Gibson Style AJ
This guitar is patterned after the pre-war Gibson AJ guitar — some say
the AJ was the best guitar that Gibson ever made.
I have built this guitar close to
the specs for the AJ, except that the back and sides are Honduran rosewood,
and the top is Engelmann spruce. It has Grover Kluson-style tuners, and
an ebony headplate.
Here is list of features for this guitar:
It sounds very good. It has the Gibson sound because of the bracing,
but since the top is Engelmann, it is probably more responsive than a typical
Gibson (like a Martin)
- It has Honduran rosewood back and sides, and they seem to contribute to
the sound. It has "rosewood resonance."
- The fingerboard and bridge are cocobolo, which gives them a reddish
rosewood appearance. An AJ bridge is really small (smaller than a Martin
pyramid bridge). This all contributes to it unique sound.
- The action is pretty good (I kept futzing with the neck — which
is why it is not perfectly seated against the sides — until I liked
- Even though it is a big guitar, it sounds good when you fingerpick it,
even without picks.
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