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  1. Hello Does a 2014 Country Western LTD have non scalloped bracing? I hear it's like the Shery Crow model which has non scalloped bracing but don't find specific infos. There was a later Country Western which has scalloped bracing, I think 2016 or something Thanks
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  3. Hello, is the 2018 Southern Jumbo identical to the J-45, except for cosmetic differences? Thanks
  4. After a really tough year and alot of changes happening in my life I decided to reward myself. I got myself one of the few HCS Hummingbirds that are left. I already have a J-45 and an SJ-200, and a bunch of Martins (D-28, D-18, OM-28, 000-18, 000-28, 000-15M), a National single cone resonator. I also have a bunch of electrics. The bird really does sound different and I love everything about it. I now have 13 guitars and have absolutely no regrets about it. As you might have seen I'm really into American classics Feel free to suggest more :D
  5. Hi, what's up with the crazy price increase for the 2018 hummingbird. They sell for 3500 euros at thomann, while the pre 2018 models used to sell for around 2500. The only difference between both versions is the finish. Is that Gibson's strategy to get people to buy all the pre 2018 models? Will Gibson adapt the pricing once the "old" models are sold? In other words, should I try to get a 2017 model while it's still around?
  6. As the title of the topic says, I'm wondering which finish option is preferred here on a Gibson Dove.
  7. The Dove is known as an iconic Gibson model however it is currently only produced in the expensive Doves in Flight version. Why is this so? I'm assuming that the standard model didn't sell well enough.
  8. The obvious difference to the J-45 are the square shoulders. Does it also have a larger lower bout and waist?
  9. Sorry I didn't make clear that I "only" played it dor a total of 30 hours, according to my log. It's not like I played it for 18 months straight. I have 12 guitars, and I usually rotate them, but still have some that get more playing time than others. The point I took home is that it's really something normal. I was not expecting that huge difference, even though I have changed strings on my other guitars, afterwards they sounded like a slightly better version of themselves. But to me my J-45 sounds like a different guitar now and I was excited about that. And it sounded good before, E-minor: It's a 2014 model. I bought it online, the shop owner told me it's a great J-45 but it has a little weaker bass when compared to other examples of the same model. I can't confirm that anymore, it rivals my Martin dreadnoughts
  10. So, according to Captain Obvious, strings are important to the sound of a guitar. I haven't changed strings on my J-45 for one year and a half. It had Gibson strings on it. I always liked the sound of the J-45. Very balanced and bluesy tone. Not too much bass but enough. Yesterday I strung it with Martin MSP7100. Mamma mia. It now has super strong and dark bass, and when I play it it vibrates against my stomach, more than any other guitar I have played. Before it never really did so. It's now also much louder, clearer and more colorful in general. It competes with my D-28 and D-18 in terms of volume. I knew strings make a difference, but I never expected such a dramatic change
  11. Funny that you ask this question, because I'm asking myself the same. I'm both a passionate musician and a collector, and what I decided to do is pick the most iconic accoustics that are still affordable (not too much bling) and at the same time fit to my playing style, so that I progress in my quest for becoming the best musician I can be. Currently I have the J-45 and SJ-200 from Gibson. From Martin Guitars, I own the D-28, D-18, OM-28, 000-28 and 000-18. I also have a National Triolian Single Cone resonator guitar. I don't care about the D-35, even though it became a real classic, since it wouldn't bring me too much additional benefit. From Gibson, I would say the most iconic one after the J-45 and SJ-200 is the Hummingbird. However, the L-1 and L-00 also are important models, so is the Dove. If I were looking for the most bluesy tone I, I would pick an L-1 variation. Gotta love the 1928 blues tribute. Or an L-00 variation. If blues were not my priority I would get a Hummingbird, but only if I find one that sounds different enough from my J-45, which according to some people is true. But oh my. The advanced jumbos are also so nice, so is the stage deluxe model. But more iconic is the Hummingbird
  12. Hello, I'm both a musician and a collector, I'm looking for the iconic models, but I'm also interested in models that sound different enough to own them. My gibson accoustic collection currently contains the J-45 and the SJ-200. I also own martin guitars (D-28, D-18, OM-28, 000-28, 000-18) I'm interested in the hummingbird mainly because it's a really iconic/relevant Gibson model. But since I never was able to test one, I can't tell whether or not the differences compared to the J-45 are big enough to justify having it. Does anyone own both? What do you think? If anyone has further tips on which Gibson I should have based on my criteria, you are welcome to post them. I only have room for about additional 3-5 guitars.
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