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A few days ago I had an opportunity to play a 95 Gospel that was on consignment at my local small dealer.  The guitar had a magical voice unlike any that I’ve heard.  My J45 is stellar, but very different from this Gospel.  Both are keepers.  

Anyway, I’m really taken with this guitar.  It’s a one owner from a guy who takes extremely good care of his 25+ guitars.  The top has mellowed in color to a pumpkin shade and has a few lacquer checks that are hard to see, but they’re there.  Original saddle has lots of room for adjustment and it plays great.   The wonderful  tone elicited a couple very favorable comments from my wife, who generally thinks they all sound about the same.  

I’m using John Pearse phos brz lights on it, having tried my usual go-to  string for mahogany (Monel).  I like the snap of the JPs for now.  Using bone pins.  

I’ll take it in in a couple weeks for a fret dress/leveling, as the first 4 frets have a little bit of wear.  


I don’t know how to post pics here, but if I figure it out, I’ll put some up.  VIDEO ADDED A FEW POSTS DOWN.

Have a nice Thanksgiving, forum friends.

Roger

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I had one a few years ago. I thought it was a great guitar. It had the laminate back and sides with the arched back. Very loud and bright. 
Enjoy!

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Well folks, I returned the Gospel to my local dealer.  He said he had other players interested in it, one of whom came in with cash after I bought it.  Popular guitars.

 I loved the tone and the look, but my arthritis couldn’t tolerate the neck for some reason.  The setup was great-nice low action but even tuned down a half step, I wasn’t able to play more than 15-20 minutes without pain in my thumb and first finger joints where they meet the hand. It was a fuller profile than my J45 Standard.

Hated to let it go back, but not worth it.  I’m still feeling the pain.

oh well, can’t win ‘em all.

rb

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1 hour ago, rbpicker said:

Well folks, I returned the Gospel to my local dealer.  He said he had other players interested in it, one of whom came in with cash after I bought it.  Popular guitars.

 I loved the tone and the look, but my arthritis couldn’t tolerate the neck for some reason.  The setup was great-nice low action but even tuned down a half step, I wasn’t able to play more than 15-20 minutes without pain in my thumb and first finger joints where they meet the hand. It was a fuller profile than my J45 Standard.

Hated to let it go back, but not worth it.  I’m still feeling the pain.

oh well, can’t win ‘em all.

rb

Sorry to hear that. Understand it, though. I had to return a tele for similar reasons. It's amazing which few thousandths of an inch does it to ya.

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1 hour ago, rbpicker said:

Well folks, I returned the Gospel to my local dealer.  He said he had other players interested in it, one of whom came in with cash after I bought it.  Popular guitars.

 I loved the tone and the look, but my arthritis couldn’t tolerate the neck for some reason.  The setup was great-nice low action but even tuned down a half step, I wasn’t able to play more than 15-20 minutes without pain in my thumb and first finger joints where they meet the hand. It was a fuller profile than my J45 Standard.

Hated to let it go back, but not worth it.  I’m still feeling the pain.

oh well, can’t win ‘em all.

rb

I hear ya! I've been doing most of my downsizing based on hand comfort.

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