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Want a Maple Guitar Advice And Fair Prices

#1 User is offline   FZ Fan 

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 11:37 AM

So over the past 2 or 3 years I have realized I hardly touch my electric guitars. I have a Fender J- Bass that I won't sell and I have a 2009 Gibson BB King Lucille I will never sell ever. I also have a 2014 Gibson LP Traditional Pro II with Lindy Fralin Zebra Open Coil Pure PAF's. It is a stellar axe in V++ condition. I also have a Fender Blues Jr and a Mesa TA-15. I also have a Fender Deville. A 60 watt beast. So I want to sell the LP and the Deville to fund a Maple acoustic. Not sure what I can get for both but what ever it is I do not want to spend more than $2500 in total with selling and cash. I also want it to be American. I would not turn my nose up at a Maton or Lowden but I am not Tommy Emmanuel or Richard Thompson and do not have that kind of $.

So any ideas and fair used prices. New would be preferred but I know at my price range it prolly can't happen. I would love a big old Gibby Jumbo something or other but my experience so far with acoustic are CFM's.



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Posted 26 November 2018 - 11:43 AM

Maple hummingbird ?

Gibsons answer to the Martin dread
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 11:53 AM

Just sold a great sounding j-185 yesterday- they are nice maple guitars
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 12:02 PM

View Postblindboygrunt, on 26 November 2018 - 11:43 AM, said:

Maple hummingbird ?

Gibsons answer to the Martin dread


Would love one but even used can I be in the ball bark.
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 12:03 PM

View Postscriv58, on 26 November 2018 - 11:53 AM, said:

Just sold a great sounding j-185 yesterday- they are nice maple guitars


Damn. Are they the least expensive in the big old jumbos?
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 12:09 PM

View Postblindboygrunt, on 26 November 2018 - 11:43 AM, said:

Maple hummingbird ?

Gibsons answer to the Martin dread


I thought Birds were Hog and Dove's were Maple, but these days all bets are off.
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 12:40 PM

When I was in Bozeman in 2007 there was a new J-185 at Music Villa that made me almost weep openly. I would recommend one.

Other maples, I have a couple J200s but they are pricey and I just feel the 16" body of the J185 works better.

I've owned a '68 Dove and a '93 Dove. Both good guitars. They're both gone though.
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 01:09 PM

Maple J200 is on my wish list, but price... FWIW, Maple has been talked about a lot lately in a positive fashion, good luck with your effort. I understand the shift to acoustic, see myself doing the same, but need to keep at least 1 electric I hope?
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 02:07 PM

View Postscriv58, on 26 November 2018 - 11:53 AM, said:

Just sold a great sounding j-185 yesterday- they are nice maple guitars

just bought a great sounding and looking 2007 J-185 a couple months ago. am totally in love with it. I don't know if i paid too much $1450, but it is worth it to me
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 02:12 PM

Make a J185 your first port of call to try...I think a Dove or SJ200 might be out of your price range but worth keeping an eye for used examples.

A J150 would be a good score if you can find one. The 2016 Custom Shop Maple AJs are stunning-mine is one of the best acoustic guitars Iíve ever played. Not cheap, but again, the secondhand market is your friend here.
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 02:26 PM

Another fan here of the J-185 for it's 16" figure-8 body & short-scale, combined of course with the quick & punchy attack of maple. Pretty hard to find a more comfortable guitar in-hand.

But if you're after a Gibson full-jumbo in maple & 25.5" scale, there were a few versions of the J-100xtra that can be had for quite reasonable prices. Prior to 1999, most were done with a mahogany body, but from '99 on, there are assorted variations with maple bodies. Some, like my 2000 version, have black binding and an abalone rosette. Later models drop the rosette & add fingerboard inlays, change the binding, drop or add the pickguard, and so on. But used prices typically remain affordable. The less frequently seen J-150 is also typically sold at a moderate price.

Guild has built many fine maple jumbos for decades. The JF-30 might currently be the bargain of the bunch. A no-bling version, these were made in the '80s & '90s at their Westerly factory. Although I'm quite fond of '70s Guilds, I also have found early-to-mid '90s Guilds to be very well built & very responsive tonally. But of course there are many other fine Guild maples from other eras as well, including the Tacoma, New Hartford, and now Oxnard factory offerings.

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 03:33 PM

Saw a few J-185's on Reverb in the $1600 dollar range. Both were used. One was a '12 the other did not say what year.
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 03:48 PM

I know it is not exactly a big old maple jumbo, but Elderly have a 2001 Gibson Nick Lucas reissue - deep body maple L-00 size. 2001 - Ren may have even walked past it as it was being made! The original NLs are big bucks..


https://www.elderly....1/category/816/


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Posted 26 November 2018 - 05:06 PM

I have an SJ-200, J-150 and a quilted Bird... all are maple. The J-150 is my favorite. Hunt for a J-150 or 185.
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 07:37 PM

I'm at an extreme loss as to why nobody has mentioned the Advanced Jumbo maple? After I got mine a few months ago and found it to be the absolute best most versatile guitar I've owned in 50 years, I started searching for reviews on them. The overwhelming praise these guitars get confirmed my choice of the AJ. I've bought and sold countless guitars but the AJ is the one my kids will fight over when I depart this plane of existence.
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 08:03 PM

That's plenty of money to find a great "used" Dove. The Dove gets and deserves all the praise it gets, but you can't really appreciate the beast it can be until you start playing one. Awesome guitars.
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 08:06 PM

View PostDaveKell, on 26 November 2018 - 07:37 PM, said:

I'm at an extreme loss as to why nobody has mentioned the Advanced Jumbo maple? After I got mine a few months ago and found it to be the absolute best most versatile guitar I've owned in 50 years, I started searching for reviews on them. The overwhelming praise these guitars get confirmed my choice of the AJ. I've bought and sold countless guitars but the AJ is the one my kids will fight over when I depart this plane of existence.


View PostJinder, on 26 November 2018 - 02:12 PM, said:

The 2016 Custom Shop Maple AJs are stunning-mine is one of the best acoustic guitars Iíve ever played. Not cheap, but again, the secondhand market is your friend here.


. . . And it would be interesting to hear what it is about his J-150 that makes Mr. Hall prefer it over his J-200. Although for the purposes of the OP, wanting "Jumbo No Mo", he might be relieved to know about the existence of Martin D-40 QM (quilted maple).

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 08:40 PM

I have a 2016 J-185. If you get a chance, demo one. They aren't for everyone. TBH, there was a short time after I bought mine that we didn't get along, but now I really enjoy playing it.
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Posted 26 November 2018 - 08:48 PM

Here's my current maple group. Three of the five are at the high end of your price range if you shop around for new/NOS and easily within that range from the used market.
I've also had a couple standard J200 maple and a J180 maple.
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Posted 27 November 2018 - 05:22 AM

I don't know the seller and all the other legal jargon.....

The cutaway versions always seem to fetch less money than the non-cutaways.

https://www.ebay.com...cUAAOSwRfxb-dww
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