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Alex_78 last won the day on June 11 2011

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  1. Great improvements, all the things I'm slowly doing on my SJ.
  2. So non scalloped bracing? That would be an interesting twist...
  3. https://youtu.be/EWH8PUKtzas The only relevant nylon Gibson I know is the Chet Aktins CE: To be honest the chances to get one left handed are slim. If you are fine with a Spanish classical for $2000 you can get a Ramirez Guitarra del Tiempo, BTW it's designed by a woman (Amelia Ramirez, I think the fifth master luthier of her family) and you can see the feminine touch in the decoration: It's the celebrative model for the 135th year for the Ramirez family in the business, here it's in action: https://youtu.be/EWH8PUKtzas Good luck with your friend.
  4. Yes you are correct, but these days guitarists are getting fatter therefore it's almost impossible for instance to find a decent Martin with a 43 mm nut, everybody wants 45 or more. Even Fender CS 1968 reissues now come with 43mm nut, originally they were 39.86 or 1 and 9/16 inches...that was the trend in the late 60s...in order to get one with the right specs I had to buy a CIJ one.
  5. Yes those that have it develop bridge bellies after two years or so. Actually similar guitars with non adjustable bridges were available for other sellers. And again for me a CS guitar is a custom ordered guitar like Martin or Fender offer. Thus, perhaps the old limited edition decal would be a better choice.
  6. Still have to understand why some Southern Jumbos have the CS and others don't, I have been told by Gibson: "All of our guitars that were not planogram models were considered Limited Editions due to the fact that they were onlyavailable for that model year. " I wonder if I add a CS logo I am "faking" the guitar...I remember ten years ago they had a "limited edition" logo similar to the CS logo, I think it should be reintroduced as the Gibson Montana CS acoustics aren't "custom shop" guitars IMO. The main characteristic of a custom guitar is that's it's made to order with different specs from regular production ones, and my understanding is Gibson Montana doesn't get custom orders.
  7. Thank you, you have the narrow nut that I like, my C&W is in reality the Sheryl Crow signature, not an original one, that was the reason why I enquired. Mine has a 44mm nut and a (not so) slim taker profile that is actually quite chunky, to be honest I feel I'd like your neck more...sometimes I think about getting a 60s C&W but the sound of this peculiar guitar is magic, today it appears tha finding an acoustic guitar with a 42.5mm nut is challenging.
  8. Pretty sure they are Tusq, pins, saddle and nut. Older models had glossy plastic pins, now they look different. As discussed previously Gibson's acoustics are well priced guitars and they prefer to invest in solid wood than bone pins, then the owner can decide to upgrade or not.
  9. Lovely guitar, out of curiosity, does it have a 43 mm nut? I have the reissue...
  10. Ok done (sh). As I don't have the magic product and I driller here I opted for a provisional installation, fitting the bushings had been a challenge...but ok. I will care about the perfect alignment when I am home and I can drill the additional holes.
  11. You guys have convinced me and I ordered a set of individual WD Klusons for mySJ, If I have problems with the conversion I might install them on my Sheryl Crow
  12. I got the D'addario on my HD28V, good sound, halfway between 80/20 and PB. I must give the Martin Retro a try in medium light, from the tension specs it looks they are not as hard as the old Martin Bluegrass...I'd just be happy if Gibson was offering something similar in the 12/56 gauge, stock 80/20 are quite good but light is too light and medium is too hard for my hands.
  13. Thank you for the snarky comment, however I am pretty sure I'd do a better job than Henry J. as I never brought a company in Chapter 11. However the AJ in 1936 sold for $80, a lot of money back then, equivalent to $1500 today but in reality I think it was more as during the Great Depression wages were low even at the net of inflation. The J35 sold for $35 that were about $700, therefore IMO the same reasoning above applies, IMO a honest price today for these guitars would be in the same range they used to be sold until 2010 or 2011, this politics of linear cost increases for model year to model year just makes Gibson look greedy and damage the business as well as the image of the company. Also according to the dealer I know Gibson's official statement is that every year they increase quality of assembly and woods, thing that I find hard to believe. The point is: " Do you think that between 2017 and 2018 the overall quality has increased by 15%"? From the superficial look I have to MY 2018 quality has decreased in comparison to what they made in 2010 and 2011, in particular my SC is the best put together acoustic guitar I have even tried, the neck angle is so perfect that even with very low action the saddle is quite high. Finish is perfect, no glue spots inside, even better than a CS Martin IMO. For my 2011 AJ the same applied.
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