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70 years old
January 26, 1947
Male Male
Indiana - Texas - sometimes Lost
Vintage Gibson acoustics; horses; amusing myself in the Void

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  1. In Topic:Removing Soundhole Label ??

    Yesterday, 06:40 PM

    I'd most likely leave it alone, but understand wanting it removed, too. As it begins to achieve the vibe of one of the originals, the urge to help it along surfaces.
  2. In Topic:Well, I done it--NGD

    Yesterday, 06:32 PM

    Now that's a fine little guitar - what's not to love?
  3. In Topic:2018 Gibson prices

    21 September 2017 - 11:02 PM

    Nice to hear a different 'take' on this. Seems to me that prices, depending on where you are,and where you buy, and who you are,can vary at any given time. Not exactly a new concept, in my experience. Then and now is a big factor, as well.
  4. In Topic:2018 Gibson prices

    21 September 2017 - 10:53 PM

     fortyearspickn, on 21 September 2017 - 07:35 PM, said:

    I've been through this thread 2x and came away confused.
    Scores of anecdotes comparing prices on: different models, different exchange rates, spans of 4 years, prices Paid in 2015 compared to List prices in 2017, etc.
    It can be Very Confusing if you compare apples and oranges.
    I had the opportunity in my prior life to be responsible for maintaining 'list' prices for large organizations. Occasionally I had to deal with 'the press' defending price increases. And trying to explain them.
    So - i thought it might help to cut through the confusion and look at prices TODAY at one of the largest US retailers for Gibson.
    I looked at Guitar Center online and found that, for the J45 and SJ200 - 2017 prices are actually lower:
    J45 2016 is $2399 while the 2017 is $2149 which is $250 or 10.4% LOWER.
    SJ200 2016 is $4349 while the 2017 is $3899 which is $450 or 10.3% LOWER.

    We can look at possible 2018 prices, and less common models. We can question whether prices on the new HP product line, should be considered price increases or just 'adjustments'. And, of course, any here have stated some models, like the J15 were underpriced in the past.
    So - to me, the only question is - if you are considering buying a New Gibson Acoustic: "What is the prices today you would have to pay for the model you want in the country you live, and do you think that price is reasonable?
    Prices someone else paid or some retailer charged a week ago, a month ago or a year ago are irrelevant. As Dilbert use to tell his Pointy Hair Boss - "That was then, This is Now."
  5. In Topic:L-00 Variations

    20 September 2017 - 02:14 PM

     j45nick, on 20 September 2017 - 11:13 AM, said:

    I spent several years looking for a good vintage Gibson small-body, preferably an L-OO. Most I looked at had been rode hard and put away wet, and many needed a fair amount of work to be comfortably playable. And they were always asking a lot of money for them.

    Eventually, I found a 2010 L-OO Legend at a boutique dealer in the mid-south. He must have taken it on trade or consignment, as it was completely different from most of the guitars he had listed. What the dealer thought were polishing scratches all over the guitar turned out to be nothing more than a fairly typical VOS finish, which I have partly buffed back out by hand. The guitar showed absolutely no sign of ever having been played.

    It lacks the 80 years of aging of the 1937 original, but is otherwise pretty much identical, down to the all hide glue construction, fabric side stays, and Adi top. Bridge and board are Madagascar rather than Brazilian, but that's a fair trade.

    It's a sweet, sweet little guitar.

    I paid less than they were typically asking for badly-worn originals which might have had more mojo, but were not anywhere near as playable. I'd call that a decent trade, too.

    The only downside is the modern Gibson firestripe guard, which is a caricature of the 1930's original.

    (I am now back home in Florida, cleaning up the big mess Irma left behind. We are safe, and the house is totally intact thanks to reinforced concrete construction and a steel roof, but the Garden of Good and Evil took quite a hit. The Flower Girl will whip it all back into shape in short order, with you-know-who doing the grunt work.)

    Would post a picture, but now that photobucket has held us all hostage, I'm not sure what photo hosting service people are using.

    Good to hear your home is intact! Nice to have you back on the forum, too. Had visions of you living on your boat for a year or so😬



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    kelly campbell 

    17 Aug 2016 - 09:55
    Hello OC...I was just reading the post on The battle of Long Tan and saw that you are a Marine. Good for you where were you stationed? The reason I ask is that I was in the Navy and was stationed at MCAS El Toro in southern CA for 2 1/2 years.
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    kelly campbell 

    14 Jul 2016 - 22:03
    Hello Old Cowboy..I am just curious where you are at in Indiana since I too live in Indiana. I live around Marion.
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