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I saw a 1995 Gibson Advanced jumbo that was marked "Vintage AJ" on the label instead of "Advanced Jumbo" it also had a natural top. Does anyone know anything about these?
Ones like that pop up on Ebay etc. once in awhile. Not sure what it means, maybe just the natural top? I know they also made a few with maple backs, other differences. Mine is just a straight-out SB/RW, and the label says "Advanced Jumbo".
Maybe you could call Gibson in Bozeman & ask 'em about yours?
Thank you for the info. I'm glad as I wouldn't want the shorter scale on this particular model.
Funny you mention this. The first one I wanted was at GC around the beginning of Jan. and they wouldn't budge on price. I'm glad they didn't as the one I picked up sure looks to have a Brazilian Rosewood Bridge. I think that may have been the "vintage AJ" designation (unless this was a special order) both guitars sound great though..DucRyder,
Congrats on the '95 AJ purchase. I just bought one as well and am very happy with it, for all the reasons you described. Although mine has a rounder wide C neck profile.
Here's my guess about the "Vintage" tag on your AJ. Gibson began reissuing the AJs in '90, but they were by special order only. Around 2000 they began production out of the Montana shop on a regular basis. The special orders may have the "vintage" designation.
Oddly enough, Gibson has stopped production of the AJ (once again) and GC has gone in and bought up most of the remaining supply. That's why you'll see them right now at GCs. I put mine on hold at the end of Dec '07 because I was going out of the country for a few weeks. When I tied it up it was $1995. While I was away they had a sale for a few days and the price dropped several hundred dollars, and the salesman (a personal friend) adjusted the price for me. When I got back from my trip I learned that my AJ was now $1595! So I'm a VERY happy AJ owner.
I never knew about AJs until I tried mine at GC and was immediately addicted. If anyone is interested now might be the time to grab one.