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  1. My favorite neck shape on an electric is what Gibson advertised as the 30/60 profile awhile back. I think the first year of it might have been 2007, with the release of the ES-339. I have an '09 ES-339, '10 ES-330L, & '12 LP Special, all sharing a similar profile. It's supposed to be a bit wider than the a '60s slim taper. Just super comfy & easy to negotiate. It might be that your '12 has this profile, or something very close to it. Good luck in your hunt for the right ES-175!
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    Back in the '70s, I used to regularly buy guitars at flea markets for $10-$25. Some very good acoustic archtops were included in that group, but also some old solid spruce & rosewood parlor guitars. It's amazing what a little box like that can put out when well executed. Congrats & have fun with that one!
  3. Actually, Samick's build quality has always been quite good for it's price-point. The Epiphone electrics made in Korea back in the '80s & '90s were nice instruments overall. The electronics were usually a bit sub-standard, but the bodies made by Samick were typically well done. Many of Epiphone's current acoustics are made in Indonesia, perhaps in the Samick factory. Again, they are surprisingly well built instruments for their price-point in today's market. If your guitar's origins are from the same factory, it will most likely be a well made instrument. The rub with Zager, at least in the past, is that they would intentionally misrepresent their product in order to move it into a higher price-point & improve their profit margin. No question on the one I saw, that they were trying to pass it off as made in the USA, and it was not.
  4. Made at the end of 2018, to be sold as a 2019 model. As for the tuners, yes, Gibson has been using no-name Kluson copies for a while now.
  5. Most likely you've got it backwards. Samick is a Korean manufacturer that's been around for a long time. When Gibson first switched Epiphone production from Japan to Korea, Samick was pumping out all kinds of Epiphones. Look for an '80s or '90s Epiphone with a serial number starting with 'S', and it's a Samick. Pretty sure Samick now owns a guitar manufacturing plant in Indonesia. If I were a betting person, my money would be squarely on Zager buying his guitars from Samick.
  6. Unless something has changed, Zager's are inexpensive pacific-rim guitars that receive a set-up in the Zager 'factory'. That's it, end of story. Denny Zager performed the song "In the year 2525" decades ago (hence Murph's reference). He's been selling this 'easier playing Zager formula' BS for a long time. I saw a small body Zager acoustic in a pawn shop years ago (somewhat of an LG shape). It sounded pretty good, and yes, the set-up was good. But it was clearly a Pac-Rim guitar, being misrepresented as made-in-the-USA. Now if you like the guitar & the price was right, it's all good. But typically, he's trying to sell his stuff for a lot more than it's worth.
  7. Six digit numbers in the 600000 range were used in both 1970-1972, and 1974-1975. Generally conforms to specs for an ES-345.
  8. Favorite acoustic > J-185 Favorite electric > ES -330 One that got away > An unusual 1948 L-48 acoustic archtop. Solid pressed mahogany top, mated to a flat braced solid mahogany back & solid mahogany sides (with fabric reinforcement strips). Purchased in the '70s at a flea market for no more than $25, I've never seen another one like it & the tone was unique. Used to do all kinds of trading back then & quite possibly was working on a deal for a new acoustic Guild.
  9. Very cool - Looks like you're going to recapture some of that ES-125 vibe, with a Guild twist!
  10. Yup, looks just like my '94 JF-30! Guilds are great guitars. They do not take a back seat to Martins or Gibsons, and certainly in the '70s, they were superior to a lot of the stuff put out by the other guys. I currently have five Westerly acoustics (including three from the '70s), and a '97 Westerly Starfire III electric. Typically, I find the various maple Guild models to be rather similar to maple Gibsons - and usually just as satisfying.
  11. Both of my '66 Gibsons have a very white nut material. Personally, I wouldn't worry about this point too much in terms of overall tone. Either bone or tusq should work fine.
  12. I currently have two instruments with the adjustable saddles, and have owned two others. One came with a rosewood saddle, but I replaced it with an original '60s ceramic saddle. To my ears and for my style of playing, the ceramic saddle produces a more ideally responsive & percussive tone. It does indeed seem that most folks prefer a ceramic or bone saddle (Tusq is also available), but there's absolutely nothing wrong with the rosewood saddle if the tone you're getting is satisfying to you. Play it & enjoy!
  13. Actually, the majority of Elitists are also poly. Only the most recent Elitist releases (primarily for the Japanese market) are nitro. This includes revamped versions of the Casino, Riviera, and Texan - all manufactured in Japan by Terada. A few earlier Terada-made Epiphones had a nitro finish: The '65 John Lennon Casino (two versions), the '64 John Lee Hooker Sheraton (two versions), and the '64 Paul McCartney Texan. None of these instruments were part of the Elitist series.
  14. Gotta admit it - the visual beauty of a guitar means a lot to me. Whether made by an individual luthier or by a factory, there are numerous construction choices that will determine the final outcome, and there is artistic license at play in those choices: Body shape, woods utilized, finish work, binding, inlays, pickguard, logos, etc. - will all contribute to the final visual outcome. When the visual beauty of a guitar matches the tonal beauty, it's like the completion of an ideal circle.
  15. The signature tone of a J-45 is one that appeals to many players. It's worth checking out, but assess carefully. Pawn shops are not where one typically finds a quality instrument.
  16. Well of course, we're all drawn to different things. I've played many all mahogany Martins (Ds & 000s), and never heard one that worked for me. And 1-3/4" necks are totally out, which means that a lot of recent Martins are an automatic no go. In 2009, I bought an OM-1 with a truly wonderful tone & thought I could learn to live with the neck - didn't happen. Sold the OM-1 after finding the older 000-16 with 1-11/16." Yes, the narrower neck seems backwards for fingerpicking - but when it comes to guitars, generalizations are made to be broken!
  17. Frenchie, it's always good to see a post from you!
  18. For the fingerpicking style I play 99% of the time, I typically want a punchy & percussive tone, with even string to string balance and fairly quick decay. Gibson & Guild maple bodies are at the top of my list in delivering this, and Gibson's short-scale fingerboards are the cherry on top. I've owned quite a few Martins & still have two. They're nice guitars, but in particular I do not care for the 16" radius fingerboard (which Gibson is unfortunately adopting on a number of newer models), and their darker tones generally do not work well for me. All of that said, I do have a soft spot for the 000 body in mahogany, having played a 1970 00-18 for twenty years - and now it's replacement, a 2000 000-16. Quite crisp tonally, and the body size is very comfy. Bottom line: There's more than one way to skin a cat, or find a good guitar.
  19. For $1000 brand new? Impressive!
  20. It's a 1966 LG-1. Serial number listings will reference your number as possibly applying to '66 or '69, but the belly-up plastic bridge clearly makes it a 1966.
  21. Before seeing your last post, I was going to suggest looking at any onboard electronics. My '07 Gibson CJ-165ce came to me with a rattle that sounded like it might be emanating from the neck region. As on an electric, you've got to check everything. After checking for a properly functioning truss rod, I next went to the battery & holder. Simply sliding the battery to the far left of center within the metal clip-style holder eliminated the rattle.
  22. I've owned a '96 mahogany J-100xtra, a '00 maple J-100xtra, and a '01 maple J-150. The '00 maple is the one that's still with me. That booming bass is something everyone should be able to turn to from time to time. But for my playing style & short-scale satisfaction, nothing quite matches the home team favorite 2012 maple J-185.
  23. I still use a pocket-sized cassette recorder for quickie ideas. Hope the memory banks kick in & you find it again!
  24. It does appear that production of the Terada-built Elitist Casino has ended (except possibly for the Japanese market), which is sad to see. But the price had steadily risen over the years, to the point where many might opt to purchase a Gibson 330 instead - especially since production of a 330 model, which had been almost non-existent for many years, has now become fairly reliable. I essentially traveled down that very road. Although I purchased an Elitist Casino in 2009, the release of the 330L caught my eye & I managed to snap one up in 2010. Then in 2012, the first serious '59 330 reissue was released, and it was a stellar effort - to the point where I was totally smitten by one. As much as I like the Elitist Casino, if forced to choose, it would now be the first to go. All of that said, I'm guessing that at the higher end, we might continue to only see special artist editions & the like, manufactured in China or Indonesia, and running under the $1000 price point.
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