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  1. How to compete with imports for the entry-level market has been a dilemma & ongoing struggle for Gibson & Martin (and others) since the early seventies. In the late ‘90s & early 2000s, Martin was building the Road-Series in the USA, with solid tops, laminated sides, and rosewood board & bridge for well under 1K ($699 if I recall correctly), and they represented an excellent value. The 1-Series added solid backs on some models, and the 16-Series added all solid woods (plus ebony board & bridge) for a hair under 1K. But in 2001, Micarta boards & bridges first appea
  2. The first Emmylou Harris small-body model was L-shaped, like the L-130, L-140 series (& the WM-00) - with a 14-3/4” lower bout width & available in 2003. Also in 2003, there was a small-bodied J-2000 (jumbo shape) with a 25.5” scale, which I believe later morphed into a second Emmylou Harris model.
  3. Ah yes, the Nashville Skyline cover. I bought that album when it first came out, and immediately there was something about the angle of the shot & Dylan's smile that made you want to jump right into the scene & hold that guitar. To this day, I Threw It All Away & One More Night are still two of the best country songs I've ever heard. Add some Norman Blake, and you had magic. So fifty some odd years later, I'm sitting here looking at that same shot on the cover of my CD copy - and still want to jump in.
  4. I’m only referring to my personal preferences, which of course is based on what works best for me given my playing style, and the instruments I’ve had the pleasure to play. Indeed, today we have many great builders to choose from.
  5. I came to the acoustic guitar a bit late, at the age of twenty in 1971. I was immediately interested in the construction of the instrument, and the quality names were Martin, Gibson, and Guild - in that order. Beyond that, it was the decade & rise of pacific rim imports. The big three suddenly found themselves trying to recapture market share, and for my money, Guild was providing the highest quality product at affordable price points. I ended up owning four Guilds during the ‘70s, along with a number of Gibson’s & one Martin. Today, those three makers remain at the top of my
  6. That is a real beauty! I know a fellow who has an original mid '50s ES-175 with P-90s, which he has owned & played forever. A wonderful guitar that I've had the opportunity to test drive. As a lover of P-90s, if I were to buy a recent issue ES-175, your exact model would fit my ideal perfectly!
  7. Ren left Guild after orchestrating their move from New Hartford to Oxnard, and developing a brand new manufacturing facility for Cordoba. So both Gibson & Guild are currently building instruments on platforms established by Ren.
  8. Your ES-330 was made in 2017 as a 2018 model. This has become a very typical Gibson practice as guitars are manufactured prior to an upcoming model year.
  9. Note that I modified my above post to include the possibility of this being a late 1969 instrument. The Norlin name change occurred in 1970, but the key here is that within the early period of Norlin’s ownership, this ‘69-‘70 transitional period took place before they initiated the major changes that are considered by many to be undesirable - chief among them, the double-X bracing. If you know what to look for, this can be easily confirmed with an inspection mirror, or take a photo of the top bracing & we can tell you. If it’s double-X, you’re for sure at late 1970 or beyond. I
  10. This most likely is a late ‘69 or early 1970 model. A transitional period for sure. > The catalog 1969 J-50 had a black headstock face & black pickguard w/adjustable belly-down bridge. > 1971 was the first year of full-on Norlin features across the product line - such as double-X bracing & the large rectangular label, as well as numerous stylistic changes. Although the bridge & pickguard could have easily been replaced, this guitar’s natural headstock & J-50 truss rod cover are confirmed 1970ish features. A peak inside at the bracing should help nail it d
  11. Can't tell for sure about the zero, but is the serial number 808184? If so, then that would make it a 1966. If it is a '66, the bridge would originally have been the plastic belly-up type. The bridge looks crooked to me & could be a replacement. If the second digit in the serial number is not a zero, and it's truly from 1967, that's the year rosewood belly-up bridges replaced the plastic belly-up. Regardless, as others have said, it's definitely a legit LG-1, and it appears to have led a rather sheltered life!
  12. I've been playing LG sized bodies since the late '70s, having had three '60s B-25/Epi Cortez examples, and still owning one. So when the LG-2 American Eagle came out in 2013, I just had to have one. Workmanship & playability were excellent, but the low end tone was too meek to be well balanced with the upper end. I still kept the guitar until 2019, hoping it would open up some - but it never did. Eventually, I lucked upon a 2007 LG-1 (limited run of 20 in the USA ) that has X-bracing, so it's actually an LG-2 in disguise. This one's got the balanced tone I was after, so all's well th
  13. A note about this comment I just made above: Given that you are looking at brand new versions of the 335 & 339, I would expect to find rather similar neck profiles available. But there is no substitute for an in-hand assessment, and that’s where the Sweetwater rep could be super helpful. They seem to have a good reputation for assisting their customers, so it would be worth seeing what they can do for you.
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