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  1. Check out the DVD study course by Steve Krenz at http://www.LearnAndMaster.com. Gibson Skills House is a good resource for specific guitar topics http://www2.gibson.com/Lessons/Skills-House.aspx
  2. I found mine at Gibson Day in September at my nearby 5-Star Dealer, Bailey Brothers. I understand it is one of a run of 20 made this year, so it is apparently somewhat of a rare breed. Of the three J200's in the shop that day, the Western Classic is the one that spoke to me!
  3. My first Gibson Acoustic was (and is) a J45 True Vintage (2012). It was the one on the wall that spoke to me. Now I have two other Gibson Acoustics but not another J45.
  4. I have registered online, and received email confirmation. But I keep my receipt showing I bought it from an authorized Gibson dealer. I also keep a photocopy in a safe place. In the final analysis the receipt is what you need for the Gibson warranty.
  5. To the OP -- are you saying that 2010 and 2011 was tough for Gibson? Do you remember the Nashville Flood? Do you remember the Feds raid on the Nashville plant? But the ES335 is made in Memphis. I would agree that those two years were tough on Gibson from a business perspective. But through it all Gibson kept making excellent product. I have a 2011 Les Paul Studio 60's Tribute that was made in Nashville at the time of the raid (serial number just a few days before). I have a 2012 ES335 that was made in Memphis. Both are excellent!
  6. It's always up to a 'willing seller' and a 'willing buyer'. I am a fan of the free market and a private sale or trade is whatever is agreeable. I would not agree, so no sale / no trade!
  7. I would not take that for my J45 TV!
  8. Great choice! I know you will really enjoy that J45 TV.
  9. lblack


    I found a J45 TV last year and really thought it was what I wanted (needed?). But I resisted and walked out of the store without buying it. I thought about it every day after that. And, talked over and over with my Wife about it. One week later I went back in and it was still there! It left the store with me. I fought the GAS impulse, but I was only able to resist a short time. Now, I am glad I have it and have no remorse. My J45 TV is a keeper!
  10. lblack


    I bought my J45TV about a year ago. One month later, my 5-Star dealer had a Gibson Day. I took my J45TV in for a checkup and string change. The Gibson rep did a setup (really, only about 1/4 turn of the truss rod), resulting in lower action. Now, while the factory setup was just fine -- the lower action made it even better! Some say that lowering the action would reduce volume -- but I did not observe that on my J45TV. One year later, I took it in for a 'well baby' checkup. My local guitar expert looked it over, played it a bit. His first comment was 'Wow, that is a loud J45!'. Then he said it absolutely did not need any adjustment. I had changed the strings not long before taking it in, so he did not even suggest new strings either. Check out that J45TV -- I think you will absolutely love it!
  11. When I bought my L-00 TV, I played a Robert Johnson L-1 (a 12-fretter), a (used) 2011 Ren Ferguson hand-built L-00, and (what is now my) L-00 TV. The 12 fretter seemed to be very responsive to finger picking and had a unique sound. There's something about the position of the bridge further down on the body. The RF L-00 was the top of the line, even used it was the highest priced model I tried. I found the L-00 TV offered what I was looking for, sound / feel / total package. So I bought the L-00 TV. After one month, I am glad I got the L-00 TV to join the family that includes a J45 TV.
  12. Congratulations! You have a fantastic instrument there. I have the J45 TV, and the Southern Jumbo is a built along the J45 design with different dressing -- the block inlays on the neck vs. dots, and the pick guard, and others. All around a great choice! The strings from the factory are 80/20 (I think). I have used D'Addario exp coated phosphor bronze (12's) and recently changed to D'Addario EJ16 strings (12's). I like the sound of the PB strings. You will find that string choice is a lot of personal taste and there are threads here on the forum that discuss strings at length.
  13. I formerly had an Epiphone ES-175 (I have since traded it). But I found a simple string swap improved the sound. My Epi ES175 came with 10's installed by the factory. I changed to 11's and found I liked the sound better. You may find that going to 12's with a wound 3rd string will give you even better sound so I suggest you try the string gauge change to 12's with a wound 3rd string and see how you like it. You have many choices, but I find D'Addario light jazz strings to be a good choice.
  14. I'm glad you had the foresight to have Gibson to do a True Vintage version of the L-00. I am really enjoying it!
  15. For best sound, plug into an acoustic amp. If you want to use your electric guitar amp, choose a clean channel, and you can run that. Carefully adjust volumes to get a good sound. If your pickup in the J35 is an active pickup (i.e. battery powered), you can run without a DI box. But if your pickup is passive, you need the DI box.
  16. Somebody will get a fantastic guitar when they find that Ren 00 Luthier's Choice. Keith said that the owner did play it so it has opened up. You should go there and try it out.
  17. OK, thanks for that explanation for how the L-00 is setup for fingerpicking! I only know that when I played the L-00 TV (which is now mine) I liked the way it responded to my fingers. I have never seen a L-00 Legend but from the pictures you posted the bridge/saddle/pin design looks the same as on the L-00 TV, with the pins close to the saddle and the sharp break angle. As I am a beginner studying to learn the guitar, I won't be tinkering though! My only change is to replace the factory 80/20 strings with phosphor-bronze strings. I really like this forum. I have learned so much from the expertise of the members! Thank you, j45nick, for your contribution to my knowledge increase.
  18. Concerning the pick guard placement: Here is another picture of my L-00 TV on my dropbox public folder: http://db.tt/Nzqqppqr I have read other threads on pick guard re-positioning. One thread said to use naphtha and dental floss (I think) to remove the pick guard, etc., but I just do not feel comfortable trying to do that.. Is this something best done by an experienced guitar tech? Or can it be done my the end-user? My J45 TV and L-00 TV both have the (standard?) placement of the pick guard that overlays the rosette. It does not bother me -- after all I saw what I was buying. I see many professional guitar players with Gibsons and the pick guard placed as it is on my guitars. But I see many of this forum members posting threads about the pick guard placement.
  19. Welcome my new addition - A Gibson L-00 True Vintage. My L-00 TV joins its big brother J45 TV that I bought 1 year ago. http://db.tt/CSZFPP5g I find the L-00 fits me better for playing finger style. The 00 body allows me to actually sit with my guitar on my right knee, something that I just could not do with my J45. For fingerstyle, I think I can get my hands in better position now. I found my L-00 TV at Bailey Brothers Music near Birmingham, Alabama (the 2012 Gibson Acoustic dealer of the year). The L-00 TV apparently is from a special run for the 5-star dealer. I had seen it on the wall about 2 weeks ago and went back a couple of times to play the L-00. Yesterday, I went in and played three different models -- a Robert Johnson L-1 (a 12-fretter), the L-00 TV, and a used Ren Ferguson 2011 hand-made L-00. The Ren Ferguson hand-made model was very nice! But more than I wanted to pay, and the Robert Johnson L-1 although really good did not 'grab me'. Now, the L-00 TV did grab me so I left the store with the guitar in hand. It was made in January 2013 according to the serial number. I changed the strings to D'addario EJ16 (12's, Phosphor-Bronze) this morning, applying just a small amount of fret conditioner, and an overall wipe-down with Gibson pump polish. It really looks good and plays like a dream! I hope my J45 TV does not get jealous! I will make sure he gets proper attention as the big brother should.
  20. You said new. That could mean that your guitar is still getting adjusted to its new home -- humidity and temperature, etc. Give a few weeks and see if it settles down. After about a month or two, take it in to your local shop and have a setup so that any fine tweaking can be done. I found that my new ES335 that I bought a few months ago took a few weeks to settle down, but now it stays in tune very well. I keep it in its case so I try to minimize abrupt changes in temperature and humidity. My Les Paul Studio 60's tribute (2011 pre-raid model) also took a few weeks to settle down, and it too stays in tune now too.
  21. +10 on the previous posts for Bailey Brothers on Hiway 280 just outside of Birmingham. Easy stop on your way from Nashville to Panama City. I have bought 4 Gibsons from Bailey Brothers in the past 18 months. One, my J45 TV, was not even on my radar but when I saw it hanging on the wall I knew I wanted it. When I was offered the opportunity to play it -- well the rest is history. Be sure to ask Keith to show you the Gibson 5-star dealer of the year award that is hanging on the wall in the Acoustic room! I must say living only 3 miles from the 5 Star Dealer of the Year is not friendly to my budget!!!
  22. Best to use nitro cellulose friendly products. Your guitar is not a car! Check out the Gibson Pump Polish for caring for your LP.
  23. If you want a P90 guitar, get the one with P90's in both positions. Each position sounds differently. Having said that, I would go with the one that 'spoke' to me -- the one that plays the best. You have the best situation where you can play both before you decide! I have a Les Paul Studio 60's Tribute (2011 before the raid) with P90's. I would not think of changing to humbuckers in my Les Paul Studio! One other thing, play both guitars through the amp you will be using. Amps change the sound and you want to get a good match. I find my LP Studio matches very well with a Class-A tube amp. I did not like the sound through electronic amp models.
  24. I just watched Elvis Costello on TV a performance from 2010 at London's Hyde Park -- and he was playing a banner Gibson J45 with the pick guard in the normal (covered) place. If Elvis Costello does not have a problem with the pickguard location, then neither do I!
  25. Probably from a run for a particular distributor. The tailpiece is different from the standard ES-175 and the single pickup would have most likely been a special run. Did you buy it from a dealer? Maybe the dealer could tell you if they had a special run exclusive to them.
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