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  1. That looks useful, but the guy in the video lost me when he leaned the guitar against a round stool, then turned the guitar upside down and rested the top of the headstock on the floor (or maybe his foot?) while he put on the device. Both are good examples of what NOT to do....
  2. I'm surprised (then again, not) by the number of companies I email who never reply. The coronavirus has just made things worse.
  3. Whatever you use, go with a microfiber cloth. When getting new glasses a couple of months ago, I asked the optometrist what was best for cleaning glasses and he said normal dishwashing soap was best, but to always use a microfiber cloth. He said paper towels and even t-shirts have microscopic wood fibers in them, which can cause scratches. As he was saying that, it struck me that if the cloth can scratch glasses, it'll probably scratch a nitro finish on a guitar.
  4. Three years ago, I had the Tusq saddle on my ‘16 J-35 replaced with a Bob Colossi bone one. The first thing we discovered was that the Tusq saddle was too thin so it was leaning in the slot under string pressure; the bottom wasn’t making proper contact with the bottom of the slot. A properly fitting bone saddle improved things right away. Then in the summer of ‘19, I had the Baggs Element system removed, so now the saddle was in direct contact with the slot. That was yet another improvement.
  5. I just take out my Xacto knife and carefully enlarge the hole, taking off only a small bit of leather at a time. I test fit and keep cutting and test-fitting until I've got a good fit. Once I do, I wrap a bit of sandpaper around a pen barrel and sand the hole.
  6. A talent gone way too soon. He was a powerful writer, and his picking style was engaging. I was intrigued by the fact that for the past few years, he played what some would (wrongfully) consider "lower-end" Asian instruments, like Loars or Recording Kings. I mean, here's a guy who could play anything he wanted, or just borrow a vintage guitar from his dad's stash. I read an interview where he was asked about that, and he said that early in his career, when he played pricier guitars, he got tired of people coming up to him after gigs and saying they wanted to learn guitar and what kind of a guitar did he have and he'd tell them it was a $2,000 guitar or whatever it cost and he'd see their faces drop. So he started playing smaller-bodied Loars and Recording Kings, which are a lot more affordable. Given his playing style, the guitars really worked for him. He also was big on using the Baggs M1 pickup.
  7. WONDERFUL job. Always loved that song and you certainly did it justice.
  8. Listened to "Settle Down." Wow. Good stuff and you're really doing some great work these days. Damn that *%#€$!! pandemic but it spurred you to create some powerful music.
  9. Congrats on the guitar. I’ve heard of folks sticking their names out of view inside the guitar as a means of identification in case the guitar is ever stolen. But “so it is”?? String-wise, go with mediums. J-45s really need mediums to get the top vibrating.
  10. Beautiful guitar! Would love to hear it....
  11. The first ding is always the hardest.... Frank Ford on steaming out dents: http://frets.com/FretsPages/Luthier/Technique/Finish/SteamOut/steamout1.html Go ahead and get it fixed by a competent repairperson. Keep in mind it’ll be in the shop awhile; a nitro repair takes forever to cure.
  12. Not those pins in particular, but I’ve got two guitars with ebony pins (from StewMac) and really like them.
  13. Played Bill’s main Texan (he had a spare) once in the green room of the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis back in the ‘90s. Sweet guitar and he knew how to get the most out of it.
  14. As others have noted, yes, use the Humidipak. The important thing in extreme wet or dry environments is to check the guitar DAILY. You need to stay on top of the situation. I lived in Kuwait for five years, and it could alternate between very dry (it is desert, after all) AND wet since the Arab Gulf was only a couple of miles away.
  15. Keep it in the original case and if you go to a gig, use the Mono M80 if you want something easy to carry. That said, I hate gig bags; they are a guitar repairman's best friend. For day-to-day storage, the original case will give you better control of humidity. And if you don't have one, buy a hygrometer so you can monitor the RH. It is important to remember that too much humidity can do just as much (albeit different) damage as too little.
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