Buc McMaster Posted December 3, 2011 Report Share Posted December 3, 2011 Ventured off to my friends' lefthanded guitar store this morning to see what Jimmy might have to tickle my fancy in a new guitar. Well, he had several that were all top-notch instruments and it was honestly difficult to choose one. I must say every guitar I picked up had good strings on it and was in tune, ready to play. Good on you for that, Jimmy! I took my CJ165 for trade bait - I'm of a mind that I do not need more than one guitar at a time. This 45 was interesting. I had seen photos of the run of goldtops but had never had the opportunity to play one. This particular one was bad, very flat and dull sounding with zero sustain. There were about six other J45's in various configurations and all of them sounded better than this goldtop.......but it deserved a photo for cool factor. The Southern Jumbo and the SJ200 on the right were out-freaking-standing! The 200 was labeled as a "5 Star Quilt" and the maple on the back and sides was incredible (should have got a picture of it!). Big, loud and crisp in tone......very nice. The SJ made it to the final two...... There was a very nice Collings SJ that had me shaking my head in disbelief in the tone it produced. Played a HD28V and a D18GE for awhile to clear my head and make mental notes of the tonal differences between Martin & Gibson. Tried out and very nice Advanced Jumbo, but it's rosewood and long scale, two things I wanted to stay away from. Also played a nice used Hummingbird from '04 that was spanking new, not a mark on it. There were two Doves and two brand new Hummingbirds. The Dove doesn't hold much appeal for me so I tried both of the H'birds. One was natural top and quite nice, but then I played this one.......... This H'bird and the Southern Jumbo were the two contenders for the ride home. I was at the store for nearly five hours and at least two of those were spent alternating between these two instruments in a little back room off the sales floor. So now I am the proud owner of a brand new Gibson Hummingbird! Woohoo! Within 15 minutes of arriving home with it I had the pickup out and had a coat of Virtuoso rubbed in. (Can't hang with an on-board pickup system anymore.....it had to go.) Polished it out, strung it up with the Pearse lights I had on-hand and took this photo on the back porch. Now it's time to wear some of that paint off the pickguard!! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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