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  1. Guitar and bass inventory of all types is low right now. Perhaps what I should have said was maybe Epiphone thinks a Rivoli will cannibalize sales of the JCB. If it doesn't result in more overall sales, the expense if tooling up for it may not be worth it. Casady sales continue to get more profitable each year as the investment in tooling up for it was made long ago. That keeps the price lower for players, too. It's virtually the only Epiphone product widely used professionally, so perhaps they want to ensure its continued use and resultant exposure in media for the good of the overall brand.
  2. I'd love to see a nice reissue, too. My guess is Epiphone probably doesn't think there's much of a market for a semi hollow bass outside of the Jack Casady (which is virtually the only modern era Epiphone one sees being played professionally with any regularity). Red 333
  3. I believe RANGH stands for Rosewood back and sides, Abalone binding, Natural top, Gold Hardware. Beautiful guitar. The early Masterbilts (those made in the first few years of the modern line, like yours) were exceptionally well made. Red 333
  4. When you were a kid, the jeans you wore were probably made from "raw" denim, the dark, stiff, shrink-to-fit variety that had been sold for a century, and could be worn just about as long. Since the seventies, though, most jeans sold are sanforized (preshrunk), and manually and chemically distressed and softened to take on the characteristics of raw denim jeans that had been worn for years. The process for aging and softening that denim has a huge environmental impact: jeans industry experts estimate that 18 gallons of water are polluted by five ounces of heavy metals (like lead, me
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Yes. My Legend has the two pearl dots.
  13. Is it an Elitist or standard production model?
  14. Made my morning, Sal. Love your harmonies, and the Epiphone IBG Himmingbird sounds terrific in your hands. Red 333
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