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  1. I recall Mandolin Bros offering an early 60s F5 in the just under $6K range. But the suggestion to call Gruhn is a solid one.
  2. My most recent acquisition was the 1932 L1.
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    Whoa! Nice score. While anything involving soundhole distortion is never good and usually not a cheap fix, you have the time to live with the guitar to see if you like it enough to invest in its health. The key to the Gospel was, of course , the arched back which helped offset the dreaded un-scalloped Double X bracing. As the '94 version lacks this bracing, I cannot even imagine what one would sound like. Worth what you paid just to satisfy the curiosity.
  4. Nice score especially for free. While I am far from any kind of expert on Gibson-era Epis, I believe the headstock shape and "Gibson" TRC indicate a guitar built in the 1990s. There should be sites out here which can help you decode the seral number if you are interested.
  5. While I have not spent a ton of time with 1960s Gibsons never having been able to make peace with the neck carves, a '67 or '68 should have solid rims and back.. Later models were built with laminate.
  6. I got an unavailable message as well. It was most likely yanked because it is a boot version of a what is now available as a commercial recording - in this case the Witmark Demos which is part of the official bootleg series. Dylan was incredibly widely bootlegged to the point when asked why it took so long for him the release The Basement Tapes he answered because he thought everybody already had it. But back in the day if you wanted the alternate version of Blood on the Tracks which Dylan re-recorded after he had signed off on the LP or the full Newport '65 set in which he was backed for the second half by the Butterfield Blues Band (the best live version of "Maggie's Farm" ever) the only way to score it was on a boot. Today though there is not a whole lot which has not seen the light of day in a commercial recording.
  7. I also must have been sleeping when this one showed up. Hey Buddy, how you doing?
  8. It ain't reputation points that give bragging rights it is the number of warnings.
  9. If I wanted a birth year guitar from that date, I would go dig up a Westerly-made Guild.
  10. Martin's issues had less to do with incorrectly positioned bridges (which was due to a worn piece of equipment and quickly corrected) than their transition to an oversized rosewood bridge plate beginning in late-1968. Both Gibson and Martin cited the same reason for the change - stability.
  11. The solid fret markers date the guitar to no earlier than 1970. I am a bit hazy on this but I do not think Gibson went to the now infamous Double X bracing until 1971. So there will be a noticeable difference in sound between a 1970 Gibson and those that came after. The reference to changing the bridge plate is well made. The bridge plates on these era Gibsons were made of laminate and were not only incredibly stiff but large enough to qualify as a piece of furniture. On the neck as noted those cracks could indicate that the neck block has rotated. if so then the only fix is going to be re-positioning the block back into position which will require the neck be removed or possibly lust loosening the top from the block. .
  12. Cool. I believe these thin finish versions were originally designed for the Japanese market. I would wonder if the X bracing is the same painstaking recreation of that found in the original and which you got with the early Legends..
  13. While I am also guilty of being fickle if I had to pick one all-time genius when it came to guitar it always comes back to Lonnie Johnson. He could do it all. Recorded everything from gutbucket blues to leave you scratching our head in amazement solo guitar instrumentals to jazz with Louie Armstrong and Duke Ellington.
  14. Welcome to the Forum. It has always seemed odd to me though that Gibson would note the "ADJ Bridge" in the model designation when every flippin' J45 had that feature. Not like in the old days when it was an option.
  15. As there are way too many of those no longer with us for me to pick from I will limit myself to those who are still amongst us. If you have to ask why well then there ain't much hope for ya. Alvin Youngblood Hart Richard Thompson Jorma Kaukonen Honorable mention for Marty Stuart because while he is a jaw dropping good player I have not been nuts about all his material.
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