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  1. Thanks bobouz, hadn't meant to be away for so long.
  2. It's a J100xtra from 93. Prior the 93 there was a J100 with the plain maple/English Sycamore back and sides, belly up bridge and teardrop Pickguard. For 93 they redesigned the J100 to make it look closer to the J200, this they did by adding the moustache bridge, and large plain J200 pickguard. The back and sides changed to Mahogany, and the designation to J100xtra. The 93 into very early 94 guitars have the script Gibson logo and "only a Gibson is good enough" line. This changed in 94 to the normal Gibson logo, and angular pineapple in gold silkscreen. Most 94s got the big centennial label too. I have a 94 and a close friend has a 93, which has all the features the posters guitar has. Steve.
  3. Didn't the 72-75 Gibson J-100 reissue's have Cedar tops? I have three acoustic guitars with Cedar soundboards, A Daion 78 Heritage, a Daion 82 Jumbo, and a recently acquired Stanford PSOM-10 cutaway. I like the all.
  4. I'm pretty certain it is more or less an "Inspired by 64 Texan" with Schaller type tuners and signature on the back of the headstock. Steve.
  5. Totally agree with both of you. I've played a few IB_64 Texans from most production years that are nothing to write home about, but there is the odd gem out there too. On the specs front, there is no mention of what the bridge is made of, but I am pretty certain that on on both the 09 and 2015, the bridge is made of Walnut. I am toying with the idea of tapering the braces of my IB, along the lines of my old 62. But having said that, it does sound rather good as is. Steve.
  6. I really like this 2015 version that I have. The wood used for the back and sides has nicer figuring, and there appears to be better attention to detail in the construction, compared to my son's 09. That one even has a back seam that is noticeably off centre! As I mentioned earlier I used to own an original 62 and a 2004 McCartney elitist(the comparison video is still on YouTube). The 62 had a very deep low E string, but the high end was raggedy, that particular 04 Macca was hand on heart the worst acoustic I have yet owned! It was impeccably built, weighed only 3lb 8oz, promised so much, but just sounded brash, no matter what I did to it. I will say that this 2015 IB is voiced a little more in the Martin camp, but it does capture to a certain degree that long scale twang and sprang that many 60s Texans have, which Norm Harris (Normans rare guitars) describes as "That plucky magic twanger" tone. I like the little details, like the Epiphone E appearing to be set into the actual pickguard a little, so you can't knock it off!(It might just be thinner). I like it that the neck looks and feels very much like the 62, without that Rosewood fretboard binding that the early IBs have. I like the bridge looking correct and being placed correctly, but I don't like the black stain to make it look like a 63/4 plastic bridge! And I didn't like how the white plastic bridge pins sat so low in the bridge, that you had to push them out from underneath! My replacement Rosewood ones fit perfectly. At the end of the day it is a budget guitar, and there are some gems amongst them, as well as others that are totally underwhelming, you just have to try a few first. I am very impressed with mine, and even more so for £140. My son is equally happy with the 09. I took a load of photos, but don't know how to get them on now, what with photobucket no longer being an option. Steve.
  7. I bought one of the first IB-64 Texans back in 2009, which I passed down to my eldest son about three years later. In the meantime I've had a 62 original Texan and a 2004 McCartney Elitist version. Two weeks ago I picked up a second hand 2015 IB-Texan for £140, in excellent condition. I made a couple of mods to it, I got rid of the black stain on the Rosewood bridge, changed out the ill fitting plastic pins for Rosewood ones, and changed the chipped bone nut for a Corian one.This is a very nice sounding Texan type guitar. My son came home from Uni with his 09 yesterday, and that gave me the chance to do a thorough comparison, result being, they are two completely different guitars! The 2015 model is smaller all around, by about an 8th of an inch. The 09 has tall but crude scalloped top bracing,whereas the 2015 has tall unscallpoed but shaved top braces. The 2015 looks better built to me, and has more of the long scale Texan sound. Both are great to play, and my son loves the 09. Steve.
  8. I bought one of the first IB-64 Texans back in 2009, which I passed down to my eldest son about three years later. In the meantime I've had a 62 original Texan and a 2004 McCartney Elitist version. Two weeks ago I picked up a second hand 2015 IB-Texan for £140, in excellent condition. I made a couple of mods to it, I got rid of the black stain on the Rosewood bridge, changed out the ill fitting plastic pins for Rosewood ones, and changed the chipped bone nut for a Corian one.This is a very nice sounding Texan type guitar. My son came home from Uni with his 09 yesterday, and that gave me the chance to do a thorough comparison, result being, they are two completely different guitars! The 2015 model is smaller all around, by about an 8th of an inch. The 09 has tall but crude scalloped top bracing,whereas the 2015 has tall unscallpoed but shaved top braces( they are meant to be scalloped!). The 2015 looks better built to me, and has more of the long scale Texan sound. Both are great to play, and my son loves the 09. Steve.
  9. I've got two IB-64 Texans, the first is a 09 model made in China, and last weekend I picked up a very good condition 2015 Indonesian made one, which is very much like the original posters Texan. I will do a comparison between the two soon, as they are quite different in specs. What I will say though, is that the newer Indonesian version has that " Plucky magic twanger sound" that the originals have. Steve.
  10. Nice Matsumoku Epiphone Emperor you have there. The first three digits of the serial number date your guitar to December 1981. Enjoy.
  11. There were some J100 Xtra's from 95 that had Rosewood back and sides.
  12. Congrats on the Levin. I swapped mine for a Gibson j100 xtra back in 2010, which I still own. The 62 Levin was a great guitar, it did however need a little while to warm up, but the sound was lovely and crisp. I found the flat fretboard radius a little uncomfortable in the end, which led to the eventual trade. Enjoy yours. Steve.
  13. There certainly have been Epiphone custom builds from Kalamazoo in the 60s. Walter Carter's "Epiphone the complete history" has a photo on page 91 of Stevie Ray Vaughan playing a red Riviera with vari-switch, double white pickguards,and bound headstock! I recently saw a Texan that had neck binding for sale in Scotland, but it was hard to tell whether it was a factory mod or not. I have seen a Casino that had Crestwood type oval fretboard inlays too! Recently there was an Epiphone Sheraton "Customer order" for sale on ebay, which if I remember correctly was red with single black body bindings, no neck binding. Just found that Sheraton. https://reverb.com/item/4678441-epiphone-e212tv-sheraton-special-order-1967-see-thru-cherry So they are out there. Steve.
  14. Nick Lowe plays J150/200 models, and on occasion a J45. Richard Ashcroft is another J200 player too. James Blunt has a thing for Gibson's that are from 1966. Steve.
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