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  1. Not sure, but it has a Fender look to my eye!
  2. There's only one way to deal with this difficult comparison issue, and that is if you want to have a nice sized stall of 6 beautiful guitars. Just order one of each for Christmas and your done!!
  3. I have tusq pins on my 2020 Gibson Hummingbird ...and my 2019 Gibson J-45 M (both guitars came with tusq. Apparently Gibson no longer uses those cheezy plastic pins) My 2013 Gibson J-45 standard came with the old plastic molded pins....so I replaced them with tusq pins just to see what would happem. Loved it. Pins make s difference on all my guitars not just those three mentioned above. I would describe tusq pins as crisp, lucent and very clean and clear notes. Ebony darker, warmer, a tad fuzzier in tone. And plastic molded pins just plain obstruct proper sound to me.
  4. I would return it. That looks like a rather large stain and lots of water damage...now, that may not affect tone, but for there to be that much mold inside...and it is visible..that guitar must have spent a lot of time being either wet, or over humidified. Mold is a very hard thing to remove. Mold spores are 10.000 times smaller that a human hair..and they embed in the wood deeply, usually for life, unless you find some way to remove them.
  5. Thank you for your detailed descripton on a fabulous guitar. I own one of these AJ-45's as well. For singing and song writing it is simply delightful. The sound, the natural volume and warm deep tone are unmatched for singing along with. I also own a very wonderful Gibson J-45 standard...you know, those pricey ones! And I enjoy my AJ-45 epiphone ..EVERY BIT AS MUCH, as my Gibson J-45. Both have the rich Gibson tone. Some people actually think that you need to pay almost $3000 for a nice J-45 type round shoulder short scale guitar. Others, like you, are wise enough to realize they are wrong. This guitar is perfect in every way. And it is the most comfortable guitar to play and hold that I have owned, and I've owned over 40 high end guitars. Most of them are sold off now. No more squandering of money for me. Guitars like the Epiphone AJ-45 make GAS easy to overcome. Because for under $700, this guitar will give you everything any good performer in the world will ever need to make his or her audience happy.! Best wishes, and good luck on that all solid wood, Hog/Spruce, bone nut and saddle, short scale gem, that drips of the Gibson tone! It was a very, very smart move on your part, having done the research. And if you are a singer, the short scale of this guitar offers an enormous advantage for vocalizing songs. It stands BEHIND your voice...not in FRONT of it, letting your voice shine through in a way I have never found with a full scale guitar. All of my remaining herd of 6 guitars (Three Gibson and three Epiphones) are ALL short scale because I never play without singing, and the short scale acoustic can be a secret hidden gem for the true singer/performer! Keep it humidifed to the usual 45% area just like you would for a $3000 guitar because it's made of all the good same stuff......just has a different name on the headstock. Best of luck with it!
  6. Hi Your AJ-45 and J-45 studio should be all you need..they are both super great guitars! ...Unless of course you want a Hummingbird too.!There were a several of those new inspired Epi Hummingbirds in Sweetwater for sale last week...they were gone in a heartbeat! I have an Epi Hummingbird and a Gibson Hummingbird....they are enough to make your tongue hang out. I had to give in....I may even go for the Inspired by Hummingbird and sell the Epiphone Hummingbird artist. The 45 series are growley rich...The hummingbirds are sweet and refined, great to sing by. Either way, your good to go!
  7. Get well Jinder, get well soon! Relax, do what the doctors say, and you will be fine. Best wishes! ...Alan
  8. AND....AND! ...Take a close look at the new Epiphone headstock shapes on these models.....much more Gibson like in shape...not that horrid penis shaped bulbous Epiphone headstock they have been using for years...BIG IMPROVEMENT! I'd buy one just for that reason alone!!
  9. The flubberguard procedure brought up previously will work. As far as Gibson fixing the problem, the answer to that is simple in my humble opinion...and there are one of two ways for Gibson to do this. Gibson are you listening?🧐 1. Gibson could leave the newly molded pick guards in their hot mold, untouched, not removed, until they slowly cool down inside the mold, so that they do not curl when removed as they cool, and so remain flat after removal from the mold to install on the new Hummingbird or other Gibson guitars which sport the flubberwar (which is very durable by the way.)... However this may not be possible or practical as there may be just too many pick guards to be manufactured, and not be enough molds to wait that amount of time. ....Or 2. Gibson could continue to remove the newly molded pick guards from the hot mold, allow them to cool and curl as they have been doing, then place the pick guards on a flat hot preheated tray for a specified amount of time..hot enough to soften and reshape the pick guard, but not hot enough to melt or damage it, allowing the pick guard to relax and flaten from the applied heat, and then slowly cool it once more, perhaps pressing them with weighted material till they have cooled. ...They may otherwise alternatively apply a blast of hot air instead to the tops of the curled pick guards to flatten and relax the curl as described in my precedure above kindly reposted by Dave F, using a hair dryer to flatten it on a counter after it has been removed from the guitar. Which ever method is the most cost efficient for Gibson at the factory, is the one they should naturally use. It would require only a minimal investment to create a very permanent solution to a decades old problem. ....Gibson, are you listening? 👁️‍🗨️ For those of you alreading experiencing the infamous Gibson pick guard lifting problen, follow the procedure above as reposted by Dave F. And your pick guard will never lift again. ..... Gibson, are you listening? Having said all this, one should remember that these Gibson flubberware pick guards, when installed proberly at the factory will never fade, the image will never wear off no matter how hard you use the guitar, or how much touching of the pick guard you do during play time. It is a significant milestone in production and quite brilliant on Gibsons part....the procedure just needs tweaking. Best wishes...ALD
  10. What next! ...First someone steals the guitars,! ...then someone steals the election! 😁 ....oh..never mind..lol ...I'll just play my guitar and block it all out lol!
  11. Unbelievable. Read about it here. "The highly sought-after guitars were likely targeted and not randomly stolen". ...All $95,000 worth of them. https://www.wane.com/news/crime/pallet-of-specialty-gibson-guitars-bound-for-sweetwater-stolen-off-truck/
  12. Your in the minority you say??? Um yea, I would agree with you.
  13. The AJ100 will be all laminate...I own an AJ100 and LOVE it, it sounds deep and beautiful and is much more stable than the AJ220 I owned and sold in which the top buldged out and was ruined. I sold that. I had the AJ100 set up, plays like butter, and never warps with heat and humidity. The 200 will sound brighter, and a bit better tome but not by a mile thats for sure. Both sound great....the 100 is rock solid, and tolerates heat and humidity fluctuations better. The 220 with the solid top will require careful humidification, and should not be over humidified as this will cause top buldge as it did in mine which ruined its tone and look. That will not happen on the 100 model with the laminated top. If you are used to humidifying a guitar to about 48 degrees year round, then the 220 would be a great choice, if not, perhaps the 100 is the better deal. Good luck.
  14. Four letters drscribe this guitar. ..OMFG! ... As the employees at the end of the Gibson quality control line call out... SHIP IT!!
  15. I have a 2015 AJ-45me and love it, particularly for the comfort of the short scale it sports, which the Gibson J-45 also has. It is extremely comfortable to hold and play. It is a great guitar for singing and supports the voice without over-riding the voice. It also has thinner neck profile than the Texan which has a thicker neck. The Texan with the thicker full scale neck is good if you like a thicker neck. It may produce a deeper louder sound. The AJ-45 has what is called a "slim taper D" neck...very slim and sweet and easy to play as I prefer thin necks. I may produce a slightly sweeter, slightly thinner yet full rich sound. I have my AJ-45 for 5 years now, it has aged well and sounds delightful, almost competing with my Gibson J-45. (particularly after I had it set up) They are both very different guitars, both sounding wonderful. I would say the AJ-45 is easier to hold and play, very, very comfortable in your lap if you sit while playing. It's main drawback to me is the non-gloss matt finish on the top..which I hand polished to a gloss finish on the top, and replaced the pick guard and pins...making it look even more like its expensive sister the J-45 Gibson. So scale, volume and matt finish as well as neck thickness should be considered when comparing the two. Good luck, both are fine guitars! For me the Epiphone Masterbilt AJ-45 is the perfect compliment to the Gibson J-45 standard, and sounds closer to a Gibson J-45 than any other guitar I have ever played including the Texan. It has that iconic Gibson sound and feel.
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