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  1. Normally, refinishing significantly diminishes a guitar’s value. Plus. Recently, somewhere I read that scientifically. refinishing a guitar potentially changes the vintage sound that makes a well aged/vintage guitar sound so good. The article was a lot more specific, but that was the gist of it. in the case of a vintage Kay, unless it’s a KayKraft, the predecessor of Kay, most Kays were inexpensive guitars to begin with and not of professional quality...although some of their Art Deco designs were way cool. Therefore, you’d have to weigh are you putting out a lot of money to refinish a guitar that never had much value or high quality built into it. And, still won’t even after a refinish because a refinish generally lowers a guitar’s resale value in the collectible market. And, consider, would you be better off just trying to find the same model in better shape. Plus, keeping in mind that if it has a vintage sound or one better because of age that it originally had when newer, it may lose that cool vintage sound with a refinish. You night also want to consider just cleaning it up as some distressed looking guitars sometimes have a coolness factor if they are none-the-less fully playable. On the other hand, if it is not playable, you’ll need to weigh is it worth it to fix it up as again, it’s still a mass production (as opposed to hand made) Kay in an era before mass production produced some fine guitars (such as today’s Epiphones.) Just some things to consider. I personally have a 60s dreadnaught Kay in my collection and a 1933 KayKraft archtop in my collection. Conversation pieces and cool ones at that, but not of the quality of Gibsons or even most of today’s Epiphones. And, good sentimental value to them. But, I haven’t invested any extra $ into them, for some of the stated reasons. Plus. I find I play my Gibsons or Epi’s much much much more. (As they play and sound better.) Kay had cool Kay Kelvinator headsrocks, though. Huge headstocks! I hope this helps. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  2. Just FYI. The specific size designation for the LG0 (as well as the LG1, 2, and 3) is a concert size guitar. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  3. I’m not a player who believes any specific music genre is solely tied to a specific type or look of a guitar model. I believe tone and style and playing expertise is tied to one’s hands, heart, and practicing disciplines. However, with that being said, you might want to look into Epiphone’s Masterbuilt Century Series Olympic or Zenith models for a relatively reasonably priced acoustic archtop. They have an acoustic or electric archtop sound and a really straight and chunky neck that can handle slide licks. Or, another affordable guitar is an Epiphone EL-00 Pro, which is a 00 style solid topped bodied guitar typically associated with acoustic blues playing. It also has a built in pick up. I own both the Olympic and EL00-Pro models, I use them both (as well as all of my instruments) for all types of music, which includes slide delta blues as well as jazz, rock, folk, folk-rock, country,classical. Hope this helps. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  4. Just checked out a bunch of his videos. The guy’s really talented! I like his voice, music, and style. And, songwriting. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  5. I was all set to buy a used 70’s J-40 at a guitar show about 10 years. I bargained with the seller for about an hour and then walked away for a few minutes to take a bargaining break. About five minute later I walked back and saw the guitar at another vendor’s booth at double the price I had the original vendor down to. When I went back to the original vendor, I asked him what happened and he told me when I walked away, a vendor walked over and offered him something like $25 more than the price I had negotiated down to. That one got away. It was a pretty good guitar. Not one that is on everyone’s radar with its unusual for Gibson string through bridge, but a pretty good sounding and playing guitar. Good to see you have the one you obtained now all fixed up. Enjoy! QM aka “Jazzmam” Jeff
  6. Dry out there? In Chicagoland it’s been rainy, humid, and a still a bit generally warm enough to not have the dry heat furnace on. But, I know what you mean. Thanks for the reminder of what’s soon to be coming with colder weather. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  7. One thing to keep in mind is that back in the mid-60s, B-25s and all other acoustics were a lot more actually hand made than today, meaning not every neck on every model was necessarily exactly the same. It’s quite possible on guitars from that era to find one guitar’s neck to be different from another, though they might still be the same model and kinda the same, but not exactly. Today’s hand made guitars incorporate a number of machine made elements, such as necks, that are then sanded by hand during the final phase, keeping them still hand made, but not the extent that they were in say they mid-60s, where such consistency as today was not present. Although, there is still some degree of individuality in each guitar, but not as much as there sometimes historically was. So slim taper necks in the 60s meant the general shape where as now slim taper necks are all quite consistent. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  8. First thing to try is changing the battery. Also check the cord from the amp to the guitar. Hand tighten the loose nut on the guitar, but that’s not likely any issue. If you’re not familiar with checking the wiring inside the guitar, I suggest bringing the guitar to an authorized Epiphone repairperson (contact Epiphone Customer Service for one close by) or contact the instrument’s seller if it is a music store. You could also contact a Sam Ash Music or a Guitar Center if nothing else. Hope this helps. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  9. Beautiful guitar! Is that considered walnutburst? I’ve seen some walnut back guitars advertised as being walnutburst. Looks really good. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  10. The same thing happened to my 1972 SJD about 20 years ago. The neck was in pristine shape from the time I bought it new and then its finish on the back just started kinda flaking in one spot and then it kept spreading, until it just stopped. And, then it stayed that way, no more and no less. The thing is there are tons of vintage Gibson necks that I’ve seen at vintage guitar shows that look exactly the same way. Not all of them could have been abused as it’s too consistently the same in some, but not all cases. I could never figure out what happened to mine, but I I do know that once it started it spread until it just stopped and then hasn’t since gotten worse. So, I suspect it had to do with some kind of interact of the nitrocellulose with the environment or maybe some kind of natural or sped up drying out of some kind that once it started had to run its course. It doesn’t effect the guitar’s playing in any way and like I said, there are tons of vintage Gibson’s where apparently the same thing has happened. If anyone can more scientifically figure it out why it just seemed to happen on mine or the poster’s or the many vintage Gibsons I’ve seen at various seemingly random times, hope you’ll jump in. I personally quit thinking about the surface flaking/loss of finish on mine years ago, but this post made me remember how I was like what the hey when it started and then stopped on that guitar in my collection. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  11. The Palm Tree is engraved on the body. Palm Tree engraving goes back historically to designs on Vintage resonator guitars. Gibson bought the rights to the Dobro brand some years ago. On the Internet you’ll be able to find a large history on original Dobros and National resonator guitars. Mark Knopler displayed a historic on on Dire Straits’ album that had “Money For Nothing” on it. When Gibson bought the Dobro brand, it was originally a standalone Dobro brand. Those had some historic accuracy as reissues of the original Dobro and National resonator guitars. (Keep in mind the original Dobro Company often outsourced its instruments to Regal to make. Then, Regal issued its own resonator guitars. Those are all historic and costly vintage instruments now.) Dobro was also owned by a different company than the original Dobros, before Gibson bought the brand name. It was only many years later after Gibson bought the Dobro brand name, that they then later, put Dobro brand under the Epiphone banner. I remember a friend buying one of the original Gibson Company made Dobros under the Dobro name and it had a Palm Tree design just like yours. I have no idea if when Gibson moved the Dobro brand under Epiphone if they continued to make the Palm Tree design one. What I do know is prices for the Dobro brand when Gibson first purchased the brand seemed to higher priced than when they shifted Dobro to be under the Epiphone brand. All of what I’ve said here is anecdotal on my part, just from watching the Dobro brand from the sidelines since about 1998. (I own a 1998 Regal squareneck resonator guitar and a 2003 Regal metal round neck resonator with the Palm Tree design. My friend had a Palm Tree Dobro from around 2001.) Hope this triggers more research in your part. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  12. Jinder-great music! And, video! Thanks for sharing! QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  13. Beautiful guitar! QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  14. Nice looking guitar! QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  15. John and George’s Gibson J160s were also cherryburst. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
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