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  1. If you think there is not a tonal difference between string gauges—both due to the string tension itself and the way a guitar resonates under different gauge tensions—then we would all be using extra light electric strings on our acoustics. There are people who think pick material and string choice also make no difference. People need to trust their ears and what rationally makes sense. Changing string gauge and tension obviously affects tone.
  2. EJ16s are still light strings. My very favorite, mellow, sweet, rich strings on the J45 are MEDIUM gauge Martin Retro (monels) or J Pearse Nickel strings. Please try one of these before you decide. It’s possible you just didnt get a good J-45, but a great J-45 is a beautiful thing. Don’t miss out just because you’re on light gauge strings.
  3. Good grief, no. Long saddles get filed down from the top. Otherwise, the saddle ends no longer sit flush against the bridge. Short saddles get sanded from the bottom because there aren’t “wings” flush with the bridge.
  4. I agree, you might as well try $6k+ listing, but with a full recent refinish along with the other work, I’d be prepared to eventually settle for under $5k. But as someone else said, it only takes one buyer…
  5. It’s deceptive because the iris has a wider lower bout and deeper body than the J.
  6. I like the headstock a lot. I do think it would look better without the hash marks between tuner posts. Honestly, the matte finish kills it for me more than anything. Especially bursts look so much better glossed. reports are that the tone of these guitars are at least on par with the Gibson Historics.
  7. Re-attempt at a customer service email is a success! Looks like Jescar 45100. Feels great.
  8. Hi all, Long time listener, first time caller. So I’ve really been digging this J-45 custom I picked up at Fullers last summer. (Actually, it’s not technically the Historic series; it was sold to me as the custom shop run up to the Historic line, produced for Japan in late 2019... same specs but with Kluson tuners, slightly different rosette, and les intensely yellowed binding.). Anyway, I really like the bigger frets on it. Spec sheet for my guitar (and the Historic line) says “Legend Wire.” Does anyone know exactly what wire, or what size wire “Legend wire” is? I didn’t hear back after emailing Gibson CS last month. Thanks for any info you might have. Tim
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