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  1. Oh this is great haha thank you. Some of the numbers are all over the place.
  2. Now I should preface this by saying that I did this out of sheer boredom haha. But while looking at my 2012 J45 1968 Reissue and my 1991 Southern Jumbo Reissue (yea yea I guess I like reissues) I noticed there was a size difference in the depth of the guitars. Seems the J45 is about a quarter of an inch thicker than the SJ. Upper bout on the 45 measures 3 3/4 while the SJ is 3 1/2. Same with the lower bout which measures in at 4 3/4 and 4 1/2. I guess it got me curious as to why that is. Different molds perhaps? Seems to be the most logical answer. All other measurements are the same except the horns on the headstock where the 45 is actually the slightest bit smaller. Now does any of this information mean anything? No haha. I was just bored and thought I'd share. For research purposes of course. Well anyways, here are some pictures https://imgur.com/gallery/UY9Npz4
  3. This is good. This is really good. Thank you for sharing. Americana vibe, playing is exceptional and tight, and the lyrics really hit. And your singing makes it feel much more down to earth.
  4. I hate to beat this dead horse (thread) but yea I am not a fan of this thinking. Scarcity of materials, labor, workmanship, costs, so many things come into play here. It’s not just raising prices to raise them. I will bet the one contributing factor is wood. If I had to guess. I was fortunate enough at my age to be able to afford a new Gibson acoustic and a “vintage” one. However I am also a watch fan/collector/hoarder. Would I like to get Rolex? Yes of course, but I simply don’t have the $5k to drop. In a thread a while ago j45 Nick said he paid $880 for a GMT in 1988. It’s the same idea here. Watches are a bit different but I will never call Rolex overpriced just because I can’t afford one right now. These handmade items cost much more to make compared to the rest of the offerings out there. The fact that a guitar from the 30s is still playable is a testament to how well they were/are/will be made. My two cents.
  5. Thanks for the visual Dave. Yea I remembered those always looking roughed up haha. I guess playing it with a pick when it wasn’t intended to.
  6. The top is routed and the inlay material (plastic, wood, pearl, etc) is then glued in place. From what I’ve always seen. I don’t think any Gibson has ever used a decal. I could be wrong. Maybe the C-0 line.
  7. Hey there Zeo, unless I’m completely lost I don’t see a pic anywhere. I’d like to see some shots inside the soundhold. Edit: also someone can correct me if I’m wrong but the b25 should be x braced right? And the lg1 ladder. That should be a giveaway.
  8. Those are great pictures and show work that is careful and well done. There’s a luthier in England that had a blog site that posted similar work that was top notch.
  9. I’m all for people trying repair work on their own guitars, I’ve done a “neck reset” on a harmony sovereign and it was a learning experience. But it was a $300 guitar haha. But paying someone to do some work in their garage? Yea idk. I’d need to know they have a good reputation.
  10. I played my SJ today as well. Something about it! That picture is wallpaper worthy!
  11. Randy was the guy who indeed cracked the j45 at the block and claimed Gibson broke it when they were making the guitar and cleated it, EVEN THOUGH, the guitars from the 90s had that reinforcement for volume and tone controls.
  12. This is what I am talking about! I think about this a lot for some reason. Back then a new guitar was more desirable I’d think. And even into the 50s I’ve heard that people referred to the guitars of the 30s as those “old guitars”. When did the vintage idea come about? The late 60s? 70s? I was looking at an antique book at goodwill yesterday. It was from 1991. They had a Gibson L-5 with all the pearl for.....$900. It’s the same with watches if you are into that. A Rolex Exploer in the mid 80s was under a grand. Even with inflation that’s still a deal.
  13. Haha it’s all good my friend. And not to get off topic too much but it does make you think about how for a certain period of time the newer “standard” was what we all view as vintage now. Will the standards of today be viewed like this in 50 years?
  14. As I was typing I thought about woody and especially his sj. I guess one could say more “modern” popular music. 1960s onward. Just a general statement however and of course there will be notable exceptions.
  15. Thank you for those notes! I have always thought the historics were a precursor to the TV but I guess it’s another variation. I was once looking at a historic and the prices seemed to be under the 2k range which I think is great for any 45 really. But I agree with you that the majority of popular music made using a Gibson was a late 50s or 60s era acoustic. Maybe Dylan is the exception...
  16. Looks amazing! I love the guitars with vintage specs. Post a sound clip if you can!
  17. Yea I always wanted and loved vintage but prices and issues kept me away. But I like vintage style tuners, no pickups and all that. They are out there. Look for the Gibson historic j45s. I think that’s what they were called. They were the true vintage before TV I believe, someone can correct me. Look up rainbow guitars in Arizona. That’s where I bought my ‘68 reissue. They had some of the wildest 45s I’ve seen. Gold top ones and all that haha.
  18. I have a 2012 ‘68 reissue 45 and a ‘91 Banner reissue SJ. Same woods, essentially same construction and shape but totally different sounding. To me I like trying to find the 45s that look and sound vintage but with out the vintage issues or price. If that makes any sense haha.
  19. Could you imagine them with any other acoustic/electric guitar? Would the fundamental sound have changed? Would they write the songs the same way?
  20. I don’t know where I read this BUT I’ve heard that John originally meant to ask for an ES-125. But mistakenly got the j160e. I wonder what would have happened if they got those instead...
  21. Ok sorry for the click bait title but I was hoping to hear everyone’s opinions on who’s Gibson acoustic sound they prefer. I think that both bands use of Gibson acoustics, in different ways, contributed a lot to the overall tone, sound, atmosphere, and vibe of the songs and bands image. If you look at the Beatles, the use of the J160e and to a point Texan and J200 contributed to a very very specific sound. Let’s focus on the 160e. Now I can’t think of any other band that has ever utilized this guitar more than them. The mix of ladder bracing, laminate top, and pickup created a distinct sound that, in my opinion, no one has ever replicated. For studio sound it’s believed that the guitar was mic’d and run through an amplifier. That, along with the ceramic saddle and most likely nickel strings, created a jangly, almost metallic sound. My example of the sound I want to focus on is the song “I’m only sleeping.” The acoustic sounds almost metal with a sound that is almost brash at first then grows on you. A much different approach to a typical acoustic sound. Now for The Stones. Much more simplified acoustic sound. I’d say the primary guitar you’d hear with them are a classic mid 60s hummingbird (also perhaps a dove?). Which it did have an adjustable saddle it had a much warmer sound when compared to a standard Beatles acoustic sound. My example for a classic Stones acoustic track is “Sweet Virginia.” The opening acoustic picking, with its bass walks and overall country and western vibe, provide a much different soundscape. To me it sound like an acoustic mic’d right at or near the soundhole. Warm and pronounced. I feel as though the Stones took a much more simplistic approach to acoustic than the Beatles. Is it better? Well that’s just up to your personal opinion these days...
  22. Right on man. Good price for a great unique guitar. I bet the nut width is a dream. I once had a little 63 Gibson f25 and it had a 2in nut width. I loved it. So I’m def a fan of that wide spacing.
  23. That’s awesome and something I’ve thought about doing many times! How is the bridge area? Any bellying? I’m guessing since there’s less tension, if it was flat before with a straight neck it should be really good now.
  24. Haha here’s the interview. Starts at the 14:40 mark. I mean I can’t blame the guy... and it’s a ‘51 apparently.
  25. Yea I believe like some older lady who was a fan asked him for his dream guitar and I guess he showed her an eBay auction and she bought it for him. I’m pretty sure it’s a 50s.
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