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Everything posted by Boyd

  1. Never owned any Gibson electrics, just Fender. Have had four Gibson acoustics and one Martin. I still have a Telecaster but haven't even picked it up for years, electric guitars just don't interest me anymore.
  2. Maybe I'm an outlier, but I don't want my acoustic guitar to "snarl" or "bark". To each their own though. 🙂
  3. My son in law is in his late 30's. He's had my 1974 J-50 Deluxe on permanent loan for the past 5 or 6 years now. Whenever they would come visit, it was the first guitar he would pick up - he liked it better than my 1965 and 2008 J-50's. I told him about the complaints people have raised about the Norlin guitars and he thought that was very funny. 😁 A few years earlier, I had some major repairs done to that guitar which had gradually become un-playable. The luthier was able to avoid a neck reset by planing the fretboard and doing a re-fret, he also fixed some cracks. When it was ready to pick up, I asked the luthier if he had any problems fixing it. He said the only "problem" was that he enjoyed playing it so much, he didn't want to give it back. He just shook his head when I mentioned the complaints about 70's Gibsons. He did a great job on it, I think it sounded much better than it did when I bought it in 1974. Personally, I still like it but it's not all that special for me, which is why I was willing to part with it. But some people do just like that sound. For one thing, it is really LOUD - much louder than my other Gibsons. But "loud" doesn't necessarily mean "good"... I'd say it doesn't have some of the subtlety of my other Gibsons. So, I'd suggest that you just play any guitars you can find and make your own decisions instead of relying on what other people tell you.
  4. I tried them for awhile a number of years ago and thought they were "interesting" but in the end just didn't care for them and haven't used since. I thought they might work better with my old deArmond pickup but they didn't seem to make much difference. We have some old threads on this topic, some people like them a lot but I also recall that one forum member had an allergic reaction to the nickel and had to remove them.
  5. How did we go from Gibson RMA's to Telecasters? 🤔 Well anyway, I got my first Tele back in 1969 and had several over the next few years. Had a 1972 thinline that I really liked but sold it to buy my J-50 Deluxe in 1974. Missing it, I got one of the Mexican Telecaster thinlines about 10 years ago that looked just like the old one but the pickups were terrible. No matter, electric guitars just don't interest me anymore and it hasn't been out of the closet for years now. But that's a very pretty one Dave!
  6. That worked really well for Big Joe Williams! 😀 Personally, I like skinny necks, my 1965 J-50 feels very comfortable. Recently got a 2020 J-50 1960's Original with a neck that's a bit more slender than other recent Gibsons. But they also make a 1950's version of the same guitar. You might think the neck would be fatter on that, to be more faithful to the 50's. It is wider than the 60's version, however according to the specs, the nut is 1.72" which is actually a bit more narrow than the 1.725" nut on my 2008 J-50. However, the nut width doesn't tell the whole story, so maybe the carve is actually fatter and it might be worth checking out?
  7. Like the thread title says: crazy theory. I just play my guitars and enjoy them. IMO, spend more time practicing if you want your guitar to sound better. 🙂
  8. Like asking the fox if he likes how the chickens taste? 🤣 JMHO, but if you have to come to an internet forum to ask whether you need another guitar.... you don't. Save your money until you can come to the decision on your own.
  9. I suppose it depends on what model you want. As I posted in those other threads, there are quite a lot of Gibson acoustics in stock and ready to ship here in the US, I bought one a couple months ago at a better price than I ever saw before the pandemic. If there really aren't any Gibson acoustics available in the EU, then that very well might have something to do with shipping containers. No idea about electrics, they just don't interest me at all. 🙂
  10. Couple other threads on this topic. But remember, this is the acoustic forum, there are other places to ask about electrics.
  11. Looks like my 1965 J-50 ADJ after a really rough night. 😄
  12. I would argue that you have to learn NOT to think about these things. Just play the guitar and enjoy it. The hypothetical resale value of my guitars is something that never even crosses my mind.
  13. I have a 2020 J-50 1960's Original and am very happy with the way it looks, feels and sounds. But I'm especially partial to J-50's, my first acoustic guitar was a new 1974 J-50 Deluxe, currently on permanent loan to my Son in Law. More recently I got a 2008 J-50, a 1965 J-50 ADJ and now the 1960's Original. Just my personal preference, I never liked the artificial appearance of the burst finish and still have no interest in getting one. But I don't need an internet poll to figure that out.... it shouldn't "take a village" to decide what kind of guitar you like. 🙂
  14. I have a real 1965 J-50 and it does not appear to have any veneer on the front. The headstock edges are somewhat rounded however, and the black coating goes right around so that it appears to have thickness. But it's chipped off in some spots and just looks like the same wood underneath. You cannot see any lines at all from the "wings" on the front. On the back, the grain is very different which makes it pretty obvious.
  15. Good catch! Now that I look again at my 2008 J-50, it appears to have a black veneer on the front of the headstock, which explains why I don't see the "wings". Probably also explains why they made no effort to match the wood grain, which is very obvious on the back. My 2020 60's Original J-50 does not have the veneer, which of course is more historically correct for a period re-issue.
  16. I'm having a hard time understanding how the J-200 is relevant to this thread and don't see any pictures of them. Did you mean to respond to another thread? Maybe this one?
  17. Have had a 2020 60's J-50 Original from the same "family" for a couple months now. Never noticed this before, but now that I look closely I can see something similar on my headstock. It is not quite so long or obvious, but it's definitely there. Looking at my 2008 J-50, there is no visible line on the front of the headstock, but the "wings" are quite noticeable on the back because the wood grain is completely different. Interestingly, the wood grain on the "wings" matches quite well on the back of the 2020 headstock so the joint is more noticeable on the front than the back. I dont know... while this is a bit disappointing, unless it actually starts to separate, it doesn't bother me too much. It is certainly going to be trivial when compared to the damage I do myself!
  18. Actually not much need to rush, the OP purchased the guitar from Sam Ash and they have a 45 day return policy. But it took three years for them to notice these issues.
  19. Same complaint as this thread. This borders on trolling IMO, one thread should be enough and the other one does include pictures.
  20. Haha, I was drawn to the 60's version because of the smaller neck. But I have a real 1965 J-50, and its neck is substantially thinner than the 2020 version. The nut width is the same, but the neck carve is much fatter. So, it certainly isn't an accurate copy of a real 1960's Gibson, but still a great guitar. Hope that Gibson will properly fix the issue with your tuners.
  21. FWIW, I have a 2020 J-50 1960's Original which is part of the same "family" and also has the Grover Cream Strap tuners (which are replicas of vintage Klusons). There is certainly nothing like this happening with mine.
  22. Yeah, I get your point, and it's a good question. But has anything really changed here? What was the supply of used "meat and potatoes" J-45's, like pre-pandemic? Not so sure much has changed myself. Whenever I would look at used offerings at Guitar Center, there weren't many recent models. Back in 2014, I got a used 2008 J-50 that was in terrific shape. I had been checking their site for awhile prior to that and didn't see much. I think if you can find one or two, that might just be par for the course. BTW, when I first saw that used 2020 J-50 1960's original, it was "picture coming" too. It wasn't clear from the listing whether it was the new 1960's re-issue or a real 1960's J-50. Sent them an e-mail asking, but got no answer. Kept checking and after a day or so, the pictures finally came, I confirmed it was indeed the 1960's re-issue and bought it. So, that one was only on the site with pictures for a few hours before I made the purchase. That used 1950's Original J-50 for $2200 is still there, not such a bad deal if condition is good, it's $500 less than new. But I am still very happy with my 1960's J-50 which was $700 less than new. I suppose it very well might be a sellers market at the moment, which is good, I don't mind having the value of my guitars increase. Same thing is happening in the automotive market. And the real estate market is just insane, my house increased in value 7% in the last 30 days according to Zillow! But all of these things can turn on a dime, as we have seen in the past.
  23. Well, in that case, there are still three at Guitar Center right now: $4300 - Used Gibson 2020 Historic Series 1942 Banner J45 Acoustic Guitar $2900 - Used Gibson J45 Custom Left Handed Acoustic Guitar - LIMITED RUN, ONLY 75 J45'S WERE MADE IN THIS MAHOGANY SPECIAL $2200 - Used Gibson 1950'S J50 Acoustic Electric Guitar There are also a few Hummingbirds, didn't bother to search for other models
  24. There were some on Guitar Center's website a couple months ago. In fact, I bought one - A 2020 J-50 1960's Original! Was very lightly used and could have passed for new to my eyes (and ears). Have been interested in these since they were introduced (2019?) and the new ones have never dropped under $2500. I got this one for $1800, really happy with it. So, I think there are used J-45's and J-50's out there but you need a bit of luck to catch one. Right now there are 6 recent used J-45's on Guitar Center's site - 2 progressives, 2 studios, a historic 1942 banner and a custom leftie. There's also one of the recent J-50 1950's Originals. If you just go to their website and enter "j-45" or "j-50" in the search box, you will see them (click the "used" button to narrow the search). In my book, seven is a lot more than "zero". 🙂
  25. As we discussed in another thread, the inside of my 2020 J-50 1960's Original looks exactly like my 2008 J-50 Modern Classic. Same bracing, same bridge plate. The differences are: * The ADJ bridge * More narrow nut, but similar neck profile * Grover's version of 1960's 3-on-a-plate Kluson tuners * Different style of soundhole rosette * Same batwing pickguard, but darker brown plastic * Single-ply (all black) truss rod cover * No pre-installed pickup Of course, I'm talking about the J-50 version of this guitar. AFAIK, the J-45 version is the same guitar but with a different finish (either black or red wine) and white pickguard. Personally, I think the J-45 versions are really unattractive, seems odd that they don't have a 60's J-45 with a burst finish. https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/ACC26R79/60s-J-50-Original/Antique-Natural https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/ACCJ5F910/60s-J-45-Original/Ebony https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/ACCJ5F910/60s-J-45-Original/Wine-Red
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