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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.
  14. That's what you get for polishing your guitar.
  15. I've had a slew of J45's, a couple J200's and an AJ. Currently all I own is a D-18, and it's my favorite acoustic. Funny thing about D-18's, they're kind of "generic" sounding, but at the same time have no shortcomings or negatives that all the other guitars I mentioned have had in one way or another. The D-18 does everything those others guitar do all rolled up into one guitar. I play everything from old school country, singer/songwriter stuff, to picking fiddle tunes and going to the occasional Bluegrass jam, and the D-18 does it all. With all that said, I don't really thing you could go wrong with keeping either the AJ or HB. AJ's are monsters, they roar and are LOUD, and they also do really well when fingerpicked, but when using a pick you have to be really aware of your attack and how you play because these are loud guitars. The AJ was a bit much for me when singing and playing at the same time because the AJ ca be a bit overpowering. Not a super complex sound, and ended up not being my first choice when I was also singing.. Id say if you go to a lot of jams or play Bluegrass I'd lean more toward the AJ, but OP doesn't seem to play that type of music, so in this case I'd probably be more inclined to keep the HB. He already has a D-18, so you have the regular-scale, dreadnought thing covered. The HB is a bit mellower, sweeter and shorter scale, so it seems like it would offer a little more variety. The AJ and D18 means you'd have two regular-scale, powerful dreads. The HB and D-18 would mean you had one regular scale and one short scale guitar and one has more power while the other is a little sweeter. More variety. Then, to make it even more complicated, someone suggested a J45. I'd still take the HB in this situation if my other guitar was a D18. Like I said in the beginning of this reply, I've had a slew of J45's and currently have a D18. Speaks for itself right there.
  16. Guy still ended up buying the D35. Apparently he put the Hummingbird up for sale and sold it in four hours and he just left my place with the D35.
  17. I ended up respectfully declining the guys offer. I'd rather just hold out and sell the guitar or wait until someone makes a trade offer on something I'd really like. A newer Hummingbird would be great. I also wouldn't mind just selling the guitar. It really is an incredible D35 with a huge sound, I just love my D18 and always reach for it before reaching for the D35.
  18. Have an '18 D35. He offered the Hummingbird and $600 cash on his end. The D35 is an incredible guitar, I just prefer mahogany back and sides.
  19. I was recently offered a trade for a 1970 Hummingbird. Pics are below. Guitar looks to be in really nice shape. Owner says it's never had any repairs, no cracks, damage, etc. Original case as well. May go check it out, but was wondering if anyone could shed any light on the Hummingbirds from '70-'72. (The SN# is 734639 and comes back as a '70-'72) I know that there are duds and great examples from all eras, but without ever really playing any Gibson acoustics from the 70's, I know many aren't really into these because some had the double-X bracing and suffered in the QC department. Any info on specs or things to look out for would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  20. I've never been a fan of Grovers in J-45's. Consequently, I don't mind them on the Martin D-35. I swapped out the Grovers on my J-45 Standard with some Kluson 3-on-a-plate tuners and never looked back. Just needed some conversion bushings from StewMac and some polish to buff out the "raccoon eyes" left by the Rotomatics. Took me easily under an hour start to finish. Before: After:
  21. For me at least I don't think it has anything to do with the fretboard radius. The reason I do not like flat picking on a J45 is because of the shorter scale length. I prefer the longer scale length of the Advanced Jumbo and Martin dreads. Even with heavier strings the J-45 feels floppy. I like a bit more resistance. a Martin scale length dread of longer scale AJ and some 13's and that's the way to go for flat picking, and for that type of playing my D-18 crushes a J-45.
  22. I bought a 2017 J45 in 2016. There is a 2017 stamp on the back of the headstock and the serial number (that's also on the back of the headstock) dates it a 2016, with matching serial number on the label visible through the sound hole. Gibson is/was releasing the following year's models early, similar to what automobile makers do. I also have a Fender that has a 2017 serial number on the back of the headstock, but the stamp at the heel (on the same neck) says 2018. Go figure.
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