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I've had one for almost two years. I really like it, especially when you want a smaller guitar to play.

 

It sounds very good acoustically and becomes even better plugged in.

 

I have since acquired a J45 TV (no pickup), which sounds a little fuller. But, I would not be at all upset if I had to settle for the BK as my only guitar. I found a classical guitar case that fits it perfectly (the gig bag is a joke). Being more of a one guitar guy -- with other instruments that take part of my playing time (madola, bass, uke, etc.) -- I've thought of selling the BK. But, when I get it out and sit down and hit a few notes, I realize I should sell only if I really need the money.

 

If you are thinking of getting one, I'd go ahead. It's a very nice guitar and they are priced reasonably on the used market.

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if i were you i would go with a used L-00...

 

sometimes they were called "Blues King" and i believe more or less the specs are similar...i had an 01 and it was a great guitar...

 

i got rid of it to get my LG 2 3/4 (another awesome guitar but back to your thread!)

 

the L-00 used was also roughly around $1100 which makes it almost half price...

 

just something to consider!

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The thing to consider is what you get for your money. If you're looking for a guitar that sounds like an original L-00, then stay away from the garden variety L-00s and Blues Kings. They are built far more heavily than the originals, and they sound it. If you're just looking for a small guitar that is fun to play, then jump right in. If you want a guitar that is going to have some of that classic and much desired prewar L-00 tone, then Gibson made some higher end (and higher priced) runs of "Archetypes" and 20th Anniversary models that have generated some excitement----as has the Legend. There are a number of smaller shops and single luthier shops that also do L-00 style guitars.

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through the hundreds of gibsons i've test-driven, the small bodies spoke to me loudest. i love that spring and bounce that each note has as well as the surprising volume from a smaller body.

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I'm thinking about it as a second acoustic guitar. I play more and more fingerpicking Blues on my Hummingbird TV.

I'm not disapointed with that style on Hummingbird (she can do anything...), but it could give me sometimes a more vintage and compressed sound with a unexpensive used guitar...

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I have a 2006 model w/ mahogany b/s and it gets played more often than not among a couple of other Gibsons. I like to judge these guitars on their own merits and mine sounds fantastic. However as soon as I can find/afford a vintage or reissue L-00 I will go for it. Those 1937 L-00 Reissue models sure are nice but pricey.

 

Dave

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Had one, sold it. My BK (un-vintage 25.5 scale) was tight and bright. Not compressed, note, but piercing. Mine was best for single string leads, ok for slide, so-so fingerpicker (bright/thin top end). Not so good with a flatpick. And as Modac notes, heavy. The MC version has the right 24.75 scale but is bubinga, so still heavy and without the sweet top.

 

Again-- why not an L00TV? Those vintage L00s had lots of dry bite but enough low end to work an old time string band. The BK is nothing like that.

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Again-- why not an L00TV?

 

 

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Soomething is missing between Blues King and 1937 legend.

 

And sometimes I wonder if the Epiphone EL-00 (which costs 5 times less than the Blues King) isn't a good choice, even if it doesn't really sound like the BK, the price might not deserve the difference.

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Soomething is missing between Blues King and 1937 legend.

 

And sometimes I wonder if the Epiphone EL-00 (which costs 5 times less than the Blues King) isn't a good choice' date=' even if it doesn't really sound like the BK, the price might not deserve the difference.

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Something in between would be nice. Legend-like w/ Sitka spruce and East Indian Rosewood replacing the Red spruce and Madagascar rosewood maybe?

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Something in between would be nice. Legend-like w/ Sitka spruce and East Indian Rosewood replacing the Red spruce and Madagascar rosewood maybe?

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Well, EIR would be more the Nick Lucas sound. And I dont see why Gibson hasnt issued an EIR Nick, either--makes more sense than maple in that size/shape. But if its going to be "True Vintage" the L00 should be hog/spruce. Hello, Bozeman.

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Funny enough, JK, if I'm recalling correctly, the first batch of Montana Nick reissues were EIR. They were long scale as well, though, and had 14 frets clear. There is a used, 2008 Madagascar rosewood/Adirondack Nick at AcousticMusic.org

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Well' date=' EIR would be more the Nick Lucas sound. And I dont see why Gibson hasnt issued an EIR Nick, either--makes more sense than maple in that size/shape. But if its going to be "True Vintage" the L00 should be hog/spruce. Hello, Bozeman.

[/quote']Actually I was referring to fretboard/bridge material when I mentioned East Indian Rosewood replacing Madagascar rosewood. Along with other less costly materials, a less expensive version of the L-00 could be produced.

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if i were you i would go with a used L-00...

 

sometimes they were called "Blues King" and i believe more or less the specs are similar...i had an 01 and it was a great guitar...

 

i got rid of it to get my LG 2 3/4 (another awesome guitar but back to your thread!)

 

Why do you prefer LG 2 3/4 ?

 

I tried a BluesKing today. Very woody sound, very efficient for fingerplaying (and only for it), but quite dry sound. I would have wanted more brightness. By the way quite tight neck for fingerpicking...

Makes me want to learn more about LG, B25, or other L00 series (epiphone, bluesmaster...).

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Funny enough' date=' JK, if I'm recalling correctly, the first batch of Montana Nick reissues were EIR. They were long scale as well, though, and had 14 frets clear. There is a used, 2008 Madagascar rosewood/Adirondack Nick at AcousticMusic.org[/quote']

 

They did, indeed. No idea why the re-set/default is maple. Just not intuitive in that body style. A rw version, oth, would be punchier, bassier, ringing (ringier?). They the could sell the Dylan connection (circa 64-66)--if his Bobness would let them. As for the L00--it never made sense to me as a "mod classic' --too retro looking.

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