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Everything posted by Rosinante

  1. There used to be an amazing product called Petros’ Miracle Finish Restorer. I wish they still made that...that stuff is amazing. I have a half bottle of the polish and a half bottle of the wax left and apply it sparingly because when it’s gone it’s gone, but it can truly bring back that mirror shine.
  2. I don’t have any volume issues with the e, it’s just lower than the other strings physically. I think the factory jut threw in a compensated saddle and maybe lowered the saddle unevenly or something. So the replacement saddle is mostly to bring the e into better alignment with the other 5 strings. If your issue is that the high e has a different volume than the other strings plugged in it could be that the saddle isn’t level on the bottom, I’ve had that happen with a matrix infinity before.
  3. That’s good to hear. I have never had any problems with other guitars when it comes to Bone Saddles and UST’s, but this is my first experience with a bone saddle and an element. @BigKahune did you find that the bone improved the tone, changed it in anyway or didn’t really effect things either way?
  4. Just dropped off my J45 std red spruce for a setup with a new bone nut and saddle to replace the tusq. The only problem I have had with the guitar since I got it was that the high e was a bit lower than the other strings which is annoying with finger picking, and the nut sometimes pings when tuning. Any guitar my tech touches always comes back playing and sounding better. Been meaning to have this done for a while, but didn’t want to let go of the guitar, leaving town for work for a couple weeks, and decided now is the time. I thought about replacing the element for a K&k, but I don’t really mind the element for my purposes. Looking forward to getting it back after the trip. Anyone have experience going bone and leaving the element in their standards?
  5. That’s awesome! You got a great custom J45 for an amazing deal.
  6. I would hit up Gibson customer service with the serial number to get all the specs. You might be surprised to find you got something extra special there.
  7. My 2014 has a VTC. The acoustic sound is out of this world, I’m not sure how much the pickup element effects the sound. As it is the guitar sounds great acoustic and plugged, I’d be hard pressed to play pickup roulette at this point. I also have a fishman aura which makes the VTC sound even better. One caveat is that I have been thinking of changing the pickguard for purely aesthetic reasons.
  8. Where are people getting their tor-‘‘tis or firestripe guards? Specifically for J45s. It looks like a lot of the usual suspects are out of stock or out of business. I’m thinking of putting a firestripe batwing on mine, or perhaps doing a double torT is teardrop . I’ve always liked the double pickguard look. Has anybody recently been able to get a good pickguard replacement. Guitar gallery is all sold out and it looks like firestripe pickguard is a thing of the past. What are the odds of getting a left and right teardrop direct from Gibson?
  9. He updated his website and says the Gibson is a J45 he bought off craigslist. I love the Fireside sessions...waiting for number 3
  10. Saw Verlon last year at the cactus cafe here in Austin and he told the story about the Bourgeois before playing this song. He along with Shawn Camp played all of the great songs from Guys catalog. Guy Clark was definitely a once in a lifetime songwriter. I am very fortunate to have saw the show with Verlon and Shawn, it was an amazing night of great acoustic tones and a wonderful tribute to Guy.
  11. I actually got all my info from Gibson. I contacted them asking if the warranty was still valid even though the seller is no longer a 5 star dealer. They said that the warranty is valid and gave me all the specs and number of pieces of the limited run.
  12. Going on two months and I just can’t get enough of this guitar. The dealer had 80/20 JP lights strings when I bought it and I recently put Gibson 80/20 lights for my first string change since purchase. Really liking the 80/20 sounds. I also replaced the stock plastic pins with a hybrid Ebony/water buffalo horn set, can’t say if the tone has changed but I do like the black pins with the Abalone dots aesthetically. Usually daddario NBs are my favorite so that may be what comes next. Has anyone tried new mediums or light top heavy bottom sets on a J45? Wondering what would be gained or lost going up a gauge just on the bass strings. Hard to imagine that anythiing could be improved. This guitar is further proof that when you find a good J45 you don’t really need much else.
  13. Thanks! Yep played it for my wife whom I wrote it for when we started dating. And actually it’s a new guitar month at this point. I waited till I had it for a month before making a post. My understanding is that it has the standard bracing Thanks. I have a capo in seven and playing out of G. The only song I use that high of a voicing.
  14. 8mm app from nexvio then ran through iMovie app to brighten it and trim the video
  15. Recorded an original song off the iPad with the new guitar
  16. First recording of an original song with my new j45
  17. @62burst Maybe it was, the owner brought it out from the back room....could have been sitting there with my name on some painters tape and he simply took it off before bringing it out for me to try. it was a definite The Guitar moment
  18. @j45nick it’s a 2014. So the guitar has had some serious time to open up. I called Gibson and it’s one of 75 made for that year. Basically a standard with red spruce, a vos finish and upgraded tuners. Also being NOS I still have the lifetime warranty. I’m not sure why it took so long before it sold... perhaps it was waiting for me like the guitar in the Guy Clark song....
  19. Finally have a J45 again after coming out of a gear sell off rough spot last year. It took awhile. As I was saving some good deals came up from various forum members but I didn’t quite have enough $$$. Still tried to make some deals...nothing quite worked out. When I finally had the money there were no J45s ...ended up with a D35...A great guitar but just not the guitar that suits my singing voice, and Martins just don’t have that thump. Sold the D35 cause well if you are only gonna have one guitar it’s really gotta be a J45. Sooooo ended up checking out all the shops in Austin and tried some new and used standards, nothing really rang the bell. Went to a great shop that is a former 5 star dealer and they had a great selection....even a legend, which of course I didn’t even ask to play because it was in a higher price range than I was able to entertain paying. The one that really had the tone that I like and was in the price range I preferred was a NOS J45 Standard VOS Red Spruce from 2014. Played for about an hour, went home to sleep on it for a couple days and make sure It was the right guitar. Went back a couple days later asked to play again. Played over an hour and checked out the pickup as well a Baggs Element VTS not too shabby. Went to bank, paid in cash and now it’s a month later and I am still sure I made the right decision getting back to a J45 as the one and only. It’s got some great features 3 per side gotoh button tuners, Red Spruce Top, a bit fuller neck than the average slim taper. I like the MOP Gibson inlay too. Only thing I’m not hot about is the Tusq nut and saddle, but it really sounds great so I don’t see a need to change them..
  20. Great work. Guitar and your voice sound very nice.
  21. Some additional information on this guitar I’m looking at. Has an Orange label, does not have custom shop or historic collection decal on the back of headstock, gold keystone tuners, serial number on back of headstock matches with 2007, does not have a pickup, called Gibson but they have no additional info, sold by a reputable dealer....I’m sure it’s a legit Gibson but just unsure of what actual model it is.
  22. Jinder thanks for the info would it be safe to say that the Historic and TV are basically the same aside from the finish? Finally have the money for a nice acoustic and really want to figure all this out. The next question for myself is, find a good used J-45 of which I have had several and loved through the years or bite the bullet and try something new that I’ve always wanted and get a good used Bird......
  23. Can anyone help me figure out what year TV Hummingbirds were introduced? I have seen a 2007 with an orange label and tulip tuners but am not sure if it is a historic, TV or just a regular 07 standard. Anything specific to look for? Thanks
  24. Anyone on here own one of these guitars? Can’t find much info on them anymore. Particularly are they consistently well built? How is the tone? What type of bracing etc? Thanks for all the help. I looked through a few threads on here already and it sounded like it might have been just a dressed up j45 standard of the era.
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