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  1. Yes - the standard line for the J200 and Hummingbird have a layer of flubber on top and the artwork printed (non-Vintage, non-"true Vintage", non-VOS). I don't really fault Gibson for the Hummingbird design because they genuinely did not have the casting when they moved shop to Bozeman until 2003ish when they found it back in Kalamazoo. The Hummingbird prior to that for 20 years had a printed design. I do have my complaints about the TV Hummingbird pickguard mainly in that it's not a tortoise design like the original. The J200 is the one that baffles me. It has always been hand painted but when they started printing them and flubber-sandwiching them when they went to the modern classic design in 2007/2008. It was a smart move by Gibson as a company but not the best for the consumer... they could now upcharge 1-2K for the same features that came standard on a guitar 10 years ago.
  2. If it was like the one I had, yes - the frets were tall and wide in comparison to the others in the acoustic line.
  3. Yeah and don't forget. Traditional bronze wrapped acoustic strings won't produce as loud a tone plugged in compared to the B and E strings. The was originally intended as a hybrid electric/acoustic with nickel strings to be plugged into a guitar amp. The top was laminate just like arch-top guitars to protect against feedback. They did not want the top to resonate into an endless feedback loop every a note would ring out.
  4. Gibson makes 2 models: 1. For more of the acoustic player. It's got a solid top and sounds similar to a say a J45. 2. The ladder braced 60s reissue which is more meant to be a replica of the beatles guitar. Some have the adjustable bridge and others don't. That said, the guitar there is clearly #2. I used to own one myself a little over 10 years ago. It was lam/ladder braced, adj bridge, and was meant to be played with nickel string into an amp.
  5. Montana hasn't been consistent with COAs so it doesn't matter much. Electrics make a much bigger difference.
  6. Guitar came in today - wow was that fast! The guitar came in 3 days from Japan (Ishibashi Music). First, the mystery items - it was built in 2009 based on the serial, label just says "J-180", standard black/blue interior case, all original paperwork intact. The bridge is factory original (had to check the bridge plate for holes to see if someone maybe stuck a NOS bridge on). The sound - this was a big surprise. I thought it would sound like the Gibson J180 Billie Joe (which I owned right before this one) but less in all categories due to the pinless bridge with adj saddle. But this guitar is just as loud as my Hummingbird LTD VOS (definitely more volume than the BJA J180 I had). It's a canon with a lot of low end. If I close my eyes and play - I immediately think J200. That was not my observation of the BJA J180 - which had a softer attack and sweeter low end. Well, go figure. I did buy it more for sentimental reasons over thinking it would give the 'Bird a run for its money. I guess you just never know!
  7. No, not even close... a fifth of that! The guitar the guy was selling was a reissue that was custom built (back in the mid 2000s when Gibson took custom orders). I was going to offer him what he paid for it - which I knew since the store he bought it from still had the listing. It is also not the 93 limited edition. That one did not have an adjustable bridge and had a gold plate on the back of the headstock. This was made recently - it has an orange label and a custom shop logo on the back of the headstock. Musicians friend/Music123 had a link a few years ago for a 60s Icon J180 reissue. It doesn't look like it ever hit stock inventory (much like the Dove of Peace - if any of you remember that). I'm thinking this is that guitar. http://www.music123.com/guitars/gibson-icon-60s-j-180-custom-ebony-acoustic-guitar I'm very interested to see what the orange label says and also contact Montana to get the details.
  8. Here's an original. I hope this guitar ages as beautifully!
  9. NGD incoming! I never thought Gibson would make an Everly Bros guitar with the period correct bridge, was even told by a dealer that Gibson doesn't make it because they don't have the original template. I guess the Japanese buyers have more leverage than the US dealers. Has anyone ever heard of a 60s reissue J180? There was a guy I was in contact with that was selling a reissue J180 for 10K and he would not even consider anything less! Well I found it and it's coming home! Will let you all know when it comes in - probably next week.
  10. Sweet - that thing looks like it's just dying to be played!
  11. Or you can do what Gibson does and just liberally glob it on! I saw this recently and I guess this is what they mean by "hand painting".
  12. Here it is sanded from 1500 to 2000 to 2500 first dry then wet. The color matches really close on those paint pens. I am pleasantly surprised. Buffed with polishing compound... Some spots look like they're faded, but there's actually no "grooves" there so the paint wouldn't hold. Otherwise, I'm pleased with the outcome. A bit of brown shoe polish to add a little patina to the white. It's subtle but I think it adds a lot of character to it. There it is... I hope someone finds this helpful.
  13. Thought some people on this forum might have some interest in a little project I have going on. So my Hummingbird TV had about 5% of the "hand painted" bird/floral faded. So I decided to experiment with touching it up. My wife went out to Hobby Lobby and got me 2 Sharpie oil based paint pens (white and yellow). Here was the before - you can see part of the bird is faded, the flowers were almost completely gone, it was just enough to bother me. And here is after I touched it up a bit... the color is almost exact. You can make out where I blotted some paint down especially around the flowers. The important part is to get a nice flow into the grooves because I will be removing the excess on the surface of the guard. I let this set and dry a few hours then begin sanding it down with fine sandpaper (1000 to 2500) I picked up from Autozone. After that I will hand buff with some buffing compound. Final step is to actually fade the color a little with brown shoe polish to age it a bit to more of a cream white color. This will also blend the original and the new so it looks uniform. More to come...
  14. I had a '96 that was rather "dead" sounding. Because of this and some other experiences, I think of the 90s as the "try before you buy" era and the 2000s as the more consistent years.
  15. I'm just using spray tack glue and some weighty objects to secure it. Clamps are definitely the way to go, but I don't have any. 1967. The pickguard has been lifting at a couple of edges just enough where I knew it had to be done.
  16. Took some pictures of my pickguard before I reglue it - need to flatten and glue it down again. Very translucent - orange-brown color with a subtle swirl. Enjoy!
  17. I removed the guard and cleaned off the old gunk off both the guard and the body before glueing it back (with tacky spray glue). The swirl is in the pickguard and the color is a brownish red. They are not red and not nearly as transparent as the TVs. I've owned 2 TVs Birds that I sold for one reason or another. The body was a lighter color (probably the original color) under the guard and very coarse due to the glue probably interacting with the curing nitro over the decades.
  18. Headstock - the lacquer has yellowed quite a bit.
  19. I did glue it back with hide glue and will put in cleats soon. As far as aesthetics... will probably leave it . Whoever owned it prior did not take care of it and so the lacquer has discolored around it. Just a battle scar now!
  20. Thanks guys - yeah, original pickguard that I had to remove, flatten, and reglue. I can see why Gibson decided to bolt it down, they probably got complaints that the celluloid would shrink and lift. I have some more pics including the headstock on my work laptop that ill post, but I have decided that the work computer is staying powered off tonight!
  21. So I posted recently about my experience with rosewood and bone saddles on my newly acquired '67 Bird. Someone wanted some pic so here are some glam shots. Enjoy! That last one is now my desktop wallpaper!
  22. Lots of great thoughts and opinions here - much appreciated. I haven't spent enough time with it to figure out which strings would go best with it yet, but that is a great point. The guitar currently has the string that came on it - they look like Martin SPs. I actually did a bit of restoration - reglued the bridge down properly. Believer or not, Gibson had not removed the finish under the bridge prior to glueing it.
  23. I recently picked up a 67 Hummingbird. The first thing I did without a second thought was to get one of those bone saddles from Philadelphia luthiers... The guitar sounds great - amazing bottom, loud, resonant, and brighter... The only quality I don't really like (and it might be because I'm not used it) is it has a raspy tone which also has a vintage vibe to it. Well, I decided to throw the wood saddle back in out of curiosity and its definitely a softer sound as one might anticipate. The thing that surprised me was that the raspiness is gone. I think I like the tone better actually. No, it's not as pronounced, but I'm digging the woody dry tone. I guess I'm don't really like a bright guitar with that "zing" to it. Everything I've read however tells me the opposite. Anyone here have any experience with wood saddles? This is my first and I'm no longer writing it off as an inferior poor design. I would love to hear those that perhaps were around in the 60s on why Gibson would choose a wood saddle and what the opinion was at the time.
  24. That's not a real Gibson. It's fake. Looks like the Chinese are doing a better job on the headstock and truss rod cover though...
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