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  1. It’s some kind of synthetic. They called it synthetic bone on both the EL-00 and EL-00 Pro. Probably it’s some form of tusq. Although, I changed mine out from its original saddle to a tusq saddle that cost about $15 that seemed to have more density to it and gave it more depth and volume to the sound, and seemed to fit tighter. I’m not aware that the EL-00 and the EL-00 Pro differed in their saddle. My understanding is that the main differences between the non-Pro and the Pro was that the Pro (which replaced the non-Pro) had a pickup and a D shaped neck while the non-Pro had no pick up and a C shaped neck. Plus, the Pro had a slightly wider nut than the non-Pro’s 1.6875’ nut. BTW, there originally was a different EL-00 shape circa or pre-2005 for a year or so that had a slightly different body shape than the EL-00 or EL-00 Pro shape of the ones we haven’t accustomed to normally seeing these days. (Jinder, on this forum used to own one of the different shaped EL-00s.) QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  2. I like using wood bridge pins on all of my guitars on the simple premise that adding a little extra wood on the top can only help the guitar’s sound, even if only a little bit, as opposed to the unknown sound attributes of the other materials that are, of course, bridge pin options. Just my perspective. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  3. I hear a lot of music genius in the early Beatles. Original songs like “I’ll Follow the Sun”, “Please Don’t Wear Red Tonight”, the complex musical ending of “ She Loves You”, “This Boy Wants You Back Again” and, the list goes on is musical genius stuff. And, that’s besides the phenomenal early harmonies on covers like “Words of Love”, “Mr. Moonlight” “”You Really Got a Hold on Me” and the pure rock n’ roll of “Twist & Shout”, “Roll Over Beethoven”. Don’t get me wrong, the Beatles certainly tremendously grew with Rubber Soul. But, there was genius in the early Beatles, too. Regarding the Stones, and were monumental in bringing blues to main stream white youth, myself included, to further explore Muddy Waters, Son House for sure. And, when they took the leap to Jagger-Richards originals, their great creativity and potential took the giant leap that the mainstream appreciates, today. Just my perspective. It’s all great music! QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  4. I guess, I’m in the minority on the new Neil Young song. While the song certainly has the Neil Young sound and feel to it, and it is a nice song…this particular song itself seems to go nowhere to me. Just my impression. This new Robert Plant/Allison Kraus song seems to hit the mark much better from an old rocker (although Allison Kraus seems to kinda be missing in it.) QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  5. Cool! Thanks for the update! Glad it came out well! QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  6. Try Stewart McDonald for replacement saddles. They have a good stock and variety of then. An internet search Stewart McDonald should find them. You may need to guess the width size, but you can always file it to fit if needed if it’s too big. Hope this helps. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  7. Epiphones made in Japan were from the 1970s. Hope that helps. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  8. I missed that. Well that’s plain weird, then. And, a sign that the neck may not be an authentic Gibson neck for sure if it blank under the headstock truss rod cover. The mystery guitar does then appear to likely be a counterfeit and not a Frankenstein guitar. But, as Jinder and others said, it only cost $300 and the seller advised upfront it likely wasn’t authentic, and the original poster said it sounds good…so just enjoy playing it for what it is. (And, should it ever be sold, again, clearly let potential buyers know it’s a counterfeit and not an authentic Gibson, so no one has a chance of possibly getting duped.) QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  9. The thing is, the photo of inside the body seems to show a truss rod adjustment part inside the body…but, that appears to be part of the body, and we know the body is fake. It’s not clear if that adjustment piece in the body actually is functionally going up inside into the neck or just a non-functional remnant from the foreign body. I wonder what it looks like looking under the truss rod cover on the headstock. If it shows a normal truss rod adjustment nut from that angle. I’m wondering if the adjustment from inside the guitars is just a non-functional remnant from a guitar body that had a truss rod adjustment from inside it because that neck does look potentially like a Gibson neck and the truss rod adjustment piece we’re looking at from inside the guitar’s body seems attached to a non-Gibson body and certainly not a Gibson body. It would be interesting if the original poster took off the truss rod cover by the neck to show what it looks like there. The neck may potentially still have an original Gibson truss rod still in it not even attached to the remnant body part shown in the photo for all we know. Dunno. All speculation. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  10. Well they are all in that counterfeit realm, I was just splitting hairs. What makes me think the neck might be a Gibson neck is the inlays, headstock shape, and even the point on the bottom of the neck look legit, although the point looks like it was broken and glued…speculating that the neck was removed from a prior guitar. Or, when maybe an original Gibson body was removed from the neck. Any speculation that the neck is a fake Gibson neck? Usually fake Gibson necks have something off about them. Rerouting it reversing the truss rod direction to fit a foreign body doesn’t necessarily qualify the neck as fake, but rather a strange thang, if that’s what someone did to this Frankenstein instrument. The body certainly is not a Gibson body. Am curious if anyone or the original poster notices anything strange or off about the headstock shape or lettering or fret markers to quantify the Gibson neck as a fake other than a possible reversed truss rod, as we all seem to quantify that for sure the body is not a Gibson body. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  11. I'd refer to it as a Frankenstein guitar, not necessarily a counterfeit or a knock-off. A counterfeit would be where the seller claimed it was a Gibson, which didn't seem to happen. Or, if someone took an Epiphone and tried to doctor it to pass it off as a Gibson. A knock-off would be another brand imitating a Gibson. This one appears to be a Frankenstein guitar as it appears to be assembled from different brand parts (ie. the neck is from a Gibson, the body is from ?). That's my take on it. QM aka "Jazzman" Jeff
  12. If wonder if your guitar has a lifetime warranty if you or your parents purchased it new and someone filed its new guitar warranty info with Gibson/Epiphone on your behalf. And, if so, if Gibson/Epiphone has a record of it. I suggest contacting Epiphone customer service in Nashville. In 1972 Epiphone was outsourcing its guitar manufacturing to Japan while its headquarters was still in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I not familiar with what their warrantee was at that time nor how their record keeping transferred when Epiphone headquarters moved to Nashville, but its worth a try for you to try with nothing to lose by calling Epiphone customer service in Nashville. Epiphone’s parent company, Gibson still makes some Gibson guitars with adjustable bridges. I wonder if you can get Gibson Epiphone to repair your guitar with one of those replacement adjustable bridges used on Gibsons either under a new guitar warrantee or if not, for a fee with an Epiphone authorized repair person or center. Might cost a bit, but if you really want it repaired, maybe worth looking it. Keep us posted what occurs if you contact Epiphone customer service in Nashville, TN. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  13. I thought the video, song, pairing, instrumentation (especially the accordion sound, Mellencamp’s strum in there, and that quiet electric guitar in there)), guitars being played, and soul from these two was awesome. And, the irony parallel of Springsteen once singing Glory Days to now singing Wasted Days down the timeline with Mellencamp was duly noted as totally soulful and felt truthfully portrayed as a bit of self reflection by both and way coool! The whole thing was way coool! QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  14. Probably not a Gibson, at that price but maybe a bit of a Frankenstein/pieced together guitar that used a Gibson neck and sounds and plays well. Sounds like the seller expressed his doubt it was a full Gibson, too, based on what you said he said. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  15. Here’s my take on the body. The body of the original poster’s guitar looks significantly narrower on the body’s upper bout than the J200s shown in Dave F’s photos. The upper bouts of the J200s in Dave F’s photos fan out more than the upper bout in the original poster’s guitar. Unless, the photo in the original poster’s photo is a distorted photo, due to the guitar’s angle in the photo (and it being an iPhone phone.). But, I can’t imagine the J200s in Dave F’s photos fitting into the case that the original poster’s guitar snugly fits into. The upper bouts appear like they would not fit. The original poster can tell us if the photo is distorted and if the guitar’s upper bout and the case are actually wider than the photo seems to show. The thinner upper bout and the adjustment for the truss rod being in the body, make me think this might be a hybrid of a Gibson neck with a non-Gibson body if it’s upper bout is too thin, but with a J200 bridge and J200-like pickguard. Interestingly, too, the original poster mentions in one of the posts that the seller said he didn’t think it was an actual Gibson or something like that when he sold it. Unless I’m reading this incorrectly. Others have any observations about the body shape? Including the original poster? To help with solving this mystery! QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  16. Well, you just proved an authentic Gibson model can have a pointy end on the bottom of its neck, although the original poster’s pointy neck end is indeed spliced together. But, and this is and has all been speculation, is I now suspect the neck and headstock may be an authentic Gibson, but removed from a Gibson and re-attached to different body. That could explain why the headstock looks legit and why the pointy pieces of the end of the neck are reattached, because the neck was reattached to ? And, why the truss rod adj is inside the guitar. It could also explain why the bridge on the body looks like something is amiss. Like maybe it was reattached to a different body. Another poster already identified that the pickguard is not original, but we’ve all heard of replacement pickguards on guitars. Especially on J200s that are flubber guards or where the design peels off. I am not that familiar with J200 bodies. This puzzle might be resolved if someone can compare the body on this guitar to a known authentic J200 in terms of shape, size, binding, finish etc. that would prove if it’s a Frankenstein reassembled Gibson, a an intact Gibson or a pieced together Gibson neck with a foreign body to pass it off as a Gibson. As well as assess if the headstock and fret markers look legit to substantiate if at least the neck is real, if not the body. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  17. The pointy end on the very bottom of the neck seems like a very possible red flag to me. Gibsons are always straight with no point to them to my recollection. My suggestion is to go back to the seller if you can as well as to contact Gibson customer service to confirm or report. I’m not familiar either with Gibsons ever having a truss rod adjustment inside the guitar…another very possible red flag. Those very possible two red flags are enough to question its authenticity in my book. Let us know what the seller says about returning it for $ back as well as what Gibson c-s says. You can also call Grubb Guitars in Nashville and With their being experts, they should be able to tell you if that Gibson model or any Gibson ever had a pointy end of neck by the body or a truss rod adjustment inside. Something is certainly strange about it considering the possible red flags. Sorry you had this happen. Hope you can work through it okay or if not still find the guitar somehow enjoyable, playable, and useful with such a story to it if trying to get a refund from the leads nowhere. Sad this kind of stuff has to happen in our sometimes crazy world. QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  18. Thanks for sharing your positive finding of the John Pearse New Mediums on your J-200. So far in my use of them, I’ve only tried them on my small bodied Martin 00L 2XE, and the results have been great. I have been so pleased with them that I plan on the JP New Mediums being my go to strings for that guitar. QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  19. That would make sense. Thanks for the correct information. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  20. I’m seeing on the new acoustic Gibson product listings on the Gibson website that it says they have a 2 years playability warrantee for the first time owner. Or, at least that is what I thought I saw. Prior to yesterday or the day before when I looked on the website, I thought new Gibsons had a lifetime to the first time owner. When did that change for new models? Am I correct that it changed or am I misreading the new, new guitar warrantee? QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  21. I use Martin Authentic Acoustic/SP 80/20 Bronze Lights on my LG1 and Epiphone FT30/Caballero (the Epi version of the LG0. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  22. I like the way walnut back and side guitars sound. BTW, when you mention now that they’ve been around a few years, I should let you know that I have a 1936 NY made Epiphone Zenith that has a walnut back and sides…so no doubt about it…walnut back and side guitars have been around more than a few years. My 1936 guitar sounds great, and the newer guitars that use it, leave no doubt about it, it’s a great sounding tone wood and always has been. And, it’s great that it’s made its way back into the limelight via Gibson recently using it and promoting it as being the environmentally friendly great sounding tone wood that it is. QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
  23. While I intentionally pushed the envelope with my funny correlation comment between the now popular trend of Levi jeans with multiple holes and now Gibson models, I think what really is causing the current ok/not ok debate about the New Generation models is the same old same old with Gibsons that Henry openly said he could not overcome during his final days as CEO and that JC said he would try to find a balance for, if he could, during his new reign. And, that being the marketing obstacle to Gibsons that many Gibson owners and buyers have certain expectations of only traditional Gibsons from the company. That Henry tried to overcome and basically only could with the Songwriter model, despite other non-J45, J-200, Hummingbird, etc models being introduced to expand the lineup. I think that’s why JC started renaming so many newer models with a J45 association rather than say a J-15 moniker even though it clearly was just a renaming game that apparently is working. But, now, Gibson is opening labelling a new line as a New Generation line meaning it differs from the traditional line and…well look what’s back! Traditionalists balking at Gibson expanding the line up. So it’s not really haters vs non-haters, it’s just Gibson trying to openly be a traditionalist company and a non-traditionalist company to see how that works. And, look how the divide is already causing a reaction. Yet, Gibson does need to figure out a way to be both a traditionalist company and a company that gets those who are not interested in traditions to purchase Gibsons rather than Taylor’s, Breedloves, or even Martins (who is actually managing lately to come out with successful new environmentally friendly guitars and models that deviate from their traditional line of guitars to new and existing buyers.) And. if Gibson is actually using Levi’s strategy, which I meant tongue in cheek regarding multiple holes, well Levi’s must be given credit for being a long term company who has taken a very old tradition product that somehow keeps getting new generations of young people to keep buying and wearing their product. So, I give JC credit for his new line and effort. It’s not like he’s discontinuing the traditional line that he has really beefed up since his reign started. Let’s hope this new generation adds to Gibson’s traditional sales so the company thrives and keeps Gibson guitars in all players hands for a long time. This is one of those things that needn’t be either/or. They should have both traditional guitars and non-traditional ones that sell well to help keep them in business and competitive with companies like Martin who are doing that. Just my thoughts. QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff
  24. I have to admit, and it may be pushing it, but is it possible there is a correlation between the latest popular trend of new Levi’s now having multiple holes in them and a new guitar run by a former Levi’s executive now having multiple sound holes in them? No offense to anyone, just pushing the envelope here. QM aka: ”Jazzman” Jeff
  25. Guy Clark was a great person and communicator. We had a great conversation backstage at one of his gigs in Chicago and when I let him know I would be in his hometown of Austin in a few months doing some gigs and some music business, he said no worries, he would find me when I was there and we’d continue our great conversation. Sure enough, a few months later when I was sitting in the lobby at the Driskell Hotel in Austin, Guy comes walking over to me and says Jeff, let’s continue that great conversation we were having. Guy was quite a human being and your friend was blessed to have been friends with him. QM aka “ Jazzman” Jeff
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