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  1. I was an early member of this forum. I love so many people here, from whom I've learned a lot. But, alas, because this is the guitar forum that turns to ugliness and politics more quickly than any other, I've often taken long sabbaticals. I returned recently after several months away. I wish you all the best. I've a lot to discuss re the positive vibes from the new management. PM me to discuss. Because, I'll not be back.
  2. This. It's stunning that this fellow knew so little about his craft that he would post the evidence of 1) his lack of knowledge of this instrument, 2) his "experimentation" regarding repairs for which there is a lot of available information about proper techniques, and 3) trashing a valuable, historical guitar in real time. There are so many great repair folks - Mamie Minch, Mark Stutman, TJ Thompson, Willi Henkes, etc. - who could have worked wonders on this lovely instrument. Sadly, way too late now. Its distressing to witness carnage.
  3. Gibson radiused the tops, from the soundhole down (not the upper bouts). This is very common knowledge in the vintage guitar community. Something else common in the vintage guitar community is valuing original bridgeplates. Replacing that plate, alone, depreciated this guitar by 10% to 20% Again, horrific work (that significantly devalued the guitar).
  4. Horrifying work. Bridge plate the size of Rhode Island. Titebond all around. A repairable bridgeplate. Abuse of the top finish (Nick, Mamie does all the work on my guitars). A fellow who doesn't know whether a 1950s sJ-200 had a radiused top. In sum, ugh.
  5. Sorry to be late to this all-mahogany party. I’ve been on the road for the past 2 weeks. Yes, indeed, the Banner LG-1s were X-braced. Like all first issue Banners - LG-2s, LG-3s, J-45s, J-50s, and, of course, SJs, they had fancy rosettes and multiple purflings top and back. Quite fancy by Gibson standards and, to my eyes, gorgeous. No LG-1s shipped until a few months into 1943. Mine shipped June 23, 1943. Some researchers designate the guitars as 1942s, because that’s when the designs issued (I now have the original spec sheets to the Banner flattops, all created in fall 1942). I prefer to refer to the year by the shipping date. But, of course, it really doesn’t matter. Anyway, I love all-mahogany Gibson flattops. As for the snarkiness of my comments in the video, that was due to the stunning treatment I received from the prior management and the fact that the only way I could sample a copy of my own guitar was to buy a copy. A fascinating time. But, I’m very happy to report that the new management is eager to embrace the tale of the Gals and the great guitars that they built. More to come ... eventually. It’s a busy company right now.
  6. Thanks, Keith! Yes, Vince is a wonderful guitar player. Bob, too, of course!
  7. With a certain old, bald guy, who arranged this for a Fretboard Journal story. Thanks for posting this. I'll accept no criticism of Mr. Gill, regardless of one's opinion about the Eagles. He's a brilliant guitar player, a brilliant songwriter, and as warm and caring a person as I've met. Not knowing met me, he still agreed to meet me at Carter Vintage in Nashville to record this video and be interviewed for the resulting story in Fretboard Journal. We spent several hours there, with Vince, Bob, and, uh, me, playing through the Carters' current inventory. He hung with us until about an hour before his gig that evening at 3rd & Lindsley Bar and Grill, for which he comped Bob, Bob's lovely wife, and me tickets. A few months later, this lovely man agreed to meet me in Shreveport, Louisiana, to make a presentation to James Burton. Again, I'll accept no criticism of Mr. Gill. On edit, a couple of pics from that day:
  8. I believe that Woody would have painted on the guitar's top, "This Machine Is Owned by Capitalist Fascists!" :)
  9. That crazy night when you walk into a club for a gig (in this case, at Ronnie Scott's in London), and the club manager says, "Jeff's coming to see you tonight." "Jeff Who"?" "Jeff Beck." Gulp. Full story here. Video .
  10. Thanks! No. That's my other Banner SJ, the one that a young US soldier took to to WWII. Here in the hands of a guitar player who showed up at one of my gigs and sat in teh front row:
  11. Thanks, all. It's a privilege to be the guitar's current conservator. I think that he was hoping I'd open the door so that he could escape from the noise I was making. :)
  12. Here's my comparison of a broad range of vintage Gibson L-style acoustic flattops: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOKsdAFCCIw
  13. One more: Lauren Sheehan playing my went-to-WWII 1943 sJ:
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