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  1. I've used the same trusty Shubb capo for 15 years -- I much prefer it to the Kyser model that some of my buddies have had.
  2. Now that's more like a J-35. Nice to see they didn't slap the banner on the headstock for this one.
  3. In that price range, don't rule out a used standard J-45 from the mid 2000s -- the ones with the vintage style tuners and silkscreened gold headstock logo. I have found them to be built a little lighter than the new ones anyway. I played a used one like this at a Guitar Center a few months ago and it knocked my socks off. I've already got a really nice slope shoulder guitar and wasn't looking to add another just yet otherwise I might have seen how much they'd be willing to take to part with it. The asking price was probably in the range of a new J-35 and they probably would have gone down a bit.
  4. I'd suggest you try a J-45 as well. Two of the best guitars I've ever played in my life were standard J-45 models.
  5. Another valid point and one I had thought of when reading about the NAMM news but managed to overlook somehow when typing this post out. I do think they could end up with a True Vintage series model in the future, which I imagine they would put red spruce and a sunburst finish on, maybe lighter bracing, et cetera. I think there wouldn't be so much worry about cannibalization of sales at that tier in their lineup and I imagine it would be priced comparably with the J-45 version.
  6. I haven't posted here in a while, but obviously the new J-35 has brought me off the sidelines -- thought I'd weigh in and speculate about the new model. I'm not surprised that Gibson is bringing it back on a full-time basis. The demand has been there recently as a number of builders offer the J-35 in some form -- ranging from independent luthiers doing terrific replicas (Fairbanks, Kopp, Walker) to small-medium range shops doing their own take (Collings, Bourgeois). Even the ones Gibson has produced, whether custom orders or limited runs, have been well received. With the renewed emphasis on vintage and vintage-style guitars in recent years, it was only a matter of time before Gibson decided to go for it. What is surprising to me is the price point and the placement of the guitar in their lineup. It seems like a strategic move to compete with (1) Martin's 15 series and updated D-18, (2) well-made Asian imports such as the Eastman E10D, and (3) perhaps to a lesser degree, Taylor's 300 and 400 series guitars. My initial reaction is that this is a great way to get someone looking in that price rage into a Gibson that has a pedigree. At the least, I expect this guitar to fill the void left by the old WM-45 in that it will be a solid Gibson slope-shoulder guitar at an approachable price point. I'm hoping it's more like the updated D-18 in terms of value and impact. I was curious they didn't make the guitar in sunburst. The obvious reason is to keep the price point down. I think the hidden reason is that they will unveil a True Vintage series J-35 at some point -- with the sunburst finish and red spruce top, among other upgrades -- that will be targeted more at the guitars coming from Kopp, Fairbanks, Collings, et cetera. It will be interesting to see the reviews come in and learn more about the tone, playability, and fit/finish. There's some serious potential in this guitar and if I wasn't expecting a Fairbanks version (any day now), I'd be scrambling to figure out how to get one of these new J-35s. Who knows, I still might since the Fairbanks is coming in sunburst. :)
  7. Very cool. Someday I'd love to own just one 40s-50s J-45. +1 on the pickguards
  8. I've got a similar background and was thinking the same thing on both accounts :) That said, it does seem like a majority of these people in the video have more of a pop background than alt-country/folk/indie where you are more likely to see J-45s left and right. I could be wrong.
  9. That's the one. Looks better in person. Here's a video I found that Epiphone did to promote it on YouTube: I mean, it's no Gibson, but for under $200 it would make a great first guitar or campfire guitar or something. Sorry for the late reply, haven't been by the forum much lately.
  10. Depends on the guitar, but I have grown to like the smaller, darker, 30s-style bursts best on Gibsons. That said, and forgive me for blasphemy, my favorite burst right now is Martin's dark ambertone bursts. Beautiful.
  11. Haha! I knew you'd end up with one of these! Very nice.
  12. I still love my all-laminate Art & Lutherie (Godin/Seagull) dreadnought that my parents bought me as a high school graduation gift 11 years ago. It has a great chunky neck, is very well-built, and has surprising tone for an all-laminate guitar. It's kind of like a Martin D-15 but with a little less depth to the tone. It's the kind of guitar that just has songs in it, if you know what I mean. More recently, I played an Epiphone AJ-200S the other day at a Guitar Center -- I think it's a new model in the a J-45/AJ style. There's always been something funky about the Epiphone slope-shoulder body shape and/or bridge shape, but this one looked much more like its expensive cousins -- pretty sharp. When I sat down, tuned it up, and started to play, I was pretty stunned how good it sounded. For the money ($200) it sounded very good. I would have expected it to cost around $500 or $600 and even then I would have been impressed with the sound. It's not going to give an AJ or a J-45TV a run for their money, but for $200 I was pretty impressed.
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    Nice work on this one! I'm with you -- the large guard on natural top immediately says "J-50" to me and this is a cool combination of some great vintage J-50 features.
  14. ataylor


    The straight bridge and banner headstock are actually correct features here (for a 40s J-50, anyway). It's the large pickguard that is actually out of place. But at the same time, Gibson's True Vintage series wasn't ever supposed to be a recreation of any one year of models, but rather an assortment (this is the "mix and match" mentioned above) of vintage specs. Have a look at a few 40s J-50s here: http://www.bannergibsons.com/galleryj50.html
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