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Gibson Acoustic NAMM 2012


JuanCarlosVejar

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I'm blown away by this version of the Dove, but not necessarily for the right reasons. That is the narrowest nut Gibson has ever put on an acoustic guitar, and the ABR-style bridge just seems wrong on an acoustic, although I know some were built that way in that period. 1968 was not exactly the high point of Gibson design and construction, in my book. Maybe it's time to start snapping up those late 60's Doves that we've been turning up our noses to.

 

The Sheryl Crow SJ is the guitar that most appeals to me out of this lot, but I wonder if they will be willing to do it without the pickup system.

 

All in all, an interesting group of guitars: some for the player, some for the collector. Somehow, I don't think many people are going to want to play the really nice J-200 for fear of scratching the pickguard, since it's hand-painted.

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I am also curious about that Dove's saddle. Is it a fragmented saddle ? Is it my eyes or does each string have a separate saddle piece ?

It's an ABR, the same bridge used on may Gibson electrics. It has individually adjustable saddles for intonation purposes. This version of it used nylon saddles, which was typical from about 1963-1968. Models before that and after that have nickel saddles. It really doesn't look right on an acoustic, to my eye, but Gibson did use it on a few acoustic models at one point. I have no idea what it does to tone on an acoustic.

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