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  1. One bit of warning that I began wondering about after I posted my comment.... Most decal-setting solutions I used back in the day were ammonia-based. I have no idea if ammonia reacts with a nitro finish. Might be good to test it in a small, obscure area. Or ask a professional. Also, if you've never visited the website of Stay Gold Guitars in New Mexico, do. They have plenty of old guitars with the decals/stenciling. Some great guitars to look at if you're in the market: https://staygoldguitars.com/
  2. And from my plastic modeling days, I’d add that the surface needs to be VERY glossy and VERY smooth prior to application, otherwise you’ll get what is known as “silvering.” That’s when the decal film fails to adhere to the surface properly and light passes through the film and bounces back, giving a silvery appearance. You might hit a hobby shop in search of a decal setting solution. They help with adherence and make the decal snuggle down. And, yeah, you need some sort of clear gloss finish applied afterwards.
  3. Congratulations on owning a great guitar with some rich family history. Add me to the chorus of those saying you should have an expert examine and appraise the guitar. The examination will locate any structural issues that might need to be addressed in order to keep it around another 75 years. Now is the time to deal with them. The appraisal will tell you what it is worth -- and what it should be insured for. And, lastly, if it is still in the original case, get a new case. Case technology has improved quite a bit in the years since that guitar was built.
  4. Get a Farida slope. They are well-built guitars, don't cost a lot, and a poly finish will outlive you.
  5. Looks like a fine guitar. I keep looking at a 00-15M but can’t quite bring myself to pull the trigger. Hard to justify another guitar right now. And Raul.... Chill, bro. Really no need for that kind of talk here.
  6. Looks sharp! And, yeah, Grover Rotomatics on a J-45 are just wrong....
  7. You could remove the unwanted pickguard, but be forewarned — you (or a guitar repair person) may need to wet sand and buff out the area under the pickguard. The adhesive on the pickguard interacts with the nitro finish, which usually hasn’t fully cured when the pickguard is attached. When you remove the pickguard, you’ll see a slight pebbling in the finish. When I got my J-35 in 2016, I had the righty pickguard removed and had a lefty one installed. The guitar was new and the shop had to do some work to smooth out the finish that was underneath the righty pickguard. It looks fin
  8. As I said, it is a tune I've been kicking around for awhile, so there are (or were) other versions out there. The previous versions have all been first-person. And this one has a new verse or two and other verses have been combined or condensed. All in all, I consider it a fairly significant rewrite. Still haven't seen the movie, but we have it saved in our Netflix queue.
  9. I’ve been asked that several times and have to admit I don’t follow football, yet — even though my stepson who lives here actually played pro soccer in the U.S.
  10. Thanks, all. I appreciate it. Living in Kuwait and then Cyprus, gigging opportunities were few and open mics were extremely rare. When I lived in the U.S., I could workshop a new song at an open mic and tell in a couple of minutes whether a song worked or not. Without those opportunities, my songwriting kind of hit a feedback loop. I had very little outside input, so I appreciate any insights, pro or con, that you guys have. Living in Manchester, I'm hoping there'll be more opportunities to play out.
  11. Thanks! Re: France. Will do. What are the gigging opportunities there for Americana/folk music?
  12. Been awhile since I posted anthing; it has been a hectic couple of months. Now living in Manchester UK, maybe permanently. Anyway, this is a tune I've been kicking around in one form another for a couple of years. It is about Blanche Barrow. Wife of Buck Barrow. Sister-in-law of Clyde Barrow, as in "Bonnie and Clyde." By all accounts, she was the only member of the Barrow Gang who wasn't a psychopath. She also was the only member of the gang to live to old age, dying at 77 in Dallas in 1988. There's no indication she ever even held a gun. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison as a
  13. Late to the party, but great job! A nice vibe and a good story. Playing and voice serve the song. My only unsolicited advice is maybe slow the song down just a tad. Let the lyrics sink in. (Nobody has ever paid me for songwriting advice, though.) Re: Vulgarity in songs. It is an iffy thing. Plenty of great songwriters have gone their entire careers without doing it. Sticking the F word in there will limit what rooms you can play the song in; for example, if you played it at a family-friendly coffeehouse, you might not get invited back. Play it at the local tavern and people might cheer. R
  14. No idea of an answer to your question. But a well-engineered laminate should not be dismissed out of hand. There are plenty of high-end classical guitars with laminated sides and/or backs. My Farida OT-22 has laminated sides and back, and I can’t really imagine solid woods improving it’s already great tone that significantly.
  15. Sanding a nitro finish is both complicated AND inadvisable. There’s nothing to be gained from it. It’s a fast way to screw up a perfectly good guitar. All things considered, a nitro finish isn’t that thick. Retro-style tuners are an easy fix, though, but you will need some conversion bushings because Grover holes are bigger than the retro-style ones. StewMac sells them. You can plug the tuner holes and re-drill them, but that’s an operation the conversion bushings are designed to avoid.
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