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  1. New Masterbilt - DR-400MCE

    16 July 2017 - 06:21 PM

    Looks really nice! $400 for an all solid wood Dreadnaught Masterbilt. Looks like a Richlite fingerboard and bridge - I have no idea what Torrefied composite "Blackwood" is but the composite in there makes me think man-made (not a bad thing). Rosewood fingerboards and bridges will likely become a thing of the past for the Asian guitars at these prices with CITES.

  2. Does adjusting saddle height affect neck relief?

    29 January 2017 - 09:34 PM


    I did a rough setup on my J-15 when it first came in (just tightened the truss rod to remove a little neck relief - not even 1/8 a turn - I'm pretty sure Gibson sends them out slack so there's less tension on things in shipping), and just did a more thorough setup on it the other day after having it for about 5 months. Action from the factory was around 100 thousands on the low E, I lowered it to around 80 thousandths. Didn't have to touch the nut slots, and all the frets are level with each other.

    Today I noticed that my neck relief got much more extreme, on the level of 15-20 thousands from the 8-10 thousands it was before. I didn't touch the truss rod during my saddle adjustment the other day, as it was adjusted to my liking when I did the rough setup - around 8 thousands of relief.

    Does adjusting the saddle height affect neck relief? My concern is the amount of change seems pretty extreme just from lowering the saddle a bit. No humidity changes or anything like that - it's all monitored and has been consistent. Same strings, same everything as before - just a lowered saddle. I did apply a bit more truss rod adjustment, so we're up to maybe 1/4 - 1/3 total turn on the nut.
  3. Put a strap button on my J-15 today

    07 January 2017 - 02:14 PM

    Hi Folks,

    I've been enjoying the heck out of my J-15 since I got her in August. Been playing nearly every day, just trying to improve and get to know the guitar. As I've improved (still not to the point where I'm ready to post any videos or recordings yet...that will come!), I've started using a strap more versus just sitting in the chair. Dealing with the leather strap ties or shoelaces to tie the strap to the headstock quickly got cumbersome, so I ordered a few strap buttons from StewMac to put on. I figured if I was going to do it, a $1 strap button from eBay wouldn't do...

    I got two, an ivoroid and a tortoiseshell. I ended up going with the tortoiseshell, though I really liked the look of the ivoroid as well. I'm sure the ivoroid will be used in a future guitar - maybe if I pick up a Martin or something down the road.

    It was a quick, easy job. Anyone that's hung curtains in your home should be right at home with this. No big deal If you're on the fence - do it! Here's how she turned out - I think it looks great!

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