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  1. In Topic:Airline damage

    Today, 09:34 AM

    Yeah, I would complain to the airline for sure. What can it hurt?

    Also, I'd send photos to Hiscox and ask their opinion of what might have caused the damage. They designed the thing, so they are probably knowledgeable about what their cases can and can't withstand.

    I will say I have an SKB flight case for my handbuilt D-18 clone and it is 5-for-5 on protecting the guitar. It has been on five flights (in the U.S. and internationally) and while the outside of the case looks like the baggage handlers tried their best to do some damage, the guitar inside has always arrived in perfect condition. It is not a case I would want to lug around a bluegrass festival for a weekend, but I trust it to a baggage handler.
  2. In Topic:Removing Soundhole Label ??

    19 September 2017 - 09:06 AM

    What kind of adhesive does Gibson use?

    Here is Frank Ford's tutorial on installing a security label, and at the very bottom he says what he'd do to remove it. But his label is stuck on with hot hide glue:
  3. In Topic:Finish Crack Question

    16 September 2017 - 02:03 AM

    I'd echo what the others said. It's a Gibson. The time to worry is when you don't have finish cracks....

    Seriously, any type of touch-up is probably going to be more trouble (and expense) than it is worth. Finish cracks generally occur when you take the guitar from a cold environment to a warmer one without letting it warm up gradually. You can take precautions to minimize it but, again, it's a Gibson so finish checking just kind of comes with the turf. Once you start "fixing" finish cracks, it becomes a Sisyphusian task because there'll always be another crack.

    Some background: https://acousticguit...inish-checking/

    Here is Frank Ford's tutorial on how lacquer checks are filled in:

    Notice Ford says that, "After a month's drying time...." which is another way of saying that if you really want the check repaired, your guitar will be in the shop for awhile. The stuff takes forever to cure, and no competent luthier is going to let it out of the shop before it is fully dry.

    I know the first finish crack on a pristine guitar takes awhile to get used to, just like the first dent or scratch. But tools get dented and scratched and, at the end of the day, guitars are tools. Beautiful tools, mind you, but still tools.
  4. In Topic:Changing tuners on J45 and Hummingbird

    11 September 2017 - 12:10 PM

    Well, if you're changing tuners, why not go whole-hog and get some Waverlys:http://www.stewmac.c...d_Pegheads.html

    Your Grovers required 13/32" peghead holes, and since the Waverlys need only 11/32" holes, you'll need conversion bushings:

    And, to each his/her own but I've always thought Gotoh 510s were perhaps the ugliest tuners ever slapped on a peghead.
  5. In Topic:Stewmac sale

    10 September 2017 - 07:00 AM

    View Poststatic111, on 09 September 2017 - 09:33 PM, said:

    Does anyone know if there is a direct replacement for a J45 TV with three on a plate tuners?. Really don't want to mod or drill the guitar, but would like tighter tuners.


    Or Waverlys?



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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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