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  1. They actually made a Canadian limited edition Southern Jumbo style slope shoulder called the “Northern Jumbo” & a Northern Hummingbird as well.
  2. My quest for a second J100 to compliment my 2016 SJ100 Walnut ended a lot quicker than I expected when I came across a 2013 limited edition (one of 65 made for the Canadian market) Northern Super Jumbo on my local Craigslist. :) Given that the guitar was an hours drive away & that the last several SJ100’s (& SJ200’s) I had checked out previous to finding my SJ100 Walnut were a bit disappointing, I was a bit hesitant to make the trek but I definitely got lucky. Compared to my Walnut, the NSJ with its rosewood back & sides has a really lovely “bloom” & there’s a noticeable bump in midrange volume, sustain & “bite” as well. At this point, I find the Walnut still generally works best with my singing particularly with fast & mid tempo songs but for slower tunes, the sustain & harmonic complexity of the NSJ is really, really nice. I think the Walnut with its super comfy rolled edge neck will be my main gigging guitar & the Northern Super Jumbo will be strictly for recording & at home play. I’m looking forward to playing lots of vintage Honky Tonk, Rockabilly & Blues on both these guitars. Maybe next year I’ll add another J100 in Mahogany or Maple.... :)
  3. Thanks again for the info Bobouz. To be honest, this SJ100 Walnut that I picked up is the first Gibson Jumbo I’ve tried that really sounded good to my ears. Every other J100/200 I’ve played over the years sounded kind of “distant” like the top couldn’t really move enough. I’d love to find a maple J100. Now that I know how good they can sound. the hunt is on for another....🙂
  4. Thanks so much for the info Bobouz! I know when it comes to Gibson there can be a LOT of detail variation between years but info like this helps me decide if I really want to drive several hours to check out a guitar that might not work for me at all. I’m 6’4 with big hands so the big Jumbo body & that 50’s round neck are sooo perfect for me. How did you find the tonal differences between your maple & mahogany J100’s? I played 2 shows with my SJ100 last week & was very happy how balanced it sounded with the newly installed Baggs M80 soundhole pickup. No feedback issues at all unlike my old Eastman E10D dread. I played one show before that with the stock Anthem pickup which I really didn’t care for at all for the vintage Honky Tonk, Rockabilly & Blues music I play....
  5. Hi all. A few weeks ago, I became the happy owner of a new (on clearance) 2016 SJ100 Walnut which after a pickup swap has quickly became my main gigging guitar! 🙂 I actually like the model so much, I’d like to find another J100, maybe with some different back & side woods. One thing I particularly like about about my SJ100 is the nice & chunky neck which I believe is referred to as the 50’s style “round” profile also found on the J35 reissues. There are two J100’s currently on Craigslist in my area, a 2006 J100 Bubinga & a limited edition Northern Super Jumbo (Rosewood B&S). I’m curious if the necks on other J100’s are a similar profile & I’m hoping some owners might be kind enough to chime in & let me know about necks & anything else worth watching for when considering J100’s. Thanks!
  6. Oops, I stand corrected, The store I purchased my SJ100 from (Long & MaQuade) has incorrect info. I just compared with my Eastman E10D (D18 style) & my SJ100 is indeed long scale.
  7. While not a true SJ200, the 2016 SJ100 Walnut I just bought is short scale which works surprisingly well with light strings on such a big top.
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