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Salfromchatham

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The version you are looking at first appears in the 2003 catalog. The back & sides should be mahogany, as well as the neck.

 

The rather small '03 catalog photo gives you a glimpse of the mahogany sides & neck - but the specs are all goofed up, as they correctly added the crown inlays, but still listed the abalone rosette & maple body from the earlier version.

 

The version released in '99 had a maple body & mahogany neck, abalone rosette, plain & thin tortoise batwing pickguard, black binding, and two finish options. Anne's is the full natural body version, while mine has a natural top with a dark walnut stained body & a slight sunburst treatment on the sides.

 

Most versions prior to '99 had mahogany back & sides. The bubinga version came after the release of the one you're looking at.

 

I've had both a '96 in mahogany, as well as the 2000 maple model I currently own. In my experience, J-100s and J-150s (I've owned one of those, too) can out-perform many J-200s. I've played a lot of J-200s & have run into quite a few duds tonally, but every J-100 or J-150 I've played from this era has been very nice.

 

If the guitar is clean, I think $1,500 is a fair price. And as always with Gibson, we know anything is possible & I'll qualify the above by saying the body might turn out to be a different wood, but again, this one should be mahogany.

 

Check it out & get back to us!

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I obviously don’t need the guitar, but it’s for sale at Russo’s. I was there yesterday morning, and this came in after I left. I will drive down later today. If it plays well, I may take it. Even I feel it doesn’t “fit me”, it would be an inexpensive rental.

They are asking well under what all your estimates are.

 

 

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On second thought, snow is expected this morning - and it's an hour drive each way. I may take that as a sign. I should also get going on my three new year's resolutions: drop weight, stop smoking, and be less impulsive with guitars.

 

For those of you interested in the guitar - they told me last night its $1,000.

 

Have at it if you like; the guys are honest and they do ship. Phone number below. Ask for Scott or Howie.

 

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Get the damn guitar Sal. If you dont like it you can sell it for $1200. There you go, done, thank me for it after.

 

You dont have a jumbo mate, and they are a totally different story, especially plugged in, you wont get such a blanced tone from either a slope or dread.

 

Just to remind you, this is straight through the Matrix into the AER.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTbPzxSR7Dw

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Can only speak from very limited experience. My wife owned a 1994 J-100XTRA with electronics when I met her. Simply the worst sounding Gibson I had ever played. It disappeared pretty quickly when she got her hands on my 1960 J-200. She did get a killer deal on it though - she bought it slightly used at a small local store for $675. She sold it to another store for $900. This all, of course, was many years ago.

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Ok,

 

I drove down.

 

The guitar is $1000. Excellent condition. Some scratches. a ding here or there, but overall amazing considering its a 14 year old guitar. 2003 Maple. Action is medium. Lots of saddle.

 

It didnt ring my bell. Very bright but with less bass than I thought. Admittedly I compared it to a J200 Maple in stock, and a J200 Sunburst Vintage.

 

Sounded great plugged in.

 

I didnt buy it. At the end I asked myself if I would be buying it because its got the sound I like, or because it's a great deal.

 

So I basically had a nice morning driving through the snow. Gulp.

 

:)

 

PS. But hey, Maybe I am growing up...

 

If someone is in NJ, or dont mind buying sight-unseen at this price, go for it. The guitar has no issues. In fact it made me feel how stupid I was for selling the cooked Bird.

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Ok,

 

I drove down.

 

The guitar is $1000. Excellent condition. Some scratches. a ding here or there, but overall amazing considering its a 14 year old guitar. 2003 Maple. Action is medium. Lots of saddle.

 

It didnt ring my bell. Very bright but with less bass than I thought. Admittedly I compared it to a J200 Maple in stock, and a J200 Sunburst Vintage.

 

Sounded great plugged in.

 

I didnt buy it. At the end I asked myself if I would be buying it because its got the sound I like, or because it's a great deal.

 

So I basically had a nice morning driving through the snow. Gulp.

 

:)

 

PS. But hey, Maybe I am growing up...

 

If someone is in NJ, or dont mind buying sight-unseen at this price, go for it. The guitar has no issues. In fact it made me feel how stupid I was for selling the cooked Bird.

It warn't meant to be- but don't let it sour you from trying others that come your way. As you know better than most, they're not all the same.

Thanks for the vicarious fun, though. 😉

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