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Gibson Starburst were these just for pickup use??

#1 User is offline   onewilyfool 

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 10:41 AM

With a maple top???? How do these sound acoustically? I can't imagine that top vibrating well???

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 10:59 AM

I've played a few acoustics with figured maple tops.

Acoustically they tend to be tight without much low end. But plugged in they are killer - with a surpisingly fantastic amped sound.
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Posted 08 February 2011 - 03:47 PM

I've had 3 of them. Common wisdom has them as more electric than acoustic, but mine ( especially the one I have now) have an acoustic mercurial clarity that complements my other more conventional guitars very well. I wouldn't want it as my only guitar, but it is selling it short to diminish its acoustic tonal qualities.

( BTW - Jorma used one for years - the liner notes on Land of Heroes specify Starburst & the Walker-built J-35 as the 2 guitars. The cover of Too Many Years has a drawing of him playing a Starburst - & I stand to be corrected by those in the know, but it sounds to me like the entire recording is Starburst.he had 3 - and currently retains one - the blue one is featured prominently on his Homespun 3-DVD set).

Here's my current one - due to the level of ornamentation, I have named it "der Blingle":

94 Starburst Custom

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 06:09 PM

very nice collection. sort of an odd choice of location...posing them in front of the wood burning fireplace. :unsure:

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 06:17 PM

View Postvincentw, on 08 February 2011 - 06:09 PM, said:

very nice collection. sort of an odd choice of location...posing them in front of the wood burning fireplace. :unsure:


I made sure there was no fire burning at the time.

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Posted 08 February 2011 - 06:48 PM

As they say in Darts....nice grouping!!....lol......how much do these Starbursts go for???
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 06:36 AM

View Postonewilyfool, on 08 February 2011 - 06:48 PM, said:

As they say in Darts....nice grouping!!....lol......how much do these Starbursts go for???


yeah - from left to right - Starburst, Smeck Radio Grande, Nick Lucas (mahogany b&s) & John Walker Clark Fork

I thought placing the copy of Quah in the background was a nice touch.
Too bad there'll never be a Gibson Jorma Sig ( a J-35 project planned a few years ago, then killed) to add to the grouping!

Over the time I've been buying Starbursts, I've seen prices in the 1200 - 3500 range.

I THINK the following is correct (but won't dispute any corrections):

Only made in 92 & 93.
I've heard it described as an all-maple Florentine cutaway J-185,original concept by Ren Ferguson.

There were 3 models - in 92, just the Starburst, but mine had the word "Flame" in the model designation as well.

In 93: the Studio (maybe only "Star" as opposed to "Starburst" inlays), the Standard & the Elite. The Elite had extra binding & a backstripe & fancier topwood generally - & mine has ebony fretboard - I think all Elites might have .

The Elite fetches the most - in 2007 $3k - 3.5k on eBay; now I'm not sure. I sold my Elite for $3200.

My current one was apparently commissioned in 1994, one of a pair - had to be Custom since by then the short-lived Starburst had been dropped as a model.
It's basically an Elite, but with added abalone purfling &rosette & abalone inlays.very flashy, hence the name "Der Blingle"
Added bonus of label sigs by both Ren & John Walker.

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 07:01 AM

and here's Jorma in action with his starburst on Rev.Gary's "keep your lamp trimmed and burining"


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