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1993 & 2007 Gibson Doves

Richard Moffett

I don’t know how it happens, but when it rains, it pours. I love Gibson acoustics. I especially love Hummingbirds, Doves, J200 etc. They always remind me of the cowboy dreamworlds I lived in as a boy.

Note the subtle differences between the model years. 1997 was, as I understand, the second year of production in Boseman, Montana. It’s top has aged very nicely. The gold & pearl Kluson tuners differ from the Grovers on the 2007. 

The headstock inlays are much nicer on the 2007. They are much more defined with much less filler.

The flame maple is more pronounced on the 2007 as well. I kept them both out for an entire weekend and, with the help of my wife, did repeated blind sound tests. I chose the older one, even though it’s features are not as pronounced. It’s pickup is not active and its condition is a few point lower. What bugs me most about the 1993 is that someone, years ago, placed the strap button on the downside of the neck at the 14th fret! Oh well… The 2007  is for sale here