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The J-160E was a famous guitar not because it sounded all that good but because it was the acoustic that the Beatles played in concert. There are much better acoustics for sound quality but this does perform well in a live, electric setting. I bought this from a Boston street performer. The inside of the case had in large letters,"SUPPORT MUSIC ON THE STREETS". I wonder if he knew any Beatles songs?

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Martin guys used to refer to these Gibson J-200's as "SIlent Giants". I bought this one from a Pentecostal Minister with a huge slicked back mane of hair who said, "I always wanted to own the same guitar as Elvis." The sound is very different than most acoustics but very pleasing. They certainly look great as a stage guitar. This has the less desirable adjustable bridge. It was one of those innovations that was an indication of the coming decline in quality of USA made guitars in the late 60's early 70's. That decline was a result of engineering dominating decisions and not the resulting sound of the guitar. (i.e "These specs prove that we have a superior acoustic if the bridge can be moved" as opposed to "Listen to the lack of sustain". ) Glad they finally figured that one out.


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Esquires became known as "Easy to buy and hard to sell". You could pick them up at the end of a guitar show for half the price or less than a Tele. This one was a '61 slab board. Nice guitars.


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did anything other than slab boards exist in '61? I know in roughly summer '62 they switched.


Beautiful looking guitar. olympic white?
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I believe they were all slabs around that time. The stock Tele color around this time faded to a melted vanilla ice cream white which this is. Olympic White was much brighter.
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post

Esquires became known as "Easy to buy and hard to sell". You could pick them up at the end of a guitar show for half the price or less than a Tele. This one was a '61 slab board. Nice guitars.



I thought all of those still had the cavity for the second pickup. Couldn't you just buy one cheap, get a new pickguard, add some new electronics and be left with a Tele at a big discount?

Did the lack of the internet make things like this less known and so nobody thought to do it? I mean, if Springsteen did it, it can't have been a big secret (unless people assumed he had someone actually cut out a hole for the new pickup).
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Through the 50's-70's players often added a second pickup to Esquires. Then along comes the "collector" in the mid 80's. Collectors want things to be original so prices are determined by originality. Many Esquires with added pickups were returned to single PU specs. At the time, many collectors, before buying an Esquire would remove the pickguard to see if it had ever had a second pickup added. If it had, then you saw added screw holes and it was no longer considered to be a "virgin". Some guys only bought virgins. Or some would offer a lot less for Esquires with "popped cherries".
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This Barney Kessel was one of the very best playing Gibson Archtops I ever owned. But man, does it have odd features - it has a note headtock inlay, bow tie neck inlays, double cutaway (odd for an archtop) and the famous "devil horns". This was one guitar with sprezz!

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A one of a kind 1959 PAF ES-350 in a custom color red finish, gold hardware, Bigsby and varitone. This would have been a special custom order with the factory. This turned up around Denver.

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Hey, anyone here into light strings? I was reading that Billy Gibbons has been playing .007' s for a few years now and has these sets by Dunlop.

http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/rev-willys-strings

For slide he plays .008's!

Most of my guitars are strung with .011 except for solidbodies strung with .010.

Maybe I should try .009?
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Hey, anyone here into light strings? I was reading that Billy Gibbons has been playing .007' s for a few years now and has these sets by Dunlop.

I honestly can't believe that (although I googled it and it may be true). I was raised on "light strings are for weak-handed pussies" and would never play lighter than 10s although I use 11s on my electrics anyway. 9s are one thing but 7s?? puzzled.gif
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I used to play 13's. Now I use a hybrid set. 12's on the low side 10's on the high.
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Originally Posted by Kid Nickels View Post

I honestly can't believe that (although I googled it and it may be true). I was raised on "light strings are for weak-handed pussies" and would never play lighter than 10s although I use 11s on my electrics anyway. 9s are one thing but 7s?? puzzled.gif


http://www.fretboardjournal.com/features/online/five-questions-zz-top’s-billy-gibbons

Here Billy's guitar tech takes you through his stage guitars and the strings

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6DrxfrbbF8&feature=player_embedded
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post

Hey, anyone here into light strings? I was reading that Billy Gibbons has been playing .007' s for a few years now and has these sets by Dunlop.

http://www.jimdunlop.com/product/rev-willys-strings

For slide he plays .008's!

Most of my guitars are strung with .011 except for solidbodies strung with .010.

Maybe I should try .009?

I've always favored .010s, while other guys I've played with love .009s.

Can't imagine playing w/ .013s like PB. Dang.
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