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NGD! Gibson J-30

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by Saxonbowman, Sep 27, 2020.

  1. Saxonbowman

    Saxonbowman Tele-Meister

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    So I mostly play electric, trying to learn jazz. For some reason, mainly because I don’t have one, I got the bug for a half decent acoustic. I went to my local store thinking to try an Alvarez they had in stock. As luck would have it that one was gone but with more on the way. I decided to try the other new instruments but they weren’t solid wood and the tone was lacking to my ears. The store owner then brought out a 1989 Gibson J-30 which was priced just a bit more than that Alvarez. Despite old strings (annoying to be sure) it had what the others lacked. He also let me try a 1950 J-50. Yeah that one was better but not proportional to the cost difference. My wife, who I dragged along, gave me the nod so it came home with me.

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    It has a few battle scars but sounds and plays great!

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    A question about the dings. Is that a poly finish on this? It could be judging by the way the paint flakes when damaged. Is it advisable to touch up the defects? I’m thinking that maybe I could use something different like a shellac based paint that could be removed later without damaging the rest of the finish. Any thoughts?
     
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  2. tah1962

    tah1962 Friend of Leo's

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    Nice guitar, battle scars and all. Congratulations.
     
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  3. Fretting out

    Fretting out Poster Extraordinaire

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    It should be a nitro finish, just has lots of plasticizers

    Sweet guitar
     
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    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    Awesome
    Seriously.
     
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    theprofessor Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yeah, I'd have bought that in a second. And if it were mine, I'd just leave the dings. Just some character. Congratulations!
     
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    The dings give it character. And you don’t have to worry about adding additional dings in the future. Bet it sounds awesome. Enjoy!
     
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    Sorry, I don't have any helpful answers on the finish. That was a smart purchase, that's a beautiful guitar you have. I agree with other posters, those dings give it some great character!! Put some new strings on and I bet it sounds amazing.
     
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    I like that, congratulations!

     
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    Thanks everybody! Yes, I’m inclined to leave the dings alone for now. Actual NGD was yesterday. New strings are on now and I’ve been playing it every moment I have free today. I’m finding that playing acoustically sure sharpens your technique or at least exposes mistakes.
     
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    Beauty.
     
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    Nice guitar !!!

    And if you happen to put a few more dings in it, nobody will notice...
     
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    A 1989 guitar would have been one of the first built in Bozeman. To answer your question the guitar will have a Fullerplast finish. Fullerplast is a clear chemical sealer which prevents any subsequent nitro coats from sinking into the wood. As Fullperplast finishes are virtually impossible to repair properly you might just leave it be. Gibson discontinued the use of Fullerplast sometime in late-1990 or thereabouts. The guitar should also have a paddle neck joint which depending on who you ask is either a major pain to repair if it needs it or no trouble at all. They was also discontinued around 1991.
     
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    Stubee Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

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    A sunburst J-30 is a guitar I’d snatch up in a heartbeat, and I say that after owning a bunch of Gibsons over the years. It’s a great model. I’d not touch the dings, just enjoy it.
     
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    Gibsons built in 1989 are actually not easy to find and a unique part of their history. Bozeman was just getting on its feet and would not hits its stride until the early-1990s after they had retooled and brought the likes of Jim Triggs, Kevin Kopp and John Walker into the Custom Shop.

    By the way, if you play older Fender electrics you will be familiar with Fullerplast finishes. Fender started shooting them around 1963 as a cost cutting feature. With Bozeman, if I recall correctly, it was what the Flatiron shop (which Gibson had taken over as part of a merger/buyout) had been set up to shoot.
     
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    Congrats on a fine guitar.
     
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    That's really a gorgeous acoustic, and the dings just give it character. Enjoy it!
     
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    I am partial to Gibsons. I have nothing against Martins, they sound great. I've just always preferred the Gibson sound. I also generally like the necks of Gibsons. I've not seen many J-30s. Square shoulder sunburst is the primo look for me. Well done on your purchase.
     
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    Congrats! May it serve you well.
     
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    Thanks for the history! It doesn’t look like any finish sunk into that wood. Some of the dings are clean underneath. I will probably never touch those dings. They don’t bother me. I never heard of a paddle neck joint. Fortunately everything is structurally solid right now.
     
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    Nice geetar! As for dings, wear, etc., my old Martin is gloriously worn from over 80 years of making music. The only repair done to the finish was the application of "French laquer" to through-the-finish wear around the pickguard and sound hole before I got it 47 years ago. Other wear was present on the guitar when I got it. I've babied it over the years, but it has acquired a bit more mojo- just more of it to love! Love your guitar's battle scars- they're part of its story.
     
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