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  1. 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.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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.

  4. 10 minutes ago, slimt said:

    That J45 has been monkeyed with.  I hope your going in a good direction on price. I know what I would pay.  I know where there is a original case for one of these for 200.00. Case is in decent condition. 

    but the 45 Im going to say. 3 to 35 tops. 

    I did 35 w/case (trade value) no cash changed hands

  5. 4 hours ago, j45nick said:


    I'm hoping Dave will confirm whether or not it still has a tapered headstock. There is some uncertainty when that feature disappeared.


    It has a slight taper,  .060" 

  6. Met up with the J45.  The case was nothing special and I was willing to let him keep it but he let it go.

    Guitar was in decent shape. Some wear . One back crack that was cleated the rest of the guitar is crack free.  A few loose braces.  someone tried to drill/ream a  thru hole in the endpin hole but broke off what looks like a reamer. looks like they were trying to install a UST. Someone put some clunky Grovers on it. Frets are original and only need dressed. Fretboard is in decent shape.  Neck is dead straight but it needs a neck reset. Bridge looks like a replacement.

    This guitar was owned by a former neighbor of Lonnie Mack and he used to play it when he visited. I'm a big Lonnie Mack fan but even if this was documented I don't think it adds any value., just character.

    I worked a trade for a guitar and amp that I had $3500 invested. This is the 4th birth year guitar I'm trying. The others didn't cut it and moved on.

    Off to the luthier for neck reset, fret dress and braces glued. I'm estimating $500-$600. I already have some tuners for it. This luthier lives in Lonnie's old stomping ground and maybe he can verify the info.

    I have a 1940 Recording King I picked up the other day that also needs the neck reset that will be joining it. Otherwise it's a closet queen.

    Here's a couple pics

    52 J45


    52 J45


    52 J45



    52 J45



  7. 9 minutes ago, Sgt. Pepper said:

    So just to be clear all you want is a vintage case for your J-45 and paying close to $500. If that is correct, for something you don't even play at that price to me sounds ridiculous. A case is just something to put my guitars in for storage and to transport them. 

    Not exactly. I'm looking at at '52 J-45 and working on a trade. I have no interest in the case but the seller seems to be wanting to add some value to the trade via the case. I don't mind taking the case for a price such as Slim's mentioning but not more. I have plenty of cases. We plan on meeting this weekend.

  8. Here's one from Wildwood

    Serial Number: 10918003

    Brand Gibson

    Model J-45 Vintage

    Type Round Shoulder Body Style

    Finish Color Vintage Sunburst

    Finish Type Nitrocellulose Lacquer - VOS - New Thin FInish

    Top Wood Thermally Aged Adirondack Red Spruce

    Bracing X-Bracing

    Back & Sides Wood Mahogany

    Neck Wood Mahogany

    Neck Joint Compound dovetail secured with hide glue at the 14th fret

    Neck Shape Vintage Round

    Neck Dimensions .880 1st - .940 9th

    Fretboard Material Indian Rosewood

    Fingerboard Inlays MOP Dots

    Scale Length 24-3/4"

    Width at Nut 1.725"

    Nut Material Bone

    Binding Multi-ply Top, Single Ply Back

    Rosette Multi-ply Single Ring

    Tuners Gotoh with White Button

    Bridge Rosewood Belly Up

    Saddle Bone

    Pickguard Tortoise Teardrop

    Case Hardshell Case

  9. 26 minutes ago, j45nick said:

    Tough call. Are you talking the tan case with green felt lining, or another version?

    My guess would be about $500, all things being equal, maybe more. You see people ask crazy money for these as a stand-alone item with no guitar, for both the Lifton and the other brand, whose name escapes me: the one with the fortress logo.

    Just looked online, and there are various Lifton cases for about $700-$900 asking. I didn't see one that was particularly for the J-45. Remember that there was rarely a separate case for each model, and therefore the fit was not always as good as we expect in a case today.

    The case was an extra-cost item back then, from the basic chipboard case for about $10-$15 on up. The 1950 J-45 I bought last year had the original Gibson chipboard case, and although I did not have the seller ship the guitar in that case--I sent him a modern hard case for shipping--I did pay about $75 to have the chipboard case packaged and sent to me, since it was original to the guitar and in really nice condition.

    I’m looking at a local ‘52 that has the original case. The seller references on reverb the same year, condition and style case that’s asking 1800 which is not something I’m in to. 

  10. I take the attitude that it’s wood, steel and plastic subjected to who knows what kind of conditions after it leaves the factory. Odds of it moving are pretty good. I have a few Gibson’s and Martins and the majority of them come high from the factory as a normal. I wish they had your problem where I needed a higher saddle. The higher saddle should produce a stronger sound.  Find a guitar with a thicker top, longer aged wood and beefier bracing and maybe it will be more stable. I think Gibson and Martin tried this back in the ‘70’s.  I think I’ve had a couple Gibson’s where I needed to raise the saddles. They’re great guitars with a higher saddle.  Usually I’m trying to lower the saddle and running out of room. 
    with the exception of one Martin,  I usually have to adjust the truss rod every year or so to bring a guitar back in. 

  11. Taylor makes some nice guitars and a lot of them in the US. I've had a few but  I seem to keep them a few years then move them on due to lack of playing them. Currently I have a  Taylor NS72-CE which I like. Plugged in the ones I had were hard to beat but I seem to plug-in less and less.

    I've had a 314CE LTD,  T5-C2 Custom and an 814CE. Yours looks great. I haven't played one of these new bracing ones.

    I've played a few guitars with side port holes and they definite sound loud in my lap but I don't know if they project that sound for any distance. I would have to have someone playing it across the room to judge it. I do have a ukulele with one.





  12. Looks like the neck heel is separating. It may need that looked at. Not unusual for guitars left in cases for a long time in a closet or under a bed with string tension to pull the neck loose . I would remove the strings for now. Should reach inside and see if any of the braces came loose or you can tap on the top and bottom while the strings are still on and listen for vibrating braces. If you plan on keeping it, I would get it checked out.

  13. All kidding aside, I played electrics exclusively for about 40 years and struggled when switching to acoustics. The Taylors were real comfortable and sounded great plugged in but did not cut it in an acoustic setting. I started pigeon holing myself to a certain neck shape/size that felt comfortable and didn’t hurt my hand but that felt like it was limiting my choices. I decided to start exercising my hands/wrist  and it worked. I can now pick up a chunky baseball neck or a mandolin and not have issues. I still have my preferences but pain is not a factor. As a side note, the grip strengthening helped my golf game. 

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  14. If you do get the itch again note that the Pro series are GC exclusives. They are nice guitars but usually do not have anything in common with their namesake.  They usually don’t hold their value very well. 
    The one you’re looking at has a 25.5” scale length. The standard hummingbird has a 24.75”. 
    the aesthetics differences are obvious. 

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  15. 4 hours ago, tpbiii said:

    Here is one of my usual curmudgeon comments.  It is commonly believed that only 1935s had a bound fingerboard and AFAIK it did not have a 1 3/4" nut.  Here is my 1935 player grade Jumbo -- I use it (a lot) in bluegrass wherever a good D-18 would also work.



    Let's pick,


    I really like the looks of those darker burst.

  16. 15 hours ago, Cabarone said:

    I'm pulling the trigger on a new Hummingbird (Limited Edition)12 string our local GC has marked down to $1800 (normally $2600)...I "window shop" their website about once a week and been looking at it for some time now...when I called them they said that one had actually sold earlier in the day, but they had a new one just hung out they'd let me have for the same price...

    So, J, I know you've got one...tell me to stop fretting (no pun intended), okay?

    Is this the one?



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