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  1. Thats a beautiful '37 AJ. I had a few AJ reissues and the ones I picked sounded great. But my favorite one is my 2013 limited edition 1935 AJ. Gibson copied Burnette's prototype, it's a ltd run of 35 guitars, all hide glue construction. They were not that cheap back then, but when I played it at the store, I knew its special. I played a few original '36 AJ's and it compares favorable, of course 80+ years is hard to build into a new guitar. I have vintage ones and new guitars, I like 'em both and my AJ is actually my #1 acoustic
  2. Tom, Thanks so much for the great pictures and comparison video. They are all great, however I love that old AJ. Love those pictures, Gibson bracing is always a mystery. You never know what you will get.
  3. The AJ is one of the best acoustic guitars for me. I played 3 original ones, had several reissues till I bought my 1935 reissue in 2013 I love this guy, I am not a Bluegrass player but love listen to it. But this guy always gives me a big smile, he reminds me of SRV, killer player and just loves to play.
  4. I don't know what you mean by "fat nuts", The J-45 & L-00 Legends were built like the Martin Authentic series. The same is true for the two ltd edition from 2013 the '34 OJ and '35 AJ. The OJ and AJ were copied from Burnette's guitars, the L-00 belonged to Parnell and the J-45 they copied belonged to E. Whitford. Same as Martin did, they used one particular guitar to copy. A friend of mine owns a vintage 1933 OM-18 and the Authentic version is different from the feel. They were handmade and vary, Gibson was even worse nothing seems impossible with vintage Gibsons. You wrote you want an exact copy of a LG2, J45 and L-00. Which one exact? I have a 1933 L-1 it is very different than other L-1's from 1933. Mine has an elevated fingerboard, which is very rare.
  5. Have you bought your guitar without trying first? The problem with Gibson is the inconsistency. I have an OJ and an AJ, both are ltd editions from 2013. The OJ is typical Gibson, Hog B&S, short scale, big neck. It's a great sounding Gibson, great for strumming, flatpicking (even with the wider spacing) and fingerpicking with bare fingers. I brought it to a friend to a jam, he played it and was blown away by it. He is a Martin guy. He wanted one right away, so he thought ltd. edition of 100 and the high price they should be all pretty close. Ordered the guitar via phone, it arrived and sounded far away from mine. That's Gibson, if you find one you like, you have to buy that guitar. The Adi tops take a while to wake up. If you store the guitar for a longer time, my experience is, it takes about 15-20 min playing to wake up. I found the same is true with my Martin Authentic. Never had that with my Sitka topped ones.
  6. To me it looks more like the fretboard on the right one is longer after the 19 fret. Typical Gibson, they were never consistent totally unlike Martin. But that's what I like about 'em. You never know what you get. Same model, different woods, 2 or 3 tone bars etc
  7. I am not familiar with vintage SJ's, but I had a 1944 J-45 on loan from a friend who stopped playing. I am really into AJ's and played a few old ones and own one of the 2013 limited edition 1935 AJ's. The 1.72" is common on these old Gibson's, maybe they shaved too much back then, but the '44 J-45 had that nut width and so did the old AJ's. Gibson copied Burnette's AJ for my 1935 reissue and it also has the 1.72" width. So it's not a modern size. Here is a post from John Arnold from the UMGF, a well known luthier and vintage Martin and Gibson expert: These two AJ examples show that 1.72" is vintage correct. Here are the dimensions I have: Nut width = 1.715" Width @ 14th fret = 2.075" Width @ end of fingerboard = 2.165" Bridge spacing = 2 3/32" Thickness of neck: 1st fret = 0.880" 10th fret = 1.000" The AJ's I have seen are very consistent in the neck dimensions. They all 'push the edge' of the fingerboard with the string spacing, which may not be desirable with all players. This is made worse by the Gibson fretting method, where the frets stop at the binding joint (neck binding is done after the frets are installed). Refretting an AJ "Martin style" (over the binding) can gain a little fret width, but not much. The binding is usually rounded over, which negates widening the frets very much. EDIT: I do have another AJ in the shop, which I can measure later tonight. I don't suspect it will be much different, but we'll see. John And here is the data from the other AJ he talked about, All the AJ's I have seen have a rounded neck that I wouldn't necessarily call a 'vee'. It only has the slightest peak in the center at the first position, and rounded in the upper registers. Here are measuements of the second AJ, a 1937: Width: @ nut = 1.720 @ 12th = 2.098 @14th = 2.138 @ fingerboard end = 2.185 Width measurements are compromised by the fact that the fingerboard binding is shrunken or scraped, creating a step at the junction of the fingerboard and neck. The fingerboard itself is approximately 0.015 narrower at the nut, and 0.050 narrower at the 14th fret than the above measurements. Thickness: @ 1st fret = 0.810 @ 10th fret = 1.045 This guitar has had replacement bridges and bridgeplates, making it impossible to measure the original bridge pin spacing.John
  8. Hi Tom, Congrats on your "new" Gibson. I love the looks of these J-55's. Roy Book Binder had one many many years ago. I like that bridge much better than the Moustache brigde on the earlier ones. Stay healthy, George
  9. I don't think it's one of these new Historic CS J-35. It also has a different saddle, not the through saddle. I don't think they can be so wrong. I am pretty sure it is a different model.
  10. I own the ltd. edition 2013 OJ and AJ. Haven't played the new ones yet. The difference between these two made me purchase both. The OJ has the warmth of a big body Mahogany guitar, but very balanced tone. The neck is massive, but very comfortable for me. I have big hands and I love the V shape of these OJ's. It is great for Fingerpicking, Slide playing and strumming. The AJ has a deeper (more) bass and it responds quicker than the OJ. Due to the long scale and RW B&S it has more clarity. I play a lot with bare fingers and love both of them for fingerpicking. Strumming is equal, but the AJ is for sure much better for flat picking. The AJ is louder than the OJ and projects better. The neck on my AJ is my absolute favorite neck shape, it is deep, wide enough but slimmer than the OJ. I don't know the SJ with RW. But I had a J45 Legend and I like the OJ much more than I even liked my Legend J45. I sold the J45 shortly after I purchased the OJ. The OJ had more of everything the J45 had.
  11. Thanks, lots of people told me elevated fingerboard flattops don't sound good. I can't agree with that, it's a great sounding instrument.
  12. I would love to do a short clip, but it's in look down. I brought it to my luthier for a fret leveling and due to corona lockdown I can't get to it and one of my Tele's as well. Looks like another month wait till I get both back to me. This is one of the reason's, one can never have enough guitars 😉
  13. Wow never heard or seen a Reissue one. But in the 90's they overbuilt them anyway, these L-2s are really light weight. It's always good to have a dream, I played one of these L-2s and I fell in love with it. The owner, a smart guy, didn't sell. This is what I got a 1933 L-1 with elevated fingerboard. A great sounding fingerpicking guitar and great for slide as well
  14. I would love a L2 in Argentine Grey, 12 fret , Gold sparkle binding and Rosette as Legend/ Historic CS reissue.
  15. I have to search for that thread. Interesting about the tone bars 2 vs. 3. Mine has 2 tone bars. When I bought mine I had contact with Don from Gibson, he told me he was there when they checked Gary's guitar. They really copied exact, even the misplaced bridge plate on this prototype. Looking at the sunburst pattern to me this prototype AJ is more a'34 than a '35. Don sent me a picture of the actual AJ owned by Gary. Would be interesting if this new AJ, since it has the 1936 appointment, has 3 tonebars. The sunburst pattern is for sure '36. Nothing like a good AJ, made me selling my Martin D-28. A few month ago I got interested in one of these D-28 1937 aged Authentic. I played one at a dealer close to me, took my AJ with me. A great sounding and feeling guitar. But I preferred my AJ over it. Saved me quite some money.
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