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  1. You asked about defects on a new guitar. I ordered an SJ-45 Deluxe back in 1994. I waited 5-7 months for it. Beautiful guitar, but the fingerboard looked like they started sawing the fret slots in the wrong place then move the saw over about 2mm. In other words, at every fret the rosewood had a groove about 2mm running parallel to the fret. I sent it back and I got the same guitar back. After the repair, it looked like the defect was never there. I've also seen a number of Guilds on show room floors with the bridges starting to lift.
  2. To the OP: See post #3 https://www.acousticguitarforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=480291
  3. Apples and oranges, but out of curiosity, I measured my J-45s side dots with a digital caliper and I get the 2.38 mm zomby mentions above. Disclaimer: My eyes ain't what they used to be.
  4. Hope this makes you feel better. My J-45 I've had a few Gibson acoustics where the lacquer chipped off the side of the nut. Even had one where the lacquer came completely off and there was a small "crescent moon" of missing lacquer just under the nut on the wood.
  5. Back in the late 60s early 70s, when my older brother played some Creedence, my mom would yell at him, "turn that noise off". Later in life, when she was in her 70s-80s, she loved Creedence. So, guess nothing is set in stone.
  6. I had an ES-175 that I bought new in 1988 (sold it last year). I think I played the thing twice. It was stored in it's case in an attic closet that saw temps ranging from about 60 degrees to 100 degrees and humidity from 30% to 70%. When I sold it, the shop owner said he never saw a cleaner looking 30 y.o. guitar. The thing look as good as the day I bought it. Don't try this at home, kids.
  7. I don't play this guitar very much. Hell, I don't play very much at all these days. At one point, I had 14 guitars ( 10 Gibsons) all in the same room. Nothing like this ever happened. As far as too snug. I just put a layer of plastic wrap over the tacky spot. Then I put a piece of polishing cloth on top of that. Because, I don't know if the nitro will react with the plastic wrap. The case closed easily. So, I guess it wasn't too snug. I don't think there was a reaction to the neck finish. It just looked like what I would describe as a thick "tape residue" on the neck. Some Gibson polis
  8. Here's a photo of the case. The best I can do. I guess you can see where the tackiness is. I already cleaned the neck. As far as conditions. The guitar was out of the case maybe a month ago. I've kept it in the same room for all it's life. That room does see temps from 65 to 90 degrees depending on time of year. The only thing I can think of is about a week ago it went from 70 to 90 degrees in 12 hours. But after 15 years, you would think the glue has dried permanently. I guess I'll have to put something there to prevent this. I'm guessing some plastic wrap and a piece of polishing
  9. .... and it would not come out. The neck was stuck in the u-shaped cradle. I pull it out with some effort and there was an extremely tacky residue on the neck and the cradle. My only thought is the glue used to put the lining in oozed out. Thank God, a little polish took it off the neck with no damage. This is a 2006 guitar with the original case. Strange that something like this happens after 15 years. Any one else experience this?
  10. If you want to know the year it was made, you can look it up on this chart: http://support.guildguitars.com/downloads/datingyourguild.pdf Also, some of them have a month/year stamp on the tail block. A mirror helps.
  11. Martin used to sell kits to build guitars (There's still a link on their site. It says: coming soon). Anyhow, when they were selling them, they had a small variety of kits. I wanted to build a J-40 which wasn't listed. I gave them a call and they put a J-40 kit together for me.
  12. David Cassidy (as Keith Partridge) "played" a Gibson 12.
  13. Maybe this: https://www.emma-music.com/-kluson-c2x32747657?PGFLngID=1 They're based in France. Or this: https://www.thomann.de/gb/musicnomad_misc_spare_parts.html They're in Germany
  14. I had a 1994 J-45 Western with no bridge dots.
  15. I have six Italian bikes. But, I have to pedal them.
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