoak I have for it anyway (I seriously can't understand now how people use a 50W amp with no master volume without one, but long
  10. Hi, I'm asking this just in case anyone has one of these, and because people were so helpful previously. I have one of these which, surprisingly given their reputation, I don' t hate. It's a fairly early (tag-strip not PCB) combo one. I don't use it that much because I'm terrified it's going to go horribly and expensively wrong (also it's way too loud, but I have a powersoak now). And now I am worried that it has. It has two channels which are very (have always been very) different: one is a bit traditonally-Marshally, while the other has less top and sounds, to me, a bit Supro-y
  11. You're not the only one. One thing I've found since I've owned my H575 is that it's not very like an ES175: I can't really compare them because my 575 is a single (neck) pickup one, but using them in equivalent ways is ... not equivalent. This isn't really a fair comparison because my 175 is a pretty rubbish one, while my 575 is officially the Best Guitar In The World (sorry, owners of other guitars: I realise this will be hard for you, but the judges' decision was unanimous), but I've heard other people say similar things about the difference between laminated and carved guitars. Also I th
  12. [Sorry, I missed this: I wasn't being rude!] It's a Chamonix: they're made in China in what they describe as a 'factory' but if you look at the photos it's a workshop where some people make cameras. I feel slightly guilty about not buying something European or American but – especially given that an LF camera really is a machine for holding the lens away from the film – not very guilty. I had big plans to start using it to do informal street portraits (really 'street photography with permission': you can't use one of these things in a sneaky way, and people generally let you take t
  13. Thank you for posting this! I think that things aren't perhaps, as bleak as they seem. But the very short answer is that if people want good archtops to exist they do need to be willing to buy good archtops: makers that stay in business are not going to build guitars they cannot sell. That sounds kind of cynical, but, well, I think it's true: it's up to us. But I think it's easily possible to overestimate the number of people you need who know how to do something for it to persist as a skill: the number is pretty small. I think your cooking example is a case in point: obviously less p
  14. Here's a photo. I think in fact I've been fooling myself (not that it matters): it's just dark rosewood I am sure. Ebony has a finer grain I think.
  15. Hello, I have two H-150s: one that I bought 2nd hand in about 1999 after seeing it in a then-local shop window is a really nice yellowy flame maple top and has quite un-LP-ish hardware including a roller bridge, and which I think has an ebony fingerboard (if its rosewood it's very dark); and one which I bought new in 2003 I think so I could have a guitar at each end of my 400-mile weekly commute, which is a not-so-nice purply colour, is really too heavy and has a much fatter neck than the first one, but has HRWs, which I found difficult at first but would not be without now, even if the g
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