If you look at my post to your discussion 'New Guitar', you will find a pix of my L-130.
Specs are Grand Concert size (11 1/4" upper, 14 7/8" lower – 41" overall length – 24.75" scale, 14 frets to…"
"Jdango, That sounds like my experience too. I have a luthier built OM with a wide neck and long scale that handles my large hands better for finger-style, and a sweeter sonic color that I love equally. However, and despite build issues, the L-130…"
"Thought I might share a picture of my renewed1964 B-25 with this group. I posted this on the Gibson group earlier, but thought that I might add to the discussion here as well.
I worried over investing any more cash into what is not really an…"
"For Jim (and Edward):
This from the Vintage Guitar Guy site: http://home.provide.net/~cfh/gibson.html
Gibson introduced this low-cost model during the depression because the $60 Jumbo was not selling well. The J-35 was essentially a…"
"Thought I might share a picture of my renewed1964 B-25 with the group.
I worried over it for a long and then bit the bullet to get it fixed. My very fine luthier put on new tuners, a new ebony bridge, bone nut and saddle, and new…"
You might be in the mood for a Dreadnaught sized Gibson – which have their charms, but I urge you to try some of the smaller bodies as well. I have had my L-130 (Grand Concert size) for a decade and every one who plays it just drops…"
"Any solid wood top will change with age, often for the better. My L130 started off well but improved to amazing. However, at no point has it been mellow (it projects very well, aka is loud even with light strings). The improvement has been in its…"
Yes, the screwed in bridge is an 'authentic' bad idea. The 60's were not among Gibson's best years. Acoustics in general were not the real market for the big shops back then. It looks like the pickguard was a heavy slab of…"
"Hey, look everyone, it's our favorite screwed-in ceramic bridge! Just when you thought it was safe to strum in tune.
Not that I don't love my B-25, but really now, them things be tone killers fo' sure.
Changing the tension on any set of strings is likely to cause them to go flabby faster than tuning them one way and leaving it at that. Slack-key (Hawaiian tunings) players face this problem a lot. Tension (tuning) stresses the the metal.…"
The pics suggest that at some point the top was over-sprayed with clear lacquer. The Tuner strip with the word top on it is probably original, the other one (if period Gibson) is likely from an L-1.
If you want to find your…"
Yes, as much as Gibson did anything the same from week to week (not to mention year to year) they are the same body shape & size. The LG2 & LG3 are x-braced rather than ladder-braced so they sound more contemporary with even color…"
I believe the fretboard radius taper4ed from 12" to something nearly flat (whatever it took to match the bridge/saddle set-up. Thing were notoriously loose at Gibson so I think there is some inconsistency, but I believe the 12" is…"
"The white dots on the rectangular bridge suggest a post-war LG1. Assuming that you used the original pickguard as a template suggests a pre '54 model. Before '49 there were no dots and after '53 the bridge is usually the standard…"
"If I remember correctly, the opening bars to 'Proud Mary' are deliberate lifts of the opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and the opening bars of Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue" are a riff on 'Shave & a…"
This forum format is new to me, so I hope I communicate OK...
Where: Back in Missouri. Park Hills, about an hour or so south of St. Louis. 5 Ozark acres in the country.
Contact: Stick with email: email@example.com I don't care for Facebook, but it looks like I won't be able to avoid it much longer.
I've been checking up on you occasionally...your artwork moreso. Didn't expect you move from Boston area. You landed in a great place, though. I lived in Augusta, GA for a bit, and traveled northward...beautiful! I collect custom knives, and have a few friends in your area.
BTW, to keep the acoustic guitar theme, the Martin I mentioned has brief, but distinguished provenance. I was moving to Palm Springs with the guitar in the luggage. It was October 1, 1977 and I was approaching Cordes Junction, Az. Yep, I went to the Arcosanti Festival. While I was there, Jackson Browne came to play, and drafted me as "roadie" and sound engineer. Browne played the Martin for one song "Linda Paloma". I never learned to play, and left the guitar in storage at a luthier in Santa Barbara.