Post by blues90 on Feb 8, 2019 14:31:21 GMT -5
blues90 , I had a few jams with a guy in the sixties who owned an Epiphone like the one in the photo, but his had a tailpiece. It was only the second 12 string I'd ever played and I loved it.
The first J-169E I ever saw was being played by jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo, though he switched to a Martin dreadnought with a deArmond soundhole pickup sometime in the mid sixties - both odd choices for a jazz guitarist.
I've seen that model Gibson 12 string with a tail piece . I tried looking it up a few times and recall it had something to do with the year it was made. Mine didn't , I always bought my guitars in the 60's from the same very small music store in Roselle IL . At the time I never thought to ask what year a guitar was and he had guitars and amps that sat for years before they sold. He had about three rooms one took lessons in and about three more where he kept amps and guitars stored since the actual show room was so small just a few amps in a corner and one wall guitars hanging 10 at most and a glass counter. The guitar's and amps were never there until the early 60's, it was all wood wind , brass and stringed. First time I saw a Gibson J-160E was the Beatles yet in person 1966 when I won one in a sort of battle of the garage bands. I have no idea what year either of my Gibson's were just the year I got them. I bought a Gretsch Country Gent from him is 68 yet I know it was an earlier model then traded that and got a Epiphone Casino it just fit my needs better . All were new and all came with cases back then it was not a try to find a case deal back then or an extra cost. I didn't know Epiphone had a 12 string acoustic , never saw one yet as you know back then Epiphone's and Gibson"s were made in Kalamazoo Michigan from 1957 - 1970 both owned by Chicago Musical Instrument Co. 1944 Gibson and 1957 Epi. Point is they were great guitars.