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  1. I am not a fan of UST systems either but do not see a connection to build quality. It is like saying Gibson should not install neck strap buttons as they are a distraction. While neither is necessary they are there because the modern guitar buying public expects them to be.
  2. Once upon a time Collings offered a Waterloo based on a Schmidt Sovereign which had a hand rubbed varnish finish. I want to say there was only a one year run of them as that is one heck of an upgrade considering what that model sold for. A guy I know offered to sell me his and I am still second guessing myself for not jumping on it. And chances of running into something like a Fraulini in a shop are slim and none. Only sure way to get one is to order it and then play the waiting game. It will be interesting to see what will happen with lines such as Tony Klassen's Crooked Star and Iris which are a collaboration between Fairbanks and Circle Strings. Like the Waterloos they are based on instruments from the 1930s and early-1940s but are factory guitars being team built using CNC machines and cutting corners where they can such as substituting plastic position markers for MOP.
  3. A Fraulini or a Hauver will get you closer than a Waterloo. But in the case of the Fraulini you will have to dig a whole lot deeper into your pocket. I do love those V necks though. My '35 Capital which I just sold had one. My 1920 L3 has a very deep roundback D neck. My '32 L1 has a more modern feeling C neck. I have played some upper end 1930s Gibson archtops which have that same neck carve so I assume with Gibson what neck you got depended on how much you paid for the guitar. But to be honest I would not mind it one bit of the L1 had a V neck.
  4. Very nice. I would love to hear you playing that though on something like my Oscar Schmidt-made Galiano jumbo. And I still say you need a Harmony Sovereign H1260. Then again I think everybody does.
  5. Now you have gone and made me feel old. When I was 12 Springsteen was 13 or 14 or something. Hey, have you ever listened to Joe Grusheky and the Houserockers? Joe and Bruce pop up at each other's shows and have recorded together while Bruce and Miami Steve have produced some of Joe's LPs.
  6. I wish I could say the Grovers showed it to be a fake but alas I cannot.
  7. Pickguards covering the rosette are a time honored Gibson tradition. My 1956 SJ
  8. That is just what I call them. Riveted cog wheel tuners start showing up on Gibsons in late-1942 or 1943. This later version looks like there is a collar around the rivet or a rivet within a rivet (if that makes any sense).
  9. Admittedly I have not spent a lot of time with Gibsons built after 1960 my experience being limited to 12 strings. And we have have learned that when it comes to Gibsons there always seems to be an exception to the rule. Just a while back I learned, based on examples, there was an entire run of serial numbers for a 1969 guitar which none of the books or sites had made note of. Then again, virtually all of the expert info on Gibsons seems to come from the same original sources so any omissions or gaps are simply perpetuated. Somebody with better eyes than mine though needs to look at the headstock shot closely. It does look like there might be small holes poking out underneath and just to the inside of the screws on the tuners on the upper pair. But even if so, Gibson could have originally routed the guitar for the standard three on a plate Klusons but used something else on a couple of batches of guitars. That so many examples were found with the exact same "replacement" tuners does make you have to wonder.
  10. Smithsonian Folk Ways Recordings does own the publishing rights to the song.
  11. My '46 LG2 also had a script logo, a 1 3/4" nut and the same Kluson double rivet tuners.
  12. At the same time, however, I have heard that Gibson increased the thickness of the rim and back during the 1960s.
  13. While I do recall Jake giving the opinion that the bracing was lighter I do not recall any mention about the tops being thinner.
  14. There is definitely a certain itch only a 12 string can scratch. I have apparently had a hard time settling down with one though as I have owned four over the past 25 or so years - a Guild F112, a pre-War Regal Jumbo, a 1963 Gibson B45-12 and a 1961 Gibson B45-12 which I still have. Never owned a rosewood body 12 stringer though. Not that I have anything against rosewood but simply do not really plan guitar purchases. They just tend to fall into my lap. I have played a Guild F-512. But I find Guilds a bit too jangly sounding. The rosewood body guitar that does intrigue me are those Martin D12-25 12 fret anniversary models which were released about five years back.
  15. An interesting example of how different ears can hear very different things. If anything though Gibson would have been closer to the mark had they dubbed this latest version of the J35 a 1941 or 1942 Historic. But I guess 1936 sounds a lot sexier.
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