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  1. Cool! While I am not up on my Gibsons made after the early-1960s, I do not believe Gibson offered anything other than the stock J200 in 1969 unless you ordered something special from the factory. The "Custom" designation is probably no different than the "Deluxe" moniker which adorned TRCs and labels in the 1970s. This also would be one of the last Gibsons built before they were acquired by ECL Industries at the end of the year. As to "restoration" other than replacing the missing inlays if you are lucky about the only other thing that the guitar may need to have done would be to remove the large suspended brace screwed into the center of the X brace (assuming Gibson was still installing this in the late-1960s). These things popped up in 1961 and just sucked the sound right out of the guitar. As they were held in place by one large easy to get at screw, removal was no big deal so many were removed. The case look to be original. In 1961 Gibson abandoned the brown hard-shell Lifton cases and started using black cases. The earliest version was lined with yellow and the later ones with blue.
  2. The gift that John Prine imparted to us is that you do not have to take yourself that seriously all the time to be heard. Love ya' John.
  3. I have gotten to the point where it is easier for me to single out strings I do not like than those I do. I am all over the place. No real loyalty especially since Newtone no longer has a US distributor requiring me to have to think ahead and order direct which is a skill which has managed to successfully elude me..
  4. While I can surely appreciate the look, I will be the odd man out as that quilt is a bit over the top for me. Me playing a guitar like that would be like putting silk undies on a goat. I guess I am just a Plain Jane guitar guy. But wo cares. There are only two kinds of guitars out there- those you like and those you do not and it would get awful boring if we all liked the same thing. We do have four maple body guitars in the house. The maple body on my wife's 1960 J200 is very understated having a small taste of both quilt and flame. My NYC-made Epi flattop has a very dark stained maple body so you do not see much. The two guitars built in the 1930s though have beautifully flamed maple bodies with burst red spruce tops. No parlors though. One is an an 0 size and the other a deep body 00.
  5. If you have ever owned one of those Harmony Buck Owens guitars, a nice little cottage industry has grown up making repros of the headstock overlays which had shrunk.
  6. Oops, not thinking in terms of modern versions.
  7. The MOTS board of the Gibson Century and others were made with celluloid. Having owned a few 1930s guitars with that feature, for me it had nothing to do with sound. I just did not like the feel of them.
  8. Center back strip means LG-2. Not to be a horse's patootie but I will pass on listening. Never cared for his voice.
  9. I agree. Warren is in better company not being in the R&RHOF The best "contest" I ever saw was in the early-1980s when a beer company sponsored a search for the great unsigned American band with the prize being a recording contract. If I recall correctly the three finalists were the Del Fuegos, my personal favorite the Long Ryders (with Sid Griffin) and Del Lords. Surprisingly, all were great choices. The Del Lords won but then turned the prize down not wanting to be sponsored by a beer company earning them the nickname America's Most Honorable Band. All three did get recording contracts but only the Del Fuegos went with a major label.
  10. Like a fire in a whorehouse on a houseboat (quote courtesy of Mr. Zevon). And he still ain't in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Arghhh, send lawyers, guns and money.
  11. The late Warren Zevon with a Gibson in hand and Neil Young along for the ride.
  12. Gibson started putting the Dove bridge on the J200 in 1972 so nothing unusual there although you will still some from that year with the closed mustache bridge . I have never eyeballed one with the middle back panel though. While I am not a fan of how that bridge looked on that guitar, I think the back is cool looking.
  13. There is the Walnut Valley Festival in in Winfield Kansas which was the home of Stuart Mossman Guitars. Stuart was one of the founders of the Festival.
  14. The choice as been largely removed from my hands. The couple of places where I tend to play regularly are in places which are not permitting gatherings within their walls until further notice.
  15. I tend to have to take a hiatus from playing in the winter as the arthritis in my hands acts up in the colder weather. I have only really started to try and play for the past day or two. Last night trying to shake the cobwebs off of both me and the guitars I pulled out some old faithfuls such as Hot Tuna's "Mann's Fate" and Rev. Davis' "Cincinnati Flow Rag," No real thought as to what guitar to grab, just snatched whatever was closest at hand which were the WM-00 and the B45-12.
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