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  1. Smart move to cast off the Grover Boat Anchors. They not only leave you with a visible hole at 8 o'clock position, but a extra large shaft opening. You'll have to fill the void with bushings. New pilot holes are necessary at 12 and 6 position for any open tuners, be they Waverly, Grover or Gotah. You must have the tuners perfectly snug. Or you'll be losing a bit of sustain...as you were with those tone robbing Grover's.
  2. Stephen Stills and I'm not coughing. This guy has a collection of awesome guitars and his acoustics always sound like a 70's Tak.
  3. Taylors are for choir boys

    Martins are for good ol' boys

    Gibsons are for bad boys.

  4. To my Gibson friendly ear the J 50 has a much bigger bottom register that James pickin' style uses to full advantage. Seems to me the Olson can't get out of the piano's way. Sounds sweet but definitely not BIG, and lacking returns on the Em and Cmaj7 chords that the Gibson fills the room with.
  5. Dear Gibson Forum Members: I cannot let this topic alone. I own a 1969 Gibson SJ that I retro-fitted with a tusq saddle following a grim "repair" where the "technician" chose to replace the stock ceramic saddle with a nylon un-radiused saddle. I had a problem with the vagueness of the tone of the guitar before the repairman got his hands on this guitar.Here is the truth. wether you choose to believe it or not is on you.o Do you really expect the saddle to radiate the optimal tone to the spruce top when it is raised off the top so that there is no contact with the topwood? That the only vibration to the top is through the bolts in the saddle adjustment mechanism ? Pure and by the laws of physics...no way. Fixed saddles will bring out 100 % of the tone of the guitar. Adjustable saddles were invented to be a convenience and are a compromise. Acoustic guitars are different that electric guitars. Adjustable saddles are unique to Gibson guitars and the copies that chose to mimic this design. They are an inferior design, and any good sounding Gibson adjustable saddle acoustic guitar will sound better with the proper fixed saddle arrangement. If you choose to think other wise you are only fooling yourself. A Gibson Lover
  6. Blonde mahogany make me feel warm and happy. I'd love to help you break that sweet guitar in. Enjoy your pretty new best friend,
  7. "The serial number is 734567 and has the "Made in USA" stamp below the SN on the back of the headstock. Can anyone help me identify the age of this guitar?" Joe Based on this: 1970 Hummingbird specs: Non-adjustable bridge saddle, laminate 3 piece mahogany neck. 1971 Hummingbird specs: Double "X" bracing used. 1973 Hummingbird specs: Block fingerboard inlays. I'm going with a late 1972 based on the block inlays on the neck. This may or may not be double x braced which if it were would nail it down as such. Is there any sign of a neck swap ? Could be a 1973 neck on a 67 or later single x body. I have a 69/70 SJ with a screwed on pick guard FWIW.
  8. I would not give over $900 for it. Though it could sound good, odds are if there was no concern for what tuners go on it then you have no idea which goober with a screw driver "worked" her over either.
  9. Any song with Joni in the background is a hit with me. Eric has done some fine recordings since then. Just takes some investigating. Not folky more modern sound and very good too.
  10. I think the PR Dept at Gibson is on Holiday this year. Couldn't find squat about a AJ 70th anniversary model either.
  11. Hi Blake From late 1970 till 72/73 the J45/59's were a good lot . Gone were the tone killing shingle pickquard and the hardware store adjustable bridge. As long as it is not the worst design of all, the Dred-ed double X brace top you've got a sweet Gibson that will perform with the older slope shoulders at a big price reduction. My SJ is a 1969 and it works fine. Bri
  12. AJ or Burst

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    Here's 2 cents. Since WWII the focus is on Mahogany and 24.75 scale. Not that rosewood isn't done,just not often. I think J 185 is a model that begs for rosewood as it would be a nice finger style model. J 60 is rarely produced and I would like to play one. Almost every AJ I've played since 1998 I've liked. Every Songwriter has been unimpressive to me. Gibson has done mahogany well and rosewood is a secondary option rarely offered. AJ
  13. Hi All: Tom said: "But acoustically or on a single mic, they just can't drive the midrange in support of the (loud) lead instruments. Most guitar players would tell you it's the bottom end that Martin's have over most other Brands Gibson included. But they are known to be less focused in the mid range... and I would disagree strongly for to me a good Gibson has a cleaner,STRONGER, midrange and more overall clarity over a lot of Martins. Ultimately a guitar needs to be judged on it's own merit and not the label. Russ Barenberg does just fine with his Gibson around world class musicians. As far as playing in front of a mic a Gibson will be less likely to feed back, but that's what preamps and eq's are for. I have a D - 18 and Gibson SJ and they are separate and not equal and evenly played. That's how I hear it, AJ
  14. I say 1951 and without a Luthier check up and assuming it has not been played in years...$2500. No idea on the L model.
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