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  1. This thread is one of the best I’ve ever read! Thanks for sharing!
  2. They’ve been around since the mid-90s. The initial versions were a limited edition premium Dove with the dove in flight headstock. Over the years, the pickguard, binding, and fretboard inlays got very intricate. The fingerboard/bridge went to ebony as well but I think it varies by year.
  3. I’ve had 2 J160Es previously. One was a 62 reissue with ladder bracing. It was essentially a jazz box type guitar and sounded horrible as an acoustic. I later picked up a solid top J160E. I loved it, thought it was just as good as a J45. I did not like the pickup due to it being designed for nickel strings (as opposed to bronze). With that said, I don’t think the guitar will ever lose it’s signature early 60s Beatles association - which might work for it and against it from a popularity perspective. I think that’s perhaps what makes lean towards niche instrument in addition to it’s hybrid appointments.
  4. As lacquer ages, it gasses out, discolors, gets brittle, and hardens. The wood continues to environmentally change with humidity and temperature variances. Hence you get lacquer checking and crazing. If you like everything to stay shiny and new, I’m sure you can encase it in glass with climate control in a room with minimal UV exposure. Otherwise, it’s going to age just like everything else in life. Personally, I love both!
  5. I think what I'm reading is that this is not indicative of Gibson, but it is totally unacceptable. Of all the hands that have worked on a high-priced guitar - none of them are getting paid like dentists. Let's not forget, these are human beings working in a factory up on Montana. So that could mean new people who are messing up, backups filling in for workers that are out, etc. . We are all hoping this doesn't become indicative of a bad year or era of guitars. In the end, I have faith that the folks at Gibson will continue to take pride in working on instruments that represent a significant part of American history. That spirit and excitement continues to us who buy the instrument as well.
  6. Regarding the saddle - Gibson does not compensate bone saddles. Tusq which is used on the standard line would be compensated from the supplier.
  7. Is it an engraved pick guard? Any pics of it?
  8. I believe it’s scalloped for all Hummingbirds and actually all Gibson acoustics.
  9. Gruhn's pretty accurate on my 1963 Everly - 4-3/8".
  10. Love the grain on the top of that Dove! Congrats!
  11. Thanks - just watched a couple of videos from Norms with a J185 and Everly. I think you’re right Dave. The J185 definitely looks like it’s a deeper body than the Everly.
  12. Anyone here own or play 50s J185? From pictures, it looks like a shallower body and I always thought the J180 shared the same specs just coming 2 years later with the obvious changes.
  13. If you look at the guitar, it’s essentially an Everly Brothers model (with the 60s pinless adjustable bridge) but with a crescent headstock inlay. The only thing different appears to be the body depth which they have never reissued accurately on the J180 or J185 models.
  14. I want one! Hope Gibson will make a limited run. It’s been a while since they did a run of J180s.
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