My guitar collection - G&L


The vast majority of the about 190 John Jorgenson Signatures in existence have a rosewood fingerboard. These include the John Jorgenson Signature w/clear guard as well as the John Jorgenson Signature w/laminate guard of the previous page. Only few were build with an at times figured, gloss finished, hard-rock maple Bi-Cut neck with a 7½” maple fingerboard. On his website, Greg Gagliano claims he has seen 4 of them and estimates the total to be around 10. I have also seen 4: the one Guitars by Leo (GbL) webmaster Craig Dewey traded back to John Jorgenson himself, the maple fingerboard JJ Sig on Greg’s site, one residing in Japan, and this particular guitar. And so far, 9 are listed in the GbL Registry. This rare version of the JJ Sig otherwise has the swamp ash body with the Silver Flake finish applied by Marty Bell, chromed Saddle-Lock bridge 2 Jumbo Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pickups, and in this particular case the laminate pickguard. Still unfortunate the pickups are not according to the specs John provided. Which in turn led to G&L being forced to halt production and hence its Rarebird status.


John Jorgenson Signature Model (laminate) w/Maple Fingerboard

The story behind this guitar


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This guitar is associated with trying times forcing me to commute back and forth between the Pacific NW and The Netherlands. Me and my wife spent a lot of time being the guests of my in-laws who live close to the town of Amersfoort. And that town happens to be the hometown of the delightful guitar shop of Kees Dee which he has run for more than 3 decades. Among all the prime guitars in his store several rarities could be found, most prominently a gorgeous Burns LJ24 prototype at the time I visited in late-2019. And lo and behold, these rarities also included this John Jorgenson Signature with maple fingerboard. After having played the guitar and thoroughly enjoying the chunky neck, it was picked up the next trip. What a thrill to finally own one after looking for it for more than 9 years. And quite the welcome solace too. I was grinning ear to ear, much to the delight of all around me. Hence, hereafter this beauty will be known as ‘Jommie’, in honor of my dear and lovely wife and soulmate. For now, the pictures below have to do. A more thorough inspection of the guitar will have to wait until I bring it back to the States some time in 2020.

The story behind this guitar



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D’Addario EXL110 Nickel Wound Regular Light (10-46)