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  1. I ran vintage shops that carried things like '34 HD28s and Gibson Trojans. I promise you no guitar sounds like $80,000 or even $30,000. The cachet is owning something rare, or something made with woods no longer available at the same quality level. If you want an amazing sounding Gibson acoustic, find a banner logo 1943 J45 and I promise it will outshine this used Porsche, and still leave lots of cabbage for dinner.
  2. Never buy a guitar you haven't played and inspected in hand. When I ran guitar shops we often sold online what would not sell in the store. That is very telling of itself. I bought my father in law a mid 1970s Hummingbird, and it is a great guitar, but being made of thicker woods etc., the 70s Gibsons are typically not that great, so on a case by case basis you can evaluate them and decide. So, they are not a good choice for online purchase. I would recommend you purchase a new J45 as others have suggested here. I would also encourage you to try a Gibson Blues King in the event that sound works well with your voice. The dreadnaught shape is common, but not ideal for every player. It is thought that medium gauge strings should be played on dreads, where a Blues King or other small body guitar would encourage the use of lights. Smaller body guitars fit the body better. You are not reaching around as you must do with larger body guitars. The perfect guitar, in my view, is an orchestra model, or triple-0 -- a Songwriter leans in that direction as far as shape and size go and might be a great choice for you despite a slightly larger investment. I hope you find a guitar that works best for you. You have come to a great place to get help here in the forum.
  3. AJs from the 2006 era had some bridge plate problems. I would have it looked at if you are near that in build date.
  4. I considered a range of products and consulted with my luthier as well as the manufacturer and consensus was that the Anthem in some form would work well for me. I found the SL at the same shop my luthier works through so I went ahead with it.
  5. Thanks for the replies so far. There are things I have heard of or tried here and things I had not/have not. On the subject of acoustic amps, I would love to hear some views. I currently have a small Yamaha THR5A I practice through and a LoudBox Mini I play through as well as a Fishman SoloAmp (now called the SA220). I am looking at some AER amps - quite pricey, but very nice. What are you people using for amps? Does anyone have a stereo rig? And, if so, are you stereo from an FS=2 pedal or stereo right out of the guitar? I also wanted to comment on FIshman Aura product. I still have my Aura pedal which is excellent in combination with KandK minis or sound hole pickups - mine being a very simple Fishman magnetic type. I had a Martin 16-series guitar (000C16-RGTE Aura) at one point that was OK but never good, EXCEPT the one night I played through a full stage PA system to a large crowd and it was AMAZING. So, tell me about your amps and anything you like to add to the sound. I love my EHX Holy Grail Nano reverb, for example. Will
  6. I recently installed an L. R. Baggs Anthem SL in one of my guitars, and I can say for the first time in 35 years of playing I now have a pickup that sounds exactly like the guitar it was installed in. I have tried many pickups/DI box combinations and microphones for acoustic guitar, never getting results quite this good. I am interested to know what works for everyone else when they want to amplify their guitar. I have a variety of acoustic amps ranging from an SA220 Fishman I like to call the Fish Stick, to a table top Yamaha TR series acoustic amp. I find my Anthem sounds great through everything, even an old Crate acoustic amp I have hidden in my guitar room (shh, don't tell on me). So please share your ideas about great pickups, acoustic amps and microphones that have given you the sounds you are looking for.
  7. The best guitar player I ever knew had a nylon string guitar that cost $189 - a Hondo. He performed on a Ramirez, but did all his recordings on the Hondo. I am always going to be in the camp of sound matters more than anything.
  8. Certainly a concern that RF is no longer there. Even under him, some of the guitars coming out were a bit dicey. Last year, I took a 2011 J45 in to my dealer to compare with a brand new one. The sunburst, for example, was very poor on the 2014 model, though the guitar itself played and sounded fine. Guild. It is hard to believe he can revive Guild. I bought a Guild Manhattan 175 last year, but it was made in Korea. Quite frankly, the nicest Guild I have ever played.
  9. My home is always maintained at 50% relative humidity. This can be expensive depending where you live, but I would venture to guess your finish cracks are the result of humidity swings. Where I live in Ottawa, Canada, our forced air heating can get the humidity down to 30% in the winter and our swell season in August will bring us even as high as 85% on some days. Those extremes will cause the wood to swell and shrink well beyond intended limits. When you maintain your home such that it is guitar friendly, you also support your hardwood floors and solid wood cabinets. Air conditioning and dehumidifiers in summer, humidifiers in winter. Hygrometers from Lee Valley Tools are effective, accurate and really inexpensive ($11 CDN) so you can know with certainty what your levels are. If you live in an area with extravagant energy costs, it does become a source of frustration to manage this. Options include in-case humidifiers and dehumidifiers, but those require regular maintenance which might not be practical if GAS has caused you to have a boatload of guitars. An Oasis humidifier, for example, usually needs to be filled every 5-7 days. And, if you maintain the guitar in the case but take it out to play in 30% RH for five or six hours you can still cause damage to the finish and the setup of the guitar.
  10. It is always odd to me that people mock back and forth about Gibson or Martin guitars. At times, both companies have excelled making beautiful instruments, and I would think people might be more likely to embrace and support both companies. It is all fine and well to laugh at special models Martin comes up with to try to generate interest in their tired brand, but Gibson has indeed produced similar models that are easy to trash. Have a look through some 1980s Gibson catalogues before you judge Martin inept. Guitars should always be evaluated by playing and hearing them. I am not sure there is a great value to making mock of a photo of two guitars. Doing so is the domain of collectors, not players. I would love to hear from someone who has actually played one of these guitars.
  11. Sketchy claims = with no evdence of any kind, claims it could be rhe finest one in the world Sketchy claims = provides production numbers from the Depression which we all know are inaccurate. The Gibson Trojan, for example,supposedly only 39 made. I have production codes in my own shop book for 46 of them and find new ones every year or two for sale in various states. Have personally handled two, not one, in almost mint condition. $38000? Never.
  12. Eight grand more than a Trojan with sketchy claims about rarity. Played only one chord - so no voice up the neck? Neumann mic, worth as much as the guitar? You can get three custom Collings in Brazilian / Adi for this knd of cash. Or, just eight Collings from regular selections. Ten to fifteen Gibsons. Twenty years from now nobody will want pre- war Gibsons like they do today. The thing keeping prices at this insane level is the fact that someone will pay out just to say they own it. My entire guitar rom has around 50K worth of stuff in it. I can make more than one sound. Perspective.
  13. You can't beat the modern ones as a stage guitar. But, you can get a better guitar as far as overall tonality etc. if you want to play acoustically. The Collings CJ35, for example, gives you all that round shouldered goodness, but in a much better package.
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