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  1. I once got a beautiful 1967 Gibson Southern Jumbo on a trade - it had a rosewood adjustable saddle and despite being gorgeous it just sounded dead, so I sold it. For some reason, it never once occurred to me back then to simply search out a ceramic saddle and replace the POS rosewood. Man I wish I had that guitar back.
  2. Just to be clear - this model is known as a Southern Jumbo, or an SJ for short. There is no such thing as an SJ-45. A J-45 is a completely different model from an SJ. Thanks for listening.
  3. Not particularly. My personal preference would be sunburst, but the top finish doesn't have anything to do with tone and playability
  4. This is a solid top model with a fixed bridge. It may have a bit better "unplugged" tone than the Beatles spec model with the ply top and adjustable bridge, which is kind of a tone turd.
  5. Craig910


    Very nice condition for a '92. I have a ''90 J-180 that has cosmetically seen better days but it's a wonderful player. Love this body style - enjoy
  6. I own a 1966 J-45 with the "skinny" neck and the adjustable bridge of that period. I think it both plays and sounds tremendous. i wouldn't give it up for a new reissue. Your mileage may vary.
  7. What's the difference between an Irish wedding and an Irish funeral? One less drunk.
  8. What do you call a sleep-walking nun? A roamin' Catholic!
  9. My Epiphone by Gibson mando is a model MM-30, but it has slightly different features. I'd guess yours is an MM-something...?
  10. Gibson J160E models do not come from the factory with heel strap buttons, and never have. Check out old Beatles photos to see how Lennon and Harrison attached their straps at the nut area of the neck.
  11. down to just 4 now 1997 Gibson J-160E 1966 Gibson J-45 1990 Gibson J-180 Everly 1930 Gibson Nick Lucas
  12. Why would anyone WANT finish crazing on their guitar? It just indicates to me that the instrument has been exposed to some kind of temperature extremes it hadn't oughta. My 1966 Gibson J-45 has NO finish checking or crazing whatsoever. Someone before me took just as good care of it as I do.
  13. Looks to be a faithful repro of the original (with the exception of the bridge)now located in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
  14. I own a '90 Montana reissue J-180. It's a bit beat after all these years, but it's one of my favorite acoustics. The maple back and sides give it a nice tone, and the neck is perfect for me. Yeah, it's got an acre and a half of pickguards on it, but I don't see that it affects the sound negatively. It's a cool Everly type guitar. Here's a fun video showing someone else enjoying their J-180. Don't try this at home
  15. GREAT blues performance!! Enjoyed it - thanks for posting the YT. If you can get sounds like that out of an inexpensive little guitar, I can only imagine how you'd sound with a nicer quality instrument!
  16. Congrats - I'm sure 325 model Rickenbackers aren't easy to come by in the UK. I own a 325V59 model from 1989 with the Lennon style modifications. Try some .13 flatwounds (such as Thomastik Enfeld Jazz Flats) on your guitar sometime, rather than the .12 roundwounds. I think you'll like 'em.
  17. Gibson used plastic bridges from 63-64, it was a terrible idea and they were history by '65. You say yours is "showing signs of age" - if it's not broke, don't fix it, as they say. If and when it gives out, have a respectable luthier replace it with a fixed rosewood bridge, don't replace a sh***y bridge with another sh***y bridge. Here's what the underside of your plastic bridge looks like, with all its hardware. You really don't want to replicate all this mess, do you?
  18. these photos have all been around the 'net for a long time. This one, for example, is a singer named Davey Jones, backed by the Beatles at the Tower Ballroom in Brighton, 1961.
  19. OK - I'll admit I am officially stumped now. I have no explanation as to why this guitar has so many conflicting characteristics.
  20. choose to believe what you will. There's no way that guitar is a 1959. A photo of the headstock isn't posted here, but I'll guarantee ya that the placement of the crown logo is somewhat below an imaginary line you could draw between the 2 middle tuners. In 1959, this crown placement would have been up higher. This here is a 1968 J-160E. Your headstock should look just like this one. This was also a transitional year when Gibson started putting screws in the pickguard. This one is so, yours is still glued on.
  21. The comments made by your "stranger" are spot on, I'm afraid. I'm with him - I'd wager this guitar is indeed a circa 1968, for all the reasons he stated. That pickguard would be correct for 1968. The bridge is not original - it would have had an adjustable bridge with one of those crappy rosewood saddles. The serial number (NOT a FON) inside would be correct for 1968. I don't know what the "S" prefix means or is doing there.
  22. The original Everly models from the '60s had an adjustable bridge that was actually designed by Ike Everly, Phil and Don's dad. I understand that since Gibson and the Everlys had a falling out some time ago, Gibson no longer calls their reissues the "Everly" model but simply a J-180, and Ike's bridge design no longer graces this guitar either. 1990s reissues (like one I own) simply have a fixed bridge, and the newer ones like yours feature the moustache bridge. EDIT - here's a Ren Ferguson custom J-180 example from 2004 where he did use the original bridge design, however
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