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  1. Yep, meant saddle. Was typing while multi-tasking, sorry! Regardless of whether or not it "matters" as far as sound, if that was done by a professional, It would make me wonder about having them perform other things that did actually require a little more attention to detail, and if I'd trust them with a more serious undertaking. The way I see it, if you're a tech/repair person the guitars you work on are advertising your services, for better or worse, and that saddle looks like a bit of a hack job, even if it is just cosmetic. It's like taking your car to a mechanic to have them perform a super simple, routine oil change, but they spill oil all over the engine block, over tighten the oil filter, etc. If they cant perform a simple task correctly why would you ever trust them to rebuild your engine, replace a timing belt, etc.? You'd most likely go elsewhere. Having a shop perform a basic set-up is a great way to gauge how much attention to detail a shop put into their work. So many shops just tweak a truss rod and adjust the action and call it a day. Other shops for the same price will do that plus address the nut slots, give the guitar a quick wipe down and even polish your frets as part of a basic set up. I'd be more inclined to be a repeat customer at the shop that puts in just a little more time and effort and pays attention to what you may consider as insignificant details.
  2. HD-28's always sounded very unbalanced to my ear with a bass low end, but super thin, weak, unbalanced highs. I tried to like an HD-28 I had for a while but couldn't get along with it. I do have one of the new D-35's that I prefer MUCH better offer an HD-35, and also have an older D-28 that is very nice. OP, what's the action at the 12th fret on the new SJ? It looks a little high in that new photo, but it could be the angle. The saddle also looks like it's a tad short width wise if you look at the bass side, and appears that whoever setup the guitar rounded off the end weird. Almost looks pointed or sanded at an angle instead of rounded to match the bridge slot.
  3. But you did buy a brand new guitar with a bellied top and max'd out truss rod. Just sayin... :(
  4. Which Infinity pickup are you referring to? Looks like there are several incarnations of the "Infinity" pickups.
  5. I have no problem pulling one down and playing it. Even if it sounds amazing they're too darn expensive for me to justify buying.
  6. Personally, I would think if all I had was a carbon fiber acoustic to play for the last few months, I really wouldn't need any inspiration to pick up a "real" (your choice of words, not mine) guitar.
  7. Got a reply from K&K this morning: "We have used both. You can tell by looking at the end surface of the strapnut: if it is flat it is standard, if convex (curved) it is metric."
  8. That's not what I'm referring to. I'm looking to buy a piece that replaces the cover on the end of the end pin that StewMac sells that acts like a strap keeper/retainer, just need to know if it's metric or standard threads. Thanks though!
  9. Send an email to K&K but didnt get a reply. Want to order an "Acoustic Strap Secure" from StewMac, but not sure if the K&K threads are metric or standard. Thanks! https://www.stewmac.com/Hardware_and_Parts/Endpins_and_Bridge_Pins/Acoustic_Strap_Secure.html
  10. Nah. I just cant stand UST's, period. And couple that with a mic, and if you're In a situation where you cant use the mic, you're stuck with the crappy UST, then you have to incorporate modeling preamps, etc. Screw that. I think the K&K and magnetic sound hole mic or K&K and an internal mic are much more versatile and sound better. Plus, I am a firm believer that the sound of the guitar does infect improve when you remove the UST, and a lot of UST's dont work as well/sound as well with a bone saddle and work better with a Tusq saddle, but unplugged, I much prefer the sound of bone over Tusq.
  11. It's a guitar. If you actually play it or let someone else play it, dings, dents, bumps and bruises are inevitable. Just play it more and worry less about dents and dings. I'm not saying you should mistreat your instrument, quite the contrary. But if you bought it to actually play it, dents, dings and scratches are par for the course.
  12. 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.
  13. Martin also apparently makes a great sounding Gibson. And for the record, I actually love the sound of that guitar.
  14. Just watched the video again, what strings are on that thing? They look like they're a silver color. Retros perhaps?
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. I'd almost be into the J-15 if it didn't have the abalone rosette. Can't Stan't abalone rosettes.
  19. 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?
  20. I have no idea why or where the "advanced" portion of the name comes from, all I know is my AJ is a beast!
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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