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  1. 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.
  2. As long as we're talking about I,Q., You do not "Say Your Peace". You actually "Say Your PIECE". Just sayin'. PEACE
  3. 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!
  4. Tortex has a great feel. I can see why so many people use them. Here's a picture of one of my Mammoth Picks.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Hey Tom@tpbiii, are Your Advanced Jumbos East Indian Rosewood or Brazilian? Also, I assume that You're up on the AJ Reissues. Is the bridge and fretboard on my 2002 Brazilian? Mine is the standard EIR AJ. Also, forgive me if this has been posted before, but this 1936 picture of the Kalamazoo factory is pretty cool. I wonder how many of these acoustics are still being enjoyed? Maybe Your AJ is being built in this photo Tom.[ooattachment=23863:image.jpeg]
  14. I locked in the deal. I get it tomorrow, so it's mine now. The post that I made in Vintage last night was asking what they would consider to be a price that a Gibson Forum vintage player would honestly pay. I see asking prices, but now that I took the deal, I'm trying to see what a bottom number would be.If I list it, I want to sell it. I may want to keep it. I told them that it had early Patent Number pups, although I'm not positive about that yet. There is a slim chance that it has PAF's. I don't want to list it for $3600 on REVERB JUST TO HAVE A POST TO CHECK ON. If I do I want to sell it, and I need a lowball number to decide what to list it for. This place is not a place where You will have anyone wanting to pay retail. I want to know what high wholesale would be I guess. I hope that explains the reason for my post in Vintage. I wanted a Gibson Forum buy price, not a buyer.I don't want to reveal the deal until it's in my greedy mitts, but anyone will agree that it's a once in a lifetime deal on vintage equipment, and I would be insane to not buy it. I may just sell all of my modern stuff and keep what I'm buying since I'm 60 years old. The items that I'm buying would be very easy for my wife to sell, and not so much the modern stuff unless you give it away. Thanks guys.
  15. Thinking of selling my 1963 ES-175DN. I have seen the sale prices on ebay, but thought You guys would know more than I. Here's a picture. It has some crazing, but the pattern is cool. Pups are early Pat #'s.
  16. No, I wasn't pullin Your legs. I'm buying it tomorrow. When I tell You the deal You'll wonder why I even thought about it. Of course I don't want to jinx it by revealing the deal before I close it. Thank You gentlemen. ALSO, I REALLY DIDN't know where to post this, but it's as much acoustic as it is electric.
  17. Thanks for the advice guys. I know that on a '63, the pups are more than likely Patent Number. alias, do you mean grab it and run? Cause that's what I'm thinking. And I like the neck on my PEACE, AND THAT's supposed to be a 60's neck. It's pretty slim. I also like the fatter neck on my J35 too, so I'm not picky there.
  18. There are more cracks towards the edge of the case that opens first, so it could have happened in one bad move on a Winter's day. I don't even have to ship it. It's only 40 miles away and the owner is an older gentleman. He is a Jazz guitarist and he bought it brand new 58 years ago. He didn't save the tags.
  19. I have a chance to get a smokin' deal on a 1963 ES-175DN (D=2 pickups & N=Blonde). They only made 75 Blonde ES-175's in '63, so it's kind of rare as far as Kalamazoo Gibsons go. It has some pretty extensive long line crazing on the top, and hardly any on the back. It's a beauty, and everything else about the guitar is fine. The cracks are about an inch apart, but the guitar looks awesome from five feet away. Also, since the pickups are Nickel, there is a chance that those are both vintage PAF Pups. It is a laminated top, so there are obviously no cracks in the wood, at least all the way through. Would You buy it, or pass and look for a nicer one?
  20. I have a 2017 J35, and the top grain is very light-colored and consistent on the entire top. There isn't any striping or other grain on the top. It has silking over the entire top. I was a finish carpenter for many years, and sanding the end grain to be fully exposing every nuance of the grain is difficult and time consuming. My question is, how does Bozeman sand a soft wood like Spruce down to the finest grain detail? You can see the silking clearly on every square inch of the top. They must use a roller drum sanding machine with very fine sandpaper I guess. It just amazes me that every fine grain detail is visible, and Spruce is so soft. My hat goes off to them. I'm having trouble posting a picture, but the sanding guys in Bozeman really have it together.
  21. The new J35's have 1930's Advanced Bracing. Almost any web search will prove this to be true.
  22. I love my PEACEFUL ORANGE PEACE MODEL. It's special in several ways, and I'll never sell it.
  23. They aren't always right with their Maple Grading Standard. Gibson calls this a Plaintop. Also, Joe Walsh has tried every guitar manufacturer, and the only company that he has found that delivered a perfect guitar is Carvin. Joe knows a LOT about guitars, so PRS and Schecter apparently don't deliver all of the goods either. These companies are in business to make money, not deliver a Stradivarius every time. They get them as close as possible using modern mass manufacturing methods, and handle the rest through warranty or returns. If Gibson was putting out crap guitars, they wouldn't be in the hands of at least HALF of the professional musicians all over the world. I hope the OP finds a Les Paul that thrills him, but in order to do that, he will almost always need a professional setup, and should probably have a bone nut cut and installed by a qualified luthier. It is part of the deal if You want Your guitar to kick butt. Good Luck OP!
  24. Sometimes Guitar dealers love to pinch a few things out of new guitars. It's a form of Kleptomania I think. I bought a new Advanced Jumbo in 2002 and was surprised that the cool Gibson Acoustic Picks and pick holder were not there. The ultimate rub was that he was selling Gibson Acoustic picks on ebay a few years ago. For $14 a pop. He probably had a jar of them because he was a Gibson Dealer. I was thinking a few years back and contacted Gibson Customer Service, and said that I was disappointed that I didn't get the cool pick with my new Advanced Jumbo. 15 Years Ago!. I gave them my name and the Original Owner info. A few weeks later, in the mail was a packet with one Tortoise Gibson Acoustic Pick, 5 Black Gibson Acoustic picks, and a cool snap shut Leather Gibson Pick Holder. Now THAT is CUSTOMER SERVICE! I have bought three Gibsons since then, and won't ever change. All over a few guitar picks!
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