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  1. It's tough to tell but it does looks like it's got the narrow 60s nut too. I'd stay away for all the reason that have been mentioned. I bought a 76 hummingbird that shares a lot of visual similarities to this guitar. I spent a good deal of money getting it fixed up thinking i'd have an excellent guitar in the end and it... didn't work that way. I've played some really good norlin era guitars but it seems like a crap shoot and i definitely had a negative first-hand experience.
  2. I found this in another thread. It appears to be from an SJ-200 Let me know if that's helpful, i can probably measure mine if you're looking for something that's not listed here.
  3. I just went looking at the current "Historic" lineup of acoustics - they're making some really cool guitars lately. The J55 and 1934 Jumbo look like an amazing pair of long scale dreads
  4. I agree, it looks great. I have a True Vintage (c.2008) and it looks a lot like yours. Mine has the banner headstock though and all things considered i prefer the look of yours. Enjoy it! Mines a great player and i bet yours is too.
  5. Congratulations, looks like a great guitar. Which variant of J-45 is it?
  6. Even if they did, who wants 2 of these things? Better to redesign the guard. Well, the LP guards around $20-$30USD and the fancy engraved Hummingbird and SJ-200 guards cost >$200 if i remember correctly. They'll let you buy one as long as you can prove you're the original owner of the guitar, it seems to be a bit subjective. But at the same time at that steep price it's a bit off putting.
  7. I had an unused saddle blank in my stash of parts and figured i'd give it a shot so i don't need to make another trip. I was able to shape it and match the action of my D-28, the intonation is pretty well spot on as well - best work i've done on a saddle yet. I figured that matching the D-28 action would be the upper bound and maybe I'll bring it down a bit in the future. I finished it up this morning and like it a whole lot better than the lower action the shop had set it up with. So now i'm sitting at (with capo on the 1st fret): .105 low E at 12th fret .080 high E at 12th fret It's certainly on the high side
  8. interesting, i'd always thought it was the other way around: lower tension mediums on a short scale guitar would have a similar feel to high tension light strings on a longer scale guitar. I've had this J-45 set up for mediums before and this particular trip to the shop was to try to get rid of the buzzing and raise the action a bit. Every time i do this it makes me want to keep just one guitar so i don't have these playability differences knocking me out of whack 😉
  9. Thanks Dave! yes, i know... just enough to shoot myself in the foot with this sort of thing. My action measurements were done with a capo at the first fret (i should have mentioned that). I will compare nut height - i should have done that already - the shop that did the setup did make a minor adjustment there. For me to lower the action appropriately it will require taking a different amount off of the treble and bass side of the saddle, something i don't have a great way to do. I've tried to do this before and never really gotten good at it. I have use a marble countertop (or piece of glass), sandpaper and my hands. I'm ok at taking an even amount off of the entire saddle, but the slanted line causes me trouble.
  10. I have a D-28 Authentic and i really like how it plays. The action is a bit high (higher than my other guitars anyway). The intonation is great and i can really dig in. I really like it. It's strung with EJ17 / mediums. Low E @12th fret: .105 High E @12th fret: .080 My J-45 (same EJ17 / medium strings) hasn't been worked on in a while, the action was definitely lower and i've been getting a lot of fret buzz, so i took it in for a setup. Before the setup the action was this (and there was a bit of relief, i didn't measure it but it wasn't dead flat and definitely no backbow): Low E @12th fret: .095 High E@12th fret: .080 When i got it back the action was measured at .085/.075 (bass/treble) with .007" of relief. I'm going to take my J-45 back for some additional adjustment and i'd really like to match the playability of my D-28, but i'm uncertain what to ask for. The variables that i'm aware of that complicate this are short scale (J-45) vs. long scale (D-28) - which seems like the big one, and i guess the frets or stability of the fret board is the other. I've got a saddle blank that i'm going to mess around with to see if i can either do this myself or get close but i'm mostly trying to figure out the best way to get what i want across to the shop. My plan right now is to first match the action of my D-28 and see if it's close and if the intonation is acceptable, after that i'm not sure. Any advice on acceptably stable "high" action on a short scale guitar? I just fit the saddle blank (it's from bob colosi and so is shaped pretty well already). Action's a good bit higher than my D-28 and the intonation is definitely off due the height i'm sure as well as some adjustment being needed, so i'm trying to figure out my approach.
  11. I happen to have one of these guitars too - and love it. I'm quite happy with the EJ17 (D'Addario Medium Phosphor Bronze) BUT i've been wanting to try those Santa Cruz strings. Which tension are you using on which guitar?
  12. weird, that's the only serial number? that's odd, mine's definitely got it stamped on the neck block. Maybe this is an example of them figuring out what the TV spec was going to be 😉
  13. Does your SJ have the serial number on the neck block (and not on the back of the headstock)?
  14. I have a Gibson J-45 (SN: 01528xxx) so a year later than yours. Mine looks basically the exact same as yours but with J-45 equivalent appointments (fretboard, pickguard, white butterbean tuners, adi top, SN on the neck block rather than the back of the headstock), it has a bone nut and saddle from the factory My guitar says, "J-45" on the label but according to Gibson is a J-45 TV. There's another forum member with a guitar in the same batch as mine. I think yours is of a similar run. Before Gibson released the True Vintage series of guitars they made a set of each model to those specs and released them without TV on the label. So that's what i think you've got - an early run SJ-TV
  15. I don't know what that thing is but i don't think it's a 50's J45. I'm no expert though. For the most part it looks pretty good, with some odd repair work. That narrow nut was more of a Norlin era thing (early 70s i think?) but who knows, it could have been "customized" somewhere along the way.
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