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  1. They ship in very low numbers, and Gibson is not in the business of telling random people when they are shipping guitars to a dealer. They probably don't know - they have a list of orders, and when something is available, they ship it to the next store on the list. My dealer asked about the inlays. The response from the rep is that the specs aren't based on any particular vintage example, and it is not intended to be a reissue. He didn't have an answer about the inlays, though. Other than the inlays, what is "incorrect," aisde from the fact that they use a modern bridge and tuner
  2. If the original was a 1970, the nut was probably back to a normal width, but I agree - my 1965 LG-0 is too narrow for me to play some days.
  3. Fortunately for you, the LG-0 and the Epiphone FT-30 Caballero (you are correct about it being the equivalent model) are inexpensive by vintage guitar standards. Prices have gone up recently, but you can do pretty well for $1,000. An FT-140 will be very different than what you had. Also pay attention to the 70s, Japanese-made Epiphone FT-130 El Caballero - the name is similar, but the guitar is very different. A few years ago, Epiphone produced a 50th Anniversary Caballero that will be less expensive than a vintage example. If you had a 1970 LG-0, it likely had a spruce top instead o
  4. And if people don't like a $4,000 Epiphone, just wait for the USA Excellente. In 1964, a Kalamazoo-made Frontier was $290 ($2,500 after inflation today vs. $4,000 for the Bozeman model). An Excellente was $570 - the most expensive guitar to come from Kalamazoo at the time. I'd expect a Bozeman Excellente to be $5,000. Personally, I'd rather see a Bozeman Cortez or Bard before an Excellente, but they aren't quite as flashy.
  5. The Texan must have been successful enough for them to move on to a more expensive option. I probably won't buy a Frontier unless I see a used one for a good price, but I'll consider any other USA models.
  6. The Dove is also 25.5", but the only significant (non-cosmetic) difference between them is the neck - maple on the Frontier, mahogany on the Dove. Otherwise, it's just a trade-off between inlays, pickguard, Dove's fancy bridge, and finish options.
  7. Are those models you named inherently better, that someone is missing out by buying a Frontier instead? My argument since the Texan and Casino were revealed last year is that these are not for people who are happy buying $500 Epiphone guitars, but the people who are already buying Gibson but want these historic Epiphone models built to the same standards. This is actually slightly less expensive than the closest Gibson model, the Dove. I’ve known about this a long time and played one last week. It’s a great guitar. It’s odd that after years of hearing that the headstock doesn’t
  8. I plug a guitar into my Vox AC15. If I'm in a different room, I plug it into my Vox AC4TV mini.
  9. I suspect they will. They are moving on with acoustics. I didn't do any head-to-head comparison, but I believe the one I played was noticeably lighter than my Korean model.
  10. My local store had theirs listed on Reverb on Friday. As of Monday, it was already sold. I'm not sure if online or in-store.
  11. You're right. I looked down a line when switching columns. A lot of inconsistency, yes, but are there official names in that era that I'm not aware of? Every Gibson catalog I've seen just says "sunburst" or "cherry sunburst."
  12. I've seen others that include the word "bridge." Norman's Rare Guitars has a 1962 in stock right now.
  13. I've had one for almost a year. It has almost completely replaced my Gibson J-45 unless I'm in a mood. It's based on a 1962-1963 Texan, but without the adjustable saddle or plastic bridge. You can look at it as an expensive Epiphone and be disappointed in the price, or as an average-priced Gibson with different branding. I wouldn't say that Gibson is "competing with itself." The market for these isn't to get people buying $500 Epiphones to suddenly spend $2700; it's to provide people buying $2700 Gibsons an opportunity to buy an Epiphone that is to the same standard as their Gibsons.
  14. Condition is a huge factor. A 1965-1969 (slope shoulder) is less desirable than an early 60s model due to the narrow nut width. You're on the earlier side of that, so it still has lighter bracing, making it more desirable than a 1968-1969. It's really hard to judge value with the market doing crazy things this year, especially on a vintage guitar. The most recent similar examples both have structural repairs, so their price isn't very useful, and most recent sales are either early 60s or 1968-1969. Conservatively, I'd say $2000, but it could be $2500 or $3000. Current Reverb asking
  15. For acoustic guitars in that era (going back to the 30s), Gibson offered "sunburst." Amber in the middle and black or dark brown on the edges. In the 60s, they introduced "cherry sunburst" on the Hummingbird, and it replaced the previous burst for most acoustic models for a few years. "Tobacco burst" is a relatively modern finish option that goes from amber to black pretty suddenly, without the orange level in between. I don't think I've ever seen it on an acoustic, but even if it is, it's not on a vintage acoustic.
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