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  1. All these newer small bodied guitars are nice, but you really do want to play them first, as the necks vary widely. The Americana has a fairly modern neck, not unlike recent vintage J-45s. The Blues King's are closer to the chunky older style necks. The Keb Mo' is real chunky. I haven't tried the Americana. I even played a custom shop CF100 recently -- a cool little guitar and the neck was similar to the Americana (but the P90 sounded pretty bad).
  2. I did change out the plastic bridge pins for ebony, and I think that's helped open it up. Maybe just superstitious but I do that will all my guitars. I don't like to have any plastic in the tone chain unless it's unavoidable like the bridge on a 60's LG-0.
  3. Thanks! It just keeps getting better day by day as the tone begins to open up and it gets louder. No buyers remorse with this one! And did I mention that it even smells good? That mahogany smells just like my grandfather's dining room when I was a kid.
  4. No disrespect to Jumbos or old guys intended! If I find the right J-200 I will snap it up in a heartbeat. I've always had my heart set on one (but I'll neve buy another without playing it first). I just can't bang away on a big guitar for 3 sets anymore. I had a nasty ice skating incident a few years back (don't ask) and I really messed my shoulders up. By the way, I handed the LG-2 to a girl in a bar last night and she audibly gasped. She said "The action -- it's almost buttery". She was playing a budget Martin. Probably not for much longer...
  5. The pics are up -- thanks for all the comments!
  6. Thanks -- pictures forthcoming this evening (Pacific Standard Time)!
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    Very nice -- Congrats!
  8. II have been questing for a small-bodied acoustic that I could gig with, and I've finally found it. This guitar really rings all the right bells for the job: It is super comfortable to play -- like a lot of guys my age, it's getting to be a literal pain to wrap your arms around a jumbo or a dread for three sets. The LG-2 sizes is just right. The neck width (1.725), slim taper profile, and 12" radius fit my style (and my hand) very well. I'm mainly a strummer, and play electric some of the time, so this guitar feels great in the hand. The sound is really surprising. It really sounds a lot like my J-45. The tone profile is just the same, maybe not quite as much in the bass. It is loud (though not thunderous) and distinctively Gibson. The highs are nice and shiny, and the lows definitely growl, but the mid-range is where this really supports a singer. The red adi top, bone nut and saddle clearly have a lot to do with the projection. Visually, very nice. Beautiful vintage-y sunburst (it is a Gibson, after all). The nitro is nice and glossy, but not too showy (it is a Gibson, after all). The old style open back tuners are a nice touch, though I don't love the gold (Not very Gibson-y) but I do like them better than the plastic buttons. I might replace them with nickel one of these day. The Baggs element system that comes installed seems to sound good and to work well. I'll know more after I play it out some. Also -- I'm really happy with the store where I found this -- TruTone Music in Santa Monica. They're a Gibson "5 Star" dealer. I was skeptical, as I'd heard on another forum that they didn't really have too much in the way of selection. WRONG. The Gibson room is not big -- only enough room for one person to sit and play, but in that room they have somewhere around 25 different models to try out. Want to try the SJ-200 Standard versus the Pre-War versus the Western? You can. A whole bunch of J-45 models? Yep. 4 or 5 small-bodied guitars (what I was really looking for)? Yes. It's the only place in So Cal as far as I can tell that gives you this chance for Gibsons. They also have a ton of Martins (including some custom runs), several different Loars, and not too much real low-end junk cluttering the place up). They were very nice to work with, and gave me a deal that I was very comfortable with. I've been buying and selling and trading trying to figure this out, but I think I've got what I need for the task at hand. That's not to say I won't be buying and selling and trading for other reasons... So, a fun day, and a good guitar. I'm happy.
  9. Thanks -- that's good to know - I won't get my hopes up too high. I've been to Norman's and will definitely have that on the itinerary. I got my HG there and it is an amazing place. I'll give California Vintage a shot too as long as I'm up that way. Has anybody been down to Buffalo Brothers lately? I haven't heard much since they changed ownership. Thanks for the info!
  10. I'm in the market for a new or (recent model used) Gibson to gig with. I love my J-45 but would like something smaller-bodied. (i have some great vintage Gibsons, but nothing I can take into a dive bar and play rockabilly for 3 or 4 sets...) There seem to be a number of choices, but I can't seem to find anything in Orange County except J-45s and J-35s. I'd really like to try a bunch of different models and see what works best. I don't want to get on a plane to Bozeman, so short of that, does anyone have suggestions between San Diego and Santa Barbara? I see that TruTone Music in Santa Monica is a "5 Star" dealer. Has anyone had experience with them? Do they have a lot of Gibsons in stock? I'm willing to drive a bit if I can play some guitars. Let me know what you think -- thanks! JP
  11. As a member of the J-200 Ex-Owners Club, I have to agree with a lot of the posters here. You can buy a J-45 sight unseen, and you're likely to get a pretty good guitar, but the Super Jumbos are hit and (mostly) miss. The good ones are great, the average ones are disappointing. I still long to have one in the stable, but don't regret the one I sold. I loved the look, loved the neck, the fit and finish was extraordinary, but the tone just wasn't there. I'll never buy one of these without trying it out. Someday I hope to run into a good one...
  12. I'll chip in my 2 cents here -- I think the $500 to $600 price is just right for the guitar described. My father-in-law has one of these and I seriously covet it. Just a very fun guitar with a sweet little voice. The perfect couch guitar, in my opinion. These are quite variable, so some people dislike them, but a good one is a real joy. Better to sell it a little cheap to someone who'll play it. By the time you're done with eBay fees and shipping your back down to a net $500 - $600 anyway. Best of luck!
  13. I think the only difference is cosmetic. The HG-0 is bound top and bottom, but the HG-00 is just bound on top. I'm not sure about the pickguard on the 00, but the 0 has a firestripe.
  14. Yep -- "Hawaiian" means they were intended to be played as steel guitars. So these had larger nuts, the big necks, and straight bridges. Luckily, they did have frets instead of painted markers, because they make great "Spanish" (standard style) guitars. As I understand it, most of the HGs still around were converted at some point in the last 75 years. The big neck on this guitar is quite comfortable to the hand. It reminds me of some of the pre-WWI Gibsons I've played. And yes, I had to trade a couple of nice guitars plus some cash to get this one! Thanks for all the comments and good wishes!
  15. I've been itching for a small-bodied Gibson flattop for a while now. I missed out on a couple of sweet ones recently, but everything came together today at Norman's Rare Guitars in Tarzana, CA. I went in to play every little Gibson they had -- and they have a lot. I expected to come home with an L-2 or a B-25, possibly even an L-1 if there was a good one. The first guitar I picked up in the store, mainly because it was in a stand on the floor rather than up on the wall was this one: It blew me away from the first strum. (I know, it's an AGF cliche, but it's true!) Loud, and colorful, and sweet. The chords cluster up tightly (there's something about a D9 at the fifth fret -- if it sounds tight and complex I know it's potentially a good instrument). I did play ten or twelve different guitars, but I kept coming back to check this one out to make sure it was that good. It was. We came to good terms, and now I've brought it home. It's got some "character" in the way of scrapes and scratches, and there has been some work done -- I suspect it was bellied up at one time -- but it was definitely done by a talented professional. Plus, it already has a K&K installed. I'm a happy guitar player this evening...
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