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  1. I also use the smaller ones that only cover one room, and agree that the ultrasonic ones are problematic due to the mineral deposits. I went through 3 ultrasonics and they never lasted more than about a year, they just stopped being effective after awhile. Had a couple with wicking filters and they worked well, but the filters needed changing often which gets expensive. Now I have one that heats the water and it really is the best I've used. Needs regular cleaning though because scale builds up on the heating element. They're all kind of a pain in one way or another. But I can keep the humidity in the 45% to 50% range in my guitar room during the winter and my guitars sit on stands out of the case. A woodstove is my primary heat source, and I have a big cast iron pot of water on it. It goes through a couple of quarts of water a day, so I guess that goes into the air, but it's still pretty dry in that room, usually in the 30% to 40% range.
  2. I don't really know why, but it's a fact that my 1965 J-50 ADJ is not as loud as my 2008 J-50. And my 1974 J-50 is much louder than either of them. And this isn't a subjective opinion, it can easily be verified by recording levels.
  3. My 1965 J-50 still has the original wood ADJ saddle. Since that's the way it was built, I'm not changing it. I think it affects the volume however, that guitar really isn't as loud as my 2008 J-50. In another thread, somebody suggested that this is because only the screws transfer the sound to the guitar body, as opposed to full contact with a traditional bridge/saddle. It is kind of cool to be able to easily adjust the height with the ADJ bridge though - was getting some string buzz with a capo awhile ago and realized that the adjustment was an easy way to correct that. Aside from that.... I just think it looks kind of cool.
  4. It's great that you guys can still be inspired and moved by Dylan. Sorry, but I couldn't even watch a whole minute of that terrible video. I've gotten to the point where my interest in Bob Dylan ends in 1964. His early acoustic days in New York were brilliant, and I prefer to keep that image of him in my mind.
  5. Glad you got your money back - that's the main thing. But why are you "sure" they will improve these? Here we have two people in the space of a week experiencing the same problem. Sorry, this does not sound like a supplier I would want to do business with. And you shouldn't have to worry about whether a company will stand behind their products and just "hope" they will refund your money.
  6. Another reputable US company you might investigate. Have never bought these buttons, but WD purchased what was left of Kluson and now sells the accurate reproductions that I have on two of my guitars. They are great. 🙂. https://www.wdmusic.com/tuning-machines-parts-bushings-and-washers.html?model[]=Button
  7. Boyd

    1963 J45

    Not looking for one, just curious about the pricing. I'm happy with my 1965 J-50, which I got at Guitar Center in 2015, it's in very good condition with the rosewood ADJ bridge. They had originally priced it at $3300 and it sat there for about 8 months, so they lowered the price to $2400. A couple months later, I offered $2000 and they accepted it without even haggling. 🙂
  8. Boyd

    1963 J45

    Interesting.... I bought my 1965 J-50 specifically for the narrow neck. 🙂 Was just looking on Guitar Center's site and they have a 1962 J-50 for $2500 and another 1962 J-50 for $2700. But maybe there's a good reason why they're so much cheaper? Does the burst make the J-45 worth more? I always preferred the natural finish on the J-50 myself.
  9. Boyd

    1963 J45

    Isn't that a bit expensive for a 1963 J-45? Or maybe there's something exceptional about it?
  10. Would you "revise" your review and not mention that the button broke in exchange for a refund? That would be rather dishonest, wouldn't it?
  11. As I have mentioned before, I put plastic pearloid buttons on my 2008 J-50 when I first got it, but after several months I did a full tuner swap because the Rotomatics are just ugly, regardless of button type. 😁 Anyway, I got mine at AllParts, which is another well-known site - these look like the same ones, but they have others too. Never had any problems with these and the plastic seemed very tough.... but "your mileage may vary". https://www.allparts.com/products/tk-7723-small-button-set-for-grover-tuners Here's a photo. It's funny... I spent a week at a friend's home in the EU and brought the J-50 with me. When she saw the guitar, the first thing she said was "I really like those tuners!".
  12. That's an interesting theory, but my guess is that the quality of the product you bought was just poor. Plenty of us have 50 or 60 year old guitars with the original plastic Kluson tuner buttons. And this is also a good reason to order parts from well-known reputable companies like StewMac, who will stand behind their products.
  13. You could "age" the white plastic buttons if you want, see the part about shoe polish here. Other forum members have done this, but I haven't. https://www.stewmac.com/How-To/Trade_Secrets/Making_new_tuners_look_vintage.html
  14. Got my first J-50 in 1974 and don't think I realized there was even such a thing as a guitar stand until 2010. 😁 Here it was in 1985, leaning against the wall, like it always was. The case was a chip-board piece of junk that didn't fit very well, so I never used it. But kids and pets took their toll on the guitar over the years. Had to get this repaired and also replaced a split bridge back in the 1980's. I don't recall any specific incident that caused this damage, it started as a small crack and grew. It didn't completely break, but became unplayable as the gap got big I never lean guitars against the wall anymore. Back in 2014, my 2008 J-50 was happily sitting in its stand when I clumsily bumped into a lightweight chair that fell over and did some major cosmetic damage that permanently scarred that guitar. Oh well, as it ages, it just adds to the character. 😎
  15. Installing tuner buttons is is trivial. Just unscrew the old ones and screw the new ones in their place. No need to mess with the strings or anything, it should only take a few minutes. My only issue with a button swap vs. completely replacing the tuners is the big Rotomatic washers around the tuning pegs are so ugly. I'd say they bothered me even more than the ugly tuner buttons on my J-50.
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