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Bob Elliott

4/4/2008 6:01:50 PM

Let's Give Gibson Some Love Now
I own just two guitars. I have a Gibson Jumbo. It's a J-100, not a 200. Costs about 1000 less. I really don't know that I could distinguish better sounds coming out of an acoustic , though. A grand piano is built large for a reason, right? A reason of resonance? Once you get hooked by a jumbo, nothing else sounds quite so full. But they are not quite as comfortable to play. You get used to it.

Of course the lows are rich and deep with all that body cavity, but the highs are just beautiful, too. This was the first expensive guitar I ever bought, but at 1500 it's a lot less than your standard expensive acoustic, yet it sounds better than all those I played. No Martin or Taylor even gave me pause, but this thing did. If you're in the market for a higher end guitar someday, check out the J-100. Hand made in Montana, and they're built like a tank. Gibson has a wider neck, and now that I've played it for awhile, other necks don't give me the room I want anymore.

Plus they look real beautiful, too. Too bad for my poor guitar that I'll end up dinging the hell out of it.

My other guitar cam predinged, so that's good for me. It's a Les Paul Black Beauty. I payed 350 back in the 80's. Weighs a ton, beautiful looking, beautiful sounding, built to last forever.

Apparently the market has gone up for this guitar. I have a '68 reissue, and someone told me to check the values on them. They're around 10,000 in mint condition! Amazing.

I guess mine would have to be about half that?

I was surprised to find that once I knew it was worth some dough I didn't sell it. I didn't realize I was really attached. I would have thought I'd cash it in and bought a less expensive newer model and a hollow body electric and some mics etc, but when I knew I could, I couldn't


Anyway. I'm pretty hooked on Gibson. I just have those two guitars, but they seem to be enough.


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BJ

4/4/2008 6:17:22 PM


I'm mainly a Fender man but I have got a 63 Gibson Melody Maker electric. I got it mint condition from a deceased estate nearly 40 years ago for a cuppla hundred dollars. Because it had a cast bridge with fixed intonation - and that intonation was for a wound G string - it never sounded in tune. So I virtually never took it out of its case in the last 40 years.
But just last year I fitted an adjustable BadAss bridge which just fitted onto the original bridge posts. Once its tuning was accurate it came to life!! Brilliant sounds!!
Now the silly thing is that while it has the BadAss bridge on it has no vintage value. But if I replace it with the original bridge (which I kept) the vintage value soars!! For about 15 minutes work!!


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Hop On Pop

4/4/2008 6:19:41 PM


I'm a Fender guy, but a friend of mine used to play Gibson's B.B. King Lucille model, and that was one helluva sweet axe!

I didn't even feel guilty cheating on Susan (my Strat) when I was playing that bad boy.


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SILVERWOODSTUDIO

4/4/2008 6:34:31 PM


1959 Gibson-------es335 semi accoustic here!


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Hugh Hamilton

4/4/2008 9:26:13 PM


Biting my tongue...

I love Gibsons.


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Village Jammers

4/4/2008 10:18:07 PM


Bob, I opted for the J200..grand piano sound in the showroom....very sensitive to humidity changes. That seems to be a shapeshifter and only playable two months out of the year. Great sound, though, when it isn't twisting me about, ha ha.
My first gibson purchase was an SG Junior I found in a pawn shop in Columbia, SC. Traded a weak sounding stripped finish 64 Strat plus $50 for it. Single P90 pup. Man, I was in love (still am). It screams with a fat brass slide.


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Duane Flock

4/4/2008 10:39:01 PM


I've been trying for 30min. to put a pic on this blog of my 1934 Gibson L-7. I must be really computer illiterate. Cutting and pasting isn't working.
Anyways, if you go to my page you can see it. What's even better is, all I have to do is reach over and grab it to play it...........

D.


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