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  1. Yes, and I don't like it, lol. Maybe the pic in the Andertons site is some kind of photoshop job. The bridge and burst looks very different here: Good to see you, Frenchie.
  2. I'm very interested in the Fontier. Actually, I would be just as excited if Epiphone re-released the Masterbilt DR or AJ 500P, which were maple-sided models from the first run of the series, in 2004 or so, as I'd prefer something a little more understated. Talk about bling! That aside, if the Frontier (and Excellente) are as good as previous Masterbilts, they'll probably find a home in my home. Red 333
  3. Maybe it's the pictures, but it doesn't appear that the headlock depth is tapered from top to bottom the way the originals were in models like the J-35, J-45, Jumbo, AJ, etc. Very curious for "historic" models, but a detail Gibson has oft-missed in the past. On vintage guitars, the depth of the headstock is less at the tip than it is toward the nut; modern Gibsons usually have a uniform depth. It's bizarre to me that Epiphone can do it on their relatively inexpensive but well-built Masterbilt line, but Gibson ignores this so often. Maybe I am wrong. The pictures don't seem to let me expand them for a closer look. Yes, I know it is a small detail, and maybe doesn't amount to much sonic-wise, but does effect how the strings break over the nut; the taper has the effect of making the strings toward the back of the headstock come from a slightly higher place than the middle two, and even higher than the two closest to the nut. They did taper the depth of Legend J-45 headstock, but I've not personally seen the taper in other reissues, though I don't discount it may be present in some 'cause I haven't seen every reissue! I once asked someone at Gibson about it (I think it was Ren), who said (at that time) they were unaware vintage Gibsons had that taper! It makes sense, since when they started building in Bozeman, how many of the luthiers or workers had even a seen a vintage Gibson acoustic? They were working from photos and old catalogs and such. That small reservation aside, that's a wonderful lineup. Epiphone's Excellente and Frontier models also look very interesting. We Gibson and Epiphone fans are in for some real treats this year. Red 333
  4. I agree, I think the Masterbilt J-45's burst is very well done, and I liked the big neck on the one I played (I don't own one, since I have five or six Gibson J-45 and related models--a 1942 Legend, a True Vintage, Custom Rosewood Vine, True Vintage Southern Jumbo, Short Scale Maple Advanced Jumbo, and a Fuller's Vintage 1939 J-35, plus a couple of J-160E's, an AJ, a 12-fret Rosewood Stage Deluxe , and three Texans! Like you, I like my slopes!). I did toy with getting the black Masterbilt J-45 that's sold by Sweetwater, and like you, removing the pickguard, but decided enough's enough. For now, lol; the new Masterbilt Frontier and Excellente really intrigue me. As far as a tonal difference between a Masterbilt J-45 and Masterbilt Texan, I would bet that just the difference in neck mass (presuming the Texan's is narrow and slim like a SIxties Texan) would make an audible difference, not to mention the scale length. I feel like my guitars with girthier necks have a bigger sound. Whether that difference is enough for you is a personal thing, of course. I like to THINK I hear a difference, which is how I can justify having so many guitars. Each one is like a snowflake... Red 333
  5. The Texan essentially IS a long scale J-45 (the J-45 is short scale), though with different cosmetics and (likely) a slimmer neck profile. I would be surprised if a US made version with a gloss nitro finish would be any less expensive than a Gibson J-45, given they are so similar. The Masterbilt version or the current Peter Frampton would be a good option if that price doesn't seem agreeable, though. The Frampton has an accurate 60's headstock, while the "Kalamazoo" shape of the Masterbilt's never appeared on the Texan, if that matters to you. You could also seek out a used Elite/Elitist Texan, which should be about half the price of the new USA made. By the way, I had to laugh when I saw the headline on the Epiphone website touting that the Texan was made in the USA for the first time in 50 years. A limited run were made in the USA in the mid 2000's. Red 333 he presumably recently discontinued Japanese made 1965 Texan. These are usually a few hundred less than what the US made ones will sell for.
  6. Wow. That sounds just fantastic, Sal. You've really mastered mic-ing and recording your guitar and voice. Very nice performance, too . And splendid harmonies. Well done. Bravo. Red 333
  7. 62Burst, thanks so much. I like your Christmas sweater analogy; I'm going to steal that one! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! Red 333
  8. Merry Christmas, Sal, and my hopes that your 2020 us a much better year. Red 333
  9. Thanks, kidblast! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
  10. Thanks, kidblast! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
  11. Thanks, kidblast! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
  12. Thanks, Jeff. That's awfully nice. And yes, that Janes Bay Century is a really well-made, easy playing, and great sounding guitar. I was astounded by it. Happy Holidays to you and yours! Red 333
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