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Everything posted by sbpark

  1. Agree 100% that forever reason 13's "choke" all the J45's I've tried them on, including several J45 Standards and my current J45TV. 13's actually worked well though on my Advanced Jumbo, but I still prefer the sound and feel of 12's on that guitar.
  2. I think the D'Addario tuner and volume wheel on the lower end of the sound hole is more unsightly than the label.
  3. Regular old, off the shelf, run of the mill D'Addario EJ16.
  4. Don't play it, stick it in a glass case and just look at it. It's like buying a really nice hammer or chainsaw and just admiring it and never using it. All depends on why you own guitars; collector, player, etc. Neither is right or wrong, just sayin'. But if you're a player you're guitars are going to get bumps and bruises from use.
  5. Just rub some dirt on the table so it matches the rest of the guitar. It's the next cool trend, label relic'ing!
  6. Good thing the OP doesn't own a USA made Martin. their logo although small, is branded into the wood. Can't remove that.
  7. I highly doubt that removing the label will "destroy" the guitar as you put it, given the amount of use it's had, simply removing the label won't hurt anything, but if it were me I'd just leave it as is. Seems like you have a bit too much free time on your hands to be worrying about stuff like this!
  8. Makes sense you wouldn't like the HP, since it seems like they are trying to work their way into that WWJP/Taylor crowd, and as we all know Taylors are voiced nothing like Gibsons. Even if I prefer the traditional Gibson sound, neither is better or worse, just different.
  9. Maybe theydmissed the mark for you, me, and many of us here, but we are only a tiny representation of the market, and dare I say, a VERY small representation of the market! Given that companies like Taylor absolutely crush Gibson as far as sales and exposure, it kind of makes sense for Gibson to try and branch out and get a piece of that pie. Just because there are many of us here that seem to prefer the tried and true styles, vintage appointments and are resistant to change (myself included) doesn't mean that's how everyone else thinks, or it's what everyone else wants.
  10. Can't beat the TV's! I went through several J45 Standards of varying years and a newer J45 Vintage model and none of them ever hit the mark for me. The Standards always sounded tight and choked, and for the price of admission I really was not impressed with the dull sounding 2016 Vintage, even though I was assured by Chicago Music exchange that this one was specifically picked out of the many they had as being one of the best. So much for it being the best! It had a god-awful set-up, I couldn't budge the truss rod, and it just sounded dull and dead, so it went back. Shortly after I found a used 2010 J45TV at Guitar Center of all places, and paid around $1,900 for it. Took it home, set it up the way I like and then had a local tech/luthier install a K&K Pure Mini. It's a great guitar, light as a feather as others have commented, and the sound of that pickup in that guitar is surprisingly natural and wonderful. I did replace the stock pickguard with one I made from a sheet of material I got from StewMac. Something about how the stock pickguard covered up the rosette looked sloppy. Here's the guitar with the new pickguard.
  11. Love the playing, can't stand the tone of that pickup though. Metallic, typical magnetic sound hole pickup sound which I've never been a fan of. These pickups kind of make every acoustic guitar sound the same, be it a $300 guitar or a $3,000 guitar.
  12. What is your reason for wanting to know? Regardless of what year they started PLEK'ing, I'd just evaluate each guitar individually and if it needs a fret level/crown/polish/PLEK who cares what year they started using the PLEK machine? I have a 2010 Advanced Jumbo that had a hump in the upper frets. Had a local shop go through the guitar, had it PLEK'd and it plays great now, no buzz anywhere on the neck now. Money well spent.
  13. The Gibson brand guitar cleaner/polish is awesome for getting that arm haze off. I don't clean or wipe down my guitars regularly. I just hit them with the Gibson polish maybe a couple times a year and it gets rid of that haze in no time. For scratches I've had great results with Scratch X. I've used it a couple times when I was selling a guitar that had some light surface scratches and it worked amazingly well, resulting in a mirror finish.
  14. Pics are really small, but from what I can see it's nothing I'd even lose sleep over, let alone take to a shop to have fixed.
  15. Since you asked for opinions, I'd say don't bother with the replacing the bridge pins. Stock pins are just fine. If you're wanting a cosmetic change then go for it, but if you're looking for some dramatic sonic "improvement" don't get your hopes up. I will agree though, that the stock tuners are a bit annoying and not the smoothest (same with the stock Grovers on my 2012 AJ). I've replaced the nut on my AJ, and filed the nut slots on both guitars and had have them set up perfectly, and the tuners on both guitars leave a little to be desired.
  16. Just to update, after a while messing with the 490R/498T combo I ended up replacing them. I messed with different pickup heights and riding the volume knob, etc. but just couldn't get anything I liked for the type of stuff I like to play. Was going to just keep the Quick Connect system and ordered a pair of 57 Classics with the Quick Connecters, but never installed them and ended up sending them back and instead went for some Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers and a pre-wired Golden Era harness from StewMac with absolutely no regrets. The guitar plays and fells great and sounds fantastic now. I put the Quick Connect pickups and harness in a box if for whatever reason I want to return it to stock in the future. I'm mostly an acoustic player, and when I do play an electric it's usually a Tele, but man, this SG definitely gives the Teles a run for their money. A few weeks ago I scored an old Gibson SG chainsaw case for $25 from someone who was cleaning out their garage because their kids have moved out of the house. Fits the guitar like a glove and all the latches work. Since I took the pictures below I ordered some thick, heavy adhesive-backed felt and replaced some of the worn out original felt and reinforced some spots where the felt was gone. It isn't the prettiest case, but it sure is burly.
  17. Would be better if you could see what guitars people are actually buying. Did the economic crash coincide with higher end guitar sale losses, and once sales went back up in latter years were people buying more "budget" guitars like the stuff from Yamaha, Recording King, etc. or were they buying your higher end stuff from Gibson, Martin and the elite boutique builders? I ask because even though people may be buying more acoustic guitars, it doesn't mean they are buying the higher end stuff necessarily.
  18. Disagree 100%, but alas, we are all entitled to our opinions, right? Who actually goes into buying a new acoustic with the intent or expectation of resale value in mind?! Thinking of selling the guitar before you even buy it? If that's a criteria of yours, it's not a knock at the manufacturers, but more of the fault or personal issue with the buyer. As far as young people not interested in acoustic music, I don't think it's as dramatic or dire as you may think. Maybe with the very young who are just going along with whats on the radio, etc., but believe it or not there are genres/sub-generes that are as popular or more popular than they have been in the recent past like modern country, Americana, Alt-Country (regardless of what your own personal opinion is of these genres, they are pretty much thriving) and a resurgence of the classic country stuff means that people are still wanting acoustic instruments. People are always dying and guitars are always popping up for sale. Sure, the market for vintage instruments isn't what it was a number of years ago when there was a boom and prices were inflated, but things happen in cycles, and to think that there simply wont be a market for said instruments is just ridiculous. I agree that the baby boomers are dying off, and these guys are the ones that mostly fueled the market for these vintage instruments because they wanted to relive their youth, own something from their childhood, said instruments were said to be superior to anything currently made along with the flood of reissues "authentics" or whatever marketing term you'd like to apply for those who couldn't afford the real deal. But keep in mind that we are already experiencing certain highly regarded and prized materials used in acoustic guitars either becoming extremely rare, protected, expensive, etc., which in my opinion will keep many guitars fairly collectible, desirable and expensive. I'm guessing that even certain guitars that we regard as just run of the mill, or nothing special may start becoming more collectible and desirable as more and more materials become more and more scarce. So even though the current population of people who have been driving the market are dying off doesn't mean that there isn't going to be a totally different population of players or a different number of reasons that will keep the market going. Think outside the box.
  19. The J-15 was previously made with a sunburst finish, although it was a bit rare and they did only make a few, but they did exist before the 2018 model.
  20. Price increases seem a bit much, but the used market also seems a bit inflated as well. Seems like everyone is asking close to new prices for their used gear nowadays. Happy I picked up a '10 J45 True Vintage (for around $1900) last year and traded '76 Precision Bass for my '12 Advanced Jumbo. Neither of those are going anywhere. I bought a new Martin 000-15M a couple years ago and it actually needed a neck reset only 2 years after buying it brand new, and being the original owner, but Martin refused to fix it properly and instead authorized the bridge to be shaved down. Apparently this is such an issue with newer Martins that they changed their warranty because they were getting so many back for the same issue. Based on that experience I sold the guitar once I got it back from the shop and also sold my HD-28 because it left a very bad taste in my mouth. No want, need or desire for any other acoustics at the moment given the current state of the market. Just happy I have the two Gibsons and a Waterloo that I enjoy a great deal.
  21. Yep, pretty much came to the conclusion that all of these preferences and opinions are just that...preferences and opinions and there's nothing wrong with the guitar fro a manufacturing/ fit and finish perspective. Some like things one way, others seem to have VERY strong opinions about what they hypothesize is the right way and is the ONLY right way with no real proof to substantiate it, even though they seem very passionate that their way is the only way. Personally, I'll side with those who say I've been doing it this way for 30 years and have had no ill-effects. That works for me. Simple and to the point!
  22. Wow, so after all the insane back and forth between some members on this thread I came to the conclusion that my guitar is just fine, and some of you guys take this way too seriously! Thanks to those like RCT that gave some helpful and real-world info. Much appreciated!
  23. I think somewhere I saw 4/64" recommended as a Gibson starting point for their pickups. Granted that was for the 498T hat used to be in there and now it's a SD Seth Lover. I've noticed with the Seth Lovers they are VERY sensible to pickup height changes. Too night and they get a bit wooly/muddy but if they're too low you really lose some low end. Nice sounding pickups but seem more finicky to pickup height than other pickups. Granted, I'm also mostly used to single coils so himbuckers are a bit new to me. It's been a bit since I had a guitar with humbuxkers.
  24. Using the bridge pickup as an example, it's pretty much impossible to get the bridge pickup at say 4/64" from the string when fretted at the last fret because the way the pickup is angled results in the string hitting the other side of the pickup in some cases.
  25. Wondering where you take your measurements on SG's that don't use pickup rings, resulting in the pickup not being parallel to the strings? I installed a set of SD Seth Lovers into my SG Standard and have been tweaking them, and of course it's don by ear, but just curious for and hose of you who measure where on the pickup are you taking your measurements on the tilted pickup? Thanks!
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