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  1. Found this Q.'n' A.. somewhere. Let's hear the expert talk :


    In your article on the Gibson J-200 in the May 1996 issue, you mentioned that after Norlin bought Gibson in the '60s, the company changed the bracing to a double-X pattern. How did Gibson brace the original J-200s? Are they still using the double-X system?


    To make matters really confusing, there are two radically different double-X top-bracing patterns in the long and convoluted history of the J-200. Starting in the early 1950s, the J-200 had a wide-angled X in the usual position below the soundhole, with another X pattern under the end of the fingerboard above the soundhole. This bracing was unique to the J-200, with other Gibson flattops of the '50s displaying a more typical single-X style of bracing.

    The double-X I referred to in the article was a different pattern altogether--with an X in the usual position below the soundhole and the second X below the bridge. This pattern was shared by all Gibson's big flattops during the Norlin reign, starting around 1971. The 1950s double-X J-200 models are very highly regarded, while the '70s double-X Gibsons are considered a low point in the company's history.

    The earliest SJ-200 models had more conventional bracing, with a single X in the usual position. Most had two diagonal braces below the bridge, though at least one had three. By the time the SJ-200 was in regular production, the braces below the bridge were not at an angle, but ran parallel to the frets. Since Gibson began making the J-200 again in the mid-1980s, the company has used a more Martin-like scalloped X-brace pattern with two diagonal braces below the bridge. I don't think any other guitar model has had more variations in top bracing than the J-200.

    --Richard Johnston

  2. Proud to say that I surfed the first Led Zep wave. Still have my original vinyl II and III just in the next room. (Did you know it means a Zeppelin air-ship of lead, impossible to get lifted). Lost them a little around 74 when I turned towards more acoustic based music, but never got over Whole Lotta Love. One of the biggest rock-attacks ever recorded. The riff is plain magic (if you allow the phrase) there's almost nothing and then this enormous power -


    der-der der-der der deder deder deder deder deder deder – it's Himalaya to me.

  3. What's a paint chip??!! Don't you watch Martha Stewart??


    Dear Gilliangirl, you must remember that I'm very far away geographically speaking. Never the less I recall seeing the woman together with Letterman (and an uncontrollable splash of whipped cream). But then the rumour said she disappeared in the shadow. Was/is she big in paint chips ?

  4. It's kind of hard to tell in the linked picture, but the rosette ring does not go full circle as it does on the Legend pictured on Gibson's product page. If I had had bought it, this would make me worry...




    Good eyesight there. It looks as if the eBay thing had a fret more than the normal version on the their site. Did someone say early proto type. . .


  5. Surely J. L. had a white trip after the double album (a suit, some shoes, a Rolls Royce, a piano, a room, a new innocence, he even showed the white flag didn't he), but to imagine him with this J-160 would be a bridge too far.


    I'd rather see him with a good glass of milk.




    Paint-chip – what's a paint-chip. . .





  6. Been enjoying this dark tune since Steppenwolf 7, always knew it was written by Hoyt Axton, but never met his own slightly countryish version before yesterday.

    Q. : How does he get that almost unreal soft acoustic sound, especially heard in the strumming between verses. Could it be a Gibson with adj. wooden saddle, or can some of you set me on the right track ?

    (never mind the video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCx8qtC7zOU

  7. Hi all,


    Noticed that Cat Stevens was using what appeared to be a black Gibson at the Sanity rally in Washington - can anyone confirm the model and if it's still being made?


    Chris K


    Dear Chris K (Newbie and father of this thread) – Hope the line of enthusiastic responses answers your question.

    Will look forward to your next.

  8. Had to check it myself as my curiosity got too big. Clapper played the transcending solo on a refinished red Les Paul 2 months after he'd givin the same guitar to George as a gift. The one used at the Bangladesh Concert was a blonde Gibson Birdland. - Respectively 1968 and 1971.

  9. But the real weird thing is that these reductio ad absurdum cases lies scattered in lots of shapes and colours on the Gibson path. I'm convinced that the common audience haven't got a clue about this (same could be said for many dealers), and is curious to know how aware the more conscious players were as the quality began to slide back then.

    Calling 60'ties witnesses ! - Did you notice and discuss what was goin on ??

  10. This isn't a political, nor a religious forum, most of us agree. But it might turn out to be a philosophical one.


    Scene 1 -


    "If 2 loudspeakers in an empty room kept playing a loop – say with splendid acoustic Gibson guitar tunes – the whole day, would there be music in that room or not. " says The Teaser.


    "Yes, of course. We saw a film of a person pushing the 'play-button' - we can't hear, but we know," says The Believer.


    "If no one actually hears the tunes, they do not exist," says The Skeptic.


    "Do the music on your records exist when not played ?" says The Teaser.


    "Sure, I know it's right there, and can bring it up any moment" says The Believer.


    "Not as a frequency in my ear, only as a thought in my memory, a wish to listen or not listen," says The Skeptic.


    "My little paradox occurs when I tend to agree with The Believer, but still think that most rules, regulations, doctrines, agreements, provisions isn't anything before interpreted and carried out by human spirit. There's no way around the link of man and his many ways of counting - and that diamond certainly has its pro and cons," says E-minor7.


    "What about boiling fever, accidents, weather catastrophes, strange or beautiful coincidences, old fashioned love affairs ?" says The Teaser.


    "They are acts of higher powers, meant to punish or reward," says The Ancient.


    "They are acts of higher powers," says The Believer.


    "They are just coincidences," says The Skeptic.


    "Like the roll of a dice in a simple bar ?" says The Teaser.


    "I'm afraid so," says The Skeptic.


    "Never," says The Believer, "and every rolling dice is a message."


    "I call evil upon you," says The Ancient.


    "Schhhyyyyyyy !" says E-minor7.

  11. This is great news. For a cover story I'm writing about Jackson for an upcoming issue of Fretboard Journal, I went on the road with Jackson and band this fall. I played through Jackson's collection of guitars, including his 3 signature model prototypes. His favorite is the walnut version (the other 2 are rosewood and mahogany). A very nice guitar. Jackson uses the Trance Audio Lens pickup, whihc I presume is what Gibson is putting in the signature models.


    You were close to those 3 precious grails (and the master himself), must have been thrilling. Imagine the rose and hog differed the ways those two woods normally do, but how did the walnut stand out ?

    In other words : What is the sonic ambition of Gibsons exiting new release. . .

  12. Aha - Though not a Presley fan, I can't help being fascinated with the fact that Elvis created the guard himself. Wonder when it was done, but think I see a late 50'ties early 60'ties flavour in the style of the shapes. Always had the idea that he would have made it further into life, had he been more 'creative on the board'. A little naivistic/geometric painting wouldn't have been unhealthy.


    Yes, I noticed the string-ajusters and wondered. Don't believe it was a Gibson concept, could be wrong. Also I found that particular guard very nice. It's a bit more discrete than the other more common, which in my eyes lift it up towards beauty.


    Golden Pheasant – Now you're talking. Here's the way forward for the Montana pencils. A brand new model, strongly connected with - and filling some hole between - the units of the old group of dreadnaughts. Any wood-combination suggestions. . .

  13. Just returned from the studio after a demanding 2 night full-band live-session. Happy/rather zapped, guess we achieved what we had in mind, , , at least that's what I feel right now - but that r'n'r surely takes a bite of the old minstrel. Then again, didn't it always.


    Had to calm down by a little Forum visit. Many good responses. AnneS got her Montana Gold. Never knew that one. Is it for a famous harvest ceremony or something, it's pretty spectacular. So is the Doves in Flight. Hope we're out of hunting season. TommyK had a funny description of his single-pigeon impression, "Black Forrest coo coo clock". Yes, it just sits there waiting for something to happen, almost too quiet for a good ringing chord sequence.


    Found this E.P. model the other day. Might be the wildest of them all, , , (it takes a lot for me to use the word crazy). Don't know what to think. Where are we, , , New Years Eve 1959/60, onboard Sputnik 1, behind the mathematicians eyebrows, in the cellar of Pablo Picasso ???? – All I can say is it provides me with some kind of migraine.


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    We have to dig into this. The issue is enormous. It's a phenomenon weather we will or not. It's a guide-mark which has proven itself timeless. Some would say pop-art, some call it kitsch. Others would praise it as holy icons of invaluable beauty, impossible to live without. We are talking wildlife Gibson guards.

    A few months ago I ran into a guy on the net, who wrote how he clearly remembered the day his uncle came home from work after drawing the Hummingbird pick-guard. How about that, , , it's really something, if you ask me. Though no further details, there is an entertaining, important layer inside the information, and it could very well be true. Of course, it may also just have been the dream of a bored man in need for attention – no one should judge. Anyway these p.g.-pictures were created by people of flesh and blood – there was an artist behind the work, even though the romantic vision might have sourced from higher chairs. Who were these souls – can anyone tell. What is the story and who ordered the lines, or came up with the ideas ?? The topic might have been touched before, but let's recycle the myths and facts. I know there is a certain group that can't cope, some have mixed feelings (at the same wouldn't miss/couldn't kiss the thing), but lots of folks really dig those peaceful meadow-glimpses, and their tale shouldn't stay untold.

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