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Gibson SJ-200 clone

This week I’ve also been working on a jumbo acoustic.

The Gibson Masquerader

From a distance, it is a dead ringer for a Super Jumbo 200.  But up close, there are some telling factors that give it away as a relatively well-done clone.  They’re all over the place, people, I’m tellin ya.

The inlays on the fretboard are poorly routed, the headstock logo is wrong, the binding is laid out incorrectly.  But these are cosmetic issues.  This client’s main complaint is that the guitar frets out on certain notes – the strings buzz badly due to the fret height being uneven.

A quick evaluation shows that these frets are actually loose in the slots, and are springing up.  There are loose ones all over the upper registers.  Additionally, there are a few sharp edges to the frets, making it a bit uncomfortable to play.

This guitar was a gift to the client, so it has a lot of sentimental value.  Also, I never believe that a guitar isn’t worth salvaging based on its monetary value.

So the frets are pressed down and glued in place.  The upper registers get a partial fret dressing, and the saddle is shimmed up slightly.  The problems are solved and the client is satisfied.  Meanwhile, Gibson has another overseas manufacturer to hunt down!

“Release the dogs! And the bees!  And the dogs with bees in their mouths that when they bark they shoot bees at you!”  -H. Simpson

~ by badmin on November 23, 2011.

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