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Larry Mal

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  1. Necro thread and all, but to whoever says that all guitar companies use the same wood... I don't know what to say to that. Anyway, a Gibson ES-335 uses a three ply on the body and sides, and the Epiphone uses a five ply. Not the same construction in any way.
  2. Wow, what a couple of different guitars to be asking about. Well, I guess I'm the guy that bought a J-29 and am keeping it. It's just an all around good guitar. I paid like $1200 for it, though... you aren't thinking that the price is anywhere around the $2700 that the vintage J-45 is going for, do you? I would not know how to advise you on this. Gigging out, I would rather take out a $1200 non-vintage J-29 than a sixty year old guitar that can't be replaced. The J-29 certainly is a great instrument, still, I have to wonder why you are considering it? It's somewhat unique- what is making you consider it instead of a new J-45 or something?
  3. I would say if you are comfortable with dreadnaught guitars then you'll be fine with an SJ. I am 6' tall, I have guitars ranging from L-00s to a J-100 and everything in between, the J-100 is very comfortable. They also don't sound quite like what you are probably thinking.
  4. I think the MHS pickups are wonderful, absolutely fantastic, and I don't know how any pickup at any price could be better. Gibson nailed it with these.
  5. I didn't even know that existed... but yeah, I don't know. I have a 330, also. Fact is I love the ES body, so making it smaller doesn't really do anything for me. I guess if I felt I needed or wanted a smaller body shape for whatever reason I would feel differently. But since I don't, I don't. Like I said above, it's just the same guitar only in a smaller form factor. I don't see that it brings much of anything else to the table, and I have very serious doubts that they sound different in any real way. So the decision really would be do you think that the smaller or larger guitar will be more comfortable? And that's nothing that anyone on the internet could answer for anyone else.
  6. Yes, I've shimmed my ES-330 quite a bit. It's easy to do and it really helps with the bridge pickup. No reason not to spend the $20: https://www.lollarguitars.com/accessories/shim-pack-for-dogear
  7. I had a 339 in my possession for a bit, my friend wanted to sell it to me so I auditioned it for a few weeks. I couldn't get along with it at all. I found it totally uninspiring. Now, anyone else might feel differently, of course, but I will echo what I read here, the only reason for a 339 that I can see is that it's physically smaller than the 335 classic shape. It doesn't bring anything sonically to the table. I never did an A/B test, but I feel that the 339 doesn't really bring anything new to the table.
  8. Larry Mal

    Gibson Es335

    It's worth around 2,000- 2,200.
  9. Well, they are doubling the size of the Bozeman factory, so that should indicate some confidence. I also notice in an article that Cesar from Gibson (forget the gentleman's last name) said that they had a great year all around, which would make sense. Also let's bear in mind that Gibson's financial problems were not due to the core guitar business being bad- and certainly not because of the greatly overhyped "quality control"- but only because they stupidly invested in peripheral businesses that failed to make money and in fact lost an incredible amount. Gibson as a guitar company is doing just fine.
  10. My first good acoustic was a Martin D-1, and I will always have that one. It's living in Nashville tuning now. When I started up with getting acoustics again, I got a Martin 00-17s, it had some quality control issues with it. I later got an 000-18, before the reimagined series, and it was underwhelming to me. I traded it for a J-45. I had also arranged to get a Dove in trade and a J-35, so I was finally starting to realize how great Gibsons were. When I wanted to break away from the Gibson sound, I read about the J-60, and realized that it was basically a Martin D-28 but didn't command the price tag. So now that's my rosewood dreadnaught and I don't see much need for the D-28. Not sure it would be any better, really. Later on when I wanted a full sized mahogany dread, I looked into a Guild D-40. I found one of those with an Adirondack top and immediately figured it would be about as good as the Martin D-18 it is supposed to compete with. I put that to test recently, someone offered me a trade for a D-18 and I went to the store and played one for a while to see if it would offer anything the D-40 didn't. Not much, is what I concluded. But I still like Martin, and I would like one of the OM models.
  11. Necro thread, but the only of those three I own is a Dove. It was actually my first Gibson acoustic, I didn't quite know what to make of it for a while. It certainly was not like what my acoustics had been up to that point. Maybe I'll go play it today.
  12. I have removed the under saddle pickup from eight Gibson acoustics so far. If I get another one I'll do the same. In some cases, it made a tremendous difference to the sound of the guitar. My J-45 is one... it opened right up. On other guitars, it didn't make barely any difference at all. I make no prediction what will happen with yours just because it's a J-45. The action will get lower, and if this is still the stock Gibson setup then you'll probably be happier. If the action is already lowered, you can get a wooden shim from any arts and crafts store for next to nothing, and put that in. Better yet, now would be the time to get a new bone saddle and do it all right.
  13. 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.
  14. Welcome to the forum! I would not make any strong effort towards that guitar, personally.
  15. 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.
  16. Larry Mal

    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.
  17. 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.
  18. I have an ES-335 being delivered to me today also. Let's compare notes!
  19. 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.
  20. Walnut is an absolutely wonderful wood. I would make that trade.
  21. 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!
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
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