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  1. The ONLY guitar out of the hundreds I have owned and let go of that I still miss to this day was a 1960 LG-2. The LG-2AE is a special guitar, even if it does look like an LG-2 with a prewar headstock, and every one I have heard I have liked. They remain at the top of my list of guitars I would like to buy to accompany my beloved J-45, possibly even ahead of the newer, more expensive ones brought out this year.
  2. Looks to me like someone put a coat of finish of some sort on the fingerboard - I would be tempted to gently scrape the board clean and polish with a little mineral oil to condition it.
  3. First off - that crack worries me, because the last time I had a Gibson with a crack like that it was a 1950 J-45 that had gotten hot enough for the glue to fail and allow the neck block to pop free internally on the treble side. That particular guitar (which had been professionally refinished before I got it) had 24 cracks in the top and back as a result of that. In the case of the guitar I had, which I essentially got for free, it was worth spending $500 in 1994 dollars to have the neck removed, all cracks fixed, neck block mounted properly, neck set and refret, etc. I think it's an LG-1 from later in the 60s, somewhere from the era when they sold them with "natural" finish headstock faces. I bet the bridge has a bottom belly, which Gibson went to for a while there. It would NEVER have had a label. If you can get it ridiculously cheap and don't mind doing the work, it could be fun. Otherwise, keep looking.
  4. I think I can relate. I got out of the vintage world for the most part when the prices started getting crazy and I realized I felt like all my old guitars owned me more than I owned them. So I thinned the herd and settled on a shiny new Taylor 815C as my primary instrument. It worked well enough, and life moved on, and when vintage guitars came my way I usually only bought them when I knew I could flip them. That was a useful skill during the years when our children were young and we were living on a tight budget. But right before the children, I encountered my current guitar, just a basic J-45 marketed as a Historic Collection model hanging on a Guitar Center wall. And I know I've babbled before about it, but I will simply note that of the 200+ guitars I have owned in my life, and of the probably thousands I have handled and played, fewer than five clicked with me the moment I touched them. There was just something special about those guitars, something that resonated with me. One of those was a '49 D'Angelico Excel, a one-owner instrument that was in for service at a friend's shop. I was allowed to sit behind the counter and play it for a few minutes. It had nothing to do with its value or collectibility or rarity - that guitar just sang, period. The whole guitar vibrated when you played it, and it was absolutely bell-like. And maybe that's more about how I related to that particular guitar that day, and it wouldn't have that effect on someone else. The guitar I have now is one that had that effect - and it was a brand new guitar, so go figure. I still pause when I play it sometimes, because the whole guitar moves when I play it. And I still smile whenever I play this particular J-45. There are days I think, "I would really love an LG-2," but then I think to myself, "why?" And truly, what I have now is probably all I will ever need from here on out. That said, I DID have a lovely vintage guitar moment recently. A local area player, super nice guy, talented cat, posted on FB about how he had just gotten his grandfather's guitar back from a luthier who had repaired some loose braces and maybe a crack or two. Of course it sounded glorious, and I was able to identify it for him as a pre-'55 LG-2, and congratulate him on it. So then he asked me to help him date it - curiosity, it was his grandfather's and will never be for sale - and when he sent me a pic of the headstock I was as excited for him as I think I would have been for myself. It was nice to be able to tell him, "1946! You got the magic year!" And again - that guitar sounded glorious, and I am glad it is his and I am happy with what I have, and isn't that a hell of a state?
  5. I came to this forum shortly after I bought what has become my favorite guitar of all the literally hundreds of guitars I have owned, a 2005 J-45 Historic Collection. I've posted YouTube videos of it before, and a couple of Soundcloud clips, but today I'm here to point you towards my debut album, Midnight Sunroom. You can hear it via Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, YouTube Music, Deezer, Bandcamp, iHeartRadio, etc. It's my contribution to the late night solo acoustic guitar and voice genre, and I hope its field-recording-confessional immediacy transports its listeners to an intimate late night encounter with a hatful of songs spanning three decades.
  6. No, no, no - it's not Ricky Gervais, it's Nigel Tufnel using his real name and "tapping in" (so to speak) into his new career as an acoustic-folkie, currently teaching but soon to start making Americana music as only the man from Squatney can. Isn't he still best known for playing his 1948 Les Paul through a Maytag washer to create the swirling sounds on Intravenus de Milo?
  7. Could be a very interesting guitar - ideal for playing "Blackbird," or for Wizz Jones or Al Stewart fans, too.
  8. 2005 J-45 Historic Collection, John Pearse pure nickel strings, wee little Tascam iMX2 mic through an iPhone.
  9. I remember when I could find good deals on guitars in pawnshops! That was kind of over by the early 90s, though. The beginning of the end came when I walked into Arvin's Pawn Shop on Poplar Street in Macon in the early 90s and asked about old guitars. The son of the long-term owner said, "I've got a cool old Martin you can look at, but we're saving it. There's this guy comes over from England every six months or so and he rents a van and drives down from New York and stops at all the pawnshops looking for old guitars. We're holding this one for him." This was the same shop I had once bought a '63 Stratocaster for $300 in 1983. The same place I had bought a Guild D-25M for $75, where my Dad bought me a used Gibson ES-125 for $125 - but that was all over. No more '60 Les Paul Jrs. for $200 (yep, that happened, and I let it go for way too little), no more buying a '65 Jaguar neck for $25 and then coming back a few weeks later when they've moved an old piano and found the rest of it - that was another $50. Nope. Of course, once the internet got rolling, along with eBay, that kinda killed it. I haven't seen anything I would call a real deal on a guitar in a pawnshop since.
  10. For the record, I DO believe your take on the meaning of "LG" is the correct one. And some day I am going to have to own another LG-2, of one variety or another ...
  11. fortyearspickn nailed it - a standard classical guitar case fits perfectly because the LG body shape was originally the late 1930s GS body shape. And while there is debate about what LG means, GS meant "gut string" and the GS guitars were classical guitars. My best friend from high school still houses his '52 LG-1 in the classical guitar case I gave him in the early 80s, and my long-lost '60 LG-2 was last seen in a budget hardshell classical case as well.
  12. Sorry, double post! As an aside - No. 3 is the oldest, most vintage looking of the three - smaller, darker burst almost like an Original Jumbo, and the lighter bridge and fingerboard DO recall the banner guitars with coffee wood parts ...
  13. No. 2, please. The off-center burst will be visible only when the guitar is on a stand being displayed - you won't see it while you're playing, and neither will an audience, because your right arm is gonna cover that. If the tone is there, it will only get better, and the volume will grow as time passes and you play it. ALSO - look at the sinking/cross-graining effects on No. 2's top running roughly below the ends of the bridge on both sides. I have yet to play a guitar with that sort of tight, close grain and that sort of feathery sinking that WASN'T an awesome guitar. No. 1 has that wide grain we associate with Adirondak Red, which is fine if you're chasing a pre-war sound, but the overwhelming majority of J-45s we have listened to in our lives that have shaped the aural picture we carry in our heads of what a J-45 should sound like were built postwar, with Sitka. Period. No. 3 would be a good choice too, but if you prefer the TONE of No. 2, that settles it. Now - does the sound and feel of ANY of these grab you by the heart and not let go? Do any of these three leave you feeling a little sad when it's time to put it back into the case? Do any of them, when you play them, feel like they want to be your guitar? I know, crazy anthromorphizing of a musical instrument, but do any of these three guitars create that sort of response within you? If not, then they're all just guitars anyway, and odds are you'll keep looking,
  14. I meant to post this video to this forum earlier - Team Greenwood, an ad hoc, rapidly improvised musicians co-op in Greenwood, SC, has been running a series of FaceBook live shows to support local musicians and food service workers. This was my show a couple of weeks ago, primarily original material played on my '05 J-45 Historic Collection. The mic is a little Tascam iMX2 unit, normally plugged into an iOS device running Harmonicdog DAW, but here providing better support than the built-in mic on my iPhone. Strings are John Pearse Pure Nickel acoustic gauge. I hope you enjoy!
  15. Allegedly, hide glue dries harder and makes for a more acoustically transparent bond. Remember, I said "allegedly." I also had a theatrical background 40 years ago with hide glue, and it does have a distinctive aroma. I don't miss it, either.
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