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Dave F

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  1. I have a few Gibson RW, they each have their own sound and they come in all sizes.   I really like my Martin RW too .  I think RW is my favorite tone wood.


    Dwight Yoakam Honky Tonk Duece which is an SJ

    J200 RW

    CJ165 RW

    Stage Deluxe RW

    Centennial ‘34 Jumbo RW. When I recently had an AJ RW, I felt it was about the same as this guitar. 

    Nick Lucas Mystic RW

  2. first thing I would do is capo the first, retune it if needed then check up the neck. If all is good, remove capo and check if the open string is out. That will tell you if you have a nut issue. Sometimes the backdraft of the nut slot is not enough and the string is resting behind the nut/neck point. If that's not it, try another string , sometimes even new ones are sometimes thinned out in areas . Then if you need to, move on to the saddle. You may need a compensated saddle or if you all ready have one it needs a different comp.  There's probably a half other issues it could be but these are the most common.

    Good luck

  3. Hopefully Tom Barnwell will pipe in. 

    Nice looking guitar. Must be an early ‘42 with no banner. I would guess it’s fairly rare. How are you dating it as a ‘42 and identifying it as a J45? Looks to be in great shape. 

    I would definitely seek out some of the experts on this forum of which I am not. 

  4. 1 hour ago, tpbiii said:

    IMO, the clear answer -- particularly as compared to the Martin D-28 -- is the Advanced Jumbo.  The were introduced in 1936, and made until 1940 -- only two were made in the last year.  They are rosewood guitars -- rare for Gibson -- and for many years people thought the were Brazilian because of verbiage in the Gibson catalog that talked about "rosewood from Brazil" -- but the wood had a characteristic look different from the BRW on the Martins. The other thought was it would was another species of RW from Brazil -- Amazon RW.  Eventually it was tested  and found to be Indian -- all the Gibson RW used for the back and sides from c. 1934-1943 was that species, although fingerboards and bridges were BRW.

    The other main candidate I think -- although it does that fit my music interests  -- is the Super Jumbo 200. Introduced in 1938 with RW back and sides, later models were built using mahogany and maple.  It is the RW SJ-200s that command a kings ransom.

    The popularity of the banners is a more recent thing, and historically they never had the interest of the 30s guitars.  The main reason was they were never on average as powerful as the older models -- the RW SJ may have been and exception and mine is.  The power requirement comes from the days before universal sound reinforcement (1940-50s).  There are a lot of banners and they are quirky guitars with a cool history, but their primary impact is from foreign and modern markets -- they were never highly regarded by the non-urban acoustic genres.

    The L-2 is another interesting suggestion.  Historically they were sort of grouped in with L-0, L-00, and L-1, but they were only made around 1931-32.  The first ones were mahogany, but then a few BRW ones were built.  Many of the latter had trapeze setups, but a few had pin bridges.  Many of the trapeze models have been converted to pin bridges.  These were transition  instruments, and like the Martin of a similar period, their tone is unique and very (IME) beautiful.

    Here are my late wife and my golden era Gibsons


    Front row -- 1926 L-1, 1938 HG-00,  1937 L-Century,  1936 Roy Smeck Stage Deluxe, 1935 Roy Smeck Radio Grande,  1931 L-1, 1934 L-00 3/4

    Back row -- 1935 Jumbo, 1936 Advanced Jumbo, 1936 Jumbo 35 (Trojan)

    Here are some banners


    Front row -- 1943 J-45, 1943 SJ, 1943 SJ (RW),  1944 J-45, 1953 J-45

    Back row -- 1942 LG-1, 1946 LG-2

    Let's pick,



    Do you have any J200’s?


  5. Earlier this year I fell into a deal on an AJ for $285! It had a few issues I was able to fix, bought a new case and sold it a couple weeks later for $1600. Knowing how to or what it would take to correct minor issues can land you some great deals. Pawn shops on EBay are a great source. They usually don’t care as long as they make money. I see AJ’s between 1200-1800 quite often. 

  6. I had a '51 for a while but sold it. I was looking for a birth year ('52) guitar and this one was a '51 model that was sold in '52 within a month of my birthday. bought from the original owner's family. It still had the receipt in the case. It had the Gibson thump with no sustain.  Some like that about the ladder bracing. Many like the ladder bracing when a pu is added. I find the small body x-bracing more to my liking but I seldom plug-in nowadays. Still looking for that great birth year guitar. I also recently had a '52 ES-150 but I didn't bond with it. I think it's going to take a J45, J185, J200, 000-28 or D28.



    Here's some of my small bodies. LG2/L1/L00/NLRWLC/CJ165RW.



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