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  1. Ha, no worries. You of course pointed out one of the realities of guitars in that we don't really get a chance to feast our eyes on them while in the act of playing them. Reminds me of a lyric from the Steve Forbert song "It Is What It Is (And That's All)" ... Driving a Jaguar's impressive But you can't watch it go by
  2. Whoa! Those are indeed some pricey strings. Are you using those strings in any of your recent videos that you've shared? How does their longevity compare with other strings that you've used?
  3. Thanks. I see that you were a member back when I posted up about the guitar for the first time here on the forum. I have no idea what "Custom Shop" means as it pertains to this guitar but I figure they likely set aside some select sets of maple back & sides for the run it was a part of. The fit and finish is comparable with the Collings guitar that I traded for it.
  4. Ah, got it (and thanks for the info). Those are some nice touches. That sounds more in line with the smaller shop/boutique builders. The only shops that I've ever been in were a couple of the older facilities where Collings Guitars was previously located. I stopped by quite a bit, spending a fair amount of time (and money) there. Touring the Bozeman facility to see how Gibson goes about things these days would be interesting. I would love to see some close-up photos of the detailed construction work from the old custom shop days such as the inlay work and the bracing if you or anyone else here has them to share. I would also still really like to hear a recording(s) of Leonard McCoy's J-180 .
  5. I would note that the fit and finish on my birdseye maple AJ (custom shop decal on the headstock) is flawless but can't say the same for my rosewood AJ. So what exactly is the difference that you refer to? I'm assuming by true custom shop you mean a one off custom order guitar. Do they not come with the Custom Shop decal on the back of the headstock ā€” if not, how are they designated as a custom shop guitar? Obviously I'm not up on these things. Here's a shot of my maple AJ in the case it came with...
  6. So early on it sounds like the Custom Shop used the standard cases of the day that Gibson supplied with the rest of their acoustic guitars. (I owned a J-30 from this era and that was the case it came with.)
  7. While on the topic of Custom Shop guitars... For those of you who own (or owned) a Custom Shop guitar from Bozeman, what type of case came with the guitar?. Mine came with a black double arched hardshell case with plush maroon padded lining. The case has six clasps, one of which features a combination lock. It also has a leather handle.
  8. I have a Custom Shop Advanced Jumbo featuring birdseye maple with the iced tea burst on the top, back and sides. However. he neck on this AJ is mahogany. This guitar was not a one-off special order but rather from from a small run (I think they made 50 of them) back in 2007.
  9. Please be so kind as to share one, or more, recordings of your actual guitar. Iā€™m sure that I am not the only one that would love to hear it. Thanks in advance!
  10. I like guitars. Back when I was still buying/selling/trading guitars I tried to remain open-minded when it came to the name on the headstock. That's probably why I ended up owning such a wide variety of guitars over time. I even managed to find particular examples that I was really happy with from makes whose guitars didn't generally appeal that much to me. Sometimes you just never know. It all comes down to the individual guitar as far as I'm concerned.
  11. Very interesting guitar. Out of all the TV's that I've been able to get my hands on the real standouts to my ear have all been sitka-topped. But those have all come from the early runs (2007, 2008). I don't mention this to add to your disappointment and will note that as nice as that top looks I prefer the cherryburst on the Hummingbirds even though I'm not a big cherryburst fan. Not sure how to explain it but some models just don't look right to me without the 'burst such as the J-45 and the Advanced Jumbo. When it comes to a guitar like the J200 on the other hand I find myself torn between the natural top and the 'burst.
  12. Provided you have a signed record of what work was authorized (and therefore also what was not authorized) then it would seem fair for the repair person to purchase the guitar from you for the average value of what these guitars in the same condition as yours have been selling for minus the cost of the approved repair. This seems fair and is what I would propose if I were in your situation. The repair person could then choose to keep the guitar, sell it as, is or try to buff the top back to a gloss finish before selling it.
  13. I"m really sorry to learn that this happened to you Rambler. Unbelievable. I can't imagine why anyone who knows guitars would think this would be okay. It has me wondering if the matte respray was carried out to cover up something else that developed as part of a botched job.
  14. Awesome, simply awesome. I love how that turned out. As far as the first clip is concerned ā€” all I can say is that for every one of my recordings that I've shared here, I probably attempted to record at least a half dozen times and likely more before managing to capture a copy I could stomach sharing with others. The irony is that they are my own tunes. You'd think that since I'm the one who created them that I could play them without error every single time. Sadly for me that is almost never the case. I love playing the guitar but proficient I am not. Your original post reminds me of an experience many years ago when I visited a friend who lives in the Bay Area. Scouring the live music listings I noticed that there was a blues club not too far from where my buddy lived called JJ's and Joe Lewis Walker was going to be playing there. I wanted to get a good seat so I convince my buddy to get there plenty early. We arrived to find a sign taped to the door indicating that Joe Lewis Walker would not be playing that night. I was disappointed until I realized that instead they were going to have Junior Wells playing who I had seen a few times previously. Waiting at the bar for beers I realized that the guy next to me talking to me about whatever and ordering doubles was Junior Wells himself. He was already somewhat incoherent by that point in time so the conversation was fairly awkward. After sitting back down I told my friend that I wasn't sure how the performance was going to turn out. By the time he got up on stage to perform it was obvious that Junior definitely had consumed far too much. This place wasn't all that big but it did have this little runway off of the front of the stage where the performers could stroll down and back while singing/playing. Junior was using the runway during one of his tunes and about the time he was right in front of us he forgot the words to his own song. He just stopped and started yelling obscenities at himself. My buddy and I noticed that the guy and his date sitting on the other side of the runway from us looked terrified . They ended up leaving after just a short period of time. The funny thing was that when it came to playing the harmonica Junior didn't miss a beat. Overall the performance was a bust and honestly more than a bit depressing. But his solos were amazing and I marveled at the fact that while he could still pull them off flawlessly.
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