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EricdeB

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Hi!

I don't know if I'll have these informations here but I try!

Currently I have a SJ-200 True Vintage 2012. I saw the new acoustic models "Vintage" 2017. What are the changes compared to the old True Vintage?

The pictures of the website and others show an amazing adirondack on the top. The “ribs” (I don't know how to say) are exceptionally large and regular. I have rarely seen that. An effort of selection was done?

On my SJ-200, the pickguard, very symbolic element of this legendary guitar, is worthy of a Chinese-made very low-cost end. Passing the fingers over and the paint goes. In a few weeks half of the drawings was cleared. Just because I happen to have two fingers above. The price of the guitar I think it's just outrageous. [thumbdn]

Again, they have efforts been made?

Thank you!

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If you have had the J-200 since 2012 the wear and tear is very minor to be honest. However, for the quality of the guitar I felt the guards on the J-200TV's were of a lower quality, made out of plastic. I have the same guard for my J-150, which is wort a third of a J-200 TV.

 

I also didnt like the cheap guard and very faded design, so i ordered a guard from these chaps, who produce J-200 and Hummingbird custom guards in the way they were made in the 50's and 60's. I should have mine in a few weeks time and will show how it looks before and after.

 

http://www.mv-customguitars.com/product/sj200-vintage-style-tortoise-pickguard-gold/

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With regard to the pick guard paint wearing off, this happens to all of them. Not too much that can be done about it except order a new one if it bothers you too much.

 

No... Many old J200 have always visible drawings. The paint was better quality.

1959 : http://www.12fret.com/wp-content/gallery/gibson-j200-1959-sb-cons/gibson-j200-1959-sb-cons-top-detail-1.jpg or http://www.ten-guitars.de/guitar/1959-gibson-j-200-natural/fotos

 

If you have had the J-200 since 2012 the wear and tear is very minor to be honest. However, for the quality of the guitar I felt the guards on the J-200TV's were of a lower quality, made out of plastic. I have the same guard for my J-150, which is wort a third of a J-200 TV.

 

The drawings were erased in 2 months only.

 

I also didnt like the cheap guard and very faded design, so i ordered a guard from these chaps, who produce J-200 and Hummingbird custom guards in the way they were made in the 50's and 60's. I should have mine in a few weeks time and will show how it looks before and after.

 

http://www.mv-customguitars.com/product/sj200-vintage-style-tortoise-pickguard-gold/

 

Oh! Thank you for the link!!! I would be very interested to know your opinion!!! If one day you remember : eric @ deberranger.fr ;)

 

I think the main difference between your 2012 True Vintage and the 2017 "Vintage" Is the thermally cured top - Torrified - to attempt to accelerate the aging of the top wood in the 2017 model.

 

Yes, I saw it. But I also feel that they are much more careful about the choice of wood. On many photos of this model, the table is every time beautiful.

I'd like to try to see if this treatment makes a difference. The price increased by € 1,000 since 2012!

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