The Bluesbox Collection

2002 Epiphone AJ-18S

This rather handsome instrument is another guitar that looks out of place in my collection. I got it for almost nothing on eBay because it is a factory reject. Apparently the guitar was all finished and set up when someone dropped it and broke off the peghead! When I received it, the headstock came separate. I had to repair the damage before it could be strung up and played. This close up of the face shows the sunburst solid spruce top with six-ply binding and inlaid rosette. The back and sides are laminated mahogany, which means that this guitar more closely resembles the Gibson J-45 then the Advanced Jumbo model that it is supposedly based on. The fingerboard has snowflake inlays with a block inlay at the twelth fret. The headstock is faced with rosewood and sports mother-of-pearl inlays. The tortoise shell overlay seen here was installed by me to mask the repair work. The back of the head shows the gold Schaller tuners I installed (Epiphone removed the original tuners before they sold the guitar - I also had to install the nut, saddle and bridge pins). I repaired the break and inlaid a "volute" - which is an exterior brace - to stiffen the join, then I repainted the back of the head black, rather than try and duplicate the original sunburst.

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