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  1. In Topic:Question re: Colosi bone saddles

    18 May 2017 - 07:57 AM

    I can just add this: after years of procrastination (and abject fear that I'd somehow ruin my guitar) I recently ordered up a bone saddle from Bob for my J-100 Extra. I provided accurate measurements of the saddle that was on it and in short order I had a near perfect replacement that only needed some brief, careful sanding along the bottom and one end to get a perfect fit. This was far easier to do myself than I feared following Bob's simple instructions. The results are a slight improvement in sparkle and volume and a reduction in unwanted overtones I was getting from string wear along the top of my old saddle over the years. No knock on luthiers and repair shops, but you may not really need a luthier for this job to get great sounding and handsome results in my experience.
  2. In Topic:CS 336

    11 May 2017 - 09:38 AM

    View PostTwang Gang, on 10 May 2017 - 02:57 PM, said:

    That's a beauty and a great find on your part.

    I know a 356 is more deluxe than a 336 with the multi ply binding, ebony board, gold hardware. Are they carved from one piece of mahogany like the 336? Doesn't seem to be any info on Gibson website as I guess they are not currently in production.

    Great looking guitar and sounds great too. [thumbup]


    Thanks. The back and sides are carved (routed) from a solid slab of mahogany in the same manner for both the CS-356 and CS-336. Though the CS-356 has not been on Gibson's own website for nearly a decade, they do in fact still manufacture them in short runs for select dealers as far as I'm aware. Over the last year or so they have turned up at both Wildwood and Music Zoo, I believe.
  3. In Topic:CS 336

    10 May 2017 - 12:39 PM

    Back in 2003, when many, many Gibson dealers were allowed to show specific new guitars on the internet (instead of the small handful who can now), I fell instantly in love with the dealer photos of a CS-356 in a shop on the other side of the country. These were relatively new models then, differing from CS-336's with an ebony fingerboard and more bling, and then as now, very difficult to find locally no matter where you live. I took what was, for me, a huge gamble and pulled the trigger having never played one - and this was an investment of at least three times the size of any previous guitar purchase. This one is from a special run for Music Machine in Washington, In "Quilted Heritage Darkburst", with a Stinger painted on the back of the headstock. I was lucky to get it.

    Nearly fifteen years later, it has been by far my favorite guitar, and inspires me every day from the minute I open the case. Mine is still bone stock - though I can attest that these are very responsive to even small screwdriver tweaks to raise/lower the pickups, pole pieces or tailpiece. They're tremendously versatile guitars too, with a really broad range of sound available through little more that twisting the knobs - I can get as close as I need to get to an LP or a 335 sound, and pretty close to a brighter Tele-like sound too. I wouldn't part with it for three times what I paid for it new.

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  4. In Topic:Gibson j-100 unbalanced pickup

    05 May 2017 - 03:38 PM

    You might get more suggestions asking in the pinned "Saddles, Nuts, bridge pins...." thread within the Acoustic forum here. Those folks can be very helpful.
  5. In Topic:Gibson j-100 unbalanced pickup

    03 May 2017 - 03:16 PM

    Hmmm.... assuming it sounds balanced unplugged, then it's likely an issue with saddle contact on the piezo. Levelling the bottom of the saddle would be my first guess, but since you've done that without luck it's possible the saddle leans forward under string tension, causing it to only make contact with the piezo along the soundhole-side edge, or to bind within the slot preventing solid contact. If that's not the case, it's possible that your saddle slot isn't level where the saddle is trying to make contact.

    You might try shimming between the slot and the piezo ribbon with something as simple as a folded piece of paper to see if that helps. It may solve your problem - or get you closer to a diagnosis.

    This might help too:
    Dan Erlewine at Stew-Mac discussing these issues

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