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  1. I live in the area, but about 50 miles north of DC. A lot depends on what you want to do and how you're getting here. I'll assume you're wanting to do the downtown DC Smithsonian type stuff. The closer you stay to a metro station the happier you will be. DC traffic sucks and parking is expensive. Metro is a great way to get around. The closest station to Georgetown is a long walk to Georgetown. Somebody mentioned Crystal City and that's a nice choice. There are some nice hotels in DC, but pricey. If you're flying into National there's a metro station right there. Old town Ale
  2. Wow! That is beautiful!
  3. Thanks for the nice words, everybody! Some beautiful J-45 pics too! The more I play the more I love it. I think I've found my forever acoustic.
  4. It's a lot shinier than I expected. Just a step or 2 down from full gloss. In some lighting it looks kinda not smooth, almost like brush strokes. Gibson pump polish works really well on it, but I'm trying not to polish much. It shows fingerprints. A lot of how it looks is light dependent. Really having a hard time putting it down.
  5. I joined the Gibson Acoustic family recently. I had played a J-45 and it haunted me ever since. I started looking somewhat seriously and listed/sold my Taylor, so it was time! I bought the last J-45 Standard Red Spruce VOS that Sweetwater had in stock. Seems like limited production and it sits between the Standard and TV models. I was really hesitant to buy an acoustic on line, but as usual Sweetwater was great. My sales engineer played the guitar I bought along with a few Standards, Customs and Songwriters. He felt like the VOS was the pick of the bunch, so that's the 1 I took. Aft
  6. I should add that as much of a PITA as Worlds Guitar was to deal with trying to get my refund I do not believe that they shipped the guitar with the neck cracked. My timing in ordering it was poor (4 days before Christmas) and although Fedex didn't have it long they probably dropped the box flat, causing the crack. There was no support under the headstock, but it was in the Gibson case, surrounded by bubble wrap in a box. There was no damage to the box. The damage to the headstock and the fact that it was touched up is a different story. Had the neck not been cracked I would have lived
  7. Glad it worked out for you! They do have some nice guitars. Just really difficult if there's a problem.
  8. On 12/21/14 I purchased an ebony 2009 LP Traditional Pro from Worlds Guitar, located in Harrisburg, PA. It arrived via Fedex on 12/23/14 with a cracked neck. My dealings with the seller in trying to get a refund and knowing that it was returned to them lead me to believe that they may repair it and not disclose the repair. Consider this posting as a PSA. I did eventually get my refund, thanks to paypal buyer protection. It was described as excellent condition and the ebay listing (I bought direct from their website, but initially found it on ebay) stated "NO PAINT CHIPS NO CRACKS NO REPAIR
  9. I bought it because it has so many tonal possibilities and it does not disappoint. The Sidewinder neck pup is very P-90ish, but with no hum at all. Both pickups are split and there's a 15 dB boost built in. Tons and tons of possibilities. I really love the neck split with the boost on. It gives that classic P-90 growl and it's super sensitive to picking pressure. I'm real happy with it, but I even like the Min-etune.
  10. @tinman - You obviously have impeccable taste! Love the birdseye in that top! Very nice.
  11. Posting this because I have not seen a lot of info on the Futura and thought it might help folks who are considering them. During my search for a new LP I really considered a Futura. I went with the more "Traditional" Studio Pro, but was still pretty intrigued with the odd combination the Futura offers, so said WTF and pulled the trigger. I could not find 1 locally to check out, but was confident with buying from Sweetwater. 2 new LPs in 2 weeks! It's definitely an odd combination: - Modern weight relief mahogany body/maple cap - Asymmetrical '60s maple neck - Burst Bucker 3 bridg
  12. @cjsinla - Thanks! I wonder how many have the gap vs don't? I will say mine's not going anywhere. It's too good of a player to be upset by a tiny flaw. I'll probably take a Sharpie to it at the next string change.
  13. Can someone who doesn't have the gap please post a pic? Thanks in advance!
  14. My Original has that same gap. When I brought it up to Sweetwater they went and checked the 1 other they had in stock and it had it also. I was going to try to make a new spacer, but never bothered. The guitar plays great and it's barely noticeable. It dawned on me while typing this that a little black sharpie would make it disappear.
  15. Here's a shot of the PC board in my 2013 50s Tribute LP. 4 conductor P-90s. I wonder if they can be tapped?
  16. During the blowout madness a couple of weeks ago my gas for a P-90 Les Paul got the best of me and I bought a 50s Tribute with Min-ETune from Sweetwater. If there had been a choice I would not have gotten Min-ETune, but all of the 50s Tributes had it. I'm real happy with the guitar overall and it scratched the P-90 LP itch nicely. So on to Min-ETune - I've never had any trouble tuning my guitars. I do use a Snark because it's so convenient. Min-ETune is kind of liking taking the Snark to the next level. Overall I find the system quite useful in the week or so I've been playing with i
  17. Here's a pic and 1 of the whole guitar for good measure. I can add a nut on the backside to lower them, so not a big deal. Loving the guitar!
  18. Late to this party. I just got mine last night from Sweetwater. For those who have these - Do your control knobs have a big gap under them? Mine look like they used long shaft pots where they should have been short. The knobs are well off of the body and the nuts, washers, etc. are clearly visible. Just curious if this is normal or I got something strange.
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