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    Quote Originally Posted by DB's Jazz Guitar Blog
    Beautiful guitar for sure.
    Quote Originally Posted by DB's Jazz Guitar Blog


    I have had my Tal Farlow since 2005. Bought it from a pic at Murch music in Canada and had it shipped to the Netherlands. I did a video on it a few years later that you might enjoy. It must have been made way over 10 years ago ... I am not wearing glasses yet. At the time I did not have much experience with vintage archtops so my statement at the end that the guitar is "light and responsive" should be taken with a grain of salt. But amplified it is one heck of a guitar and even now - owning a genuine 1952 ES 350 and a 1947 ES 300 - I still love playing it!


    DB


    Thank you for sharing your video, DB! I do enjoy learning about these great instruments.




    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    Roli, we all rejoice and welcome you with open arms to TOG.
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    A VERY fine specimen indeed. Good thing happen to good people.
    One more big Congrats !
    Thank you, Vinny. You are a true gentleman!

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    Can any member please confirm which Gibson plant these were made in -- the serial number identifies as Bozeman Montana Plant ( round hole acoustic plant ??? ) whereas stickers & passport say Custom Shop , Kalamazoo ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demall View Post
    Can any member please confirm which Gibson plant these were made in -- the serial number identifies as Bozeman Montana Plant ( round hole acoustic plant ??? ) whereas stickers & passport say Custom Shop , Kalamazoo ???
    As far as I know, the original ones from 1962-69 were made in Kalamazoo, the reissue since 1993 from Nashville Custom Plant
    I also wonder why the guitardaterproject site claims these were made in the Bozeman plant

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    Quote Originally Posted by rolijen View Post
    Thank you, Vinny. You are a true gentleman![/FONT]
    There is NO DOUBT about that.
    JD

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    Bro I know you only want 1 more guitar but need 2. L5 & TF

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinlander View Post
    As far as I know, the original ones from 1962-69 were made in Kalamazoo, the reissue since 1993 from Nashville Custom Plant&lt;br&gt;<br>
    I also wonder why the guitardaterproject site claims these were made in the Bozeman plant
    &lt;br&gt;&lt;br&gt;Thanks Vinlander - yes 1993 on Nashville but the mystery continues as I have seen inside several over the years where Gibson serial number coding indicates Bozeman ! As these are pressed ply bodied guitars could the bodies have been formed at Bozeman then sent to Nashville for Custom Shop to finish ?<br>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demall View Post
    <br><br>Thanks Vinlander - yes 1993 on Nashville but the mystery continues as I have seen inside several over the years where Gibson serial number coding indicates Bozeman ! As these are pressed ply bodied guitars could the bodies have been formed at Bozeman then sent to Nashville for Custom Shop to finish ?<br>
    Do all of those results come from the The Guitar Dater Project? If so, I would be very skeptical. Do you have an example of a number?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k View Post
    Bro I know you only want 1 more guitar but need 2. L5 & TF
    You are right, I know it.
    Im just trying to be good!
    It aint workin...
    JD

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    Perhaps one needs an L5 and a Tal. But during the times of COVID? It’s not happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop View Post
    Perhaps one needs an L5 and a Tal. But during the times of COVID? It’s not happening.
    COVID is a reminder that life is short. Get your L5 AND Tal while you have time. Tomorrow might not come.

    Carpe Guitarem.

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    But my retired budget won’t handle it. Good for those who can afford it during COVID times. So many people are laid off and their jobs aren’t coming back.

    The times dictate when and what time we purchase. That’s what I’m truly saying. Some can afford thousands for guitars despite the times, well good for you. It’s simply not a realistic acquisition in these times for so many.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max405 View Post
    You are right, I know it.
    Im just trying to be good!
    It aint workin...
    JD
    Just tell Elaine the devil made you do it and put a extra $20 in the offering plate for your sins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop View Post
    But my retired budget won’t handle it. Good for those who can afford it during COVID times. So many people are laid off and their jobs aren’t coming back.

    The times dictate when and what time we purchase. That’s what I’m truly saying. Some can afford thousands for guitars despite the times, well good for you. It’s simply not a realistic acquisition in these times for so many.
    You are of course, totally right. I was just injecting a little levity into the conversation. I'm hurting too and just sold a very much treasured guitar to help pay off some very steep bills and will likely sell another "keeper" pretty soon for the same reason.

    I hear you.

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    Hang in there, everybody. It's the dreams that keep us rolling. This whole site is a go-to happy pill and this thread... man oh man, someday when a Tal can be swung, it shall be swungeth!

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    On the TF, is there any reason to prefer a recent Crimson Shop version over one from the '90's. or vice versa?

    Thanks in advance. I never really considered one of these before, but it checks a lot of boxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluejaybill View Post
    On the TF, is there any reason to prefer a recent Crimson Shop version over one from the '90's. or vice versa? Thanks in advance. I never really considered one of these before, but it checks a lot of boxes.
    No difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluejaybill View Post
    On the TF, is there any reason to prefer a recent Crimson Shop version over one from the '90's. or vice versa?

    Thanks in advance. I never really considered one of these before, but it checks a lot of boxes.
    I’m with you. At first I wasn’t aware of the Tal Farlow. Then, when I first saw one I was put off by that loopy loop. I wrote the model off.

    Then I read a few posts in this forum and learned a bit about the TF and how under appreciated it is by folks how don’t know any better. I began to want, no, NEED one. Best guitar decision ever.

    Mine is an amazing playing and beautiful sounding guitar every bit as well made as my L-5. What a steal the Tals are. I kick myself for being closed minded for so long.

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    First, a confession. I have read only a few of the posts here. But the OP wanted stories, and here's mine: For the past 27 years, I've been shuttling between the town and country homes. Halfway, in the town of Hämeenlinna (birthplace of composer Jean Sibelius) there used to be a well-stocked music store. The guys running it, a guitarist and a bassist, had been playing professionally in dance bands for decades. I regularly stopped by. One fine day, about 15 years ago, the guitarist showed me a TF that had come up for sale. I knew nothing about Tal Farlow the guitarist, and the instrument looked strange. While I loved the touch and feel, I was put off by the inverted fretboard inlays and the faux scroll that looked, well, faux.The asking price wasn't excessive and I could have afforded it. Not knowing what I was holding, I passed. Guess how many times I've regretted this.