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My j45 is gone

#1 User is offline   blindboygrunt 

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Posted 11 March 2017 - 07:37 AM

But only for a week
Finally got a young man to give my guitar a bit of a service. Plenty about but this is the first one I've found who I 100% trust.
Guy also builds his own guitars and is an ex lowden employee

New nut , saddle , fret replacement in part and a dress
Plus the usual truss rod tweak clean up etc etc
Rip out the useless pickup that has no volume control . What were they thinking!

Hence interest in sals m1 approval

Will updat next Saturday when I collect her again
Cant wait
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#2 User is offline   j45nick 

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Posted 11 March 2017 - 07:46 AM

You scared me there for a minute with that title.
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Posted 11 March 2017 - 07:51 AM

Yeah baby! A sound guitar with a proper setup is magical. Do give us your impressions when the 45 comes home.
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#4 User is offline   ThemisSal 

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Posted 11 March 2017 - 10:44 AM

Grunt what else u gots to play in the interim?
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Posted 11 March 2017 - 11:55 AM


It could check out any time it wanted - but it could never leave




Apart from that, wasn't yours a black nut Standard. If yes, then quite a change there.


How about new tuners ?
You just can't keep coincidences down. .
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:20 AM

Well I said I'd come back the thread

An already great guitar has been well improved from the setup

Got 5 new frets and the rest of them dressed and polished .
Removed the horrible factory fishman pickup
New bone nut and bone saddle . The saddle is straight , he twiddled about with the break point along its length for intonation, which is now absolutely spot on, but didn't use a compensated saddle

Usual truss rod tweak
New strings and a clean

Guitar plays like a dream

Don't think twice about getting your guitar to a trusted luthier. Worth every single penny


Em- nope , no black nut . Mine is a historic . So white button tuners which I wouldn't change , unless I was rich and then I'd put Waverley white button open backed ones on . But I'm not , so I'll stick with what's on it .
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:42 AM

Good news with good results. i have had my Legend to the Luthiers 3 times in 3 years, tweaking it towards perfect playability for a weak player like me. its about there. low action with medium strings
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:44 AM

Grunt is there any pickup planned?

Soundhole?

Edwina mic?
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:46 AM

He put dadarrio 12's on
Still waiting for the strings to die down to get a true reflection on the new sounds
Definite increase in volume .
Bone saddle ? Undersaddle pickup ? Both probably making a difference there.

But it's the playability that is worth playing for
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:50 AM

Sal ,
Sure a pickup is planned for when I gather a few pound up , although I'm really wanting to get a pole speaker of some description this year ( I usually scrape some money in the summer months to use for fun pirchases)
Am impressed with BK's examples of the fishman aura DI , which would then allow me to simply go with a soundhole pickup , and your praise of the baggs m1 lodged in my head .

I liked the k&k I had in the martin also
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