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  1. Don’t know the details about your pickups, but I have a Gibson Tennessean made in 1990, and it too has a very pleasing tone. Chalk it up to a very good year!
  2. Because of the hype historically surrounding Martin, I imagine lots of folks pick them up & expect to hear the sound of angels singing. They do make some great guitars, but they also make a lot of rather pedestrian sounding instruments, just like all the other manufacturers.
  3. The block inlays started in 1971, along with other Norlin Era changes such as double-X bracing, so your mom bought a ‘71 or ‘72 model. Totally agree that a recent issue Hummingbird would be a great way to go. Hope you happily end up with a new one!
  4. From the 1969 Gibson catalog, I copied the acoustic pages a long time ago. Note that this was pre-Norlin-changes, so we’re talking belly-down adjustable bridges & heavier build characteristics - but still more in common with earlier Kalamazoo design compared to later double-X bracing efforts. Anyway, the J-160E remained a slope-shoulder at that time, and it’s listed with a 25.5” scale. All the square-shoulders are 25.5”, including the Dove, Heritage, Hummingbird, Blue Ridge, Southern Jumbo, J-50, and J-45. And very interestingly, the Everly Brothers model (with slightly modified pickguards) is listed as having a 25.5” scale! Earlier versions of course were short scale, so that’s something I’d never noticed. Indeed, the very-late ‘60s included some rather odd transitional stuff!
  5. Congrats on the new 335! Personally, I find Grovers to be more consistent in their construction, as compared to the assorted manufacturers Gibson has used over the years to supply their Kluson style tulip tuners. Stick with the Grovers, and you'll probably be happy. However, if you really like the look of tulip buttons, check out the buttons available from Hipshot. Most of them will fit Grovers, including their version of the tulip style. Enjoy!
  6. I’m “The guy” who posted that information over six years ago, and yes, it is accurate. But the key qualifier regarding this info, is that it was taken from Gibson’s 1980 catalog. Acoustically, the 1980 catalog includes the J-200, Dove, Heritage, Hummingbird, J-55, J-50, J-45, & J-40, and all had the same long 25.5” scale. This was deep into the Norlin era of ownership, when many traditional Gibson guitar traits had been set aside. The short 24.75” scale was found on many (not all) Gibson acoustics prior to the Norlin era, and later returned to the iconic models that had once featured it, including the J-45 and J-50.
  7. Well, if we’re talking cars, it would be either a minty AC Cobra or a ‘57 Corvette. As for guitars, that’s easy: a 1950s J-185. Oh, and if there’s some cash left over, an early ‘60s ES-330 would be nice!
  8. Personally, I think any Gibson-Montana acoustic built from 1999 on, is worth serious consideration. That year, the acoustic lineup was revamped with a particular focus on producing iconic past models with tighter historic specs. This included the J-45 & J-50, and there were a number of additional models in the J-45 family that year, such as the J-45 Rosewood. J-45 construction basics will be quite similar from that point forward, but in the interim there have been about a bazillion J-45 variants that have seen the light of day. To find the one that clicks with you will be a personal quest - Enjoy the hunt!
  9. Good solution! That “Genuine Historic” 1950s version TRC I mentioned above was last running $24.95 before it was no longer available. $1.90 is rather hard to beat!
  10. My goodness - All the best to you Jinder. Hoping for a speedy & complete recovery, and looking forward to your next visit here. Thank you to all those wonderful hospital folks! They’ll be taking very good care of you.
  11. Imho, this guitar forum has always suffered from a lack of having moderators who are active on an ongoing basis, and at the same time consistent. What good is a rule that says “no political discussions” if such discussions can take hold & go three or more pages before anything possibly happens? This was the case with Murph’s Covid thread in the Lounge, for which he was the OP. It turned into a political shite-show, and I finally contacted a moderator about it. Whether or not you agree with Murph’s politics (which I do not), he rather frequently interjected his political opinions into conversations on this board. The forum guideline is there, and it would be helpful if it were meaningfully applied. The same goes for rude & combative behavior, of which Jerry K was a purveyor, quite often in a tag-team with Hogeye. I had a few major go-rounds with these two (as did many others) back in the day, and my bottom line question was this: Why in the world can’t you share your knowledge and remain civil? The only two other forums where I participate (guitar forums), are closely moderated and very well run in comparison to this forum. They are large in participant numbers, enthusiasm, and good will. I continue to participate on this forum because I’m very fond of Gibson guitars, know a fair amount about them, enjoy sharing information, and still like to gain new tidbits of knowledge. Clearly, there will always be folks who feel the need to be combative & snarky - but they’ll only gain relevance on here if moderators allow them to - and to the extent that they do, I believe it detracts from the forum’s participation and growth. I started playing guitar at the age of twenty & quickly got interested in quality construction details, the history of the instrument, and techniques. Next June I’ll turn seventy, and guitars for me remain a highly positive diversion from “real life.” I look for the same thing in a guitar forum.
  12. Emmel, you’d be surprised by how many headstocks are slanted to some extent. I first began checking this out carefully after purchasing a guitar many years ago that could not be properly dialed in (action, relief, intonation) due to a twisted neck. From that point on, I’ve always done an eyeball test to look for possible neck issues when assessing a potential purchase. Many headstocks lean slightly in one direction or the other, but playability is typically not effected. In the case of these ES Gibson models, it is clear that compensation took place at the factory to account for this, and structural stability should not be a factor.
  13. The nut & headstock are indeed out of parallel with the body, but it’s the fingerboard that matters in this case - and it looks level. Visually this is tricky, in part because the nut has been cut higher on the bass side to compensate for string diameter, which increases the canted appearance.
  14. Yes, although this is not a structural issue, if you can do a return, I would tend to agree with Ian. The dip on your headstock is easily noticeable compared to mine, and could impact it’s future selling price. On the other hand, if you got a screaming deal on it you may want to keep it - or negotiate a partial refund with the seller, based on what you feel would be a reasonable amount. Hope it all works out to your satisfaction!
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