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  1. The stock Grover open back Sta-Tites backs on my 2012 AJ absolutely SUCKED! I replaced them with a set of the 18:1 Sta-Tites and can attest they are a direct fit. No need to swap the original bushings and it's a super simple swap. My g-string tuner was getting harder and harder to turn, and the others were starting to crappy. Dare I say though, the originals are also 18:1 as well (I never counted the gears on the old tuners), but I've had the 18:1 Sta-Tites on a few Martin 15 series I used to own and they never felt as bas as the OEM Sta-Tites that came on my 2012 AJ. The originals that came on my AJ just don't seem to last. I have a buddy who is a pretty well-known singer/songwriter who has a couple custom Stonebridge custom guitars and he also had the Standard-tites on his guitars and mid tour he had one of the tuners totally crap out on him. I still replaced mine with a new set of 18:1's. So far so good.
  2. Probably be able to get a great deal on one, given how many they have in stock!
  3. A K&K Mini is such a great pickup, sounds great, doesn't affect the acoustic sound of the guitar, weighs practically nothing, is unobtrusive and very little to go wrong with it. I agree 100% with having a professional install it for you. It's really a nominal fee to do so. I've done my fair share of work on my own guitars including making new pickguards, making new nuts and saddles from blanks, doing my own set-ups, etc., but was hesitant to install a K&K myself given it's super glue, and if you mess up, it's a huge hassle to correct, plus the shop I have doing mine is installing it for free because I bought the pickup directly from them. For $99 installed you really cannot complain. If you like the sound of the K&K going directly into the Loudbox, you may be pleasantly surprised if you first run it through a nice preamp. I used to have a J$%TV I had a K&K installed in, and would use a Radial PZ Pre and go into a Loudbox mini and it's sounded great. Eagerly awaiting to get the J45 Standard back from the shop, where I'm having a K&K installed into it as we speak.
  4. I agree 100%. Couple months ago I picked up a 43 year old D-28 and it’s currently getting a neck reset and refret. I’m not against vintage instruments either. But for $1,550 this little custom shop 00 seemed like a no brainer.
  5. For me, replacing the tuners was to get rid of those big washers on the front of the headstock along with the huge buttons and added, unnecessary weight. If you're going to have to add 6 new screw holes you might as well just go with the more traditional look with some 3-on-a-plate tuners and use some Scratch-X 2.0 which will take care of the scratches caused by wet sanding out the marks left by the Rotomatic washers. Seriously, it only adds like 30 minutes to the overall install. OP's install does look good though and they look like nice tuners.
  6. Blah, blah, blah. Nobody said I wanted one exactly like his, or one that sounds just like his.I've been wanting a small-body Martin for a while given my other acoustics are all dreads. Jeff Tweedy also plays with absolutely dead strings, which is a big thing that contributes to his signature sound. Never said I was going to do that either. I also dont want to fork out the asking price for a 30's 00-18, and possibly fork over even more for the repair work involved in getting it in optimal playing condition (neck reset, new frets, possible crack repairs, etc.) I'm influenced and inspired by the artist, but I didn't say I wanted a guitar EXACTLY like his. Nor do I have his playing style or fingers, either, but great job attempting to buzzkill the forthcoming NGD!
  7. Several years ago I had a Recording King ROS-06 (came out a couple years before they came out with the RP-06_ and can attest that that sub $300 guitar after a proper set-up sounded incredible, but it had a MASSIVE neck that was chunky and just a bit too wide for me at 1 7/8". I've played RP-06's and the neck is so much easier to play at 1 3/4" and the slimmer profile as well. Great guitars for sure.
  8. I think it's a combo of the rosewood and scale length. If I'm correct, the AJ has the same bracing as the J35, but the J35 is short scale and mahogany back and sides, and every one of them I've played have sounded too bright and thin to my ears, while my AJ is big and punchy, and although the AJ has rosewood back and sides it has a tighter low end than other rosewood dreads I've played/currently own. I think that combo of rosewood, scale length and the bracing just makes for a very loud, tight and punchy guitar that really projects.
  9. I've been a big Jeff Tweedy fan for a very long time. I've been wanting a smaller body 00 12-fretter for a long time, and I guess BluesKing777's post about the Sunrise pickup fueled the GAS since we starting discussing Jeff Tweedy, and then I saw him at the Fillmore this past Friday in SF and he was playing his 1930's 00. Came home last night from the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival and took a quick peek on Reverb, and found a custom shop 00-18 slot head 12-fretter for a really great price. Apparently the owner bought it new, wanted to experiment with finger style playing, never really got into it and is selling it to help fund a Les Paul purchase. It's originally from a shop in Indiana that apparently spec's a small number of these a couple years ago. Here's the Reverb listing with the specs: https://reverb.com/item/15328664-martin-00-18-12-fret Not too stoked that it has a strap button installed, but it's obviously not a deal breaker, and if I bond with the guitar and the strap button still bugs me I can have it removed and filled in. I think I did pretty good with this one, even though I said I'd never buy another acoustic guitar that I haven't seen in person and played first. Seller has already shipped it, so I'm hoping it will be here by the end of the week!
  10. BluesKing777- Saw Gregory Alan Isakov at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco last night. He, as before when I saw him went back and forth between his J50 and some sort of Gibson archtop. Still has the Sunrise in his J50, and to my ear his sound sounded like all Sunrise pickup. I dont think he was running a dual source, just straight pickup. It sounded good, but didnt really sound very "acoustic", but still sounded good, compared to tweedy the night before who Had a little better acoustic sound with a Sunrise and some other type of pickup in his guitars, combined with an external mic. I should add that the band that opened for Isakov was an acoustic duo called "Oh Pep!" Not really my thing, but they sounded good (we could their last few songs), and the singers acoustic guitar sounded AMAZING. I mean, it sounded like an actual acoustic guitar coming through the mains. I asked her after their set what pickup is in what looks like some sort of 00-18 style guitar. She said it was an LR Baggs anthem! I was pretty surprised. Her sound was ridiculously natural and I haven't heard an acoustic guitar sound that good in a long time, and it was all pickup, no external mic. They're also sponsored by LR Baggs. I think it may even be an anthem SL, because I didnt notice the big, of-white control block in the sound hole that's usually a dead giveaway for the Anthem.
  11. Interesting you ask, and this may sound strange, but given it was just him and a guitar, I think it was actually a combination of the plugged in signal, the mic and just the unamplified acoustic guitar sound itself. It wasn't a very loud show. I[ve seen Jeff Tweedy in the past and sometimes it's sounded more magnetic sound hole pickup, other times more natural. This time around it sounded a bit more on the natural side to me.
  12. Saw Tweedy tonight at the Fillmore in San Francisco. Great show. Although I previously called it a 0-18, the guitar he played for every song but one looks like a 00-18, not a 0-18. He played a J45 for one song during the encore (Acuff-Rose) and it was in an open tuning, possibly DADGAD. Both guitars had sunrise mag pickups in them, no idea if there was something else in each guitar/running a dual source system. He does have what looks like a small preamp thats mounted right by the endpin, and the guitar was also mic'd with some sort of Shure KSM mic, either a KSM32 or KSM44A. I couldn't get very clear pics because I was pretty far away, up in the balcony on the side.
  13. Which model Sunrise do you have? I've heard they are ridiculously heavy compared to other MSP's. How does it affect the acoustic sound of the pickup if at all?
  14. I've seen both artists several times. This will be my third time seeing Isakov (the two previous times were incredible), and have seen Jeff Tweedy solo twice (this will be number 3), seen him with his band with his son called "Tweedy"(was really impressed, and his son is a really, really good drummer), and lost count how many times I've seen Wilco! When I've seen him solo, Jeff Tweedy seemed to mostly play a 0-18, but that was before he got all those Waterloos. Last time I saw Wilco they did 5 shows at the Fillmore in SF, and I was at three of those shows. For those shows he mostly went back and forth between two ladder braced Waterloo WL-14's, one black, one sunburst and neither were plugged in. For that last tour they were playing through small amps, mic'ing acoustics, and John Stirratt was playing through a B15. He also opened the show playing an old Hummingbird. Before the Waterloos he was playing a couple of 1930's Kel Kroydons with the birds painted on them. Long ago he mostly played a J45. I think he also used to play Breedlove acoustics. Even though he has that Martin signature model, I've never seen him play that guitar live. Seems like he's really liking his 0-18 these days. Apparently that guitar has been on every Wilco record. He has a book coming out the second week in November where I think he talks about that 1930's 0-18.. Both times I say Gregory Alan Isakov he played his J50 95% of the time. He also played some sort of arch top for a song or two if I remember correctly.
  15. Can you tell us a little about how the Sunrise compares/contrasts to an M80? I actually have one of the the super old M1's (passive) and can get it to sound pretty decent, and kind of prefer it over the M80 in some cases, although I'm not a big fan of magnetic soundhole pickups to begin with. Two of my favorite singer/songwriters Jeff Tweedy and Gregory Alan Isakov (I'm seeing both this weekend, btw, Tweedy tomorrow and Isakov on Saturday!) use Sunrise pickups. I think Tweedy uses it as part of a dual source and I think Isakov uses it by itself.
  16. I'm fine with Rotomatics on the D35 given it's always had Rotomatics since the model was introduced in the 60's. They dont bug me nearly as much as they do on a Gibson.
  17. None at all. They obviously feel different, and the Rotomatics are a little easier to dial in, but they also have a much bigger button. I have nothing against Rotomatics. I have them on a '75 D28 and a new D35. They just dont look right on a J45.
  18. I believe the shop that my J45 is at right now has a few sets of these. I swore I noticed them in the case when I dropped the guitar off to get the K&K installed. Hoping it's ready any day now. @EpiSheriMan, I could pick you up a set and mail them to you if you're in the USA. And a little off-topic, but if anyone is looking for a good 3-on-a-plate set, the Klusons are really nice. The buttons aren't stark white, more of an off/aged white, which look fantastic on a J45, and they dropped right in with come conversion bushings.
  19. String height (action) is player dependent. What one person prefers/likes may be different for the next guy. And stating that a particular guitar prefers higher action, etc., is not limited to the J200's! Every guitar will sound worse the lower you go with the action. You lose low end, sustain, etc. the lower you go. This is the compromise we all face with acoustic instruments.
  20. Interesting. I fit an M80 into a Martin 000-15M, which I am guessing has the size sound hole as your Martin OM. With that said though, like you mentioned I wouldn't call it an "easy fit. I pretty much had to remove the clamps to get the pickup in there though and then attach them, but on my other guitars (J45, D35, D28) I just have to loosen the clamps and slide the pickup right in.
  21. I've bought several brand new J45's and have never seen this. All of them have had a saddle where the edge is rounded and matches the curve in the slot in the bridge.
  22. I set my own guitars up most of the time with average action that tends to lean on the slightly higher side because I can have a heavy right hand. It wasn't the set up. I set them up the same. The one was seriously a dud. Gorgeous to look at, but really did not sound good at all. And given I had two of them and one sounded spectacular, I am even more convinced the other was was junk. I also prefer 13's on all my larger guitars except for my J45 that actually sounds better with 12's. The J200 that was magical sounded good with both 12's and 13's.
  23. This is a bit reassuring, because I've owned two J200's, both from the early 2010's, and one sounded glorious while the other seriously sounded thin and way to bright with no low end at all.
  24. Damn, that isa gorgeous guitar at a great price. Tempted, but want to go on a nice vacation next month, otherwise I'd be considering this guitar!
  25. These are what I used. I got them off Amazon. So far they are great. They turn smooth, and I really like how the buttons aren't a stark, blinding white like other 3-on-a-plate tuners are. They're a more of a cream color and blend with the rest of the guitar better.
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