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  1. They offered the same for a new purchase of mine two or three years back- I thanked them for their offer, but ultimately decided it was not worth the risk of shipping across the country two times, and since it was a minor semi-cosmetic issue (there was some chipping along the edge of the fret board that would catch on the hand), I ended up lightly sanding and buffing the area out and never looked back.
  2. Fairly sure that neither Nick or myself mentioned anything about preferring a low saddle- Nick's mention of high break on his L-00 was most likely not at all mentioned as a regret- personally it is something I look for as well. Yes, it is a bit of living on the edge, due to the possibility of the saddle breaking from string tension, but it is a belief that it's easier to use technique and string selection to make a guitar with high string break sound well when played easily, and to still have the option for harder playing, than it is to have a guitar with little string break venture into some high intensity playing. But there is a point of diminishing returns, which is usually proven with the totally non-musical physics of force vectors, and the like. And yes, a curiously low saddle on a used guitar is always a reason to approach with caution.
  3. Good one. Yes- "is it only on the fret you are playing?" Can you go up the neck and get the buzz to disappear? Maybe you can isolate a high fret? Also- low humidity can cause the top to sink, emphasizing a fret that would not normally buzz. A good luthier will make sure that the guitar is properly humidified and stable before doing any setup work.
  4. Bones, that is some serious string break on that saddle. . . Between that and the maple, that could be a guitar stunt double for Townshend. Don't recall seeing the shadow of the strings on the wall of the saddle like that either. Below, left is what would normally be considered decent break angle. Yours (on the right) has a sky's-the-limit setup for playing dynamics- just hope the saddle is strong!
  5. Yes, the Made2Measure program is available again. In my ongoing J-185 search, I’d spoken with a few Gibson dealers. Last week, talking with Blaise at Music Villa in Bozeman, he didn’t have a used J-185, and aside from the torrefied Adirondack-topped J-185 Vintage (prefer a non-toasted Sitka,here), he mentioned that there is also the option of doing a custom through the M2M program. He also mentioned that he’s already commissioned a handful of builds this year. Even though Bones Leonard McCoy ran into a perfect storm of snags getting his Made 2 Measure 180(?), mostly due to communication /export/customs issues ( if I recall), Blaise said the turnaround time for a custom Gibson build really hasn’t been too terrible- maybe 6-8 weeks.
  6. Yes, 'was on the mobile at the time... but: Figured maple back & sides, ladder. $15 when new. Blasphemy, for sure, but one of these in cross-braced form would be very interesting, too. And other Gibson bird lovers got shorted on some potentially cool headstock art:
  7. There will definitely be another one in the cards for me. Bandmates too lazy to learn the lyrics, and all.Only had the weirdness happen when the TC was “searching” for the right harmony line. Guess a current unit could still be adjusted to be back in the mix a bit, I suppose
  8. Returned the TC Helicon that I had... the harmonies coming out of it sounded like maybe I should hire an exorcist. I don’t think you’re going to need any garlic necklaces anytime soon, though.
  9. I always liked this one: https://www.google.com/search?q=kalamazoo+oriole+guitar+images&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari#imgrc=XCaDFNmuaEdv2M:
  10. Maybe you should venture out from that wheelhouse more often- that was good. Was that the TC Helicon used for the harmony?
  11. The top and fine string break angle hints that this might be a great sounding guitar, and your audio clip shows that to be the case. If I didn't have the well-played in natural topped WM-45, and if the price was negotiable, I'd be on this like peanut butter. GLWS.
  12. Fairbanks, eh? Uh-oh. . . going uptown. 😯
  13. Where did you read ". . . Regular acoustics from that period were indeed 14-fret guitars but had squared off peg heads. . ." ? The headstock of your KG-11 looks identical to that of the '36 KG-31 I had, and similar to other KG-11's from the period. Did you take a look for a letter stamped with the Factory Order Number stamped inside. 1935 would be an "A", a '36 would have a "B", etc, up to 1940. What are you going to do with the ladder braced guitar?
  14. Well, that explains the "limited" knowledge-part of my post from back then. I hadn't seen the light of the Gospel yet. ; ) .
  15. So sorry to hear that it is making it more and more difficult to do the Smile Fierce attitude that you've been known for around these parts. You'll be in the thoughts of many, no doubt.
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