Fuel my Gustavsson GAS!

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  1. Unburst

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    I am seriously considering making a commitment to a seriously great instrument.

    I've looked at a few luthiers, but JG's fusion of LP and Tele is really intriguing to me.
    I'm thinking of a Bluesmaster with a trem, but haven't settled on pups yet, maybe HB's or P90's.

    I know a few guys have JG's so anyone want to chime in?
     
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    Waiting for mine.....it's getting longer but as they say patience is a virtue:eek: .

    You might want to consider this for the trem.
     
  3. abergdahl

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    I have tried 4 or 5 diffrent JG guitars alla amazing instruments. i have tried 3 dififfrent Bluesmaster 59, all amazing and as close to a vintage LP you will ever need to, a bit more clarity and bite in the JG which is great in my book, if you just touch the tone you will get 100% LP sound. The level of craftmanship is amazing, together with mmy Ruokangas the JG is the guitar i have tried which leavs you amazed of the level of perfection.

    My advice GET ONE:D
     
  4. Mike M

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    Nicest playing guitar I have ever owned. First rate.
     
  5. rwe333

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    I've played a couple of Matte's 7-string Jo's - the Bruisemonster (right?) and an LP-inspired design.

    They played AMAZINGLY well - really comfortable, and beautiful to boot.

    Matte's had many top-of-the-line instruments and has been w/ JG for some time w/ no end in site. Says something...
     
  6. Unburst

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    Indeed, it was Matte's unwavering devotion to his JG that got me interested in the first place.

    Thanks for the info guys.
    Anyone tried a P-90 equipped JG?
     
  7. hollowbody

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    Johan put Tom Holmes pick ups in my custom 59.
    I couldn't be more delighted with its rich, complex sound.
     
  8. OldSchool

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    Dang........thats gotta be amazing. Could you post a Pic and maybe if you don't mind........what did you pay for something like that? You can just PM me if you want.........Thanks!!
     
  9. tradarama

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    Honestly a GREAT guitar. Mine has stock Duncan pickups but I will put Goodwoods in it this week...The guitar is unreal. Easy to play, clear, light, great construction, tone is fat w/ sustain that you'll smile at. I want one w/ a trem now.
     
  10. Unburst

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    Thanks for the info.
    I'm thinking trem too.

    Just for reference, how does it differ from your Klein?
     
  11. matte

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    Jo has the goods
     
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    Absolutely beautiful Matte. Congrats!
    New background for me.
     
  15. DestroyAllGuitars

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    Lollar Imperials going in mine. Should be real sweet. Wouldn't
    have it any other way.
     
  16. Brownie

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    JG sure makes some purty guitars...wow.

    Curious...a Bluesmaster w/ mahogany/maple and humbuckers, with a stoptail...where would that guitar fall tonally...more on the LP side of things, or more towards a PRS? I don't know the dimensions of the Bluesmaster, but the body looks to be about as thick as a LP. I wonder how thick the maple cap is as well.
     
  17. DestroyAllGuitars

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    Possibly the best sounding Les Paul type guitar made. Much
    bigger sounding than any PRS.
     
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    I have a set of Imperials waiting to be dropped into a Bluesmaster as well - hopefully the guitar will be ready sometime this fall. John
     
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    Thanks Cliff, I'm glad to hear that:)

    Well, I guess I'll have to look into these a little more. There isn't a guitar on his site I wouldn't like to have. The GAS never ends...
     
  20. matte

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    24.625" scale length (unless otherwise specified)
    1.75" Old growth Honduras Mahogany(or White Limba!)
    .5" carved Maple cap.
    17 degree headstock angle

    We are talking Burst(not RI either)here with a bit more focus in the lower mids.



    Consider the words of a guy who has 14 Lesters in the Beauty of the Burst book:

    "Friday, I dropped by Wildwood to see their Johan Gustavsson Bluesmaster Custom '59. Even though they are all sold out, Steve [the owner] is nice enough to keep his around for folks like me, who are interested in actually holding one.

    Let me tell you, that is one fantastic guitar! I would post pics, but their own web site has far better pics than I could take. The guitar "felt" right! This was far better than any production guitar I have felt, besides the odd "exception to the rule". Resonance was great, neck shape and "fit" were great.

    I have been impressed since I saw Johan's website, after he posted here at the Forum. Well, in person, they are as good as they look. Not a super "10" top, but a beautifull flame top with plenty of 3-D action. This isn't a sales pitch.

    They are not cheap guitars. But, others I have talked to were also curious, and I wanted to report, after a first hand look. It is worth looking into, if anyone is at all curious. Johan, you have done a great job on that model.

    And Steve was a most gracious host. What a nice store! I can see why they are a Forum dealer. Bruce and Lance took some time to chat a little too [the store was moderately busy with "real" customers]. Definitely worth the drive out from Denver!
    Thanks guys!"


    Tom Wittrock
     

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