Guth Posted February 13, 2012 Report Share Posted February 13, 2012 I purchased my Collings OM2H back in 1995. I bought it directly from Collings when I used to live in Austin. Over the years, I found that I was playing it less and less, but hung on to it largely for sentimental reasons. I had gone out to the Collings factory a few times while it was being built to check on things as the build progressed. After it was completed, I watched Bill Collings play the guitar right in front of me. My son was born in Austin, and I figured that some day, I would pass the guitar along to him. I've seen a lot of guitars come & go over the years, but I always hung on to my OM2H. However, as time moved on, I was just not creating music on the guitar any longer. I acquired another small bodied guitar a little over a year ago, and since then I pretty much only pulled the Collings out of the case in order to fill up the Oasis humidifier in the wintertime. The more I thought about it, the less sense it made to hang on to the guitar. My son has yet to develop any real interest in the guitar. If he does, I'd rather pass along instruments that really meant something to me, that I've made music with and really connected with. The Collings will more than likely prove to be a better investment over time, but I'm more interested in guitars that you don't want to get rid of regardless of the value. So off the OM2H went to a very talented individual who will hopefully play it more than I have recently. My Collings was a bit pedestrian compared to his other guitars (he had a few with Brazilian rosewood, and others with varying mixes of other exotic tonewoods), but hopefully it will still get played as he really seemed to like the guitar. Similarly, he had a guitar that he did not connect with, and from the looks of it, he must not have played it more than a handful of times. So now I find myself with a maple Gibson for the first time ever. I believe that I've seen at least one other example of this particular model on this forum. It's a 2007 Custom Shop Advanced Jumbo in birdseye maple. Other details include what appears to be a sitka spruce top, 25 1/4" scale, 1 3/4" nut width, mahogany neck, rosewood fretboard and bridge (not sure what type of rosewood, but it looks nice), gold Gotoh open-gear butterbean tuners, and a full-body sunburst. It's a strikingly beautiful guitar, at least to my eyes. It definitely sounds different than my other guitars. To be honest, I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to take to this guitar, or how it might impact my creativity. I'm going to experiment with strings first off and see what strikes me as the best fit. I'd be interested to hear from any of you with maple-bodied guitars as to stings you've developed a preference for with this tonewood. Here are a few photos of the new AJ that I took and thought some of you here might like to see. I would really like to get it out in some natural sunlight for some additional shots but at this time of the year in my neck of the woods that might be a while. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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