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  1. So I joined the Bob Colosi cult....

    07 July 2017 - 03:44 PM

    Just got my J-35 back from the shop after having them install a Bob Colosi "aged bone" saddle and all I can say is, "Wow!" It was a darn-nice guitar to begin with, but it is definitely louder and more defined now. There is a VERY noticeable improvement.

    Yes, I know Colosi packs the saddle blanks with detailed and allegedly fool-proof instructions, but I decided to have the folks at St. Paul Guitar Repair (they all used to work in Charlie Hoffman's shop in Minneapolis) do the work because I figured I'm only in the States for a few weeks and if there's a way to screw it up, I'll find it. The repairman who did the work, Kevin Schwab, said aside from Colosi's saddle being better material than Tusq, the stock saddle was too thin for the slot and was actually leaning forward. It's bottom wasn't flat on the bottom of the saddle slot. (He said they've seen some Gibsons out of Montana with super-high saddles installed in an attempt to mitigate necks installed at the wrong angle. The force of the strings pushed the saddles forward, actually splitting the bridge.)

    Anyway, I've been playing the thing for awhile and there IS a difference, for the better. I know we have debates here now and again about replacing stock parts and I am of the belief you can buy a good guitar but still make it better. Granted, some upgrades deliver more bang for the buck than others, but this was money well spent. Between the improvement in material and the discovery that the stock saddle was too thin for its slot, I am glad I upgraded to a Colosi saddle.
  2. Ordered me a saddle.....

    18 June 2017 - 06:33 AM

    Making plans for our trip back to the U.S. this summer. Already have some gigs booked and working on a couple more. One thing I've done is order a Bob Colosi saddle for my J-35 (shipped to my mother-in-law's in Minnesota) and I'll get that installed while I'm there.

    Meanwhile, back here in Kuwait, a local arts & culture magazine, Bazaar, interviewed m for an article. Hasn't led to any gigs yet, but things tend to shut down here in the summer, anyway. It's just too darn hot to do anything.

    The web version of the article is here: http://bazaar.town/t...rough-song/?v=3
  3. Ordered me a saddle.....

    18 June 2017 - 05:58 AM

    Making plans for our trip back to the U.S. this summer. Already have some gigs booked and working on a couple more. One thing I've done is order a Bob Colosi saddle for my J-35 (shipped to my mother-in-law's in Minnesota) and I'll get that installed while I'm there.

    Meanwhile, back here in Kuwait, a local arts & culture magazine, Bazaar, interviewed m for an article. Has led to any gigs yet, but things tend to shut down here in the summer, anyway. It's just too darn hot to do anything.

    The web version of the article is here: http://bazaar.town/t...rough-song/?v=3
  4. Dumb question re: Endpin jack

    18 May 2017 - 02:06 PM

    Played a gig tonight and as I was taking my strap off afterwards, I noticed the endpin jack collar that screws on was loose. It's happened before.

    So my question: Is there any reason why I shouldn't put a drop of Loctite or some other thread adhesive on it?
  5. Question re: Colosi bone saddles

    17 May 2017 - 12:40 AM

    So I'm making plans for our trip back to the U.S. this summer (St. Paul in particular) and I'll be taking my J-35 along. Aside from playing some gigs, one of the things I'm contemplating doing while back home is ordering a bone saddle from Bob Colosi and having it installed. Who here has done this, and was there much of an impact on the unplugged and plugged sound?

    I'd have it installed by the folks who have worked on my guitars for the past couple of decades, so I know it will be fitted and intonated correctly, but I'm wondering if the players here who have done it considered it a worthwhile upgrade.

    Thanks.

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    Mik Neville 

    25 Dec 2016 - 20:36
    E-mail bogey2bogey@yahoo.ca Thanks again might help me to make my mind up one way or the other
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    dhanners623 

    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 dhanners55@gmail.com 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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