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  1. 2005 J-45 Historic Collection, John Pearse pure nickel strings, wee little Tascam iMX2 mic through an iPhone.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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.
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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,
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. FWIW, there were some B-25 reissues produced in Bozeman in recent years, but they'll have the modern serial number and probably paper labels as well, and should be readily identifiable as Montana Gibsons. Guitar Center had a couple of runs of them, and I suspect some were made for the Japanese market.
  10. I am with J45Nick here - for that amount of money, I would go shopping for a used Bozeman-produced J-45.
  11. Those are probably Herco golpe plates. They sold a lot of those in the 60s and they were found in shops for decades after that ...
  12. I've had good success with the mineral oil used to clean cutting boards for food prep. About once a year I remove the strings completely and gently clean the bridge and fingerboard with just a small amount of oil and a rag, usually a scrap of terry cloth. It's worked well for more than a decade.
  13. Well, when I said "done right," I was thinking more in terms of sunburst and with the correct headstock shape, vs. the natural finish LG-2 American Eagle with the straight-sided headstock. And cosmetics shouldn't really matter all that much, but at first blush, I want one very very much. Waiting for the soundclips when they arrive ....
  14. I'm seeing these at Music Zoo and Sweetwater for pre-order .... any inside scoop? They look very, very tempting - natural finish and a pricier, toasted-Red-Spruce-Banner variant as well ...
  15. In a dozen years, if you play this guitar regularly all over the neck, you'll start getting those tiny places where the lacquer wears through, and it will all just be good honest player wear then.
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