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  1. See this thread. And there was an earlier thread on this too, Guitar Center calls it a "J-45" but Gibson, Sweetwater and other places call it a "J-50" (which makes more sense).
  2. Hey... maybe you could plug it into some kind of external audio source when you aren't playing and just let it sit there. Then it would be just like a "ToneRite". LOL 😂
  3. Well, technical is in the mind of the beholder. To me, it implies that you are listening to an acoustic instrument, without any amplification. Never would have considered that it meant "plugged into the grid". If that's your definition, then my battery-powered Vox amp would also be "unplugged". This tonewood device uses a pickup that is "plugged in" to an amplifier. Also, I only watched the beginning of that video. There is an awful lot of reverb, is it coming from the tonewood amp or was it added to the recording? Seems like you would need to A/B one recording WITH the tonewood and a second one WITHOUT it to make any judgement about what it does. Maybe I just didn't watch long enough to see that part?
  4. They are advertising an amp in a video called "unplugged"? 😂
  5. I posted a response to your other thread here:
  6. Boyd


    Welcome to the forum! I can appreciate that it's a little hard to understand what he is saying, but actually it's "if it's not broken, don't fix it". This is an old expression that means if something works well, then it should not be changed. So, the point he is making is that the J-45 has a long history and is very popular, so there's no need to "fix" it.
  7. See this thread: https://forum.gibson.com/topic/158024-ngd-1960s-j-50/
  8. The guitar is definitely cool. Your choice of music certainly wouldn't be mine, but to each his own. 😉 However, I just don't get the appeal of a turntable or stereo receiver with tubes. I gave up on reel to reel tapes by the mid 1970's, vinyl records around 2006, cassette tapes by 2008 and CD's around the same time. Still have boxes of all these up in the attic (vinyl going back to the 1950's). A few years ago I ripped everything I wanted to my media server, I still enjoy listening to them but don't miss the experience of using records, tapes or CD's in the least. Good riddance, I'm quite happy with digital! I built a fancy Heathkit tube type stereo receiver back in the 60's... took me forever, unbelievable how many parts are inside one of those. I think my first solid state amp was in the KLH portable (luggable) record player that I took to college in 1967 and used for many years afterwards. Later I graduated to bigger/fancier solid state receivers and expensive turntables. Still remember pulling tubes from my old amps and riding my bike to the drug store to test them... then getting frustrated when they didn't have the replacements that I needed and getting my parents to take me to Radio Shack at the shopping center. Don't miss that either. VIntage guitars are cool. VIntage electronic and media... no thanks, they would be more likely to drive me crazy than help me survive. But, like I said, to each his own. Glad you have found something to bring you happiness during these difficult times.
  9. LOL, did you notice that you already posted about your first guitar on page one of this thread? Don't feel bad, I started to do the same thing until I checked page one, since it seemed familiar. That's the problem with reviving these "zombie threads". 😉
  10. One of my all-time favorite documentaries, have watched this more times than I can count. The backstory is also very amusing, about how a couple California hippie film students shot this on a shoestring budget in 1967 while Lightnin' did his best to con them for more money and generally goof on them. 🙂
  11. Unless I'm mistaken, the J-15 was the cheapest Gibson acoustic until they introduced the new Studio and G models recently. And yes, all Gibsons are "mass-produced" . I wasn't trying to put down the J-15, I would have said the same thing about a J-45. My point was just that (IMO) you shouldn't worry about how changing the tuners will affect the value twenty years from now. So just relax and "Be Happy". 🙂
  12. That's what I have for my 1965 J-50 (see my avatar). They are fun, but the sound is very distinctive and certainly nothing like a modern under-saddle pickup. 🙂
  13. The 60's J-50 doesn't have a pickup. Maybe you were looking at the 50's model, it does have a pickup. Still scratching my head about that! 😂
  14. Here are my original tuners. These are the full-size Grovers however, and not the Mini's that you have. As you can see from the photo I posted earlier, the 3-on-a-strip Klusons completely cover the holes from the Grovers on my guitar. Since the mini-Grovers are smaller I'd *guess* you would be fine but don't know for sure. You could try removing just one tuner to get an idea of how bad the "bullseye" problem is. It was very bad on mine, and required a lot of sanding.
  15. Very nice! This is really the only current Gibson model that interests me, but spending $2500 for a guitar that I don't need just ain't gonna happen, so I'll just have to be content with my 2008 J-50 and real 1965 J-50. 😉
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