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  1. Tapered headstock 3 on plate tuners Big beefy Thick neck 19 fret neck vs 20 on std and TV Rectangular vs belly up bridge on std and TV Cloth brace reinforcement strips and side stays The brown finish on the mahogany is different, warmer more transparent burnt umber brown rather chocolate like std and TV Different bracing ...punchy quick response dry but sweet I have the Banner reissue and the mahogany LG-2 (1) from John's Kalamazoo Gals work. Love them both. Most of all my J-45 banner reissue.. It is my partner for life. For me...nothing compares. Hope yours works out the same for you, rdnzl....congratulations on a nice guitar. Here's Tony P. playing one
  2. I am lucky enough to own two of the guitars that came out of John's Kalamazoo Gal's project. I have the LG-2 Mahogany Banner (which as John has described here before, is a replica of his Banner LG-1) and the 1942 Banner J-45. Here is the Mahogany Banner LG-2 Here is the 1942 Banner J-45 At the time time I acquired the LG-2 I was reading the Kalamazoo Gals book which really added to the excitement of getting it. A while later I tracked down the 42 Banner J-45 and I think it is the best sounding guitar I've ever played. They are both amazing instruments each getting better and better. Gibson Montana at its finest and with vintage specs...a dream come true for me. The LG2 can be so delicate and sound like spanish guitar, pushed and twangy, or strummed with the best Gibson midrange punch. I love it and it's darkening into one of the prettiest guitars I've ever seen. The 42 Banner J-45 is my favorite guitar. It is my best friend and It will be the last one with me at the end. It's awesomeness is beyond words, and in truth I could almost live with it as one guitar because it covers 90% of the ground I cover these days. John, I hope you find gratification in knowing that there are people like me out there who cherish these instruments and see them becoming family heirlooms.
  3. Try playing anything but something. Step away from songs. Pick up your most comfortable guitar. The one that feels most like an old friend and just make some noise. How are you feeling? What would that sound like? Make those sounds. Just tone and technique, and let emotion drive any structure.
  4. I have removed and replaced dozens of pick guards on various manufacturers guitars and more recently have found the adhesive to be more tenacious and harder to remove with naphtha. It rolls off the back side of the guard pretty well, but takes some elbow grease to get off the guitar. My thought is that 3M recently changed the formula on their adhesive transfer sheets because I have experienced the same thing when I replaced a guard with new adhesive sheet and had to redo it because I got an air bubble. Even a newly placed adhesive sheet can be hard to remove, so it has nothing to do with Gibson. I have always liked the Greven Tor-tis pickguard material and recently learned that this is now being made by LMI (Luthiers Merchantile a great company that I have no affiliation with but am a loyal customer). They, just this week, started selling this material in the Gibson teardrop pattern, and they are playing around with the firestripe material. In the past Greven firestripe was 2 colors, brown and amber...they now make it with the 3 Greven colors adding red to the mix. Go to lmii dot com and feast your eyes....fyi a Gibson style guard can easily be made from either a D28 or D45 guard if you see a tortis or fires tripe pattern you like in one of those guards.
  5. Had 2012 Keb Mo 2012 ES-330 VOS Have 2013 J-45 1942 Banner Reissue (favorite guitar ever) 2013 LG-2 Mahogany Banner 2012 LG-2 Banner Reissue 2009 J-45 TV 2006 Les Paul Vintage Mahogany
  6. That's a great picture Dan. I notice you are not hauling the True Vintage case...
  7. These kinds of posts are what I like best about this forum. Thanks for sharing Curtis.
  8. There is something about this version of the J45 that has me GASing. I already have 2 J45s, but would be content with one if I could find something halfway in between my J45 TV and my J45 1942 Banner reissue (JT project reissue similar to Legend). I love them both and they are very different. The 42 has a direct presence and is very dry and punchy, whereas the TV is more eveloping in sound. I find i have a hard time going back and forth between fat necks (42 Banner reissue) and thin necks (TV)....looking for something right in the middle. I bought the 42 with the thought that it would replace the TV, but they are so different, that i have been unable to part with either. I am really interested in hearing more about the C-profile neck and the rounded fretboard edges.....Dan you have a legend, a J45TV and have played the new 2016 vintage....whats your take on the necks? I know the specs on the Vintage say C profile and thinkness about the same as the TV.... anyone know what bracing pattern is used on the Vintage?
  9. Some nice pics of the new models are starting to show up....to my eye, the J45 Vintage is absolutely stunning. http://c1.zzounds.com/media/fit,2018by3200/quality,85/1_Full_Straight_Front_13985-37b4d74801b758a8fa83265417a7babf.jpg http://www.zzounds.com/item--GIBRS45?siid=178392 I don't need another J-45, but seeing these, that funny feeling is starting again...
  10. I have one of these from a limited run they did in 2012....they are really really nice. Similar to the American eagle, but better specs in my opinion...sunburst and rectangular thru saddle bridge. Street price when new was about $2000. Don't see them resold very often...A great find for someone looking at LG-2s. <-------avitar.
  11. How did the neck feel? These are listed with a rounded neck profile...different than the j45-TV? TVs were typically listed as modified V.... Also Gibson seems to be emphasizing fingerboard edges softened for comfort...is this different spec than before or marketing? Someone needs to pull the trigger and give us a full NGD description..... The J-45 vintage looks pretty sweet to me. http://www.amazon.com/Gibson-Montana-RS45VNNH1-Vintage-Acoustic/dp/B0102FTP8K p.s. Pretty disappointed to see them go with Grover rotomatics on the LG-2 AE. But that's my personal preference for cream button tuners.
  12. Beater thread is back so... In retrospect I think I would been better served abandoning the whole beater concept and just bought something good to use out and about years ago and as long as I wasn't reckless just let nature take its course. I have probably spent more on a bunch of beaters that were never good enough and I either gave them away or offloaded at a loss. For beaters I currently have a RK ROS-310 solid adirondack top and solid hog back and sides...I liked it for a little while but now I really just don't like its tone at all so it will be gone someday soon. I also have a Gretsch Jim Dandy ($120) that has gone many vacations..., although it is not the most versatile of guitars it's a bunch of fun and I plan to keep it around for the heck of it. I think I might just pickup an used LG-2 American Eagle and be done with it.
  13. Much better.... Careful Sal...keep tinkering with your guitars and you'll find your self building one. Guitars are fun to play and they are fun to play with.
  14. Here is more....all ready been through the courts... http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/01/bricks_are_likely_to_be_saved.html Most of the teeth in preservation law applies to federal and state agencies. Local jurisdictions that issue permits sometimes fall under State Historic Preservation Office® (SHPO) review. It varies state by state, and many cities and counties have their own local ordinances regarding historic structures. It becomes more complicated when it is private property, and when a public safety issues is at the center, it becomes an up hill battle to argue for preservation in place. This usually comes down to good will of the land owner. The times when I have seen this play out well is when the conversation between interested parties lands on the economic feasibility and benefit for the land owner to rehabilitate and use the structure as a key feature of the property. Local commercial real estate conditions play a big part in that equation.
  15. Here is more story.... http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2015/01/effort_underway_to_demolish_fo.html The article states.... "Sharon Ferraro, historic preservation coordinator for the city of Kalamazoo, said the building, which was built in 1917, is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places but is not designated as such. To be registered, a structure has to be at least 50 years old and have good historic integrity. Explaining "historic integrity," she said, "The building has to still be able to tell its story and that one (the Gibson building) is relatively unaltered.". More than 50 years old, maintains sufficient integrity and is clearly significant for historical reasons. Seems like the city or county would be hard press to issue that permit without environmental review including soliciting comments from local interested parties and the SHPO.
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