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  1. https://musicvilla.com/collections/gibson-acoustics/products/gibson-j-45-studio-walnut-0034 *This particular guitar has upgraded Parallelogram fingerboard inlays!
  2. I have a J-45 Flamed Maple LTD with a rosewood bridge and fingerboard. All the others I've seen have ebony. You would think a limited run would be consistent. I like my "oddball".
  3. Check to see if there are screws and nuts under the bridge, I had a rattle in my J 45 and one of the nuts was loose causing the washer to rattle. Edit: Just noticed the link to the inside pic of your instrument. That kills my suggestion.
  4. I had a '57 ES-125 with the original case that looked a lot like your case. I bought a hard shell case for and kept the original. When I sold the guitar to a local shop, I asked them which case they wanted. They took the original.
  5. I have to weigh in on this. Though in storage (my closet), I did keep it humidified at all times. I am not a monster. At one time I had seven acoustic in my closet. I would regularly check the humidity situation. I had a digital hydrometer in each case. I am down to 4 guitars now and this is the only one that suffered any damage.
  6. Nick, RB said to fix it "for" myself. Don't worry, something like this I would not attempt on my own. 40 years, she ain't heading to a chipper. It was in perfect condition before this. Not a mark on her. I was in the process of thinning the herd. I was planning on keeping only two guitars. My three finalists were the this guitar, my maple J-45 and a Guild D-55. This might have made the decision for me. Just wondering, if I do sell it, how would I make out better: selling it as is or paying for the repair (if no warranty repair is possible) and selling that way? But, once again, all has to wait until things get back to "normal".
  7. I am the original owner. Any chance this can get repaired under warranty? I know I'll have to wait until things get back to normal. But, if it's not a warranty issue, I don't know if I should have it repaired or sell it as is.
  8. Well, I just put the strongest lens in my loupe and tuned the guitar 1/2 step up. The crack definitely opened up. Only a hair and not visible to the naked eye, but I saw bare mahogany. Now, I'm really depressed. Wish me luck with the maple one.
  9. When I took all the tension off the strings, I saw no movement and it felt exactly the same. I looked at it with a jeweler's loupe and to my (untrained) eye it looks like finish only. But, I'm not taking any chances.
  10. Yeah, I will have it checked out after this madness is over. Time to breakout my maple J-45. With my luck, lately, I'm afraid to do it.
  11. Since I'm under self-imposed lock-down due to the current global situation, I decided to start playing again (it's been about twelve years). I took out my 1999 J-45 Rosewood that was stored with the strings tuned a full step down. I put new strings on it two days ago and started playing. Today, when I started to play I noticed this: I guarantee the guitar was never dropped (in or out of the case). So what do you guys and gals think? Do I have problems?
  12. My '99 J-45 Rosewood has a factory installed Fishman. If I were to remove it, the only evidence would be the end pin jack and a small hole under the saddle.
  13. They got me a bulimic stripper for my last birthday party. The cake popped out of her.
  14. I had a 1994 J-45 Western that had the banner logo and stock green keystone tuners (which I happen to like). Also, the pickguard covered the rosette. I bought it new, sight unseen. It had a couple of sags in the nitro finish. I played it a lot, but it never did anything for me. It's been long gone.
  15. This is a quote from the owner's manual for my 1960 Volvo. "Wash a new car often since this hardens the surface finish." So, I guess back in the day, the answer to your question was: yes.
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