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#1 User is offline   ThemisSal 

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Posted 06 October 2018 - 03:17 PM

I went down to my haunt in Asbury Park - Russo's...

I actually went down to consign an amp and electric guitar. But while I was there, I played this 2013 used Gibson AJ. First time I really dug into one. And then I played the new one up on the wall. And then A-B'd the two of them for a bit. Additionally I put two new Martins through the paces as well: a reimagined D28, and a custom $5600 cocolobo D28 variation. This may be sacrilege to say, but where rosewood is involved, I’ll take a Gibson any day.



I ended up bringing home the 2013. It's a really cool guitar... loud and proud. And while it has her share of scratches, and the case is beat up to hell (this AJ was the backup guitar for a touring musician), it has a Trance Amulet installed, and it sounds fantastic plugged in as well as unplugged. A very nice way to kill a lonely rainy Saturday....
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The pedals I recently sold, and the electric and amp... will cover this guitar and then some. And I'll try it at a gig tomorrow afternoon too.

I recorded this quick - and forgive the singing - its a Southern rock tune - and one that my gigging partner sings and not me. I just wanted to put the guitar into open G and let it ring a little.


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Posted 06 October 2018 - 04:59 PM

Nice one Sal! My AJ is my only Gibson that I didn't buy new. Mostly because they are hard to find, I've never seen a new one for sale anywhere. Mine was scratched up and dented a little too. The cool thing about that is I am not afraid to scratch it up myself. Enjoy yours!
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#3 User is offline   ThemisSal 

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Posted 06 October 2018 - 05:20 PM

Thank Pitt...

The big difference to me is how "fat"the higher strings sound.Everything is clear as a bell, and even when you strum... I dont get the mud that I have gotten on some other rosewood dreads.
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Posted 06 October 2018 - 05:30 PM

I just sold one like yours, they're great guitars. I would had kept it but I felt the Jumbo RI filled that slot.

Is this your first Gibson with rosewood?
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Posted 06 October 2018 - 05:33 PM

I also had to sell my AJ to get funds for the SG3000, but it's not gone in my heart...they are definitely great guitars with a peculiar sound, like a Martin HD28V but more..sophisticated perhaps it's the right word.
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#6 User is offline   ThemisSal 

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Posted 06 October 2018 - 05:44 PM

Dave F said:

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I just sold one like yours, they're great guitars. I would had kept it but I felt the Jumbo RI filled that slot.

Is this your first Gibson with rosewood?


Yes sir... I had my share of Rosewood Martins... this is my first Gibson....
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Posted 06 October 2018 - 05:48 PM

You didn't go down to the boardwalk and see all the zombies?

Congrats on your new AJ. Looking forward to listening to some of the music you make on it. Enjoy!

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Posted 06 October 2018 - 06:47 PM



Red 333 said:

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You didn't go down to the boardwalk and see all the zombies?

Congrats on your new AJ. Looking forward to listening to some of the music you make on it. Enjoy!

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Haha... no not I... lil creepy!
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Posted 06 October 2018 - 07:48 PM

Good grab, Sal. Hope it is a winner for you. Theyíre becoming a little hard to find.
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Posted 06 October 2018 - 08:27 PM

Beautiful sounding and looking AJ, Sal!

Iíve just arrived home from playing a gig with my maple AJ, which has fast become my main live guitar and one of my favourites of all the guitars Iíve owned over the years. Capable of wonderful sweetness yet can be brutally dynamic and powerful with the smallest change of right hand attack.

I owned a rosewood AJ for a couple of years back in 2011/12 but I donít think I was a good enough player in those days to really extract the best from it. It was a great sounding thing but they do need the right touch to ďtameĒ them a little. I have that now, but didnít then. Iíll own another RW AJ someday.

Loved the video...open tuning really makes that beast sing!
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Posted 06 October 2018 - 08:32 PM

Well it's about time you explored the AJ scene. There's just something about a bound-neck Gibson acoustic. Bet it would be fab with a capo. New strings on there, or is that just an AJ being an AJ?

Yes, it's different than a Martin rose'- it also has the long scale, but the slope shoulders push that sound out to avoid the mud. No zombie, but they can be monsters. Use it for good, not eville.

[EDIT]: Re: the demo- 'had to laugh at the "deep breath" at the beginning. Not the first take?

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Posted 06 October 2018 - 08:51 PM

Nice acquisition. Love that sound.
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Posted 07 October 2018 - 12:23 AM

Ha !
Didnít see that one coming

Yet again I find myself wishing I was Sal
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Posted 07 October 2018 - 05:04 PM

View PostThemisSal, on 06 October 2018 - 03:17 PM, said:

I went down to my haunt in Asbury Park - Russo's..... A very nice way to kill a lonely rainy Saturday....


Man oh man, I'll say! Just walk out with it! What a nice one, Sal!


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Posted 07 October 2018 - 05:56 PM

Very nice! Dug that tone right from the first strum. Congrats!!!
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Posted 07 October 2018 - 08:03 PM

Congratulations! It's about time you picked one of these up. Makes a great companion for a J-50!
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Posted 07 October 2018 - 10:09 PM

VERY nice guitar. And no need to apologize for your singing. Your scratch vocals sound better than my earnest attempts....
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Posted 08 October 2018 - 04:53 AM

Sounds great, congrats Sal! It'll be interesting to see how this one settles into the rotation over time.
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Posted 08 October 2018 - 08:15 AM

Well done.
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Posted 08 October 2018 - 08:22 AM

Yeah, that is a nice sounding AJ. Like Jinder mentioned, these guitars need to be tamed and played with the right touch. They are so loud and projective and if not handled the right way can come across as rather brash and rustic.

Im still on the edg of my AJ, if I had to it would be the first guitar to go from the stable as it does overlap with the SJ, but for now its sticking around.

One tip, the AJ's I found sound at their best with quite well played in strings, then that projection and beastieness of the guitar settles down a bit.
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