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  1. The model is for you lot to guess. I said elsewhere I would not be opposed to a Richlite fretboard (quite the contrary) so I'm just putting my money where my mouth is. Yes, those are mother-of-pearl split diamonds with brass borders, but it's not the Regal.
  2. Martin are not known for their burst, and there is why.
  3. If I were to use that Dove at all in the studio, I'd use it as a secondary guitar for rhythm or fingerstyle accompaniment to cut through, and complement, the mix a little (similar to an Epiphone Frontier-type guitar).
  4. This is just me but, personally, I always stuff my high-end guitars in trash bags from Costco. If it's not from Costco's though, it's trash.
  5. If it's not made of fossilized whale penis, I'm not stuffing it into my guitar.
  6. These concerns have been lingering in the back of my mind as well. While I didn't particularly like my old Texan (its bass was deafeningly loud and unbalanced), I would definitely not shy away from giving these Bozeman-made Texan-styled Epiphones, which just look stunning by the way, a try. A long-scale J-45 style guitar may look a bit funny at first due to its elongated neck, but it definitely has a place in recordings (it cuts right through the mix). I think, given enough time and the right push with releases of new models, there can be a market for modern high-end Epiphone guitars again. The real question then becomes, once you have thrown those concerns overboard, whether or not one should be getting a Bozeman Texan over an actual vintage Texan. The answer is not clear to me at all given that vintage Texans in good condition should be at about the same price point. The nut width of vintage Texans is usually narrower at 1.6875" (or even lower?) as compared to the Bozeman reissue (1.73"), which should still be managable to most players and favored but by a few. Vintage Texans may be built primitively but they work, and apparently lasted, well and long enough.
  7. It was a deliberate decision by Gibson to go with the specs they went with. The idea was not to recall the Norlin era but to recreate the feel of a 70s Flying V.
  8. These kinds of demos die and live by the quality of the performance, and lackluster strumming just doesn't showcase the strengths of the guitar particularly well.
  9. This has been posted elsewhere already but it's worth watching again.
  10. That Love Dove bridge design looks a tad too fragile at the tapered ends for my taste (especially with the inlays being there).
  11. Much better. One could go even further adding individual scratches and the like to the buttons, but they fit the aged tuner look well already.
  12. The brass bars came out fantastic, the buttons are the problem. I'd first file down the mold marks and, since the buttons are entirely black, it would probably suffice for a convincing aging job to make the surface less shiny (scuff sanding).
  13. Depending on how rough the transition area you worked on is you start out with a lower grit size (say 320 or lower) and move all the way up to a very fine one (2,000). Make sure to soak the sand paper in water thoroughly before.
  14. You can read up on guitar repair methods (I recommend Dan Erlewine's Guitar Player Repair Guide for starters) but, frankly, apart from sentimental value, the Epiphone isn't worth it.
  15. What did you stuff inside the guitar hole there? Mold would probably first develop spreading inside the guitar rather than outside. It is more likely that contaminates due to very high humidity have worked their way into the nitrocellulose finish. You can use some Naptha or Ronsonol (lighter fuel) on a clean rag to try to safely remove the spot first and some polishing compound to bring the shine back afterwards. However, the spots will reoccur unless you keep the guitar stored at its proper humidity in a dry place.
  16. It does make sense to acquire a period-correct case for your vintage guitar because of the increased resale value it will bring to your instrument. Lots of mold in that specimen, and a lot of work for the luthier besides that. Let's hope it turns out fine.
  17. Taylor guitars just don't sound good unplugged (to my ears anyways).
  18. The action looks alright. It takes some getting used to (Gibson) acoustic necks. Proper technique can also play a role in this, as does nut slot height for cowboy chord action.
  19. I'll give you a hundred. That's what the sales price should be in my opinion. Deal?
  20. It's damage done by the previous owner(s). There is no binding scraper tool; it's just a bunch of scrapers or razor blades none of which cause any such issues.
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