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Geoffrey Lawton

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  1. 1. Fuller's '39 J35 Reissue 2. Bozeman AJ 3. Bozeman Gospel 4. '64 LG 1 5. '66 B25 N 6. '30s-era L37 that's had it's top changed over to a flat top (by A. Cowles). Sort of like a maple L00. 7. Early '60s B25 12
  2. I've owned 2 of these and both of them were really fine guitars. They are the same as the Hbird, minus the bling. However - they are long scale (both of mine were). I think this is one of Gibson's most underrated models. They are usually a bargain and if you find a good one, you're in for a treat. Good luck - and welcome to the forum. Geoff
  3. Nice way to get your feet wet. Welcome to the club. G.
  4. I never got Gibsons until one day I was at a GC and picked up a J45. Started playing - kept on playing - kept putting it down and picking it up. By the end of the 'session', I was hooked. Now I am fortunate to have 6 Gibsons (J35 Fullers, AJ, Gospel, LG1, B25N, and a sort-of Franken-Gibson. Once you get hooked, watch out. But it's sure fun. G.
  5. I was in junior high when The Monkees came on. They may have been a corporate construct, but I like a lot of their tunes. RIP, Davey.
  6. Bad Air Sponge worked for me just great. Got rid of a very bad smoke smell from a Martin that I owned. Highly recommended. G.
  7. Big RGD fan here. I'm going to Fur Peace in August to work with Jorma. Hope I get to learn some of RGD's tricks from him. Geoff
  8. Thanks for the responses, folks. FWIW - I don't care if the b/s are laminate as this '66 B25 is simply a great-sounding and playing guitar. Just want to get educated about it. BTW - my B25 has an end pin jack that is no longer in use so I think I'll just unscrew it during the next string change and check to see if that 'Oreo cookie' effect is present. Geoff
  9. Howdy Does anyone know if the back and sides of a B25 are solid or laminate? The model I have is a 1966. Thanks Geoff
  10. I saw your post re: J35 and J45 TV

    you should send a PM to Red 333.

    I believe she owns both and I think she's posted comparisons in the past.

  11. I currently own a Fuller's 1939 J35 Reissue. Great guitar - a true keeper if there ever was one. I'm considering buying a J45 TV and am wondering if any of you can give me your impressions of how the 2 compare. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find a TV around my area to A/B it against my J35. Obviously I don't want to replicate what I already have. Any insights/impressions/opinions would be greatly appreciated. Geoff
  12. When I finally had enough money to buy a decent acoustic (in my late 40s), I purchased what I considered the 'grail' - a Martin D18VMS. Loved that guitar. But that started my 'quest'. I bought and sold more Martins than I can count. In the midst of my search, I also had several customs made for me (but that's another story). Occasionally I would find myself in the local GC to play around with what was there. I remember playing a number of J45s and saying to myself, "Where's the shimmer? Where's the lap piano?" I kept comparing them to Martins - unfortunately. All I could hear was that bass 'thump' and that drier-than-Martin tone. I'd put them down and wonder why anyone would ever buy one. As I got better as a player, I started playing more and more country and country blues. I found myself muting strings, fingerpicking, and looking for a more 'honest' sound - although I'm sure I didn't think of it that way then. So one day I'm in the local GC - again - and I picked up another J45 - again - but this time it was different. I started to hear that Gibson sound coming through, and suddenly I got it! It hit me why this guitar was chosen by so many. It had a depth of character and a tonal clarity that I had somehow missed. It was simple and honest. Subsequently I sold all my Martins. I still have my customs. But now I consider myself a Gibson player. I've owned a couple of J45s, a couple J30s (great, unrated Gibson, imo), a couple J185s (my favorite for a while), an HBird, a J100xtra, a couple of AJs, a Fuller's 1939 J35, and a '64 LG1. I still have the J35, an AJ, the and LG1. These are keepers. I intend to add an HBird (again) and - someday - an SJ200. To put it in a nutshell - Martins have heart, but Gibsons have soul. They are the best. Geoff
  13. Hey Mike I'll be interested in hearing what you have to say as well (I'm the seller, folks!). You'll enjoy it - it's a great git. Geoff
  14. yaz hello to another j30 owner indeed! this is my second j30 (i owned a sunburst variety a while back). this is a natural topped version. it's a great guitar - huge voice with plenty of punch and volume. fingerpicks and flatpicks with the best of them. i primarily fingerpick country blues and some country and rock stuff. works for it all. i've tried to sell it a number of times to fund other purchases and no one's ever been interested in it. i had a high-end hummingbird a while back and this one was vastly superior in sound. just a plain jane. folks don't know what they're missing. i may try to sell it again but will probably end up keeping it as my 'beater'. i refuse to drop it down to where it's basically competing with the middling chinese imports. we'll see. until then, it's rocking and rolling. geoff
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