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  1. Have had the guitar for a week now. Restrung it with some new EJ26's and the guitar sounds fantastic. It sounded surprisingly good with what I think were they beyond dead original strings, but it really came alive with new strings. May also try some Martin Retros in 11-52 since I've had good luck with Retros on a Waterloo WL-14XTR and a Custom Shop Martin OM-15. It's a very dynamic guitar and I haven't been able to put it down. It's arguably the best small-body acoustic I've owned to date.
  2. Recently sold my beautiful Custom Shop Martin OM-15. Great sounding guitar, but after 7 months I still couldn't get along with the shallow neck profile. Funny, my D-18 apparently has the same nut width and neck profile, but the D-18's neck is much fuller and substantial in the hand. This OM-15 had a very thin neck front to back with pretty shallow "cheeks" and jI just couldn't get along with it. Probably the first guitar I've actually parted ways with because of the neck. I used to have a Ren Ferguson era AJ that had a thin neck, but it never bothered me on that guitar. Had someone offer me a Gibson L-00 Pro, but after some research discovered it wasn't a super popular model and most people gave it the thumbs down. Ended up selling the guitar and a few days later came across a Waterloo WL-K for sale, made an offer for what I sold my Martin for and they accepted! Yes, it's not a Gibson, but it is based off of/inspired by the Gibson-made Kel Kroydons from the late 1920's-early 1930's. It's a sweet little guitar. I've had a couple WL-14's in the past and although they were nice, the WL-K seems to be on a different level. Livelier, lighter, and even more resonant and touch sensitive. Even with the absolutely dead strings that are on it (have some D'Addario EJ26's on the way) it sounds wonderful. Fingerpicking it is a dream and it's probably my favorite guitar I've owned for singer/songwriter stuff and just sitting and picking on the couch.
  3. Nobody? Bueller, Bueller!
  4. Haven't been able to find much info in this model, the L-00 Pro, but have someone interested in a Martin that I have for sale and offered the L-00 Pro as a trade. The one being offered is from 2012. I've owned quite a few J45's, AJ's and small body Martins and Waterloos along with a few Martin dreads, but never a Gibson L-00.. I have not really been able to find much info on this model of L-00 and wondering if anyone has had or played one and has anything to say about it, good or bad. I did find a few pics from one for sale from CME and attached the pics of it here just so you guys could see what it looks like.
  5. I got to play the guitar yesterday. It had some issues, including a pretty massive hump in the upper frets. Action and neck relief were spot on, but that thing fretted out and buzzed from the 12th-18th fret, and the B string buzzed everywhere. Maybe a good fret level would fix the issue, but for what they were asking it wasn't worth it to me. It did have a nice sound when playing in first position, but the neck profile was a little too thin. I brought along my D18 just to have something familiar and as a reference and even the neck on the D-18 felt much more substantial, and it's a 2018 D-18 Standard with the "Modified Low Oval" profile. Also isn't fair to compare a D-18 to a J-45 because the D-18 stomped all over the J-45. After playing the J-45 for a while I picked up the D-18 and it was a wall of sound in comparison, which is why I parted ways with my J-45's in the first place.
  6. Thanks for the info. I'm having trouble determine what model it is. It just says "J45" on the orange label inside the sound hole, making me think it's just a regular, run of the mill J45 Standard, but I'm not sure if they made a "Standard" model during that time. Combine that with the fact that I've seen "J45 Western" models from that time that say either "J45 Western" or simply "J45" on the label despite it being a J45 Western.
  7. I've read that they made a Buddy Holly model and the "Western" model. Did they also make a "Standard" model or any other models at this time?
  8. Visually, I prefer the one that sounds better.
  9. 15+" fretboard radius is pretty flat. I have the D'Addario / Planet Waves Capo and can recommend it, but the NS doesn't seem like it's working for you. You could also Check out Shubb capos. They also have adjustable tension and come in several different varieties to work with different fretboard radii and they're cheap (very affordable). Dont bother with the D'Addario Tri-Action capo. It's junk compared to the NS and Shubb. Cant fine tune the tension anywhere near as easily or precise as you can with the other two.
  10. Came across a 1995 J-45 Standard that has a bone nut, banner logo and with button tuners and the factory, "mis-aligned" pickguard that goes over the rosette. Now I know that all guitars should be judged on their individual merits and they all sound different from one another, but wondering if anyone can shed any light or give any info on these guitars from this time period. Ren Ferguson was with Gibson at this time and quality control apparently improved. What were the J45 Standards like from this time? It's interesting that it has a banner logo, bone nut and white button tuners stock and no pickup as far as I know. Any additional info would be great. Thanks!
  11. Any of these guitars are more than perfectly suitable for "country". I'd say take the one that feels and sounds best to you. J45's are iconic for the classic country singer/songwriter. They just get the job done and pair amazingly well when sung with. D28's (and D18's) are kind of the de-facto, go-to standard for Bluegrass flat picking. HD28's would work well too for all of the above, but I personally am not a fan and think they sound very unbalanced with an overly scooped midrange, a little muddy in the low end, and can get lost in the mix when played with a bunch of other people. HD28's do fingerpick really well though. As far as the modern Deluxes go, I haven't played on where I preferred it over a Standard Series. I would sell the J45, but if you're looking for a guitar to compliment it, A D28 would be a wonderful addition to a J45. You'd have the long scale vs. short scale thing covered, You'd have the rosewood and mahogany thing covered, singer/songwriter and flat picking thing covered, etc.
  12. I know every guitar should be based on it's individual merits, and don't like to lump guitars tougher and define them all good or bad based on the era it was made, but I'm wondering what a near-mint Gibson Dove from 1985 is worth these days? Looks like Ren Ferguson joined Gibson in 1986, a year after this one was made. What should one expect as far as overall construction, type of bracing, how tru to the originals, etc. of a Dove from this year? Would this just be a shell of it's former incarnations from the past, or are these the real deal? Thanks in advance!
  13. Regardless of when the guitar was made, what materials the guitar is made out of or what the company was going through at any particular period in time, what's most important, as you pointed out already, is how the guitar feels and sounds in YOUR hands. I'd much prefer a guitar that was from one of Gibsons worst periods historically as long as it sounded and felt amazing, over a guitar that came from a supposed high point in the company's history that sounds like garbage.
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