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  1. Yes, I think these are great strings. None of that shrill brightness that you get with some new strings, and long lasting too. I use the PB set on my Southern Jumbo and to my ear they are a perfect fit. I hope to try their 80/20 set sometime soon.
  2. I've found that John Pearse 80/20 strings are perfect for the J-185 (the 200L set, 12-53). I really prefer these over PB strings, which I tend to like more on my other (mahogany) guitars. I've met others that have come to the same conclusion. Your experience could vary of course, but give an 80/20 set a try.
  3. Wow, that guitar is gorgeous! I have seen one other all mahogany J-45 (on eBay about two years ago), but the finish was quite a bit darker. I couldn't comment on the tone of the Gibson, but I have tried a Martin D-17 previously (all-mahogany D size) and it sounded great. So a good sounding hog-top in a large size is certainly possible.
  4. I'm in Sydney where lack of humidity is generally not an issue. Perth will be a different story. My hygrometer reads 55-75% many months of the year, so technically my guitars are over-humidified, but I haven't had any issues yet—touch wood. This is indoors, but I often have the windows open so there isn't a huge difference between interior/exterior spaces. In winter and other random days the humidity in Sydney is 'low' at 40-45%. This is when my guitars sound their best, and it's about as low as it ever gets. As such I tend not to use humidifiers anymore. I did for a while but I think I overdid it on one guitar (before I had a hygrometer and was effectively guessing when humidification was needed). The guitar survived but the glue in the case softened and started seeping through the velvet lining and I had to replace the case. A guitar at 40-60% humidity shouldn't need much attention at all. Below that you should humidify, above that you may want to consider AC and/or a de-humidifier. Heat is a different matter, but for a few days at a time it shouldn’t affect things. Just beware of direct sunlight and keep an eye on the hygrometer.
  5. Interesting topic. I've always been curious about why some otherwise similar belly-up bridges have their pins set way back (like the pictured J-185) and some are in the center (like this sunburst J-45). Any background on this variation?
  6. I had the same concern over the weekend when I swapped the white button tuners on my SJ for the ‘green’ keystone style. Prior to installation one tuner rotated very freely while the other five had much greater resistance. However, once installed and up to tension they all worked as they should and are staying in tune nicely. In the end it sounds like it was a non-issue for you as well-- ragtime guitarist notwithstanding!
  7. By the way, the J-45 TV that I am asking about is (was?) for sale on consignment at Guitar Showcase in San Jose, CA, for a very fair $1495-- and that included case and a Seymour Duncan SA-6 soundhole pickup. The guitar sounded great and played beautifully, but not different enough from my 2002 Southern Jumbo to justify taking it home. A great find if someone is looking for this model.
  8. I played a 2009 J-45 TV last week and the neck profile felt just like the other J-45s and SJs that I've played. I'm not sure why they are sometimes called out as being V-profile when they aren't. That said, be sure to ask about the specific guitar (if not trying in person) because there is always the odd duck out there.
  9. Assuming it has the all important sound you want, go for it. At that price you can't go wrong. Do you best to take care of it on the road, that's all you can do. If it gets a little road "patina" over time it will feel like it evolved with you and your playing, and there's no harm in that. Being a '63 makes it nice, but not the height of Gibson collectables, so it's not like you're subjecting the holy grail to dings and scratches. Seems like a great deal, and we all know those don't come around often enough!
  10. Great tune, and his voice sounds as strong as ever. What's that he's playing, a square shouldered 60s J-45 maybe?
  11. I played a used J-45 True Vintage yesterday, from 2008 I believe. It had three-on-a-plate tuners, with covered backs and the standard white buttons. Has anyone else seen this model with these tuners? I've always seen the individual tuners on the J-45 TV, so wondering if this was a modification or if some versions of the TV came with three on a plate. The shop didn't know. (incidentally, the guitar sounded great)
  12. I have yet to own one but I've played a few that I've really liked. Great guitars and usually a good value too. Enjoy!
  13. It looks the part with the exception of the bridge. I realize some newer J-185s don't have the crosses, but I think it's strange that they're missing in a 'True Vintage' model. Crosses were one of the most distinguishing features when this model first launched, so if Gibson is trying to recreate the original they missed a key detail on this one. All other recent TV models that I've seen have had the crosses, so this may be an anomaly (or a unique mix between a TV and a Modern Classic, sold as the former). I know some TVs also came with a single-ply black truss rod cover, not the laminated one. But as with all things Gibson, they might have mixed this up from year to year or even guitar to guitar. The missing dot on the logo is strange, but the visible lines around the inlay are relatively common. The best thing would be to ask the seller if they have the paperwork as that would state the serial number and model name. If it doesn't say True Vintage on the paperwork then it is probably a straight J-185 in a TV case--and the sound would likely be what you are looking for either way. Strange as well that there are no photos of the flame-- not a warning sign, just an oversight on the part of the seller.
  14. (Full disclosure: I am a happy J-185 owner) A J-185 wins in the comfort category with the shorter scale and slightly smaller body. And I also tend to prefer the more understated looks of the J-185, but that's not to say that the J-200 doesn't have loads of appeal. As for the all-important sound category? Too subjective to say, really. Play them both and see if you have a clear preference. I was looking for a super-stummer rhythm guitar so I gravitated towards maple back and sides, looking at both these models. The J-185 had the sound I wanted and was priced right, but you can't go wrong with either.
  15. I have been very impressed by Curt Mangan medium-light PBs (12-54) and John Pearse light PBs (12-53) on my Southern Jumbo. Fantastic tone right out of the gate and the Mangan's in particular seem to last a particularly long time.
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