According to this Gibson interview, James Maddock's, "first experience with the guitar was at the store. I had just gotten an advance from Columbia Records and wanted a great guitar that I planned on using on the record and for live. I went to Rose Morris on Denmark Street in London. There on the wall were a few Gibson guitars, and I pulled off the Advanced Jumbo . I had never played one and sat down and strummed an open E chord on the 7th fret and thought, “Wow!” I fell in love right there! The guy that worked there came in and said, “That’s a man’s guitar!” I strummed it for a few minutes and bought it right there. It was the first professional acoustic guitar I ever owned." Full article [here.](http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/Interview-Guitar-Talk-with-James-Maddock.aspx)more
I have a Limited Edition 12 Fret AJ with Red Adirondack Spruce top and Rosewood back and sides. This thing has an incredible sound and rings out like no other guitar I have. The shorter neck is nice for me since I play mostly between the 1 - 9th frets. I can't wait to take it out on a live performance. Did I mention, it's beautiful as well.