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  1. Sounds like the op has the correct plan. But you don't have to duplicate the fb radius on the saddle top. All you are doing with the saddle is setting the action at the 12th fret. All ready made saddles are ballpark and all will require adjustment. Bob Colosi is a great go to and where I'd start, if you're not of mind or mood to make one.
  2. It is one of Gibson's many iterations of the J45. The "ladder brace" behind the bridge plate may be a Proulx tone enhancer. I have never seen one in a Gibson! May have been added later? I have seen the Proulx in small/boutique built guitars just not in Gibson. The tone enhancer is reported to liven up the trebles IIRC. I owned the a '94 j45 with mahogany back and sides, tulips, and the banner headstock. It did not have the Proulx but could have used it, from what I remember. Welcome and enjoy the western.
  3. Looks like a mid '60s J45 unburst. Good find!
  4. 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!!
  5. It looks to be '60s to me. I think Gibson only made them for a couple years (late '30s) if memory serves, with the "Old Kraftsman" moniker. The Gibson made ones look very similar to the Recording King or Kalamazoo models they made. The painted on binding and "steel reinforced neck" give a nod to 1960's Kay instruments, which most Old Kraftsman were. Looks to be in good shape ! Enjoy!!
  6. So you come here belittle me. Appoint yourself as spokesperson for "the forums", as well as the woodworking community and you have nothing? No woodworking experience to cite for those who use an "actual chisel"?
  7. It looks to be in very good condition. Not to be cute or flip, those are the ones that worry me. It usually means they haven't been played much and for good reason. I don't think the double x is as much a factor as the huge plywood bridge plate that encompasses the entire diamond made up by the x braces (inaccessible). As a hobbyist guitar repairman and builder they have always piqued my interest. Bracing is easily modified or scalloped. However, I find the asking price of them to not easily fall into the realm of "experimental" pieces. Condition alone makes it worth a look. Good luck I
  8. It seems I have angered you Leonard. The next time that you are resetting a guitar neck, or fitting the dovetail on the guitar you are building try this experiment: take a very damp sponge and wet the mortise, then insert the dry dovetail, it will leave a very noticeable damp mark where material needs to be relieved for a tight fit. Just like carbon paper leaves an ink spot. I have repaired guitars and build acoustics for a hobby. I don't claim expertise in either. I have also not accepted work I didn't feel I had the skill for. I have never handed one back to the owner that I had damaged
  9. V The guy is a first rate hack. He doesn't have a basic understanding of the materials he works with. I will admit I didn't watch the entire thing. I looked at the picture (destroyed finish around the bridge) and skipped ahead to see how he did that. Heat is not the best way to loosen glue, steam is. Just like the J200 that he used every chemical he had available to try and melt the lacquer. Guess what melts lacquer? Lacquer thinner. The problem is/was lacquer thinner evaporates before it can soften the finish unless you add lacquer retarder with it. He charges people to ruin their guitars.
  10. I would take it to a luthier and have the pins fitted and pin holes slotted (your bridge plate will thank you one day). Just a perfect option for the low saddle AND poor fit.
  11. I will throw this out there. The adjustable bridge has a large margin for error (from the factory)... I have seen many that have never had nor do they need a neck reset. Over set necks? You bet. Look at the saddles on an adj. , then tell me you would like your slotted saddle that tall. As for the OPs question, yes I think it was intended as an action adjustment on the fly. As these pages will attest, it has become much more than that. I like them and have had several. As Mr. 7th, I have had a long dance with the ceramic versions (there are two, shiny and the dull) and hereby
  12. P.O.S., (respectfully of course). As mentioned needs a neck reset. I like the cartoon characters on the sides!
  13. That is a lovely J 45, Mr. Gog. Congratulations on your good taste! I would love to have one but my billfold can only get me to the mid '50s.
  14. P Let's talk about them again! It's not like much is happening here. Glad you like yours Marcos. I liked mine too. I think Gibson was on to something there. A new design! Then they figured out everyone wanted an old J45. Venetian or Florentine? ..
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