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  1. Standard AJs have gotten Gotohs. "Deluxe" AJs -- Luthier's Choice models, for example -- have typically come with Waverleys. -- Bob R
  2. I doubt there's much risk here. The edge of the registration hole is probably harder than the maple, thanks to the adhesive, so it seems unlikely that ball ends sitting in or near the hole will cause excessive wear. But I guess we'll find out. -- Bob R
  3. No, they said that excessive bridge plate wear would be repaired under warranty. But I think you missed the main point, which is that they believe there is no actual problem here, structural or tonal, and they're not going to spend any money changing the production line to "fix" a non-problem. (That the bridge plate looks kind of funky to the tiny number of goof balls like us who carefully examine the innards of their guitars does not count as a problem. :) ) They're backing that belief by a promise to do a "fix" (including who knows how many expensive warranty repairs ) if they're wrong -- which means they're pretty darn sure that they're not wrong -- Bob R
  4. Hate to pick on anything in your nice explanation, but there are actually two registration holes on the bottom-side of the fretboard and two matching holes in the neck. The dowels inserted in these ensure accurate location of the fretboard relative to the neck. Also, you neglected to mention that both Josh (the acting GM) and Don explicitly said that they do not believe that the current design will result in excessive bridge plate wear but, if they're wrong, "Gibson will take care of the problem for you [owners]". -- Bob R
  5. No. It looks like finish checking due to differential shrinkage. BTW, the whole idea of stealing the inlay and replacing it with counterfeit doesn't make any sense, economically. -- Bob R
  6. Evidently Steve traded all his Gibsons in toward Martins at Matt Umanov's after moving to New York. But then New York does have strange effects on some folks. No idea how he got picked to write the Foreword. I agree that he was never "iconically Gibson" in the way that some other artists are. -- Bob R
  7. For "casual" use with guitars, I'd think you'd want a non-invasive hydrometer capable of measuring the moisture content of thin wooden plates (such as a guitar top). Most hydrometers are designed to measure the moisture content somewhat below the surface, which would mean that you'd have to measure at the neck block (or some other place that is relatively substantial). If I were in the market for one, I guess I'd check with the major manufactures -- explain the application and ask them what model, if any, was appropriate. -- Bob R
  8. The main text appears to be a photo reproduction of a late printing of the first edition. The main differences are that the foreword by Stan Werblin was replaced by a new foreword by Steve Earle, the Acknowledgements were reset (but seem to be the same), an Appendix that consists of a 16 page table "Gibson Models Produced in Bozeman, Montana, 1989 to 2008" -- no production numbers, but an 'X' entry if the model was produced that year -- was added at the end, and the authors bios were updated. Far from the comprehensive revision and update that was planned prior to David's passing. -- Bob R
  9. I don't know about techies, but they have them at the Gibson plant. The main use is to check the moisture levels of woods in store to make sure they're ready for use. They also check whether guitars that have apparently been improperly humidified, based on the damage they exhibit, have actually been mistreated or not. I remember a case a few years ago on the forum where someone swore up and down that his guitar had been kept between 45% and 50% humidity at all times, and so the problems he was seeing could not possibly be due to low humidity. The guitar was at the factory when I visited shortly after, and one of the guys showed me it's moisture level using one of the non-invasive hydrometers: it was at equilibrium level for a bit under 30% humidity. Instead of doing the neck reset the owner was demanding, the plan was to let it sit a month or two until the moisture was back where it should be, and then send it back. They figured the guy would wind up abusing it again, and so he'd eventually be just as unhappy again, but they just couldn't convince him that he'd simply let the guitar dry out too much. -- Bob R
  10. Too late to worry about this now, but ... The finish wasn't fully buffed out on these. After a year or two of normal cleaning -- just an occasional wipe with a clean flannel or microfiber cloth after playing -- the finish winds up looking quite shiny and rather vintage-like. But this one appears to have been sitting in the case since 2007. Actually, it looks a lot like this one might have the finish over the pickguard and is suffering the problems associated with that -- see one of the zillions of past threads on the subject -- though I didn't think that was done on any after the trial production run, and those had slightly different pickguards. Maybe a few more were built with finish-over in very early '07? No, if you look closely, you'll see that those are the Antique Acoustic tuners -- check out the depth of the screw in the gear, the profile of the worm's thread, etc. BTW, those Antique Acoustic gears were specifically developed for this guitar at Gibson's request. Willie didn't start making them generally available until a few years later. The Legend is not a reproduction of "a" 1942 J-45; it's a copy of Eldon Whitford's J-45, selected because it has the reputation of being the best sounding banner J-45 in existence. The pickguard, binding, etc., match those on Eldon's guitar. Features of other J-45s are irrelevant. You might be surprised. Legends don't sound "old" (yet), but their tone can be very similar to Banners in all other respects. They're Madagascar. -- Bob R
  11. Most are disposed of, but Hogeye rescued one that was in relatively good shape. A bunch of us who have been to Bozeman, for a Homecoming or some other reason, have had a chance to play it. -- Bob R
  12. He's had a bunch of J-45s during the '90s and since. He plays them for awhile until they get too beat-up for him -- which only takes him a few years -- then sends them back to Gibson telling them he needs a new one. Since they're just "regular" J-45s, there's no obvious way to tell them apart. -- Bob R
  13. I think tvguit covered everything but the factory. There was only one Gibson factory, the one on Parsons St in Kalamazoo, in 1958. -- Bob R
  14. You could chech the serial number with Gibson for confirmation, but these photos show a genuine '92 J-200 (in my humble non-professional opinion). -- Bob R
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