I want to buy a Gibson acoustic and wonder what's the best value these days. Gibson gets so much criticism for price and workmanship, but still there's a distinctive sound that's hard to find anywhere else. I played a beaten up '51 J-50 yesterday, selling for $4000 CAN, that sounded great. The owner of the store where I played this J-50 said Gibson has always built their guitars in a relatively slipshod manner, that this was true as much today as back in the '50s. Given this observation, the difference in a modern J-50 and the '51 must just be time played. Thoughts on this? I'd love to get your thoughts about choosing a Gibson, which model, new or old. I'm thinking I don't want to pay much over $2500 altogether.