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  1. I'll second that. With such a fine looking top, I expect it is laminate. That doesn't automatically mean it's got lousy tone, though. I used to have an Epiphone Performer with a lam top that had pretty remarkable tone.... Epiphone Performer ME
  2. I agree. I'm not even a fan of cutaways, but now soundports? I don't think so!
  3. Went fishin' the other day. Hooked into this prehistoric monster. Toothy mother! Northern pike.
  4. Wow, really some tremendous shots! I've been trying to capture sunsets in watercolors lately. Haven't quite got it since they come out looking like the California wildfires lol!
  5. That top is amazing. Yeah, I imagine the "compact jumbo" sound would not compare that well with my 17.25" lower bout jumbo Guild F50R.....
  6. I've always loved the CJ165. Gotta have an abalone rosette. I'm not into the newer ones at all though, and especially not the cutaways. This is mainly because, AFAIK, only the early ones -- 2006-2008? -- had ebony fretboards. Gotta have an ebony fretboard! And I'm talking about the flamed maple back. Some do come with a burst, IIRC, but on this model, I can break my strong preference and go either way -- the natural version is just as stunning as the burst. The thing is, you don't see this model come up for sale on reverb or ebay very often, and especially not with an ebony board. They're getting really rare. Worse, the price they used to go for seems to have doubled! I'll probably have to hit the powerball before I can fulfill this dream....
  7. Well, I think the wives of the forum's members is a pretty select group of the overall group of "girls." 😉 But no, Mrs. Cougar is not real fond of my guitars, but she does like the look of my Epiphone Dot CH (cherry), particularly in its hard shell tweed case with the bright red interior. She said "keep that one." 😁
  8. Sounds like one fun gig, the best kind!
  9. I think the point was, the previous last post in this thread was 5 years ago.
  10. The three photo examples in this thread suggest the pick guard positioning is slightly variable, but yeah, yours comes the closest while the others leave a very small gap. Easy Leo Kottke, haha. I always figured his playing was out of reach. Until about a week ago, that is, when I happened to start looking into just what the hell he was doing with that syncopated fingerstyle of his. I guess these days that means google "how to play kottke" lol. This is an ongoing project. Actually, on one of my recordings of Embryonic Journey I had figured out and included a version of Kottke's intro to his version of that piece. (Just the intro - the rest of his version - I'd like to know how he does that.) I guess I also threw in some keys on that version - a tough fit!
  11. Super major congrats, jdgm! My Corona-built JF30-12 was my first Guild, but I've since got an F-512 and an F-50R. All jumbos, baby! I still like my JF30-12 just as well as the much more expensive rosewood-backed F-512. Both spectacular 12-strings, which I play 90% of the time (along with my Gibby Songwriter 12-string). Is that an ebony fretboard on yours? Ebony is fairly rare on a JF30-12. Mine has it and I love it.
  12. Regarding the "RANGH" -- I'd check the label again since that doesn't seem to be a code sequence that Epiphone ever used. The R typically indicates Rosewood, A indicates Abalone all over the edges of the guitar. After that, the only codes I've ever seen are "VS" for Vintage Sunburst and "NS" for Natural Satin. So there are RAVS guitars and RANS guitars. The "03..." serial number would normally indicate a 2003 model, which is not compatible to the number on the label. Is that label number on tape covering the original number? Is the "03..." number on the "neck block" or on the back of the neck? Photos would help with all these questions.
  13. As mentioned, they're going to be different since the D55 is a dread and the SJ200 is a jumbo (or "super jumbo" in Gibson parlance). Comparable to the SJ200 would be the jumbo Guild F-55, previously named the F-50. Comes in solid rosewood backed or braceless arched maple. Either way, the Guild is going to have an ebony fretboard; not so the Gibson.... Guild F-50R:
  14. Yes, Sweetwater is quite good. I've ordered a used guitar from GuitarCenter. It had a flaw, but returning it for a full refund was simple. Reverb is a website. I've bought numerous guitars off reverb's site. I've generally been super happy with the result.
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