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Everything posted by bobouz

  1. The earliest version of the non-cutaway CJ-165, which preceded the J-165, came with a batwing-style pickguard, very similar to that found on a non-cutaway J-185. When placed on the guitar, it covered most of the rosette. The J-165 used a much smaller guard, which fit cutaway versions as well. It was shaped like those found on many Songwriters. If you google J-165, you can check out numerous examples.
  2. Nasty things can reside in guitar cases, too. On my older instruments, I've swapped out the original cases for new SKB-type thermoplastic. Cases mean next to nothing to me, but original cases are very important to some. They obviously can be kept, if one desires, for future resale with a companion vintage piece.
  3. Duane, the Elite Casino was released in 2002. By the 2004 model year, the name had formally been changed to Elitist, due to a copyright issue with Gretsch if I recall correctly. It's possible that some Elite Casinos were manufactured towards the end of 2001, prior to their release in 2002 - personally, I've never seen one, but it's certainly within the realm of possibility. But even if that were the case, the labels on this guitar would be incorrect because they read Elitist rather than Elite. Another factor which assures that the OP's pictured guitar is not from 2001, is the fact that the headstock logo font pictured was not used on Elitist Casinos until approx 2010. In 2010, Epiphone began standardizing their headstock logo font to the one shown on this guitar. All Terada-Elite/Elitist hollowbodies from 2009 and earlier (except the Broadway) used a different font, characterized by a short-center-lined 'E'. Therefore, we're back to: Is this an Elitist from 2011? Again, going with probabilities, I would think not. The tuner change could be done with an aftermarket bushing as I noted above, but it's highly doubtful that a decal logo would have been applied over the finish by Terada. Anything is possible, but the origins of this guitar are suspect & worth investigating carefully before purchase.
  4. All Elitist Casinos (except the recent Ltd Ed version sold primarily in Japan) have come stock with Grover Rotomatics, which require a larger hole for the threaded bushing. If someone has a true Elitist Casino & wants to go to the style of tuner pictured by the OP (faux-Klusons), an adapter-bushing is required. Conversely, the pictured tuners have been standard fare on Casinos made in Korea & China for many years.
  5. The tuners & the decal/sticker on the back of the headstock are really problematic. They do not conform to any Elitist Casio I’ve seen from Terada. We know it’s not a 2001, because there was no such beast. If it were being considered a 2011, the tuners are wrong & a decal/sticker would not be applied over the finish. I’ve seen an Elitist decal/sticker available on eBay, so this would be easy to fake. My guess is that this is not the real deal.
  6. My favorite Carl Perkins song is Cat Clothes, which was considered a bit to racy to release as a single back in the day. In finally came to light in later compilations of his work. Great guitar by Carl, with Jerry Lee Lewis playing piano.
  7. Herein lies the rub. There are parts of capitalism that make sense & work well, and other parts that don't. Similarly, there are parts of socialism that make sense & work well, and other parts that don't. Unfortunately, people have forever been trying to make a buck by riding on the back of someone else's talent, alive or dead. That's opportunistic capitalism, sometimes at the pond scum level.
  8. Gibson has certainly sipped from the Yoko approved Kool-Aid: - Assorted John Lennon Gibson J-160 models - Epiphone EJ-160 John Lennon model - '65 John Lennon Epiphone Casino - Inspired by John Lennon Epiphone Casino
  9. Love the bling-less look of J-100s!
  10. Yes, New Hartford produced both a twelve & fourteen fret roundshoulder Orpheum.
  11. Agreed, we've seen examples of some pretty bad ones, but this has to win the prize.
  12. Seems like there might also be a bit of a tip-of-the-hat to Ren's Orpheum series Guilds, built in New Hartford. Roundshoulder dreads were part of the series, as well as the cursive headstock logo. But for my money, rather than get a MIC Guild, Westerly Guilds built from the early '70s to 2000 can often represent a very good value on the used market, and many of them are simply great guitars. A few years ago when I decided to revisit my Guild past (had four of them in the '70s), I quickly ran into one fine sounding Westerly after another, and typically one great deal after another. Prices have gone up recently, so a little more patience may be required these days.
  13. We had a long & somewhat heated discussion about Montana's bridgeplates a few years back, including the locater hole & plug in the center. A lot of Montana's bridgeplates have been pretty sloppy affairs. I always make sure when restringing that each string is firmly & properly seated against the plate, without digging into it.
  14. Yes, 339s are very nice guitars, and a lot of bang for the buck. I have one from 2009, that I picked up brand new for $1529 at that time. My recommendation on fretboard oil would be either F-One or Fret Doctor. Both use only natural oils, and are formulated specifically for this purpose. I've tried a lot of oils over the years, and these two are the best I've found. Also, both will typically darken a lighter board, which most people seem to prefer. Congrats & enjoy your 339!
  15. The Yardbirds were, and still are, one of my very favorite groups from the '60s - in particular, the Jeff Beck era which was so incredibly inventive. But I've got to give Clapton a bunch of credit for that 30 second solo in "I Ain't Got You." At the time, it was like a mind-altering awakening, and paved a path to discovering folks like Freddie King & Matt Murphy. Very exciting days!
  16. Excellent! J-100s represent a great value, and it seems like they almost always sound good. Congrats & have fun with your minty closet find!
  17. To tweak the question a bit: What band do you wish we'd heard more from while they were together in their prime, that you'd still truly want to listen to? In that vein, I would quickly have to say The Beatles, but there would be a few others. One that quickly comes to mind would be The Yardbirds, from the Jeff Beck era in particular. And although it was a very temporary thing, the Super Session grouping of Michael Bloomfield, Al Kooper, and Steven Stills would be another. Add Moby Grape, if they could have recaptured the magic of their first album. Edit: And to go much further back in time - The Hot Club of France. Could listen to Django & Stephane all day, and sometime still do.
  18. It's a guitar that puts a smile on my face every time I play it :-)
  19. The more recently released Elitist version referred to here does indeed have a nitro finish. I believe it has primarily been marketed in Japan, along with a new nitro finished Elitist Riviera. Edit > Almost forgot: Epi also recently released the "Elitist 1964 Texan" with a nitro finish. This guitar is very similar to the Terada-made version of the "McCartney 1964 Texan" (part of McCartney's Adopt-A-Minefield fundraiser from 2005).
  20. Definitely a step in the right direction!
  21. Those are the only two recent Casinos I'm aware of with a nitro finish. Since 2008, a number of ES-330 models have been produced by Gibson within standard production runs, and they are now quite readily available. Although I have an Elitist Casino & it is a fine instrument, if forced to choose, I would sell the Casino before either of my 330s. Happy hunting!
  22. My dad had passed away a number of years before, so in 1965 when I was fourteen & we needed a new car, my Mom essentially let me pick out the car. I was already a Chevy fan, frequently going down to this one particular dealer to sit in their Corvettes & dream away. The car I picked out "for mom" was a two-door '65 Chevy Malibu Super Sport, with the 327 V-8. A while later on my learner's permit, that fine machine assisted me in landing a ticket for doing 90mph on the newly opened & relatively empty 605 freeway in LA. Fun car!
  23. When I started playing in 1971, I first bought a Yamaha FG-160, but soon began lusting after a higher quality instrument. By buying older guitars super cheap at flea markets & fixing them up (had ten in the house at one time), I was eventually able to trade my way up to buying a series of new Guilds, which at the time represented one of the best values in a new guitar. Within twelve years, I'd gone small body/short scale & settled on a 1965 Gibson B-25n, along with a 1970 Martin 00-18. It wasn't until my 50th B-Day in 2001 that I began seriously looking at new Gibsons & Martins, and also started getting hooked on electrics. At that point, I figured I'd earned it by still being alive & having somewhat retained my sanity - So I bought a J-100xtra, a J-150, a Les Paul Special, and a custom Martin. Many more guitars & amps were bought, sold, & traded after my daughter graduated from college, which freed up extra dollars. Today in retirement, I look at my collection as the culmination of a very worthwhile lifetime hobby. I suppose that's my point - it might take a good portion of a lifetime to get to where you can afford high quality non-essential items such as musical instruments. So simply buy the best guitar you can at any given point in time, and enjoy the ride.
  24. Well, not always - consider the pharmaceutical industry. And socialism can deliver some real pluses - consider S.S. and Medicare. But in the world of guitars, I agree, the forces of capitalism will prevail. One of the key factors being, instruments are not a necessity of life. If people can't afford Gibsons, they won't buy them. If too few people can afford your product to make production sustainable, you've got to alter the game-plan at some point.
  25. A while back I had an Alleykat made by Samick. It was an early 2000s version if I remember correctly. The mini-humbucker had a very nice tone - punchy & percussive, with good touch sensitivity. The neck was a bit wide & a bit thin - kind of a shallow 'D' carve - different, but comfortable. A very nice guitar overall, but it eventually got traded away for something else.
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