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  1. I’m in the UK and managed to pick a sunburst one last August inbetween lockdowns. After years of the IB 64 and then the Frampton one and the masterbuilt I was mad when they released this as I had to have it. I have a J160 and a J45TV and this texan kinda falls inbetween the 2 somewhere soundwise. I have played it a helluva lot and the electrics are fantastic too. It’s a punchy sound right enough. It really is well made and I reckon they’ve had fun in Montana producing something different, historical and unique. You get the Gibson documents, headstock stamp and all the usual goodies with it in a nice grey case.Recommended.
  2. Agree - the 160 gets very little attention these days - maybe it’s because it’s been out of regular production for a while. I have a 2008 solid top versh and it is well loved as an electric guitar played through a Vox. Being a Fabs/Lennon nut it sits alongside my Ric 325 Miami and gives me loads of fun thrashing through those early songs!
  3. Love it - congratulations. I got the Sunburst version yesterday
  4. I just took delivery a few weeks ago of the new Masterbilt version released at the same time. I have the Peter Frampton one and had the I.B. 1964 one too - the Masterbilt is far superior to both of those - I can’t justify the USA one as my J45 TV is the best acoustic I’ve ever played.
  5. I took delivery of a new Masterbilt Texan last Friday. I also have the Peter Frampton one and have had 3 IB 1964 versions over the years. I always wanted one with more solid wood and bought the Frampton model but I can honestly say all these pale in comparison to this new Masterbilt version. The build quality is flawless and the main thing noticeable is the quality of sound - improved bass, ringing mids and trebles are amazing. I also have a J45Tv and 2 Martins and this new Masterbilt is getting near that quality. I will try the USA version when I get a chance but doubt it will replace my J45. Anyway - don’t scrimp - the Masterbilt is miles ahead worth the extra cost
  6. Larsongs. I have a 2008 J160 same material build as yours and can confirm I have the pole screw way down at the B string. I have 12 to 52 electric Elixir strings on as I plug into a Vox amp.
  7. Got a 2014 TV - it is played every day and best Gibson acoustic I've ever played. Enjoy!
  8. https://www.gumtree.com/p/for-sale/gibson-j-15-acoustic/1288250031?utm_campaign=socialbuttons&utm_content=app_ios&utm_medium=social&utm_source=ios_social. This one is up on Gumtree UK
  9. Beautiful! You're torturing me...i'm still waiting on the truck arriving this weekend.
  10. Thanks Forty ears - yes its a 2014 J45 TV. I am UK based and its not often these come up in mint and unaltered condition. My J160 will need to go soon and my current J45 is the standard. This may go next year as I trim the herd. I can hardly wait to get the TV and just play the hell out of it.
  11. Congratulations. I will be joining you as I bought a 2014 TV mint last night. I can barely wait until the end of next week to get. I now need to offload my J160 to pay for it or will end up divorced 😮
  12. Amen to all of that. I can't believe these UK prices. 2018 list just arrived last week. Don't even care for most of these new models with cutaways either.
  13. brixa


    That's the song that got Crosby kicked out The Byrds. He wanted that on Notorious Byrd Brothers - they went with Goin'Back and he bolted. Check out The Byrds version - sublime 👍🏻
  14. Thanks guys. Guitar is exactly as ThemisSal has just described. Still nice shiny surface - seems to be in the wood. I'm leaving it as is - too busy playing it - it's not really bad - top will colour up in time. I've had X series Martins, D28's, road series, 16's and more. This HD28 and my new D18 standard from last year are the best Martins I've ever played. Next up is to get the J45 Standard upgraded with bone nut n saddle. Thanks to all who replied.
  15. Thanks - you'll do for me. That could be my guitar! Perhaps it was a finish flaw. What a fantastic instrument. I've played it that much I've had to use Ibuprofen gel on my arm for arm strain. Cheers for that
  16. Got myself a fab HD-28 a few weeks back. It's a 2014 in the natural colour. Only defect on this is the previous owner must have had 'alien' sweat or something as there is a very light blue haze on the upper bout where his arm has leaned over and sweated through his shirt (i'm assuming). I'm used to this on guitars and can normally buff this off with the usual stuff - but not this time. Over the past few weeks, in small amounts, i've tried Virtuoso polish, naptha, Martin polish, T Cut etc to no avail. Any other trade secrets?...or do I just 'sweat it out' so to speak and it'll fade as the top matures? Other than that she's a beaut and perfect in every way. Cheers in advance.
  17. I hope he reads it and gets it. It's got about 6 hours left to go as I type this at 7am sat morning UK time.
  18. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/262893309619 . This one currently up for sale on ebay in UK in Glasgow Scotland. Not much use to you I wouldn't think but looks great.
  19. Out On The Weekend, Harvest, Heart Of Gold, Needle and the damage done, old man, old laughing lady, harvest moon, from hank to hendrix....and on and on....all get a regular blast from my D18, J45 or D35. He truly is a trailblazer who does things his way. Anyone interested should check out the biography Shakey..its fantastic
  20. Just noticed another price increase on new Martins at my local authorised dealer in Glasgow, Scotland. That's 2 increases in the last 3 months. My new D35 was £1899 when i bought it in August last year (I got discount off that price). Today the D35 new is £2445 ( a standard D28 is now £2299). That's a helluva increase. In comparison a new J45 is currently £1499 but if you want the 2017 standard pre-order is £1899. Is this across the board or is this Brexit/Dollar against the pound? Hmmm...At least my pride and joys are all up in value as well I suppose.
  21. I hate the Corporate side of them. They're like A trade mark and have been for years. The greed took over as the money rolled in. I listen to 'em every week bit it's always 63 to 72. They lost relevance for me after that. They"re releasing a new blues-based album soon so hopefully it will be a return to roots so to speak.
  22. Looking forward to it and love him. I noticed during the week he had another pop at the fabs saying they couldn't cut it as a live band. Always feel they were in awe of the Beatles success and it grates on them to this day. I hate way they've tried to write Brian Jones out of the story. If it wasn't for his passion at the start him n Mick would never have made it out of that Edith Grove flat they nearly rotted in.
  23. http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&alt=web&id=262277484081&globalID=EBAY-GB Above link shows one in very nice comdition for sale here in the UK at the moment with spec you are looking for. I had the x-braced solid top version 2012 for a few years before resorting back to a J45 Standard. The beefy neck was a negative for me due to small fingers. You will be better using a 62 spec as an electric with flatwound or nickel electric strings to get the Fabs sound. Be warned - it will not sound that fab played unplugged. Hope this helps.
  24. I have both these models (both 2014) and use custom light 11 guage Elixir Phosphor Bronze. I have small hands/fingers and recently switched from Elixir 12's to 11's. I found no compromise in tone, bass or volume on both of these. It's easier for me to now play barre chords and has more zing. Both play like butter. I went from 13's to 12's on my Martin D35 also with no problems. These strings suit me but you can enjoy experimenting and a lot will depend on hand size and type of play (finger-picking, chording etc). Enjoy.
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