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  1. As mentioned, the Musicgallery is the only place up north that I can think of. A really cool store and I have not been there in the past 5 years, but from what I recall - lots of new Fender Custom Shop guitars and high end Gibsons. They did not much of an inventory for vintage instruments. They also had a really nice boutique amp selection - Victoria and Carr. CME is the place to go for vintage guitars. It's pretty much the only place I go to these days. Rock n Roll Vintage is another nice spot with a smaller selection of vintage guitars - they do have tons of pedals. It's close to CME so not anywhere near Zion.
  2. Correction - No binding on the J45. Was thinking about the Hummingbird. The one on reverb is legit although it does not have the correct case. If it were a later 2006, the guitar would not have a 40s banner headstock. And TVs never had a custom shop decal on the back (though you can never say never with Gibson). As mentioned, some standard models sound really good. A friend of mine has a modern classic hummingbird and playing it side-by-side, I thought it sounded better than my TV VOS Hummingbird (all hide-glue version). Still expecting that mine will mature and continue to open up well!
  3. The 2007 TV was the inaugural year as well as the Modern Classic line. This is off memory by the way... TV: lighter and forward-shifted bracing, thinner finish, binding over the fret ends, spruce top, mahogany bs, madagascar rosewood bridge/fretboard, no pickup, banner headstock, orange label (does not say "true vintage"), vintage kluson tuners, tan-pink premium case. MC: standard bracing, binding under fret ends, spruce top, mahogany bs, indian rosewood bridge/fretboard, LR Baggs pickup, MOP headstock, white label, grover tuners, standard case Other notes: Adi top came much later as did all the hot hide-glue stuff (at least what was advertised) VOS "flat" finish introduced in 2008 Madagascar rosewood replaced at some point due to fed regulations Hope this helps
  4. Confirmed - my Everly does not have finish under the pickguard. My theory on those guitars is that they applied the pickguard with glue, sprayed the nitro, and then removed the sticker wrap that covered the top of the pickguard. You can see the ebony finish touching the sides of the pickguard if you look closely. The newer ones have a stencil of some kind. I believe Gibson started doing this in 2010 or 2011. J180s prior just had the pickguards over the finish.
  5. I am not one that likes to hear anyone cast blame, but I actually agree with Henry. He should have went direct to consumer 10-15 years ago when Gibson had a resurgence in demand (that's on him). You can't put your product on retail shelves anymore and expect a strong return.
  6. Apologies if this was mentioned - i did not read through all the comments, but there's a youtube clip explaining the difference.
  7. There's the materials aspect of the pickguard which may be a challenge. They are very thick and it has to be since they need to be engraved. The design of the pickguard engraving has got to either be a mold or an heat imprint pattern that Gibson uses. The Hummingbird pickguard, as an example, did not engrave pickguards on reissues until they found the molds in around 2002-2003. They then started to create a special historic line that featured these pickguard which later became the True Vintage series and now the Vintage series. The painting process is basically applying paint by hand and polishing the top of the pickguard so the paint applies within the "grooves". It is fully exposed and can rub off from strumming.
  8. Hi Dan - there are 2 types. The original way they would do this is pour the plastic into a mold and then apply paint in the grooves. Some of the J200 pickguards depending on era also have MOP dots glued/inlayed as well. The other type on the newer SJ200 standards are just printed and sandwiched between two layers of pickguard material (outer layer being clear).
  9. It might be a shim to balance out the strings for the pickup. If the saddle slot or saddle is not completely flat, certain strings will come through louder than others.
  10. This catalog from 1962 lists them as 24.75" scale! Very strange... http://www.vintageguitarandbass.com/gibson/catalogues/1962_34.php
  11. One of the most surprising things about 1960s Hummingbirds - they're 25.5" scale length. I think the only year they were made with a 24.75" scale length may have been 1960 (not even sure about that). So '61-70s Birds were all long scale mahogany acoustics. They were loud instruments compared to the shorter scale Hummingbirds of today. Check it out: 1961 - 25.4" FolkwayMusic 1961 - 25.5" Elderly 1961 - 25.5" Fretted Americana 1964 - 25.5" CreamCityMusic 1965 - 25.25" (weird length) GryphonStrings 1968 - 25.5" Fretted Americana If you find or own one that is 24.75 - I would love to know! I have yet to find an example.
  12. Rehosted the images. Looks like Photobucket is now charging to host pictures
  13. I believe they had scalloped bracing in some guitars out of the 40s and 50s, but by the 60s it was not a standard practice at Gibson. So why not just get a righty and have a skilled luthier make a lefty bridge for it? I'm guessing it would be pretty straight forward if they had the original. As long as you kept the original, don't think it would have much impact on resale if that was a concern (as long as it's with hide glue).
  14. Here you go - was the best I could do. The x brace is before the bridge plate and you can then see the traditional braces that move diagonal from left (upper bout) to right (lower bout).
  15. No problem - will do. Sorry for the late response. I've been less frequent on these forums as I would like to be :(
  16. I have an original 63 in black. For a guitar with huge pickguards (really thick too!), a pinless bridge, and a shallower body depth than traditional Gibson acoustics (including the J185) - you'd expect it to be lacking. In contrast, compared to other guitars I've owned and own (new and vintage Hummingbirds, J180s, J200, J160E, J100, Firebird acoustic, Dove), it sounds absolutely stellar. To answer a couple of your questions - internally it's an X braced pattern (nothing unique going on). Also, the main aspects about converting to lefty would be the the bracing being reversed (not sure what that does to the sound) as well as the bridge. You would have to get one made - which is not difficult for a skilled luthier.
  17. Thanks for the link! I'll send it to him. I know we all have our opinions on Gibson selling stuff direct. I guess you would only really care if you were the guy in need of something :). Love my Hummingbird VOS and the pickguard is not going anywhere!
  18. Yep tried them - wish it were that simple. They said they cannnot (which I expected). A couple of years ago I had an issue needing replacement part, same answer through normal customer service - I did not want an aftermarket replacement. After that, I tried through a dealer (also said the same thing) and had to name drop Jeremy (who used to help folks out on the forum). He must have pulled some strings since shortly after they took care of me.
  19. Nah - that ones a really cheaper repro. Would like to ideally get him hooked up with one from the factory.
  20. I know this has been discussed a ton, and Jeremy did a great job prior to his departure to take care of so many of us (he personally helped me out on a couple of occasions). Basically, a friend of mine has a Gibson Hummingbird from 2007 which I personally found for him second-hand as he was really digging mine :) Well, a couple of years ago the outer layer of the pickguard started peeling as well as some of the edges curling. He tried gluing it, which didn't work, so he ripped it off and tossed it (NO!!!!!). I saw his guitar recently and shook my head. He said he hates that his guitar is now a birdless hummingbird. Thought I would post here to see if anyone has a contact at Gibson to see if we can pull a few strings and help a guy out. He can of course provide the serial number, pictures of the guitar, a sad face, etc.
  21. A vintage correct Gibson Everly Brothers guitar. There are a lot of unique things to the construction that Gibson does not do today on the reissues. Spruce top Shallow depth maple sides (not like reissue J180s and J185s) and flat back (Gibson will arch them now) Mahogany Neck 60s swirl tortoise pickguard - the new ones look nothing like the originals Lacquer over the pickguards - in the 90s they lacquered the guitar then put the pickguards on. More recently with the BJA models they used a template to get the outline of the pickguard. In the 60s they masked the pickguard and lacquered right over it. It allows the brown/red of the tortoise pickguard to shine through. Pinless Bridge with ADJ saddle (they've never reissued this in the US) Nickel waffle back tuners Modern Improvements Pickguards that don't shrink! Score the edge of the pickguard if you're going to lacquer over it. Trance Audio pickup on the bridge plate as an option.
  22. Wow, was not around in '63, but that is a great story and amazing guitar you have on your hands! I have a 1963 Everly Brothers myself - wish the condition on mine was as good as yours!
  23. Not a fan of the Taylor method. I do use my drill to actually do the windings too, but if you cut it first you can't lock the string on itself.
  24. Maybe I should take back my words when I said it's not a "cadillac" - that guitar is gorgeous. Wow. Congrats!!!
  25. From interviews, it's apparent Ren at heart is a guitar builder. His goal is to make the best guitar out there according to everything he's learned over the past few decades. According to interviews, it's a big reason he and Gibson parted ways. In order to produce some guitars you have to make decisions to save cost here and there. There are many things that Ren would care about that the average consumer would not in order to keep the cost down. So take it with a grain of salt. Those buying a J-15 get it because it's functional workhorse, not because it's the cadillac of guitar.
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