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  1. Yeah, they are getting rare, huh? Probably a good sign that the people that have them don't want to let them go. The prices are going up, also.
  2. Welcome to the forum! I would not make any strong effort towards that guitar, personally.
  3. I was going to say that this was just what we might call a Dove "Standard", however those specs have a scale length of 25.75" which I think might be a misprint and they wanted to put down 25.5". Regardless, it looks just like my Dove from the early 2000s. An all around great guitar, I got mine on trade and would not easily be able to talk about what is and isn't a good price.
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    2019 ES 335

    I have in my possession a 2019 Dot and a 2018 Traditional. Both are great guitars, one has to be sold. I was at first going to keep the Trad, but it has a thicker neck and I think I prefer the playability of the Dot. I do not detect any compromise in quality between the two guitars, either would be a blessing. Nashville is making great 335s based on what I can see. It's lighter and more resonant than the earlier one. Frankly I might put them both up on Craigslist and sell whichever one goes first. That's how little difference in quality there is.
  5. Yeah, I would agree. Mine is a 2019 Dot, and it's... just amazing. One of those guitars where you think, man, why didn't I just do this to start with all those years ago.
  6. I have an ES-335 being delivered to me today also. Let's compare notes!
  7. The value of them can be a little all over the place, since they made the J-100 over the years with a wide variety of woods. I paid about $1k for my J-100 which has bubinga. The maple ones usually go for more than that, I guess folks that can't shell out for the J-200 will pay around $1500 for the maple. The mahogany ones seem to live in between those, and the rosewood I have no idea. I'd guess it would sell for around $1400-1600.
  8. Walnut is an absolutely wonderful wood. I would make that trade.
  9. Bitte schön- my guitar has something of a blemish on the top that is apparently not seen in pictures but is immediately visible when you look at it directly. That probably helped me win it on eBay. Also, I will imagine that you are seeing the prices that folks are asking more than what they are selling for to a degree. Gibson does wonderful with rosewood- this J60 inspired me to get a 12 fret L-00 in rosewood, which is truly wonderful. Also I have a J-29 which is sort of an advanced braced rosewood J45, and I would have more if I hadn't run out of money!
  10. Good point- I should have been more clear that I was comparing the recent era J-45 Standards and that last run of J-35s, the ones with the tiger stripe pick guard, not the most current one.
  11. Leo, I think the strongest advice is for you to invest in a quality in case hygrometer, so you can keep an eye on the humidity level of the guitar. Any dehumidifier will work, but they all need monitoring in case they become saturated and quit working or even worse, leak. So, do you typically need air conditioning? It gets very humid where I live in the States during summer, but it is also so hot that we have to run air conditioners, an essential component of which is the removal of the excess humidity (that's the "conditioning"). I wonder if maybe something like a window unit air conditioner might work, of course, I have no idea what kind of place you have. But unlike a lot of things, those are kind of set and forget.
  12. Hard to say... I have a Dove, and like the maple there. It's a wonderful wood and I would buy other maple bodied guitars (including a J200 if I could afford it). I don't know that it would be the first thing I would recommend to someone, though. If you are used to rosewood and mahogany, well... maple isn't that. The bass on maple seems to be pretty restrained, no boom to it... the bass is there, just not as loud as on other guitars. So it's not like maple doesn't put the frequencies out there (I am basing this off my only maple guitar ever, the Dove). It's nice in a way, I use my Dove in open C, and the low C is actually usable there and not flabby or pointless like it has been on some of my other guitars. Sometimes it sounds like a piano or an organ to me. Again, though, if you think you are getting a Martin bluegrass machine you are absolutely not getting that. It's also not a particularly loud guitar, despite the pretty big size. I don't have a J200, but I have a J100, with bubinga wood. A nice guitar. Sounds good, and I do love the form factor of the super jumbo. I imagine that a lot of people might not. If I had the money, I would buy a J200, based on my experience with the Dove and the J200, I'll say that. Even sight unseen, I would order one... I guess I feel I know enough to make that decision.
  13. Yes, they do have different bracing than the J-45 does. It's what Gibson calls the "advanced" bracing, like you would see on an Advanced Jumbo, it's moved forward a bit and somewhat lighter in construction as well. The J-29 also had the same construction, so you can think of the J-29 as a short scale Advanced Jumbo, and the J-35 as the mahogany equivalent. I like my J-35, and it is an excellent guitar for recording. It has a bright and metallic sound to it, I always tell people that "you can really hear the string and not the wood". It sounds bad to talk about it like that, but microphones just love it, and it sits well in a busy mix. It's also pretty loud. But it does not have the versatility that the J-45 has, it's a bit more of a one trick pony. It doesn't have that soft, dark and woody sound that you can find with the J-45. I like it with a pick, don't like it much for finger style, and for some reason it absolutely sucks in alternate and dropped tunings- go figure. I have a J-29 also and it shines in open C and C-G-C-F-C-E tuning, whereas the J-35 was awful in those and the only difference is the body wood. A nice alternative and a great guitar, but not the first one I would recommend.
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