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  1. Hello there 58 Relic, I also play a J-45 w/Baggs VTC Element pick-up, and I change strings every two weeks. The battery is changed every four weeks. To address your feedback issues, I would recommend the LR Baggs Session DI/Preamp. One of the many useful/effective features of this unit is a Notch Filter which works wonders with feedback issues such as yours. Best of luck, David
  2. Hello AGAIN, from Salem, Massachusetts, In the past year, I've twice started to become active on this forum, which I enjoy immensely. Each time, my participation has been thwarted by health issues. After my last post, back in June of this year, the cancer I had been fighting off for a long time re-emerged, resulting in more surgeries, hospital stays, etc. Tomorrow I am entering my eighth, and final week of radiation treatments, and am hoping to finally enjoy a peaceful recovery with lots of acoustic music. I have not played much guitar these last few months, but I will be changing my routines shortly. I am awaiting delivery of another custom shop J-45 from Wildwood Guitars (I'll post some pics), and I should receive it by this coming Thursday. Nothing can match the healing power of music in one's life. Regards to all, David
  3. Hello AGAIN, from Salem, Massachusetts, In the past year, I've twice started to become active on this forum, which I enjoy immensely. Each time, my participation has been thwarted by health issues. After my last post, back in June of this year, the cancer I had been fighting off for a long time re-emerged, resulting in more surgeries, hospital stays, etc. Tomorrow I am entering my eighth, and final week of radiation treatments, and am hoping to finally enjoy a peaceful recovery with lots of acoustic music. I have not played much guitar these last few months, but I will be changing my routines shortly. I am awaiting delivery of another custom shop J-45 from Wildwood Guitars (I'll post some pics), and I should receive it by this coming Thursday. Nothing can match the healing power of music in one's life. Regards to all, David
  4. Hi Dan, The unit functions as a DI, as well as a preamp
  5. After my initial gigs (2 weeks ago) with my new J-45 (equipped with Baggs Element VTC), I realized that I needed some outboard help in taming the low frequencies. I was aware of the impending arrival of the Session Preamp/DI on the market, and decided to wait for its availability. I had one shipped to me last week, and am happy to report that the unit resolved the issues I had, and then some. http://www.lrbaggs.com/session-acoustic-di Though I performed with various bands for many years, I have been doing what I like best (solo/acoustic) for the last two decades. I have rid myself of the the burden of lugging around large PA gear, etc., and I strive to keep it simple. In keeping with that goal, the new Session unit fits the bill. The sound is CLEAN, and the few controls are highly responsive/effective. My set-up is: J-45 >> Baggs Session Preamp >> EHX Holy Grail reverb >> TC Electronics Gravy Tri Chorus/Vibrato >> Bose L1. The Session can be powered by 9 volt battery, Phantom power, or (my choice) a One Spot power supply adapter. Setting the input gain was quite simple with the highly visible Vu meter. Once powered up, the Session addressed my low frequency issue simply by setting the variable High Pass Filter switch to 80Hz. The available settings are: 40, 80, 120, and 200Hz. In my situation I didn't need to use the available notch filter, as I encountered no further feedback problems. I used very little of the Comp EQ, or the Saturation as I prefer to keep my guitar sound as unadulterated as possible, but I can see how the Saturation control will add warmth to the sound of an instrument that is lacking in that department. I would compare the saturation effect on the Session, as similar to that of the Takamine Cool Tube preamp on the Tak Pro Series guitars. As a former owner/player of one of those Tak Pro7 dreads, I can say that because of their heavy build (nearly 2 lbs. heavier than my J-45) those guitars NEEDED the help. I am glad to say that warmth is a quality that my new Gibson has in spades. By no means do I consider myself technically savvy when it comes to gear (I have been stumbling along doing my gigs since 1966), and I have never "reviewed" any product. So, I hope that the little info that I offer here will be of use to some of you folks. As I attempted to convey, it is the sheer simplicity of this product that drew me to it, and I wasted no time scratching my head while trying to figure out how to utilize it at my gigs this weekend. Thanks for your indulgence, and if any of you have any questions I'll certainly try to accomodate. Regards to all, David
  6. Greetings 7enderbender, As I reside in the Boston area myself (Salem, Ma), I can attest that it was very difficult to find a decent source of Gibson acoustics in this neck of the woods. I am in my mid sixties, and I can recall many guitar shops in Boston, and Cambridge that are alas, long gone. The local Guitar Center stores that I have visited have very little to offer, and most of the guitars have been noticeably neglected. The Music Emporium, in Lexington (a very reputable shop) stopped carrying the Gibson line a couple of years back. So, I certainly understand the difficulty you face in getting your hands on a quality Gibson in this area. I am relatively new to the forum myself, and I've recently purchased a new J-45 (Wine Red Limited) from Wildwood Guitars, in Colorado. As has been stated by others here, there ARE ample sources of fine Gibsons where you can buy with confidence. I have to say that it is such a pleasure to play this guitar (it has SO MANY voices). I wish you well in your own search for acoustic bliss!!! David
  7. Greetings Bozz, Though I don't have the J-45 RW Custom, I did an on-line purchase of a Wine Red Limited Edition J-45 three weeks ago, from Wildwood Guitars in Louisville, Colorado. I had never made such a purchase on-line before, and I must say that this particular dealer (I dealt with the owner, Steve Mesple) was graciously accommodating, and understanding in addressing my particular concerns. I couldn't be happier with my purchase, and will not hesitate to deal with them (Wildwood) in the future. Best of luck in your own search!!! David
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