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  1. Thanks to enablers like Tom and John, I got the vintage fever. Went through a few until I got a '42 LG1 then I understood the magic and I'll be more selective in the future. That guitar caused an immediate exit of a few other vintage ones I had. I just don't get many opportunities to get hold of any except gambling on the internet. I try to make sure to get a good enough deal to allow for repairs and also a good enough deal to be able to move it on without taking a loss if I don't like it. My current project is a 1952 J-45 that's being repaired. 


  2. 11 minutes ago, zombywoof said:

    My dislike of abalone on guitars does help keep me out of trouble.  But I just realized that my original thin the herd pledge was two out for every one in.    As I have now divested myself of six guitars and only snagged one that means I am yet entitled to two more guitars.  That, of course, is in numbers.  If I kept the value even I am royally screwed.  The one thing I really do feel the need to do though is to buy something newish.  There is a certain comfort that comes with lack of age which I found  with my former one and only Bozeman -made Gibson.   I kind of would like to get that feeling back.

    What can I interest you in?

    • Haha 1

  3. 3 hours ago, Sacdubro said:

    Looks like it may be a J45 Deluxe Rosewood ?

    https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/ACCGBH714/J-45-Deluxe-Rosewood/Rosewood-Burst

    I agree. It's listed as ebony board. It is tempting.

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    Body

    Body Shape
    J-45
    Top
    Sitka spruce
    Back
    Rosewood
    Side
    Rosewood
    Bracing
    Traditional hand-scalloped X-bracing
    Binding
    Multi-colored rope top, single-ply back
    Finish
    Nitrocellulose

    Neck

    Material
    Mahogany
    Profile
    Slim Taper
    Scale Length
    24.75" / 628.65mm
    Fingerboard Material
    Ebony
    Fingerboard Radius
    12"
    Number Of Frets
    20
    Frets
    Gold
    Nut Material
    Bone
    Nut Width
    1.72" / 43.81mm
    Inlays
    Mother-of-pearl split diamond with brass border
    Joint
    Compound Dovetail Neck-to-body

    Hardware

    Tuner Plating
    Gold
    Bridge
    Traditional belly up
    Saddle Material
    Bone
    Tuning Machines
    Grover Rotomatic w/ kidney buttons
    Pickguard
    Tear drop with gold border
    Truss Rod Cover
    Deluxe
    Bridge Pins
    Tusq

    Electronics

    Under Saddle Pickup
    LR Baggs™ VTC
    Controls
    1 Volume, 1 Tone

    Miscellaneous

    Strings
    0.053, 0.042, 0.032, 0.024, 0.016, 0.012
    Case
    Gibson Hardshell
    Accessories
    Includes Gibson Accessory Kit
     

     

     


  4. If you’re looking for the carrying convenience of a backpack strap, a lot of the smaller cases will fit into a gig bag made for a larger guitar. For example, I bought a Gibson acoustic    gig bag and put my Gibson Les Paul hard case in it. A perfect fit and makes it very easy to tote around.  
    If you already have a hard case for it just take it ( it can be empty) to somewhere like GC and try some gig bags over it. They also make covers for cases but they’re usually more customized. 
    If you’re set on getting a gig bag get a nice one with hard foam surrounding the guitar. 


  5. Great looking guitar! I feel for you, I'm going through the same process.

    Here's the recently departed. I've only taken in  four

     

    • '40's Banner J45
    • '53 ES 150
    • '94 Centennial 1934 Jumbo RI
    • '04 Dwight Yoakam Honky Tonk Duece
    • '07 CJ165 RW
    • '10 Jackson Browne 
    • '11 Kristofferson SJ
    • '12 J200 Custom RW
    • '13 LG-2 Banner RI (All Hog)
    • Vintage AJ 1999
    • 1955 ES150 Vintage
    • 1966 Gretsch Chet Atkins Country Gentleman
    • Kalamazoo KG-31 1938
    • Martin OMPA1 Plus
    • Martin 12 string
    • Martin Elvis Presley

  6. 10 hours ago, Leonard McCoy said:

    The brass bars came out fantastic, the buttons are the problem. I'd first file down the mold marks and, since the buttons are entirely black, it would probably suffice for a convincing aging job to make the surface less shiny (scuff sanding).

    I did one strip and it does look a lot nicer

    Tuners button aging

     

    Tuners button aging

     


  7. I always like tinkering around and I needed a decent set of era correct tuners for my 1942 LG-1. I found one set that was missing one gear and shaft and needs the buttons replaced. I started scanning the net for information about these era tuners. Willi has a great post over on UMGF

    https://umgf.com/chronology-of-kluson-tuners-used-from-late-1936-to-t197854.htm

    After shopping around I noticed the slotted head tuners from that era were more available and they looked the same except for the string hole in the shaft.

    I picked up a set that looked in decent shape to try out. Here's some photos. 

    I bought brass bar stock to size and a special tap for the screw holes. Made the shafts to match an original one then did an aging on the brass, replaced the buttons then assembled them. I'll do a few more sets to get better at it.

    I followed Dan Erlewine's instructions on the buttons but I'm not totally happy with the results. I'll make some kind of jig then redo them.

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    Button stem replacement

     

    Button stem replacement

     

     

    Button stem replacement

    Button stem replacement

     

    Button stem replacement

     

    Button stem replacement

     

    Button stem replacement

     

    Button stem replacement


  8. 42 minutes ago, aliasphobias said:

    Looks like a '70s case to these eyes. Not being a huge fan of that era guitar, can't say much about the cases. Nice guitar! Pretty case! No money changed hands..gotta love that!!

    I did a little googling and I agree. Looks like late 70’s or early ‘80’s


  9. 3 minutes ago, Sgt. Pepper said:

    So what did you pick it up for? I saw a number like $3500 in one post.

    I'm no expert but that case can't be from '53 can it?

    Traded for 3500 value

    I'm no expert on cases either.


  10. 6 minutes ago, j45nick said:

    I haven't seen that particular case before. Does it have a Lifton brand on it somewhere, or did the seller just assume it is a Lifton?

    No badges or tags. Every Lifton I've had had a badge. This guy was not very knowledgeable about guitars but he was a very nice talented guy that knows how to use them. A local artist a little older than myself. We had quite a few common friends.  Wants me to do some setup work for him and he's wanting to buy a CJ165 I have. 


  11. 7 minutes ago, Tlgptru said:

     Actually i wanna learn its specs. I mean neck profile, chambered or weight relief etc...

    Yours looks identical to my 2014 model. I bought it because my '68 Custom RI was getting too heavy for me. I believe they have varying chambered versions, mine is just a little lighter.  Weighing yours should tell you if it's chambered. I think the standards all have the slim necks but I'm not sure. Post this on the Gibson USA  forum , there's a lot of experts up there.

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