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  1. If it is deemed a warranty issue, be prepared to ship the guitar to Gibson and have to wait. They MAY agree to have an authorized repair shop in your area (if there is one in your area) perform the work, but if it's an expensive fix sometimes Gibson will sometimes have you ship it to them, and in my opinion they also do that to discourage the owner from doing that and being without their guitar for weeks/months.
  2. Martin also apparently makes a great sounding Gibson. And for the record, I actually love the sound of that guitar.
  3. Just watched the video again, what strings are on that thing? They look like they're a silver color. Retros perhaps?
  4. I can't lie, the guitar sounds great. Not sure why they went with a magnetic sound hole pickup, and the guitar just seems to have an identity crisis, but again, I do think it sounds great! It's too bad though that Martin's attempt at a burst doesn't even come close to Gibsons.
  5. All great points, and I'm just going to stick with the K&K Mini and K&K Pre Preamp. Keep it simple, and if things change down the line I have the option to add a second source if I want.
  6. Those look like Tusq pins. No clue why Gibson decided to start using those, but I personally think they suck, and they are too small. I had the same issue with them on my J45 Standards where they were tilted like that, replaced them with a set of size 2A pins from Bob Colosi and problem solved. Doesn't look like your bridge is lifting, but again, photographs can play tricks on you without having the guitar to inspect in person. Not really following you on the whole neck thing, but if you're worried or converged about the guitar I'd either have a tech you trust go over it to give you peace of mind, or just simply return it and move on.
  7. I'd almost be into the J-15 if it didn't have the abalone rosette. Can't Stan't abalone rosettes.
  8. This what I'm thinking of as far as a practical, versatile dual source system: K&K Mini LR Baggs M1 (I've had this pickup in my guitar drawer for a few years not being used, so figured I'd finally put it to use.) K&K Dual Channel Pro ST Stereo Preamp Both pickups are passive, the K&K and the M1. The K&K preamp has extra tabs on the jack that are there to solder in a second source, usually the mic portion of the Trinity system, but you can wire on any pickup you want. So the K&K Mini would be wired to the tip, the M1 would be wired to the sleeve. The K&K Dual Channel Pro ST preamp accepts a stereo 1/4 "TRS cable, or you can just plug a regular TS cable into it and use the K&K mini if I'm ever in a situation where I don't have the TRS cable and/or the K&K preamp with me. Yes, the drawback of the K&K Dual Channel Pro ST preamp is the EQ for both sources is inside the box, but that's something I think I can live with. I just want something I can dial in roughly where I can dial out the usual boomy and feedback prone frequencies ahead of time, then show up at an open mic, plug gin and go, but still have an acceptable sound that wont song like a UST, but then also have a system that I can mess with a little more that will still be versatile in most other situations, including if I end up playing in a louder band situation. (I gave up playing in bands last year, but you never know). So what are your opinions on this set up?
  9. I have no idea why or where the "advanced" portion of the name comes from, all I know is my AJ is a beast!
  10. Me too. Going to put it on my J45 Standard once I get it back from the shop. Took the "flubber" guard off the other day.
  11. None of the old screw holes lined up, but they all were covered by the new tuners. I had to drill 4 tiny pilot holes per side for the new tuners.
  12. Ebay. https://www.ebay.com/itm/TC-BS1-1-Ply-Black-Bell-Shaped-Guitar-Bass-Truss-Rod-Cover-w-Screws/332506330234?hash=item4d6aebf47a:g:4YcAAOSw1KxXNeqa
  13. I have no clue what I'd ask for them yet, or if I'd even dive into the venture. I'm just currently throwing it out there to see what you guys thought of the idea! I can ensure that it would EXACTLY match your existing pickguard because I actually have several used and unused OEM Gibson J45 pickguards. Two are the rubberized versions off of recent J45 Standards, and I also have a new, unused pickguard that is the one currently being used on the J45 "Vintage" model, and these are what I'd use to make my templates from. All of these J45 pickguards are OEM Gibson and are the EXACT same size. What sparked the interest in making these was an older True Vintage model I used to have where the stock pickguard covered part of the rosette, and just looked wrong to me. So using a blank sheet of pickguard material I traced the rubberized, stock pickguard that I removed off of a J45 Standard and made the new pickguard and it fit perfectly. The other thing I do not like about the current thick, rubberized pic guard being used on the J45 Standards is it's a digitized pattern they are using. I guess you can't really tell when it's on the guitar, but when it's off the guitar you can see how blurry and low resolution it is, and just looks weird.
  14. Agreed, on of the best customer service experiences I've ever had was going there in person a few years ago to pick out a nice J45.
  15. THat's what I was thinking, and in my search found that there aren't a bunch of places that sell them that are decent looking, or that actually fit around the sound hole correctly.
  16. Too much going on with that guitar. I can't stand abalone rosettes and trim on any acoustic guitar, especially a J45. For me, part of the beauty if a J45 is it's simplicity and how it's appointments are understand, while not being bland or boring at the same time. Classy and elegant. Just doesn't look right when they start overloading a J45 with bling or any kind.
  17. Been pondering the idea of making J45 pickguards. I've had a couple of the thick, rubberized pickguards that they are using on the current J45 Standards peel off, plus they are just really thick and don't look right aesthetically to my eye. I've contacted Gibson and had a replacement send to me, but it was the same thick, rubberized pickguard, and they wouldn't send me out the same pickguard they use on the Vintage models. I've been told that you can get replacement pickguard if you order it through an authorized Gibson dealer, but they are pretty expensive. I've made a couple pickguards for J45's in the past with pretty good results. Was thinking about making these in bulk if there were people out there interested in buying them. Heres a shot of the one I made for a TV I used to own, and have made a couple since that look even nicer.
  18. Here's a thread I posted just the other day detailing how I swapped out the Rotomatics on my J45 Standard for 3-on-a-plate Klusons with white buttons. http://forum.gibson.com/index.php?/topic/144148-j45-standard-tuner-conversion-done-super-easy/
  19. Now I'm considering calling the shop first thing tomorrow and telling them to install the K&K Trinity...help me out guys! Yes or no?!
  20. I thought about going with the Red Eye. Then I went down a rabbit hole and said to myself, for what the K&K Mini and a Red Eye costs, I could get the K&K Trinity System with the K&K blender/preamp, but with that preamp it's near impossible to adjust the EQ on the fly (because it's buried inside the box), so I'd be better off using my PZ Pre (has 2 inputs and works with dual channel systems), but that would be a PITA to lug to an open mic and wouldn't have the time or opportunity to dial it in, so...........that brought me back around to just going with the simple K&K Mini and K&K pre. But with that said, I'm kind of still second guessing myself and not just going big and getting the Trinity Pro system with the Trinity preamp/blender. I can just use the Mini portion by itself for the open mic stuff, and/or just plug a standard 1/4" cable into the Trinity since the Mini portion is wired to the tip, meaning I can use it with or without any preamp if I dont want to use the Trinity preamp/blender.
  21. I just dropped the guitar off at the shop about an hour ago and ended up just going with the regular old K&K Mini. I pondered every possible situation and went down a bunch of different rabbit holes so to speak, contemplating this and that, but in the end really just wanted to keep it simple for a pretty easy "plug & play" situation. The K&K mini with a clip-on K&K single channel preamp that offers a little EQ seems to be the way to go. I have a Radial PZ Pre for other situations, but for the open mic stuff I want to keep it simple. The shop I take my guitars to is a K&K dealer, so if you buy the pickup from them they install it for free. Not a bad deal for under $100. Yes, there are configurations that sound "better", but when taking into consideration the price of admission, flexibility and ease of use, seems like it's tough to beat a K&K mini.
  22. I don't necessarily think it changed the sound of the guitar, but it did make it noticeably lighter. Last night I also removed the thick, rubberized stock pickguard. It's been peeling off for a while now, so I figured what the heck, and removed it with some q-tips dipped in white gas and low heat from a hairdryer, and it practically fell off. Guitar looks great without it and I may keep it off. Even with removing the pickguard I can't confidently say that it changed the sound the guitar. On thing that did change the sound for the better was replacing the Tusq saddle with a bone saddle. Guitar sounds fuller, with higher highs and lower lows. Sounded a bit restricted/muted with the Tusq but honestly not bad, just different, maybe a little less dynamic and smoother. I'm sure it will improve even a little more after getting rid of the Element pickup. Just dropped the guitar off at the shop about an hour ago to get the UST removed and a K&K installed along with a new nut and saddle.
  23. The other thing I've been thinking, you can basically get the K&K Trinity Mini Pro system for what you can get a K&K mini and Red Eye preamp for.
  24. I'm now leaning toward the K&K Trinity Pro System that comes with the K&K Dual Channel Trinity pro preamp . I figure II can just use the SBT portion by itself if I do'nt want to mess with the mic, but if I want to ever blend a little mic in, all I have to do is turn a knob. I can also use just the mic itself to record demos and whatnot at home. If I am ever in a situation where I can spend time dialing in the sound I can use the K&K pre, then run each channel separate out into the PZ Pre for precise EQ'ing and be able to go XLR out to a board. I'll use the J45 with the K&K Trinity System for my solo/singer/sonwriter/open mic stuff and save the LR Baggs M1 I have for one of my other acoustics if I ever need to plug in a guitar with a loud band (but doubt that's going to happen).
  25. Thats a great, simple set up for sure, but although I've never used one, I've read those K&K pre's aren't that great.
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