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  1. My guess it's that it is a business decision. If they made a reissue today with authentic vintage specs, they would not be able to justify a higher price in the future on an artist model with authentic vintage specs. Red 333
  2. The Elitist acoustics serial numbers all start with T, for Terada, the facility in Japan where they were made. All Elite/Elitist acoustics (and hollow body/semihollow electrics) were made there. The solid body Elite/Elitists have serial numbers that start with F for Fuji Gen Gakki, the facility (also in Japan) that made them. All Elite/Elitist guitars were made by one of those two Japanese makers. None were made in Korea. Red 333
  3. Yes. If you have an inspection mirror to look inside the guitar and under the top, you will see AJ (indicating Advanced Jumbo) on the bridge plate (with "short" for scale length). The bridge plate is a small piece of wood that reinforces the underside of the top where the ball ends of the string rest. AJ bracing was designed for the Advanced Jumbo reissue, and then much later employed on the True Vintage line (and is probably the defining feature). AJ bracing is wider than the other pattern of x bracing typically employed on other Bozeman made J-45s. You might also find the AJ designati
  4. Maybe yours is a reissue of a Banner J-45 that had a replaced bridge, lol (replacements often forgo the bolts and the pearl dots that cover them)! I believe (but it's impossible to know) that all Kalamazoo made J-45s had pearl dots to cover the mounting bolt holes in the bridge, as use of the bolts seems consistent throughout the years of production there. Except for a few short years in the nineties, Bozemam did/does not use bolts to mount bridges on the J-45, adjustable bridge models excepted, so the dots (which functioned to cover said bolt holes) were mainly a cosmetic nod to t
  5. That used to be the case with Kalamazoo made J-45s. Not with Bozeman-made models, except for a brief two or three year period in the nineties. Red 333
  6. If memory serves, when the True Vintage line was introduced in 2007, the J-45 had a sitka top as a standard feature. They also released a special run that year with adirondack tops tops, however, so your 2007 could have either. In 2008, Adirondack tops became standard (while the Southern Jumbo retained Sitka as the standard). Besides the bracing. other features that distinguish the J-45 TV from the J-45 Standard of that era include the script logo and Banner decal on the True Vintage; the Standard had a peal inlay modern block logo. The True Vintage had strip or single white button
  7. I have a James Bay Century that came in the grey repro 50's/60's case with the blue interior. I don't fancy much the texture of the exterior, but it's a well made case. I don't think you should worry about that. The hardware is nice, it latches easily, and it seems solid. I like the welded construction of the seams on the exterior covering. I have cases from Gibson Custom and Gibson Acoustic (so TKL) that have all these little dangling threads coming off of the exterior material's seams, or else the material is lifting off the body of the case, so that is a welcome construction detail.
  8. Yes. My Legend has the two pearl dots.
  9. Is it an Elitist or standard production model?
  10. Made my morning, Sal. Love your harmonies, and the Epiphone IBG Himmingbird sounds terrific in your hands. Red 333
  11. If I lived near Asbury Park I'd go see some solo Sal as often as I could. Red 333
  12. Whether your new Epiphone Masterbilt Hummingbird satisfies is up to you, Sal, but if my past experience is any indication, I don't think you will find a Masterbilt not well made. I have several of the earliest incarnations, from 2004-2006, and they display excellent workmanship, are made with very good materials, sound and play great, and were a tremendous value (the early ones all included a terrific light weight case). If your bird is anything like those, I think you will be pleased. Maybe even happily surprised! I thought the guitar in the demo Em7 posted sounded pretty good. Warmer than th
  13. Yeah, WTF is this guitar? I've never seen one with those inlays.
  14. From what I have learned, the first year ES slimlines like the Gibson ES-335 (1957) were 3 layers. 1958ish and on were 4 layers. They bacame 3 layers at some point (maybe on the move from Kalamazoo, but I don't really know). I *think* Kakamazoo Epis were all 5 layer, as they were built separately from the Gibson ES guitars, though in the same physical complex. The Pac-Rim Epis all seem to be 5 layer, except for the Joe Bonamassa ES 335, which was 3 layer. Are you sure about the Elitist? I seem to remember looking at my John Lennon pair (the 65 and the Revolution) and if memory serves they wer
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