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  1. Congrats on the new guitar! Looks great! I played one once in a Guitar Center when the J-29s were a new model. I was impressed. I think it just fell victim to what Henry, the CEO of Gibson said at the time, that being that it’s hard to introduce new models and make them profitable with the baggage of Gibsons’d iconic models, which also are the lifeline of the company...or something like that. (Probably the reason the new CEO, JC, has so many model variants named J-45s. Disclaimer: I have a 1994 Gibson Gospel Reissue in my collection. Another non-iconic model of a Gibson, that has
  2. I actually understand what Meanstreak is doing. He said it, it’s a summer project on a guitar he only spent $200 on. In my younger days, I once hand painted a mural on a guitar as a project. Then, I put it in a case and have never played it. It was a cool thing for me to try at the time, just for the project of it. Of course, I once also had a project when I was 20 to try to sand a Kay dreadnaught guitar’s neck down to the shape of a Gibson neck. I almost completed the project, but then the neck snapped, so I threw the guitar away...although somewhere in my attic is the Kay Kalvinator
  3. Oy. Whisky...I suspect it had to wake up first because it was hungover from a five year lost-weekend. Plus, as alcohol would dry out the wood, it probably also had the dry-heaves during its long lost weekend. I assume you’re kidding about its whisky rubdown and leaving the guitar on a fine sandy beach on a yoga matt, err, I mean fine matt-sanding it. 😊 QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  4. The story I heard wad that Dave Guard when he was still with the Kingston Trio was the pioneer player of Gibson’s initial 12 strings. Dave Guard left the trio in 1961 (replaced by John Stewart, who later on in the trio played a stunning looking all blonde/natural 12 string that I believe may have been a custom Guild.) QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  5. John Hardy is a great song. I forgot about it until you mentioned it. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  6. That is certainly something I automatically do first thing when I get a 12 string in my hands. Not sure anyone younger understands that, though. In my case after I play the “Walk Right In” riff, I then go into The Kingston Trio’s “If You Don’t Look Around” 12 string riff. Not sure many even our age understand or know that one, but it is also a great 12 string riff. QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  7. Glad to learn you are able to still play it and hope your Dad gets to hear you. I’m sure your good intention is somehow felt by him even now. QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  8. Keep us posted on how it looks, sounds, plays after you receive it. QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  9. It’s an absolute beaut! QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  10. Very cool. And, that music in that location with those of instruments is overwhelmingly moving. QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  11. Can’t really tell from the photo, but looks like it’s meant to affix around the headstock and the end pin button to me. I’d be careful with that type of strap with the metal on it, unless you’re prepared to take the strap on and off of the guitar each time you use it and store it in the pick box in the case so it doesn’t scratch the guitar when not in use. Personally, I prefer a strap that I can leave on the guitar all of the time with nothing on it that can scratch the guitar, but it is a cool looking strap. You might want to try going to a guitar center that has it in stock to see if i
  12. Yes. Seriously. Or, buy a strap that comes with an attachment for the headstock that has a string or a plastic or leather buckle attached to it. This has nothing to do with whether a guitar is a Gibson or any brand. Straps can tie around the headstock and have been used for years this way. Straps can be inexpensive or expensive, but when they connect at the headstock, they all need to connect one way or another there. A good strong shoe string as a connector is quite common and works well. It’s very common. Nothing unusual. Plus, it’s a material that doesn’t hurt or scratch the gui
  13. A simple solution is to not use the heel strap button but instead to tie the strap behind the nut on the headstock, the way guitarists do when there is no strap button by the neck heel. Personally, I like tying the strap between the 5th and 6th string across between the 1st and 2nd string on the headstock. You’ll need to obtain a good shoe lace for the tie and wrap it around a couple of times and tie some good knots for safety as well as through the strap. Or, use a strap that comes with a good fastener around the headstock spot. Works fine there as it did for many years before strap butt
  14. Typically, having added or not added a strap button on a guitar has historically had no impact on the value of a vintage guitar. I doubt that will change, especially as there are about five different places where strap buttons are typically added in a guitar either by manufacturers, luthiers, or guitar owners. (Now if a strap button was added to an actual unusual location such as on the top of a guitar or in the back of the neck at the 7th fret or something, that would devalue a guitar.) This subject seems overthought IMHO. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  15. Congrats on the new guitar! I’m a big fan of what Epiphone is doing with their quality and value! QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
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