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  1. I guess the rectangle bridge was throwing me and I thought J35s already had a long saddle. Anywho, this mod can be done by a good luthier/tech. They plug the existing drop-in route in the bridge and then cut a new long saddle slot. Someone was recently asking about this on the Martin forum: http://theunofficialmartinguitarforum.yuku.com/topic/186333/convert-modern-bridge-vintage-style-bridge I guess the trick is to find someone who's skills you trust enough to do this. I personally think your J35 would look great with a long saddle in the rectangle bridge.
  2. Edit: Maybe I misinterpreted your question. I think the J35 already has a long saddle, no?
  3. I was wanting some replacement pins for my J50, so a few months ago I called Gibson customer service. The Gibson acoustic rep I spoke with told me they are currently using Graph Tech Tusq bridge pins (the "Traditional" ones on this page): http://www.graphtech.com/products/brands/tusq/tusq-bridge-end-pins These are what my 2016 Hummingbird has. He did not know a source for the plastic pins that came on my J50. As jedzep posted, you can find some that have the "look", and I found these: http://www.mojotone.com/guitar-parts/Bridge-Pins/Acoustic-Guitar-Plastic-Bridge-Pins-Set-of-6 They certainly look like the ones on my J50, but I haven't ordered yet. The price is right though.
  4. If yours has the same pickup as mine, the ring that the strap hooks onto is just a screwed on cover for the outer nut of the whole endpin/jack. You can remove the strap ring thing with your fingers by unscrewing it to expose the nut underneath, and then tighten that with a wrench. Be super careful with the finish though - you may want to tape it off. I honestly don't remember if I was able to get my arm in far enough to tighten it from the inside as well.
  5. Count me as another vote for checking the endpin jack for tightness! My 2016 Bird had a maddening string buzz and this fixed it. You wouldn't think a loose endpin jack would cause just one string to buzz, but it did on mine.
  6. I own a J50 and a Hummingbird (see sig below), and to my ear these are two very different sounding guitars. I guess you would have to hear both to decide for sure yourself, but I would not hesitate to own both - especially if you're looking to put together your iconic collection.
  7. Sorry to hijack this thread with non-Gison content but... A guy working in a local guitar shop told me the J45s that have come through have been very consistent sound-wise (in a good way) the past couple of years. Conversely, he said that only about one out of five of the Hummingbirds they get in sound really good. When there last I played a 60s J45 (cherry burst finish and ADJ bridge, but not a Donovan model) that sounded great. That one would have come home with me if I had the $$$. I played a rosewood J45 that sounded like a dud to my ear, but I've never heard another rosewood J45 to compare it to. I played a black Hummingbird that was underwhelming, and another standard Bird that was ok. I saw a J15 hanging on the wall but did not play it for fear of the GAS it would induce.
  8. Very nice! I love a cherry burst on a Bird or J45. I can empathize, because a few months ago I missed a nice like-new cherry burst, red spruce, adjustable bridge Bird because I didn't have the cash. I sold a couple of guitars and ended up with a very nice sounding standard Bird in the end, so all is well. I still secretly lust for that cherry burst Bird though...
  9. A belated congrats on the latest addition to your collection. It's a beautiful looking and sounding guitar for sure. Now all you need is the elusive Sparrow to complete your bird trifecta! Ha,ha... Just curious, what replacement tuners did you go with? Am I seeing bushing rings in that picture? Grover Deluxe?
  10. Thanks for the info Buc. I'll see what they need when they arrive.
  11. Thanks much for the offer Sal. Sending you a PM... Buc - To each his own, no accounting for taste, etc. I guess I've just got a soft spot for wafflebacks.
  12. I'm thinking of replacing the Grover Rotomatics in my Hummingbird with some more traditional tulip tuners. Ideally I would like the bottom screw hole to line up with the new tuner so they stay aligned and I only have to drill one new hole. I know if I go with Grover vintage style tulip tuners the holes will line up, but I like the rounded backs on the Gotoh tuners better than the square-backed Grovers. Does anyone know if the bottom hole on these will line up? http://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_and_Parts/Tuning_Machines/Solid_Peghead_Guitar_Tuning_Machines/Gotoh_Vintage_Keystone-style_3and3_Tuning_Machines.html Also these Klusons look really nice. Does anyone know if the bottom holes on these will line up? http://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_and_Parts/Tuning_Machines/Solid_Peghead_Guitar_Tuning_Machines/Kluson_Waffleback_Guitar_Machines.html
  13. If the sound recording is anywhere near accurate, it sounds very good for a new guitar. Of course the skill level of the player doesn't hurt anything! I thought the fingerpicking at about 11:00 mintues in was very nice.
  14. I'm curious to know the answer to this as well. My 2016 Bird has the "2016" cover which I don't much care for. I was looking for a "HUMMINGBIRD" cover but can't find a Gibson one for sale -- I was even contemplating buying a used Epiphone cover off ebay, but then saw this thread. A quick search for Hummingbirds from 1962 - 1969 for sale on the internet show none with engraved covers, so I'm guessing it started in the 70s (???). Now I'm thinking I'll just put a plain cover on it.
  15. Here's my new used 2016 Hummingbird Standard. The first pic is with a flash and makes it look a bit redder then it really is.
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