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  1. I had a B string play in tune once. I think it was May of 1984. I super glued it in place and haven't touched the guitar since. Kinda like finding the outline of the Virgin Mary in your mashed potatoes, you preserve it for future generations. Have you considered, or is it practical for you, to compensate the saddle? I know there's not a lot that can be done with an 1/8" saddle, but if the "breaking point" of the B string could be moved back as far as possible through some crafty filing, it would likely help, if not ameleiorate the situation completely. If one were to begin with an unshaped bone blank it would increase the wiggle room. Or if by chance you can borrow or beg a standard issue TUSQ saddle from a modern Gibson, many of them are compensated already. I'm not suggesting you switch to TUSQ if you're already using bone, but it would give you a hint whether compensating a bone blank would be beneficent.
  2. According to "Gibson's Fabulous Flat Tops", the J-185 was produced in 1990 and also as a limited edition in 1991 and 1992. I know it's currently in production and was also made in the 50s, but there's some extended periods when it wasn't made. Maybe yours was part of the process of them putting it back into production in 1990. Sounds cool regardless.
  3. I think the bodies were made in Japan and they were assembled in the US. I can't recall exactly, but they weren't true Gibsons in my book. Kinda like the Martin Shenandoah series.
  4. I took a few lessons from a guy named Stephen Sharpe, supposedly a studio musician. I think he and his family were just trying to stay one step ahead of some entity or organization (or representatives thereof) so they left town one night. I stole a few licks from my brother, who grew up in 60s garage bands, complete with blue Mustang and Heathkit amp. I didn't interact with anyone else until Reggie Michaud, an old school hotrodder ("let's chop the top and put that Cadillac engine in this '34 Ford") who drank hard and played a lot of Chet/Merle on various Gretsches that didn't get dropped down the stairs or hocked. I stole a bucket load off him. Other than that, I'm self taught, ergo my suckiness.
  5. Any B-25 I've had my hands on has been late 60s and they therefore have had the narrow nut, 1-5/8 or so. Not for everyone, for sure! If they follow the predictable profile, then an early 60s one would have a more normal width. To my knowledge, all B-25s had adjustable bridges; if not, then the bridge was likely changed. I owned an '67 natural a couple years ago, it was a dog. Just prior to that, I sold a later '67 sunburst on consignment, with the later belly-down bridge and likely heavier bracing, it was sweet. So once again, conventional wisdom goes out the window. As to price, I dunno. I sold the sunburst for around $750 and the blonde for around $550 but that was a couple years ago.... the market is volatile anyway.
  6. Naw, those guards came off a 70s Aria jumbo. How they became available is probably the odder question. It's not like they went to the Aria parts store at the strip mall in 1975.
  7. ksdaddy


    Mine translates to May 14, 1991 and if it has more than a few hours of play on it, I'll eat it. It's 25.5" scale as noted. The warranty papers were never filled out even. My J-30
  8. With the bracing that this guitar would have, the double pickguards wouldn't have much effect. The only way to choke it off more would be to put duct tape over the sound hole.
  9. This was on ebay a couple years ago, apparently they didn't sell it. I sure wouldn't pay what they want, but those pickguards sure made me think about the crush I had watching "That Girl" in 1966 (at the age of 6). If Marlo Thomas was a guitar.....
  10. 1971 Deluxe If it looks like a postage stamp, click your refresh button....
  11. 10 lbs 4.3 oz: http://www.angelfire.com/me4/ksdaddy/lp.html
  12. Ditto. I want an LG-0 but mainly to slake the thirst for the "Christmas 1964" aura, real or imagined. Think Radio Flyer or Red Ryder. A B-15 would work too. Throw in a red Fender Musicmaster and I may just pee a little.
  13. Thanks for the boost! The site has been up for a couple years but lately I made a concerted effort to update it, especially in the wake of a minor superfluous instrument purge that financed my brother's dobro (he was ecstatic that it will remain in the family by the way) and the 8 day miracle mandolin. I'm back working on my carved arch top but haven't updated the site yet. And I did decide to cough up the lousy few bucks a month so there's no pop up ads!
  14. I'd like to teach the world to sing In perfect harmony I'd like to hold it in my arms And keep it company I'd like to see the world for once All standing hand in hand And hear them echo through the hills For peace throughout the land That's the song I hear Let the world sing today A song of peace that echoes on And never goes away MAN, I could go for a Coke right about now.
  15. The J25 might be the better bet of the two. I'm not a Norlin Basher most of the time, as some of the better Gibsons I've owned have been Norlins, but the acoustics did have some structural problems. I can't say for sure but the J25 may have had single X bracing like pre-Norlin and/or post-Norlin. I know around 1983 and 1984 there was a movement to get Gibson acoustic quality back, but that wasn't something that happened overnight. Edit: As to where it was actually made, look at the last 3 digits if the serial number. During that time, if the last 3 digits are under 500, it was made in Kalamazoo; if over 500, Nashville. I don't know how they do it now.... I'm assuming Bozemans are under 500, but I don't know where Memphis fits in there.
  16. They were made from '83 to '85. Most were made in Nashville but the one I owned was serial number 012 and may have been part of a trial run in Kalamazoo (unsubstantiated heresay). The sunburst is a little different than the standard Nashville ones that show up. I sold this one to a guy in the UK and I regret it, as it was a cool footnote what with the funky serial number and all. The bowl assemblies were ultimately shipped to Montana where the model was renamed the OP-25 (for oil pan, which the bowl resembled). I don't know how many were made in Bozeman; I heard about 200 (refer to previous rumor disclaimer). I can't say that all of the J25s were sunburst, but that's all I've ever seen. Likewise I can't say all the Montana OP-25s were black, but that's all I've ever seen. Of course that was around 1991 when Gibson made a LOT of black guitars for some reason. I can't get the pictures to show up normal size, so here are the links to the one I owned: pic 1 pic 2
  17. I think Henry should run for President. If any country gives us any crap, he'll just BUY them. (I mean that in the nicest way.)
  18. Difficult to answer that one. I don't like to predict what something's going to sound like based on the s&b material, scale length, bracing, all that. I guess I've seen too many plywood guitars that sound like the gates of heaven and some master luthier designed/built masterpieces that sound like wet Cheerios boxes. I guess the more I know about guitars, the less I know... ya know? I just find it very likeable, the whole J45 thing. Basic 16" round shouldered 24.75" stripped down guitar that's all Gibson. I've only had a couple, a 1960 that I bought in 1988 for $170, and a 1973 with an Alvarez top that I sprayed dark metallic Cadillac brown (so I guess that didn't count....). The real test is the blindfold test though. Or at least blindfold in the sense that "I will try to not be swayed for or against by cosmetics", if you can DO that. Last year's homecoming put all of us in a room full of Gibsons. I think there were 6 J200s lined up on the wall. Pretty scary when you think about it. There was all kinds of new Gibsons to appeal to all tastes, but the ONE that got away, the ONE that, had I had the foresight, I would have made sure I had the money to bring it home, was a blonde J-185. Little above the bling level of the J45 but down from my J200. In one rare moment when there wasn't 20 guitars going at once, I went around the room, simply brushing my finger across the strings. After a few, they kinda all sounded the same. Almost like watching the Miss USA pageant; you see all of them and there's nothing about any ONE of them that makes them stand out even though they're all beautiful. Then I brush the stings of that little 16" blonde and I almost fell to my knees. I wanted it to come home with me but since I hadn't planned to fall in love (and PAY for it), I just walked out of the room. No point in torturing myself. See, sometimes we overthink things, compare features, finishes, braces, the suffix of the label (and then question if it's correct).... when the reality is that there is likely one guitar out a batch of 20 or 30 that will just blow your head clean off, and chances are it won't be the one you predicted.
  19. I've got a '64 SJ, which is about as close to an H'Bird as you'll get, plus a J200. While the J200 might command a bigger presence, the SJ is the "go to" guitar. If you had included a J45 in the options, it would be a hands down winner. I don't even OWN one and it would be the obvious choice (for me anyway).
  20. I voted acoustic only, but with the caveat that I don't perform, so a pickup isn't used. Ever. No point in making a cacophony any louder than it needs to be.
  21. If the timeline is right I will write a check off the home improvement account to pay income tax and then pay myself back with the rebate check (or partially anyway). As far as regular income goes I should be okay but there's over $8K in instrument repair money that I will need to pay Social Security and income tax on. I can deduct about $1400 because of the instruments I donated to that elementary school but other than that I'll be sweating April 15.... of course I haven't actually put pen to paper yet..... but there won't be any new Gibsons as a result of GWB's kickback.... sorry Henry.
  22. There was the MK35 (mahogany), MK53 (maple), MK72 (rosewood) and MK81 and MK99, both rosewood and fancier and scarce. A Gibson MK is on my "one of these days" buy list. I know they are about as NON Gibson as anything can get and still carry the name, but I have this personality quirk where I often root for the underdog. I'm drawn to their looks much like one might be drawn to a low profile avocado green couch from 1968; they're repulsive but cool in a retro nostalgia kind of way. Personally I would like an MK53 in blonde, both from an aesthetic standpoint and the fact I like the legendary Gibson Sycamore with many frequent flyer miles (K'zoo to Nashville to Bozeman until depleted!). In shopping for one, the biggest things I look for are #1 a twisted neck, as I have seen "too many" twisted 3 piece maple necks from the Norlin Era..... no idea why, and don't know if there's a fix at ANY cost. #2 slipping head block. The layperson would see a hairline crack in the top about a half inch away from the fingerboard running from the binding to the soundhole. Looks minor but it ain't, brudda. This isn't limited to any particular era but I've seen more in the 70s. I can't prove it but my sense is that any MK with a stamped serial number is from Kalamazoo; if it's a decal under the finish, it's Nashville. Can't prove it, it's just a feeling. Maybe doesn't mean anything either, I just know Nashville has had humidity problems so that may lead to problems 3 years later or 30 years later.
  23. ksdaddy

    Ebay ??

    Doesn't look good to me. No invoice, stock google photo (probably from guitarsale.com). I think you should just lay low and be thankful you haven't transferred any money. If you do want to pursue it, you can request an ebayer's contact info. It only works if you have a valid transaction going with that person (currently or in the very recent past). By submitting a request to ebay, they will send you the other party's name, address, and phone number. The down side is that the other person also gets YOUR info. If you do get an invoice from them, be up front without being pushy, and just say, look, I'm a little skittish because of the lack of contact. How about you send me some more photos just so I'll feel better about the deal? And ask for something goofy, like a plastic fork in the strings or something. If they're legit, they won't be offended. Good luck.
  24. Models change, switches get moved, knobs get moved, tremoloes come and go.... here's what the Explorer looked like in the mid 80s (bet it looks familiar....)
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