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  1. You are 100% correct, as all options on the StewMac website have a shaft diameter that's a little under 1/4". They will still work, you'll just have a little space around the opening the bushing. If you look at the photo below closely you can see a little gap on the G, B, & E tuners regarding the slightly narrower shaft diameter with the conversion bushings: I ended up going with these Klusons I picked up off of amazon. The are listed as having 1/4" tuner shafts, and the StewMac conversion bushings say that they specifically work with tuners with 1/4" shafts, so we'll see once they arrive! If they truly are 1/4" it may be a very tight fit with little wiggle room, and I may end up needing the 3-on-a-plate tuners with the slightly marrow shafts. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006ZPAEU/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  2. After some deliberation I pulled the trigger and ordered some Kluson 3-on-a plate white button tuners and conversion bushings and will be swapping out the Rotomatics on my J45 Standard. This sent me down a rabbit hole of things to do to the guitar to get it where I'd like it, mostly for cosmetic reasons, but also to want to turn this thing into my open mic guitar, given none of my four current acoustics have pickups aside from this one, but I am not a fan of the UST. Here's what I'll be doing to the guitar: - Kluson 3-on-a-plate tuners with aged white buttons - StewMac 3/8" round conversion bushings - Sanding off the "raccoon eyes" left by the Rotomatic washers on the headstock. - All-black truss rod cover (no white border) - Removing the LR Baggs Element VTC and installing a K&K Mini - Bone nut and saddle - Replacing the stock, rubberized pickguard that refused to stick (this is the second one sent to me from Gibson because the original also peeled up) - Antique Acoustics Replica Gibson bridge pins (just don't like the look of the stock Tusq bridge pins) Yes, this is basically a case of diminishing returns, and I know this sounds like a lot of work to put into a regular old J45 Standard, and others will most likely be thinking, why not just sell the Standard and get a used True Vintage or Vintage model?! Well, I've been down that road already. This is my third J45 Standard, and have also had a TV and V model, and this Standard I have now seems to be the best of the bunch (I know it sounds nuts, but the particular Vintage model I received was pretty bad, and was a major disappointment), so I figured I'll just turn the one I have aesthetically into what I want, and while I'm at it, drop in a better sounding pickup.
  3. You're correct about it being more work to convert to the 3-on-a-plate white button tuners because of the need to use conversion bushings. You'll have to just slightly ream the pegged holes when installing the conversion bushings because they are just a little too large to just press then in, otherwise you'll risk splitting the headstock. Then you're going to be left with the "raccoon eyes" from the Rotomatic washers and to do it properly should sand the headstock to get rid of those the best you can. I'm actually going this route for my J45. Ordered the tuners and bushings and I'm just going to have a shop do the install. I'm actually super comfortable with reaming and installing the tuners, it's the sanding of the headstock to get rid of the raccoon eyes that makes me a little nervous. I did all the measurements and the 3-on-a-plate tuners will line up perfectly from post to post with the existing holes, you just have to use the 3/8 StewMac conversion bushings.
  4. So you used the StewMac conversion bushings? Also, what was the process for sanding/finishing/getting rid of the "raccoon eyes"?
  5. I'm way ahead of you on forwarding my questions if it all will work with parts numbers, links, etc.! Hoping to get a reply early next week as it says they will reply in 1-2 business days. And as expensive as the tool is (around $60), if I go ahead with the tuner swap I'd purchase the StewMac reaming tool just to do it right. I learned this when I used to work on motorcycles. It' better to have the correct tools and do the job right the first time, even if it means forking out for a specific tool compared to thinking you can fudge it with an inferior tool, only to screw things up and end up spending more time and money fixing your mistake(s).
  6. This is purely for cosmetic reasons. Can't stand the way the stock Rotomatics look on my J45 Standard (funny thing is I don't mind them on my D-35). Here's a youtube clip from StewMac converting from Rotomatics to Klusons on Rich Robinson's 335: The holes left by the Rototatics are too large to just drop in a set of Kluson or Gotoh 3-on-Plate style tuners, but seems like they would fit with a set of these StewMac conversion bushings: https://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_and_Parts/Tuning_Machines/Tuner_Parts/3_8_Conversion_Tuner_Bushing.html These are the tuners: I know I will have to do lust a little reaming to get the new bushings to fit, and will obviously have to drill new holes for mounting the tuners. My only concern is the conversion bushings hole for the tuner post is 0.25", and the diameter of the tuner shaft on the Gotoh's is 0.236". The Kluson equivalent 3-on-Pate tuners are listed as having a 0.25" post. Here are the Klusons:
  7. I've never owned a "style 16". Dont know what that is.
  8. Love the memes! Whats most likely going to happen is I'll keep the D-35, D-28 and AJ and have three killer guitars for the Bluegrass/flatpicking stuff and sell the J45 and pick up some kind of all-mahogany, small body acoustic just to have something to noodle on and have lighter gauge strings on for a change of pace.
  9. I'd rather have two rosewood Martins that sound great than two Gibsons where one of them sounds just "ok". Sounds like people getting butt hurt because someone also likes other guitars with a different name on the headstock!
  10. How much do you think I'm actually "soaking" into it?! Maybe you should play the guitar first. I evaluate each guitar individually and on it's own merits. Even if it was my Dad's guitar, if it sounded like crap and needed the work, I wouldn't do it simply for sentimental reasons. It would have to sound great in order for me to do that. This one sounds great, I picked it up for a song. Well worth it.
  11. You guys crack me up. I havent parted with either of the Gibsons yet, but for sure the J45 is going to be sold. Compared to my other guitars it's just not cutting it. It sounds good, but just doesn't really work for what I'm doing these days. I thought I'd dig it after buying it back, but I'd rather have an all-mahogany small body to noodle with instead of the J45. I got rid of it before because the highs on J45's sound thin and weak to my ear, and thoughts my tastes would change, but after playing it for a couple weeks, I still think J45's sound weak and thin on the high strings. Cracks me up because some said to ditch the J45 because it's a new J45 Standard and they're nothing special or worth keeping, a dime a dozen and can be bought later on again if I wanted one, then I buy a 43 year old Martin with 43 year old wood that sounds wonderful (absolutely destroys the thin, weak sounding J45 Standard) and you guys freak out. Maybe it's just the label on the headstock that irks everyone, but I just go for what sounds better. And as much as people trash 70's Martins, I will say they are head and shoulders way nicer consistently in my experience if we're comparing them to 70's Gibson acoustics. But this isn't about Gibson vs. Martin, it's just about what is the better guitar for my uses and what I think sounds better. I'm playing a lot of Bluegrass currently, so the J45 just isn't cutting it for that stuff. Even one guy at the shop I took the D-28 to played my J45 Standard and commented on it being a great sounding J45, which surprised him because of how inconsistent they are in his opinions. And in reference to the members saying it's a lot of work, or too much to sink into the Martin to get it up and running, I got the '75 D-28 for a fraction of what they go for. I wouldn't call a neck reset, refret and a new pickguard on a 43 year old guitar "a lot of work", I'd say that's pretty much par for the course. Yes, filling in the existing bridge slot and cutting a new slot to get the correct scale length is adding a little cost, but again, its not a big deal (in my opinion), and it's a common issue with 70's Martins. The guitar has no previous repairs or damage, absolutely no structural issues, no loose braces, no cracks, etc. It's in really nice shape, the original case cleaned up and in also in incredible shape, and even with super old strings and high action it wipes the floor with the J45, sorry to say. Sure, there's that chance that it wont sound as good after the work, but I really doubt that. Even after the work it needs, which I equate to buying an old car that just needs a tune up, tires, brakes and an oil change, I'm still ahead of the game and could sell it for more than I have into it altogether, and like it's been said already, J45 Standards are a dime a dozen.
  12. I guess things have changed since starting this thread. I came across a '75 D-28 that had obviously been played a bit, but then was left in it's original case for a very long time. No cracks at all or structural issues or repairs and it's all original.I snagged it for a great price, and it's currently at a very reputable shop getting a neck reset, complete refret, fretboard planed, saddle slot filled and relocated (lots of 70's Martins have incorrect scale lengths due to a faulty jig at the factory back then, new nut and saddle and a new pickguard. Will be a couple months until I get the guitar back, but Im considering selling both the AJ and J45. That will leave me with the D-28 and D-35, and I'll maybe look for something like a small body mahogany acoustic to compliment the D-28 and D-35.
  13. I considered heavier strings, but my D-35 and AJ both wear 13's, and they work great on those guitars and was thinking that something shorter scale with 12's would be better for the quieter stuff, fingerpicking, etc.
  14. Funny how everyone has said they'd go D'35?J45. I've actually decided to go D-35/AJ. The J45 does seem to sound a little more open, but it just sounds a bit weak and thin in the highs, and you can't really push it. The AJ just sounds fatter, thicker and has balls. Same with the D-35. That guitar sounds BIG, but it can be dialed back a lot easier than the AJ. I guess I just prefer the bigger sound and a guitar I can push if need be. J45's just seem to collapse and cave in on themselves when pushed. SO consequently I'll be selling the J45 (again!)
  15. Ha, well, I'm headed in that direction already. I only brew my own coffee at home with a pour over or drink whatever someone brewed in the break room at the hospital I work at, and I don't drink simply because even if I have two drinks I feel like poop the next day. One thing I wont skimp on is good food, but 90% of the time I cook for myself. I just feel pretty guilty for no real reason that I let myself slip a bit! I don't have kids to worry about or anything like that. My bills are paid.
  16. I started another thread talking about selling off a bunch of guitars a couple years ago and paying off about $57k in student loan debt in a little over 2 years, and how a guy I sold a 2017 J45 Standard (I bought in 2016) got in touch with me the other day asking me if I wanted to buy the guitar back. Well, I caved in to the temptation and bought the guitar back for what I sold it for, and it's in the exact same near-new condition. It sounds fantastic. It has low end for days and the low E is really incredible with all the thump and growl you could want. It's a pretty complex sounding J45, which was pretty hard to find (a lot of them I tried over the last few years including several other Standards, True Vintages and the latest Vintage models, always left me unimpressed. But now I still have a bit of buyers remorse simply because I have been so diligent and disciplined about not spending, and I do have an unwritten rule with myself (that I actually forgot about conveniently when I picked up this J45 this morning) of "one in, one out", so something has to go! My other two acoustics are a 2012 AJ and a Martin D-35. Just to be clear, the D-35 isn't going anywhere. I've always enjoyed the AJ, but being totally honest, compared to the J45 it can sound a little stiff sometimes, and it has WAY more mids than the J45, which is great when you're playing with buddies and want to be heard and punch through, but does tend to get in the way when I try to sing over it. It's not necessarily about the volume of the AJ (yes, it's a bit louder than the J45), it's more the voicing of the guitar. I've been getting into fiddle tunes lately and it works perfectly for that stuff, but for the couch/singer songwriter type stuff that I also like to play, the J45 is the clear leader. It's sweeter, more intimate and a little more complex sounding than the AJ, but no where near as good for fiddle tunes as the AJ. The AJ also has better highs in my opinion. They are fatter and warmer than the J45, where the highs can sometimes sound a bit thin and tinny to my ear. The D-35 is a lush, warm, well-balanced beast that's more of a jack-of-all-trades guitar. If I could only keep ONE of the three, this would most likely be the one. Decisions, decisions...so if you were in my shoes and enjoyed playing everything from singer/songwriter type stuff to cross-picking and flatpicking fiddle tunes now and then, which two would you keep?! Advanced Jumbo: Rosewood back and sides, sounds best with 80/20 13's, Loud, punchy and very "forward" in your face sound, less "sweet" sounding and less complex compared to the J45 and D-35, but it has much thicker, warmer highs than the J45, no pickup. Ideally suited in my opinion for flatpicking. Less expressive than the J45, and not the best for fingerpicking. Can push this guitar as hard as you want. You will always be heard. J45 Standard: Mahogany back and sides, short scale, sounds best with 80/20 12's, big low end, "sweeter" and more complex than the AJ, better for singing over and for accompanying voice, also a great finger picker, but falls short for flatpicking and not the greatest when hit hard, has factory pickup Bags Element VTC (which I'm not the biggest fan of, but I never really plug in). Best suited for songwriting, singing, fingerpicking, strumming, and it records the best compared to the other two. Martin D-35: Rosewood back and sides, strung with PB 13's, massive, full and enveloping sound but still surprisingly balanced and you can literally feel the guitar vibrating through your body when you strum chords. Seems to work equally well as a strummer and can hold its own when flatpicking, but it's not a D-28. Not quite the punch of the AJ, and is decent for fingerpicking, but not as easy as a short scale with 12's.. Sounds best strung with 13's. This guitar can pretty much do everything REALLY well, is a strummer and singers dream, but as mentioned can get buy for bluegrass/fiddle tunes. . No pickup.
  17. The specs can vary a little. Best is to email the serial number to Gibson and they’ll email you back a spec sheet. Mine has an unusually low profile neck. Mine is a 2012.
  18. He said it's in the same condition as when I sold it to him, only a year older. He's not much of a player these days and said he's playing more electric over acoustic. Tentatively meeting him tomorrow to check it out.
  19. About two years ago I did a MASSIVE thinning of the herd. I had a lot of guitars and gear, and basically sold everything except for two acoustics (AJ, D-35) and two electrics (SG, Tele). I wanted to finally be rid of student loan and credit card debt. Fast forward to the present day and I paid off a total of $57k in debt. I'm currently student loan and credit card debt free, have excellent credit, and now I can sleep at night and it feels great. My only significant bills are rent and a car payment, and I've been trying to save for a downpayment for a house. A couple days ago I had a super nice guy who bought my 2017 J45 Standard (I bought it in 2016 when they first released them) asking me if I was interested in buying the guitar back for the same price I sold it to him (I had mentioned to him to ask me first if he ever decided to sell it). It was a great guitar, but a little bit of an impulse purchase at the time, and as previously mentioned I had decided to buckle down and thin the herd to crush the debt. But recently I've been wanting a mahogany guitar, and would also be nice to have something with lighter gauge strings on it, shorter scale, etc. (I have 13's on both the D-35 and AJ, and use the AJ for fiddle tunes and flatpicking mostly, and the D-35 for everything, but it just sounds so much better with 13's). I've always preferred 12's on J45's. I have the cash for the J45, and like I mentioned, it would be nice to have a mahogany guitar given my AJ and D-35 are both rosewood, and something shorter scale with lighter strings would be a nice change, too. I know you all are enablers, and this may be a lost cause asking on a forum, but what would you guys do in my situation? Buy back the J45 or just suck it up and make due with the two acoustics I have now and ignore the GAS?
  20. Am I the only one here wondering exactly what/where/what kind of venue/situation this gig occurred in?! Random jugglers who weren't booked, but show and just perform for the heck of it for well over an hour?! At least he was only juggling balls and not chainsaws, flaming torches, machetes, etc.
  21. Haha! I jut watched the new Jim Jeffries special on Netflix (he's a pretty offensive comedian) and he talked about how it throws him off when there is a sign language interpreter at any of his shows.
  22. First thing I saw when I opened this thread was, "balls kept flying..."
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