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  1. Red, I also have a combined Gibson/Epiphone brochure in which the Terada version is called the Elitist PM '64 Texan. Who knows, it might be the same one! Mine came as an eight page centerfold-pullout attachment to a Musician's Friend catalog, and my guess is that it was produced by MF rather than Gibson (it includes prices & product numbers). One full page is devoted to the three McCartney models - the Elitist moniker was probably an effective way for them to separate the Terada version from the Montana models. But as noted, when checking official Epiphone material, the model is never called an Elitist - including the initial release of the model in Epi's "new products catalog 1965." Even more importantly than all of that, I must say what a wonderful collection you have of Terada-made instruments! I only have an '00 Hooker Sheraton (w/ Frequensator), '05 McCartney Texan, and '09 Elitist Casino. If I had been a more savvy buyer at the time, I would have at least picked up the Byrdland!
  2. Epiphone released the "Vintage Outfit" Elitist Casino a few short years ago, along with an Elitist Riviera (stopbar tailpiece) & Elitist Texan, all with nitro finishes. As Red noted above, these were intended primarily for the Japanese market, but some have made it into other countries - such as the used (new-version) Riviera I saw being sold in a local Guitar Center. There are Japanese sellers that list them on Reverb, so they certainly could be sold & shipped worldwide. Unfortunately, these newer models have indeed caused some confusion with their earlier Elitist Casino, Riviera, & Texan counterparts - which were all manufactured with a poly finish (and three-hole TRCs). Previously, the only other nitro finished Terada-Japan models I'm aware of were the two versions of the '65 Lennon Casino and '64 Hooker Sheraton (released as the USA-Series in 2000), and the '64 McCartney Texan (Adopt-A-Minefield fundraiser, released in 2005). It is noteworthy that none of these models were called Elitists (unless being inaccurately represented by a seller). Additionally, these models all had two-hole TRCs. A rather convoluted situation!
  3. Grew up in the LA area, then lived near Phoenix for a few years before escaping north. Been on the north Oregon coast since 1984. My comfort zone now peaks at 75 degrees & overcast. Keep those stinkin' sunny days down south where they belong!
  4. Yup, the JF-30 is a very nice guitar. Mine is a '94. Congrats & enjoy!
  5. Graduated from high school 50 years ago - thinking about the draft. Wasn't too concerned about what the Beatles were doing!
  6. Once upon a time, I was equally attracted to Martins & Gibsons. But in the last twenty years, what I've sampled re newly constructed instruments has turned me solidly towards Gibson. Tone & playability (in particular fretboard radius & scale) all work in favor of Gibson for me. And interestingly, the other day I popped into UMGF & read a horrific thread in the tech section regarding many recent Martins with binding that has separated at the waist, along with many needing neck resets within the first five or so years of ownership. These are major issues, and I've not heard of any similarly frequent major problems with Gibsons. Martin has always been highly touted for it's build quality - I have two which I certainly do enjoy - but it may be that they're coasting a bit on the company's historical reputation.
  7. This is just another test - to insert a photo from my attachment file.
  8. Indeed, I tried deleting the post to see if it would remove the attachment from storage, and it does not. Regardless, thanks everyone for your input. At least I now know it's not just me!
  9. So having never posted a picture before, I thought I'd try the new photo posting feature. The picture I posted was in the recent thread started by QM re the overall new format for this site. In the thread, it was mentioned how little maximum-storage there is in the new attachment section (accessible via your profile). By going to my profile page, the picture I posted was listed under my attachments, and I thought maybe if I deleted my original posting of the picture, I would also delete the photo from my stored attachments, thereby opening up more available storage for the future. Well, that apparently is not how it works. I deleted the original post with the photo I had attached, but the photo remained in my stored attachments. By right clicking, there does not appear to be any option for deleting a photo stored in your profile's attachments. I'm hoping maybe someone has discovered how to totally delete a photo. If this is not possible, it would only take a short while to use up the attachment section's storage capability, and you would then be unable to benefit any further from the new photo-posting feature. Not being any kind of a computer wizard, I could very easily have missed something!
  10. James - Don't know what guitars you've been playing, but if you've come from a world of lesser expensive Martins with Richlite fingerboards, they will show no pores at all. If you've been playing more expensive Martins, Taylors, or Larrivees with ebony fingerboards, they will have very few pores of any significant depth. And finally, if you've been playing older vintage pieces with Brazilian rosewood fingerboards, they will typically exhibit fewer pores, and their depth will be rather minimal by comparison to the East Indian rosewood board on your new J-45. I, like everyone above, do not see anything unusual in the pictures - Enjoy your new guitar!
  11. The poll doesn't work for me. J-185 & J-50. Martins don't make the cut.
  12. Whether it's a new or vintage piece, I like to stick to reversible mods, unless there's a structural reason to be more invasive.
  13. This would be coming out of the Breedlove facility. They have many years of fine guitar & mandolin experience to lean on. Picked up one of their mandolins from 2010 a few years ago - quality construction at every turn, and a lovely tone. Unfortunately, they are no longer building mandolins in the USA (outsourced to the pacific rim).
  14. Well, if it's from the '70s, then it's not the last Heritage made. Their production continued into the '80s. Regardless, I had one from the early '70s, and a good one can tonally be quite a pleasant surprise!
  15. bobouz


    Indeed, walnut can tonally produce some stunningly good results, and look darn good at the same time - enjoy!
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