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  1. Trying to make your way through the maze of Gibson's take on this or that guitar all of which have different descriptors added to model name can make you old before your time. And there is no proper etiquette for what you should or should not do. A guitar is a tool and you make it do what you need it to although you can certainly go about it in a more senstive way. When it comes to tuners having to fine tune a guitar every day is not all that unusual. If they are slipping, yeah it is a problem. I was writing this as J45nick was posting but he is, as usual, spot on. If the guitar goes say a bit flat or sharp it could be caused by interacting with the climate, strings binding in the nut , or even not stringing it properly. Gear ratio is simply the number of teeth on the cog and how many times you have to turn the button to make a full revolution. The higher gear ratio makes them more precise but not necessarily more stable. As to pickups and modifcations required, with most the only thing you will need to do is intsall a jack in place of the endpin. And that is always reversible by going with a No-Jak. There was a time when certain Gibsons such as the J200 had finger braces supporting the top around the sounhole which meant you could not install a soundhole pickup without shaving down the braces. But if you are talking about the usual popsicle stick bracing which is what I think Gibson uses univerally now nothing has to be done. When it comes to brigde pins I am in the "who cares" crowd. As long as they fiit properly I am OK with most everything. The only issue I have had with pins was an early-1970s Guild where the ends of the plastic pins had splayed so much I had to go though the soundhole to cut them off to remove the things. In the end there are only two kinds of guitars out there. Those you like and those you do not.
  2. In the 1960s double pickguards kinda beacme fashionable. Gibson's F25 Folksinger sported them and you never saw someone like Tim Buckley without a Guild 12 string with an added scratchplate. Then again, why go for two pickguards when one big one will do. And for good measurw why not screw it down.
  3. My pet name for her is "The Warden."
  4. My wife gigged in a duo before we married. She now plays in a worship band at her church and in an all-girl band which she conned our daughter into joining on bass. We goof around playing together but she is more likely to grab a mandolin when she has me on guitar. We also play together at a couple of open mic affairs and when folks drop by for punch, pie and guitars with our living room being the favorite gathering spot because it houses a piano and standup bass. The Rona, however, has put an end to both for now. For 20 years she has played what used to be my 1960 J200 before she claimed it as her own to which she has added a Martin D12-28 and Epiphone Broadway electric.
  5. Comparing guitars is generally bad business as our own biases do tend to determine the outcome. What I did find interesting is they demo'ed the guitars playing with bare fingers which is how I approach the things. While you are obviously not going to get the snap you do when some kind of pick is employed, I felt both sounded pretty flat and dull. They certainly did, however, respond far better to the more aggressive strumming attack which looks like the players were using the back of their nails.
  6. I am sure you have posted about this guitar before. But my memory ain't what it used to be. I can recall running across two originals only one of which was for sale.
  7. Value depends a lot on the local market and obiously what model of J45 you are talking about. But from what I have seen while used standard production J45s seem to hold their value well you will take a pretty good hit on one you bought band spanking new.
  8. Is that from the 2013 run? I ran acoss an original Banner LG1 about five or six years ago which was up for sale at a pretty good price but needed a lot of work. But by the time I got to it the guitar though it had already been sold.
  9. My favorite LG2 remains a 1944 maple body I ran across at a small guitar show several years back. I have never been able to get the sound of that guitar out of my head. While I am not sure about this instance, when it comes to reviews I always take them with a grain of salt if the builder also happens to be an advertiser.
  10. Not sure how the guys at the factory are supposed to know how you like your guitars setup. I automatically assume any guitar that comes into the house will need a full setup to get it the sweet spot that I like. Just par for the course. Now if the high action is caused by an underset neck that would be a different matter.
  11. The recent thread I thought was totally clueless was the one which equated "expensive" with "good".
  12. The irony, of course, is an actual 1957 J200 was built with a laminate back and rim. Gibson, for whatever reason, felt laminate maple in particular had a magic to it and started building L-Century guitars with it in the mid-1930s. The modern bias against laminate is based on the fact that most have only played guitars built with laminate made with some el cheapo filler wood sandwiched in between two layers of nice veneer and have no experience with laminate made from even layers of the same wood glued together.
  13. With what seems to be an increasing number of newbies joining up it is not surprising that old threads are being resurrected. But I do have a question. At the time the thread was originally posted I believe the Fabulous Flattops Book was out of print. It was reissued in 2010. While the original edition had some inaccuracies and was not complete was the reissue updated at all or just simply a straight ahdea reprint. My copy, which was given to me by a friend who stumbled across it when cleaning out the back room of his store, is the one that came out in 1994.
  14. I have always liked Ms. Crowe in a supporting role rather than as a headliner. The version of "Time Has Come Today" she recorded with Steve Earle for the soundtrack of a biopic on Abbie Hoffman was absolutely killer.
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