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Thread: Maple jumbo comparison F-55 vs. J-200 and Taylor 618

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    Quote Originally Posted by sailingshoes72 View Post
    That's a very cool photo, Sandy! I'm a big-time fan of the music of Rev. Gary Davis. Thanks for posting here on LTG!

    Also, what's the backstory on how you came to be holding this guitar?
    I'm a big fan too! I came to play the guitar through a good friend. He's a long-time music industry veteran (was John Sebastian's road manager for a long time), and was a approached by the current owner. They inherited it IIRC, and were looking for help in fixing and selling it. Whoever gets that guitar will be getting a great one, even if I think all the bling is ugly!

    Hard to say for sure, but this is quite likely the same guitar, although he did own two sunburst SJ200s at one time or another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twocorgis View Post
    I'm a big fan too! I came to play the guitar through a good friend. He's a long-time music industry veteran (was John Sebastian's road manager for a long time), and was a approached by the current owner. They inherited it IIRC, and were looking for help in fixing and selling it. Whoever gets that guitar will be getting a great one, even if I think all the bling is ugly!
    Hard to say for sure, but this is quite likely the same guitar, although he did own two sunburst SJ200s at one time or another.
    "Huh". Wonder if Jorma K knows about it?
    One might think he'd be a good candidate.
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    Brucebubs, that video by Trevor Menear is just incredible playing, but I'd like to hear him play the other two as well. They're all good, great even. They're a bit different, which is of course, what makes life interesting......
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    Quote Originally Posted by adorshki View Post
    "Huh". Wonder if Jorma K knows about it?
    One might think he'd be a good candidate.
    He would be I suppose, but I don't think he'd be inclined. I haven't seen him play a big guitar in many years, and can't ever remember seeing him playing a jumbo.

    I OTOH, love jumbos, and would love to have this one. Sadly, at north of $10K with at least another grand in structural work, it's out of my league.
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    Great vid. Thanks for sharing.. Being an owner of the RW variety of F-55 it is nice hear the maple tone..
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    Quote Originally Posted by twocorgis View Post
    He would be I suppose, but I don't think he'd be inclined. I haven't seen him play a big guitar in many years, and can't ever remember seeing him playing a jumbo.

    I OTOH, love jumbos, and would love to have this one. Sadly, at north of $10K with at least another grand in structural work, it's out of my league.
    Ah, wasn't aware he wasn't fond of jumbos, actually thought he might be more interested in simply giving it a nice safe home for posterity as opposed to actually playing it regularly.
    Could swear I saw a reference that there's even a Rev. Gary Davis suite (room?) at Fur Peace Ranch?
    (I know there was at least one "tribute concert" weekend)
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    Gibson have released a brand new 2020 Custom Shop Historic Series which includes a 1957 SJ-200 model. https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/ACCMT3...ntage-Sunburst

    I like to hear it in a similar comparison.

    Sadly for me in Australia Gibson have adopted the same policy as Guild (and Martin) and do not permit US based dealers to sell to countries outside the USA.

    I contacted 3 Gibson dealers here yesterday about this model and they couldn't give me any information whatsoever - no availability, no price ... nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twocorgis View Post
    Whoever gets that guitar will be getting a great one, even if I think all the bling is ugly!
    Well, if you look to the left, you’ll see a fairly blingless version. Bought my J-100xt new in 2000.

    It too is seemingly light as a feather & brings home a lot of tone!
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    I tried the recent Taylor with the torrefied top, I really liked it, but it certainly sounded different than my jf 30

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brucebubs View Post
    Gibson have released a brand new 2020 Custom Shop Historic Series which includes a 1957 SJ-200 model....
    The prices on SJ-200s are just too far out of the ballpark. Six grand for that "Historic Series"? I think Guild's jumbos are at least as good.
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