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  1. In Topic:Truss rod cover dates

    26 May 2017 - 02:22 PM

    View PostOlguitar, on 26 May 2017 - 11:11 AM, said:

    I'm wondering if the date on the truss rod cover signifies anything other than the model year of a guitar...

    I sometimes get the impression the ones with the date on the truss rod cover sound a little nicer [biggrin] could just be me?

    And it sounds even better if you get a truss rod cover made out of fossilized walrus ivory....

    Seriously, though, one thing I did on my J-35 was ditch the truss rod cover that came with it -- the black and white thing with "2016" on it -- and installed a solid black one. I thought the black and white cover looked ugly.
  2. In Topic:NGD "1968" Limited Edition J45 Ebony

    24 May 2017 - 09:29 PM

    Congrats on the acquisition. Long may it run.

    Were it mine, though, that butt-ugly pickguard would be long gone.....
  3. In Topic:Re-Importing a guitar with a Rosewood fretboard

    24 May 2017 - 09:25 PM

    View PostTman, on 23 May 2017 - 09:53 AM, said:

    I had to rely on spell check.

    Good luck to you. I took a guitar to Europe last year and the TSA attendant happened to be a guitar player who wanted to see it. No problems.
    But that was last year. [unsure]

    And away we go. If it gets hung up I may have a chance of tracking it down.

    Chelmsford, United Kingdom 05/23/2017
    05/23/2017 6:16 P.M. Your package is at the clearing agency awaiting final release.
    7:55 P.M. Departure Scan

    On the other side of the coin, the last time I flew with a guitar -- a trip this spring to Sri Lanka -- a supervisor at the ticket counter saw my guitar case, asked me if I played and we chatted a bit. He played, too. He then gave my wife and me a complimentary upgrade to business class, which is pretty fancy-schmancy on SriLankan Airlines. And given that it was a six-hour flight, it was nice to lay down in the fully reclining seats. All because I had my guitar with me.

    I don't see an American-based airline ever doing that....
  4. In Topic:Re-Importing a guitar with a Rosewood fretboard

    23 May 2017 - 09:32 AM

    Jeez. I suppose this is what it has come to. I hope all goes well.

    Makes me kind of nervous heading back to the U.S. for a few weeks this summer with my J-35, though. I carry it as carry-on, but I guess it only takes one person with a little time on his hands to raise a fuss.
  5. In Topic:Up grading is it really worth it

    20 May 2017 - 12:20 AM

    Swapping out things like saddles and nuts and bridge pins are (for the most part) easily reversible changes. Swapped out the plastic bridge pins on my J-35 with camel bone because I just don't like plastic. I'm thinking of swapping out the Tusq saddle this summer when I'm back in the U.S. I'll leave the Tusq nut as-is because it works fine and I don't think a properly slotted nut contributes as much to tone and playability as the saddle does.

    Of course we buy guitars that sound great. That doesn't mean they can't sound "better" (subjective, I know) with a simple tweak or two.



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    Mik Neville 

    25 Dec 2016 - 20:36
    E-mail Thanks again might help me to make my mind up one way or the other
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    20 Dec 2016 - 14:08
    Mik-- It is a heck of a job. I didn't do it myself, but had a buddy who was in luthiery school at the time do it. Send me your email address at and I'll forward the email he sent me in which he described everything he did and how he did it. It's quite extensive. His work improved the sound.
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    Mik Neville 

    20 Dec 2016 - 13:38
    Looking at some old posts I read where you had the finish on your Texan sanded down. I'm thinking of doing this to a masterbilt did you do it yourself and how big a job was it or did you have it done for you. I can not see how thinning out the finish could not help the sound to improve. Anyhow thanks for any info in advance I enjoy reading your posts thanks Mick
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