As a newb to this forum and a newb to Gibson acoustics, I am really happy about this series. A little back story, I'm a newly retired elementary school music teacher. I've wanted a Gibson acoustic for a long as I can remember. They were always out of my financial range, family, college, wedding for my daughter etc... (I'm sure I'm not the only one in this boat). I do consider myself fortunate though, and have a nice 1998 Martin 000-1 (mahogany back) my wife bought me back then, and a Rainsong CH-OM (open box paid $1300 for it). Paying for the Rainsong took me 15 months, but since it's the guitar I make money with, it wasn't a big deal. I've been gigging solo for over 30 years. But now gigging is a main source of my income since I've retired, playing maybe 70-75 times a year since covid. So I still can't lay out $2600 for a Standard L-00. Enter the new G series, $999 for G-00, that I can handle, so it's a win for me. Maybe it's not totally traditional, but it has enough of the Gibson ingredients for me. Also, I don't think of this series as a beginners series, but a no-frills series that just happen to have a sound-port.
I did receive my G-00 today and will be gigging it tonight with a Dearmond Tone Boss (thanks Sal). I've played it a bit today.
Some of my first impressions:
It's a Gibson! Solid build and clean as all get out, not a drop of glue anywhere (you can really see a lot through the port) the neck joint is solid, nice ebony board and bridge, this little guy rings out. The satin nitro is thin as paper and probably why the guitar rings and is so loud. Thick mids, bright trebles and some bass, though not a lot. i wonder if the port has taken away some of the bass, or if the mids and highs overwhelm it. That said, when I play it up against a wall, you can hear more bass. I'm not sure if I love the port, still too new (to me) I 've never had a guitar with one before, but either way, not a deal breaker.
Playability is great! I love the neck, the nut width and the comfort of a small body, my personal preferences. So bottom line, I think that Gibson may have a hit with these, and now I can say, Only a Gibson is Good Enough.