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Yes yes I know I should not get ahead of myself but I will be sure to post pics when it arrives Saturday. I just posted a few weeks ago about the Dove I picked up, long story short me and that guitar didn't get along. I don't care for the longer scale length. So I sold it but I knew I wanted something in the J45 realm and after missing a sale on a late 40s refinished j45 that the person had labeled an "LG" I was still on the search. It was at about 3am when I saw an ad for a 2013 J45 1942 Banner Reissues. I immediately put in an offer and it was accepted at 7am haha. Coming from a shop called Well Played Gear in Kalamazoo (what are the odds) I have come to understand that this is a special guitar that coincides with the Kalamazoo Gals book by forum member John Thomas. One of 50 made from what I've read. I am really looking forward to this guitar as it ticks all the boxes for me, large chunky neck, extreme vintage spec,  no electronics, semi obscure example. If anyone has any experience with these please let me know! I think this is finally the one for me after 7 different Gibson acoustics. Here is the ad if anyone wants to see some pics, but I will for sure have some and sound samples come Saturday!

https://reverb.com/item/49286703-2013-gibson-acoustic-j-45-42-banner-acoustic-guitar-vintage-sunburst-11743018

https://wellplayedgear.com/products/2013-gibson-acoustic-j-45-42-banner-acoustic-guitar-vintage-sunburst-11743018

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6 minutes ago, jt said:

Fabulous! I look forward to your report on the guitar.

It's a replica of one of my personal guitars. I sent the guitars and X-rays and CT-scans of the guitars to Gibson Montana.

I appreciate you replying! I’ve read a few of your posts about the guitars and I’m gonna grab the book as well! Also is your personal guitar featured in the fabulous flattops book? There’s a nice 1942 with the fire stripe guard on one of the pages. 

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9 hours ago, Dash_Starkiller said:

I appreciate you replying! I’ve read a few of your posts about the guitars and I’m gonna grab the book as well! Also is your personal guitar featured in the fabulous flattops book? There’s a nice 1942 with the fire stripe guard on one of the pages. 

Thanks!

I'm not sure if that is the same guitar in the Fabulous Flattops book (which is a fabulous book).

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Cool & Congrats.  If you are looking for a copy of a Banner J45 it seems to be that the two to own are one of the 2013 run and the Legend.  The only other guitar issued as part of a Kalamazoo Gals Project was Dale Fairbanks' "Kal Gal" SJ which was if I recall a copy of JTs 1944 SJ.  

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19 minutes ago, zombywoof said:

Cool & Congrats.  ... The only other guitar issued as part of a Kalamazoo Gals Project was Dale Fairbanks' "Kal Gal" SJ which was if I recall a copy of JTs 1944 SJ.  

Yes, based on my went-to-WWII SJ. I gave Dale some maple that came from the Gibson factory during WWII to use to craft bridgeplates.

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Well hello all! after a one day delay the J45 Banner arrived and oh boy is it something to behold. The neck is amazing, fat but so comfortable. Fit and finish is immaculate, and it just is exactly what I want in a guitar. I have some quick sound clips here for ya, I need to restring with my preferred Martin (I know...) retros. Also here is the imgur link for some nice photos. Overall and incredible guitar that I got for less than a new j45 standard.

 

https://imgur.com/a/0lFNtJ5

New Recording 133.m4a New Recording 135.m4a

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On 1/16/2022 at 12:20 PM, Dash_Starkiller said:

Well hello all! after a one day delay the J45 Banner arrived and oh boy is it something to behold. The neck is amazing, fat but so comfortable. Fit and finish is immaculate, and it just is exactly what I want in a guitar. I have some quick sound clips here for ya, I need to restring with my preferred Martin (I know...) retros. Also here is the imgur link for some nice photos. Overall and incredible guitar that I got for less than a new j45 standard.

 

https://imgur.com/a/0lFNtJ5

New Recording 133.m4a 229.03 kB · 6 downloads New Recording 135.m4a 223.75 kB · 9 downloads

Nice! Congratulations!

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3 hours ago, PickitPaul said:

Nice guitar!  

Wasn't there a LG-2 Banner that was made from JT's original, also in 2013?

Yes. At Gibson's request, I sent 5 guitars: an SJ, 2 J-45s (one with maple back and sides), and an LG-1.  Gibson produced reissues on the SJ, the mahogany J-45, and the LG01 (though labeled it an LG-2).

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Congrats on your find! Looks like a good price, to boot, and that was before your offer. $3k for and aged Addy top and all. I've got the 2021 model. l have a feeling getting a used one would have been a much better way to go for me. Some sunbeams seems to have tamed her enough to get into my play rotation.

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On 1/13/2022 at 7:05 PM, Dash_Starkiller said:

 I am really looking forward to this guitar as it ticks all the boxes for me, large chunky neck, extreme vintage spec,  no electronics, semi obscure example.

Those are some good boxes to tick. It also ticks some more boxes

Seemingly fine build quality, and for a 2013, in a condition that says someone was very careful with this guitar - ✔️

Love the tuners, their tuner posts, pristine, full black (not thin & sunken in) finish on the headstock- ✔️

curious, though- slotted screws for the truss rod cover, and yours has one of the deeper notches (?) in the Gibson headstock "kiss" or "open book" atop it's edge

Nice string break/lots of saddle, beautifully cut nut -✔️

Rectangle bridge with nicely grained rosewood and very nice contours to it's wings-✔️

And course, that burst-✔️

Thanks for posting those clips- it sounds great- and do you not use a pic ? good for you. and the guitar.

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2 hours ago, BoSoxBiker said:

Congrats on your find! Looks like a good price, to boot, and that was before your offer. $3k for and aged Addy top and all. I've got the 2021 model. l have a feeling getting a used one would have been a much better way to go for me. Some sunbeams seems to have tamed her enough to get into my play rotation.

Appreciate it. It helped I couldn’t sleep haha. And it was a risk to put in an offer at what I felt was already a good price but hey, gotta try right. I’ve never tried sunbeams…

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6 minutes ago, 62burst said:

Those are some good boxes to tick. It also ticks some more boxes

Seemingly fine build quality, and for a 2013, in a condition that says someone was very careful with this guitar - ✔️

Love the tuners, their tuner posts, pristine, full black (not thin & sunken in) finish on the headstock- ✔️

curious, though- slotted screws for the truss rod cover, and yours has one of the deeper notches (?) in the Gibson headstock "kiss" or "open book" atop it's edge

Nice string break/lots of saddle, beautifully cut nut -✔️

Rectangle bridge with nicely grained rosewood and very nice contours to it's wings-✔️

And course, that burst-✔️

Thanks for posting those clips- it sounds great- and do you not use a pic ? good for you. and the guitar.

Thank you. I very very rarely play with a pick because I just like to do some terrible hybrid of strumming and fingerpicking haha. Plus I tend to like the sound a bit better.  And yea when my luthier was adjusting the truss rod he had to do a double take on the screws haha. “How they went all out for this one.” He loved the guitar and the neck was dead straight and high e was buzzing hard. But a slight tweak fixed it all. 

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On 1/21/2022 at 9:51 AM, Dash_Starkiller said:

Appreciate it. It helped I couldn’t sleep haha. And it was a risk to put in an offer at what I felt was already a good price but hey, gotta try right. I’ve never tried sunbeams…

It will be interesting to see if I switch over to a brighter string a few years from now if mine continues to simmer down. It's sound projection is impressive, though.

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