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  1. Thanks for the vote of confidence that there is nothing left to worry about here. You are correct on the pic, that is light just hitting the grain, I can assure everyone the top of the bridge is not being separated from the sides of the bridge. I just gave Gibson a call, they are shipping me a new saddle, will probably have it re-set up once it comes in.
  2. So I ended up putting Martin MA540 PB on there and while it is familiar sound to me, it definitely took some of the sparkle out of the guitar. The factory strings sounded good, I just didn't like them under my fingers. I got a pack of DAddario PB Mediums, which I think are the next set up from the factory size wise and going to see if I like them better.
  3. Yeah it is playing a lot better and the action is not nearly as high. I am about to call Gibson though and see if I can get a replacement so I have original OEM parts. The only thing that made me nervous with the GC tech is he said he gave it more relief than he normally would. So I backed the relief off a little bit last night when I got home (very nerve wracking) and I think the action is almost perfect now.
  4. This is the new NG. What issues do you see? I know you mentioned the bridge lifting but I am sure it’s not lifting. I can’t slip paper under it or anything, it looks fine in person but see the shadow you are talking about in pics. I did take it to guitar tech to get a new saddle. It’s compensated and fits and the guitar is set up pretty nicely now, but I’m still going to contact Gibson and see what they say. The tech was at Guitar Center, I was pretty nervous having him do it, but I did get the guitar through them. He did say he relieved the neck a bit, I can tell there’s curv
  5. Hey All - new Noel G. J-150 (see other threads I've participated in). I worked up the courage to change the strings out, wasn't enjoying the factory ones. The bridge pins are slippery and I had to hold them in place as I tightened or else they would just slip out as tension was tightening. I heard some crackles along the way and didn't think anything of it - until I was looking over the action and I noticed the Saddle is now busted! To be honest the action was super high and I changed to Martin Acoustic PB Mediums (MA550). Is it putting Mediums on this thing that caused that?
  6. Thanks for the continued information everyone! It definitely doesn't bother me if its not anything that is considered damaged, if anything after watching that video above I think it gives it even more character and uniqueness being hand made. I noticed the edging on the back of one of the shoulders is slightly not straight and seeing how this comes together in that video you can see how some variation can be expected! On a side note - I really enjoyed that finger-picking/strumming music to that video - any ideas where tab might be or what song that is? I don't usually play tha
  7. Definitely want Maple J-200 recommendations - I would assume its the same experience? Most of the info I have seen so far is on J-200's but have only ever used Martin Acoustic strings on my acoustics (and enjoy them). I use normal PB (92% Copper) - with 80/20 would I notice much of a difference in feel? I know I don't like those coated strings, I don't care if they sound awesome they are just too weird in my fingers.
  8. What are others using for strings on their J-150? I am not liking these factory ones and thinking of going to Martin PB MA540 (Light) or MA550 (Mediums). I use them on all my other acoustics and have the mediums on my Epi EJ200SCE. I just don't like the texture and they seem rather small even compared to the Martin 540's (Lights). If I end up not liking the Martin's and trying to get back to factory, what are the factory strings? I have seen some J200 strings online - but I've also seen these are just DAddario light PB's.
  9. Hey All, As discussed in other threads, I am enjoying a recently acquired J-150 (Noel G. Sig) and it is really starting to open up and is just beautiful to look at! While admiring it, I noticed the one of the sides has some ‘dimension’ to it. When light is reflecting, you can almost see what looks to be a long dent, but it seems like maybe its more the grain raised in the wood that is causing this. You can barely feel ‘elevation’ of a ridge that runs down the side of the guitar, but you can feel it. It’s pretty easy to see in person but very hard to capture on pics - in the ones attac
  10. Yeah I have gone back and forth if its the edges of the frets or the fretboard. At first I thought it was the first fret, it does seem like maybe it is protruding a teeny bit - but after feeling more, its just a pretty unrounded bass side of the fret board. It seems slightly less rounded than the treble side. Anyways - was just something that I noticed - I figured its new, unplayed and no binding, so will smooth out over time. Its not leaving a cut or anything.
  11. I think that grain looks good - I agree about being a stickler for looks and I guess everyone has their own likes and dislikes. I would never buy a guitar with 'bear claw' or imperfections but this grain doesn't bother me. I would especially be inclined to keep it if it sounds good - I have read (and seen first hand) some terrible sounding J-45's...it is why I don't have one...
  12. I have been really enjoying playing this J-150, it is definitely loosening up a bit and once the strings get loose I think it will really sing and be a dream to play. I was curious if others noticed the fretboard edges to be 'sharp'? There is no binding but it seems that the angle of the wood is pretty sharp on the edge of the fretboard, I've noticed my thumb just feeling scrapped and sore after playing. Not a show stopper and assume it will 'round out' with play.
  13. Honestly I haven’t noticed it being too cramped, which is what I worried about. My Epi EJ200SCE is definitely thinner width and depth. I have a 50s LP and a Noneck Strat, which are both broad and deep, but I’d say this feels pretty close to my D-18. I definitely like no neck binding, I like binding on my LP but not acoustic.
  14. Thank you all, I’m very excited to get this! I was just curious if it was being pumped up more than it was, can’t wait to get my hands on it!
  15. Hi there! I recently bought a used “highly figured glacier blue” ES-335. The seller mentions it was a special limited run in GB for that year, the Blueberry Burst and others are advertised as figured, while the GB is not. Was curious how to validate this isn’t just a regular GB? I dont have guitar in hand yet, will in a week - very much looking forward to it! Was just curious as I assume figured is less common and if this was limited would be more even more unique. The model number seems to be standard, but wasn’t sure if you could tell other than visual looks. I
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