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  1. I've been playing AJ's since I bought my first new in 2002, which I still have. Funny, but I've never had a problem with the tuners at all. Tunes right up and stays put. Do You stretch Your strings when You install a new set? I guess they could put out bad batches.
  2. They could have donated them to school music programs. Really kind of stupid. I thought Henry was gone?
  3. I really like my Gibsons. I just take a polishing cloth and lay it under my arm, or wear a long sleeve cotton shirt. If the polishing cloth has a sewn seam aroun the outside, I cut it off. It may seem like a little too much worrying, but I have always gotten top dollar for my guitars. They are also easier to sell. If they open the case, and it' gleaming, they are more likely to buy it. I have never had a guitar fail to sell if someone comes to look at it, so it must work.
  4. As long as we're talking about I,Q., You do not "Say Your Peace". You actually "Say Your PIECE". Just sayin'. PEACE
  5. The Goldtones in the early 2000's were all Trace Elliot except for the GA5 Les Paul Reissue 5 watt Tube Amp. They were hand-wired in the USA IN MOJOTONE's Burgaw, North Carolina factory. I use mine all of the time. If You look on YouTube, there's a clip of Roky Erickson playing "Two-.Headed Dog". Billy Gibbons is playing in his band, and Billy is plugged into one of the GA5 Reissues, no doubt plugged into the PA. If it's good enough for Billy, it's GOT to be pretty good. They are nearly identical to the original Fender Champ schematic, only the rectifier is tube on the Champ, and Solid State on the Gibson. Great little amps for the low prices that they go for on ebay. They also break up pretty easily, about 5 on the volume control, which is the only knob on the amp. For $400, Your Gibson Amp dreams can become a reality!
  6. Tortex has a great feel. I can see why so many people use them. Here's a picture of one of my Mammoth Picks.
  7. I made my first pich this morning. I got my Mammoth Ivory pices two hours ago. This material is very hard, which is the reason people say that they get more volume with these picks. You don't know how hard it is until You work it. The picks that I bought have such a soft feel, it's hard to tell what it's like to work with it. I returned the two that I bought this morning. I can't see buying picks for $40 each whn I can make them for $10. Here is my first effort. It took me 87 minutes with a sharp knife and a 400 grit sandpaper block. You be the judge if they're worth $10 each. Th lines that You see are growth lines, which I think is what makes them stick to your fingers.For some reason my files are too large. I'm working on an image
  8. The picks that I bought are called Tusk Buffer. The website is TuskBuffer.net. I have found a place on Facebook called " House of Mammoth " I bought two picks from Tusk Buffer, so I decided to make my own, Scot sold me 11 pieces of Mammoth Ivory large enough to make any size or shape I want for $98. So now I can make my own for less than $10 each. I should get my Ivory Saturday. I'll post my results. I obviously didn't mean that they were th pick for everyone. I probably hae trouble with picks because I played only fingerstyle for years. I have found recently that some songs just sound like they should when played with a pick. Of course, if You're Lindsay Buckingham You can get any sound that You want with bare fingers. Picks can be cool on some songs. I mainly use the pick obn stuff like CSN&Y and really on Some Neil Young songs. Anyhow, I'll post my first homemade Mammoth pick.
  9. I have finally found the perfect guitar pick. I have always had troubl with picks spinning as I'm playing. Thin, Thick, Medium. Thn, I got a pick made out of Woolly Mammoth Ivory, and it's perfect. Something about he Ivory sticks to Your finger or thumb. After You play for little bit, you can move Your thumb away, and the pick will stick to ZYour index finger. Yo can hold Your finger out, point th pick towards the floor, and it jut hangs there. I think it has to do with th Schreger Lines, which are growth lines Tusk Ivory that crisscross. They're kind of like the growth rings on tree, only they intersect. They're expensive, but worth every penny. I can finally keep my pick positioned through the entire song. Am I the only one that has the problem? I guess it isn't a problem anymore.
  10. Thanks for the great comparison and the great music too. Different Guitars. I think they both sound great, but different. The J35 in Your hands sounds as good as the J45, but the bracing, and possibly the density of the Mahogany make for differences. My J35 is noticeably lighter than my Advanced Jumbo. Rosewould vs lightweight Mahogany. It would be interesting to weigh the guitars. I worked with mahogany for years. Some is light like Spruce, and some is nearly as dense and heavy as Oak. Still, a nice unbiased comparison. I think that it's a very interesting topic. The fact that the same Gibson manufacturing line builds both round shouldered guitars out of nearly identical materials, with some fairly important bracing differences, and comes up with somewhat different sounding guitars. I think that the weight and density of the Mahogany is a critical element in the sound of either guitar.
  11. I've had a 2001 J-45, 2002 Advanced Jumbo EIR, and 2017 J35. I now have a 2002 AJ and a 2017 J35. My AJ IS FOREVER, AND I think the J35 is too. My AJ is a great one. I mainly fingerpick, and I play it into a microphone pointed at the upper fretboard. My J35 is the lightest Gibson I have ever played. it is LIGHT. It is also killer. I don't know if there are bad ones out there, but mine is one of the finest guitars for playing with a pick that I have ever enjoyed playing. I have no complaint with the sound of my J35 when fingerpicking at all. But my AJ simply does a better job. My J-45 was sold, because either I don't like the J-45 tone, or I bought a bad one. It was an easy choice for me selling the J-45 after a month or so with my J35. My J35 sounds excellent plugged in, and I intend to get a Tonewood Amp, because as good as my J35 is, the Tonewood was made for a guitar with the tone that my J35 carries. I was glad that the J-45 lost the battle, because the difference in price made my J35 the best bargain on a Gibson acoustic that I could have dreamed of. There are monster J35's out there, and I wouldn't dream of calling my J35 a J-45 lite. Three of my bandmates fully concurred with my choice. They saw absolutely no reason whatsoever to keep the J-45 other than the really sweet sunburst that had been laid down on it. Not all J35's will lose a playoff with a J-45. There are good, great, and average Gibson acoustics of every model. I'm fortunate to have two GREAT Gibson acoustics. That is a great position to be in, especially when one sounds great plugged in.
  12. I traded my '02 East Indian AJ because I had an '02 BRAZILIAN AJ. I missed it, so I bought an '02 East Indian AJ from DUSTY STRINGS, and it has some smudgy areas on it. I have to be in the right mood to tear in on it, but I'll take pictures. I'm betting it will come out as-new. It doesn't have any scratches. The a few crazing lines which will always be there. My original '02 had a funky seam on the top below the bridge. It was like a dark, lumpy area on the Spruce right where the seam was. This one has a perfect seam, and overall I have no complaints for a 16 year old guitar. I also polished the bean shaped silver tuners every time I played it. I've seen a lot of them with cloudy plating on the tuners on older ones. The tuners on "Dusty" are shiny just like mine had. Plus, I honestly think that this one sounds richer than my old one did. I think after I spend a few hours with Virtuoso on Dusty I'm going to end up with a better '02 than the one that I orderwd brand new. I liked the '02's because it's the first year that they listed AJ's as a model that You could buy instead of finding one that was special ordered by a Five Star dealer. So, they had lot of practice making them and selecting wood that tapped out to be a loud one. I can hardly wait to see the finish restored on Dusty. I have a 2017 J35 that I'm going to sell, because I only play an AJ even though it's a really good J35. No use having a great guitar that doesn't get played much at all. Someone is going to get a J35 that can hold its own against a J-45, because it holds its own against an AJ. If this J35 were Rosewood, it would be a monster. Plus it feel like it weighs about three pounds. It really sucks having too many great Gibson acoustics!
  13. The marks on the neck look like it's been hanging in a music store. Did You buy it from a Guitar Center? That thing has been wailed on. Buy Your guitar from SWEETWATER, OR A PLACE LIKE WILDWOOD. IN GREAT BRITAIN, I would go with Anderton's. If You have a problem at least they won'rt fight You on a return. That thing did not leave Bozeman in that condition.Gibson doesn't seal the boxes with tape. Staples are the only thing that holds them closed when they leave the factory.. I have never seen a Gibson box that beaten up from the factory. The boxes may have a ding or two, but that one looks like they used a chain saw on it. Unless it was stapled shut on both ends, it was opened by the dealer.
  14. I personally would buy a 1935 ADVANCED JUMBO REISSUE, AND PUT THE OTHER $1300 in my wallet and buy lottery tickets if I had Your luck. I think that the '35 Reissue is a special piece, copied off of a beautiful 1935 Advanced Jumbo Prototype. I have a friend in Bozeman who has played tons of Bozeman Gibsons. He said, at least the one that they gave him to test, had a tone unlike any other Bozeman Acoustic he had ever tried. But, I'm a huge AJ fan. The friend that I speak of knows well what he's comparing it to. And that includes just about every model that Bozeman has made.
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