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  1. I'm Looking for a place to get a "custom made" plaque that's not from Montreaux Customs out of Japan. I appreciate they're making these things but common sense (and my budget) won't allow me to spend hundreds of dollars on a piece of plastic. This is for a B7 on an ES-335. I have some nickle 'buttons'to cover the stud hole - but I really like the look of the Custom plaque.
  2. "So the Chet SST playing better now but with light strings?" Yes. Even down a step it's totally fine. It was actually playing great with 12"'s on it .... it's just a high action guitar. - I checked online and they were shipped with 10"s....I was concerned about the truss rod not as much for it present state, but its longevity. This gives me the permission to 'go off the runway' and mention what an incredible guitar it is... here goes: I have had a LOT of solid body acoustics (Alvarez Fusion, Guild Peregrine, Godin, Fender TLAC even a Line 6 700 acoustic)...with it's chambered mahogany body - it's 12 pounds! it's a monster - it feels like MAN'S guitar among Hobbits. It's got more bottom end and sustain than any acoustic I have ever played. My rehearsal hall basically had the PA and monitors of a medium sized club. I put it through the following and it Doesn't sound like 'piezo quack' amplified guitar: Tube>Fishman Aura>TC Electronics BodyRez>TC Electronics HOF Reverb on 'Ambience'>Neuenaber WET Reverb. I've heard the Epiphone SST doesn't come close to this - and I'm not really sure how much of its excellence has to do with the DTAR Wave-Length...
  3. Oh, to add one more thing...1/4 turns on the couple of Takamine's I have is n big deal...anything more complicated goes to the professionals. I have an amazing guy....yes, I'm always surprised what he can do as well... The thing is don't give to the guy who's specialty is fixing Floyd Rose's on pointy guitars.
  4. To answer a few questions...l've had several guitars where the truss rods DID work and several (including a Gibson Les Paul) where I never had to touch the TR. I do my own adjustments - I live in Toronto where the weather and humidity can be of both extremes so usually everything needs to little TLC twice a year. I play a lot of finger-style in open tunings so good action is a must .... I also play keys and acoustic guitar in a rock band where higher action and heavy strumming in first position chords are fine. The $1375 payout on the J-180 was a disaster all around. The guys in the shop who did the work were friends and it was obviously beyond their comfort/skill level - they contacted some of the work out...and had the guitar for two years.. I was so depressed afterwards I did a direct trade for a Martin OMC... Of course informing the new owner what he was inheriting ( in need of a neck reset next - so indeed a cursed guitar). Shortly after posting this I looked around and found a Stewmac Article that describes a fix using half moon shaped washers. I noticed the rod was sticking out of the bolt 1/8th of an inch or more. The explanation is the wood has compressed at the body end of the TR... I ordered three or four of the half moon washers..... In the meantime I lowered the gauge from 12's down to 11's and tuned it down a whole step - I'll capo to 2 to get to standard..... fine with me for now. The lesson is - don't buy older acoustic guitars on eBay or CL without being able to check if the TR functions properly. I'm fine with this purchase as I got this CE for a really good price. It came with an aftermarket 18 volt DTAR wave-length pickup hard wired to the output Jack (exactly the mod I would do anyway)...
  5. I have had three Gibsons in the past (and one now) where I have found myself wanting to do a minor truss rod adjustment. a 1989 Gibson J-180 (Everly Brothers), a Les 76 Paul Deluxe Gold Top.... and now recently a 2001 Chet Atkins SST. In all three situations the truss rod turned (with resistance) but didn't make any significant change to the neck relief. Is this a common occurrence with Gibson's? For the J-180, I actually got the truss replaced to the tune of $1375, and it still didn't work (before and after the major repair, a portion of the bolt started pushing through the back of the neck). I got rid of the other two, but I really like this Chet Atkins, and they're rare. I wonder what the best course of action is.... on the Chet I have 7/64's at the 12th and the same spare on the bone saddle....does anyone have any recommended action? Shaving down the bridge itself? re-routing the saddle slot? ( I wouldn't be doing this myself)...
  6. I just took ownership of a 2001 Chet Atkins SST in black. I got it from a guy who had replaced the electronics with a DTAR Wave-length 18 Volt preamp and pickup. I've owned just about every solid body acoustic out there and this beast is a colossal game changer. It came set up with 12's. It sounds fabulous - the extra headroom with the DTAR removes all the quack. The previous owner also bypassed all the controls - which is fine with me. He said running it through all those pots and circuitry kills the extra headroom. That being said - I run it through the following and it sounds SO real: Tuner, Fishman Aura, TC Electronics BodyRez, TC Electronics HOF set to 'Ambience' - Stereo Wet reverb. Is there Chet Atkins owners club out there?
  7. A friend of mine took his 1980 Gibson ES-347 out of storage after 10 years and was shocked to discover it was covered in mold and mildew - to the point where the after market Trem had basically rotted off the the guitar. He asked me to help out - I do minor setups and restoration of acoustic instruments, but draw the line at Re-frets, body cracks and neck re-sets. I got the guitar back to life after a good surface cleaning with bleach, water and vinegar, then naptha and polish. What was the original stop tail piece on these guitars? and where can those be purchased? - I've seen a photo's of originals online, and they appear to have black intonation screws.
  8. Last night I got a black ES-335 of Craigslist for 2K Canadian. I played it acoustically and it sounded amazing felt beautiful. I got it home, blew some air into the intermittent jack, put a set of 11's on it and did a quick set-up. The serial number is 01698711 - which the 'dater' says it was made in Nashville in June 2008, the orange label says it was made in Memphis. The Case says Gibson 'Custom'. I was just wondering where it was actually made, I read on this board all ES335's are from Memphis. The Truss Rod cover is black - it has Dot inlays.
  9. I played a few Garrisons, they had a HUGE sound. (Likely something to do with the fibreglass bracing inside). However I never really played one that had been properly set up - used ones, with high action and dead strings. They're going next to nothing on the used market now. Worth checking out.
  10. Back to the original thread. The J180 arrived from Indiana via Cody Wyo. I cleaned it up, oiled the fretboard and bridge and put 12's on it. The action was a little high. I cranked the truss rod increments over the next 4 hours a total of 3/4 turns. I kept it tuned down a step, as I was still seeing a little more that an 1/8" at the 12th. Later in the evening I tuned it up a step and did another 1/2 turn. No issues. It's deeper and louder than my J200. I really had one of those 'moments' playing it. Where the song sounded brand new, with a flood of images like was remembering a recent dream. Something like the left and right brain getting perfectly out of phase where everything feels like a déjà vu. Has anyone experienced that feeling when playing a new guitar? Usually with me it involves walking out the store with it.
  11. I have the same question. I just purchased an '89 Gibson J180'. It will arrive in a week or two. I just stumbled across an '86 Epi version of that guitar for a song. I was thinking of picking it up as an alternate tuning backup. I'm wondering if it will sound like a toy and not be useable. I have two Gibson J45's, a 68 and. 2008. My writing partner loves the 68' but to me it sounds like half the guitar of the 2008. There's nothing better for a writing session to have several acoustics handy, open G, DADGAD, a 12 string, one capo'ed and tuned to 5.... It really keeps things moving to have all those options handy. Does anyone know if the ' open book' headstock 86 SQ 180 is laminate or solid wood?
  12. Hey, great response - and you're not hijacking the thread at all. I love my Fishman Aura Pedal and I would attempt amplifying an acoustic guitar without it. The Mic Modelling ads a tiny but of papery transparency to the Quack of a UST pickup. I also had a newer Gibson J200 with the factory installed Aura Elipse on board and it sounded fantastic. If the S.O.R.S system in this J180 is as good as people say it is, and represents that natural sound of the guitar - replacing it with a Bagg's Element won't be necessary.
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