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  1. Thank you for all the responses. I'm almost ashamed to admit the guitar still has its original strings! I never measured the action when it first came. Heck, I just learned how to do that yesterday after searching online for info. I dug up the paperwork I got from Gibson and they recorded the measurements on the 12th fret as "6" on the low, "4" on the high. I am assuming they are talking in 64ths of an inch? Their measurements on the 1st fret were .22 on the low and .11 on the high. Insofar as humidity is concerned, I have always kept a hygrometer with the guitar. It is at 53% as I type. I have a humidifier if needed in the summer. I suppose the guitar could have "fallen out" of spec by playing it at times? It's not been played much, so not sure what could cause it to be so wildly out of adjustment. I want to buy a better measuring tool, like a caliper or something, but I know for sure this thing needs a little adjustment at the very least. I am in the Gig Harbor, WA area.
  2. I don't post here often, mostly read because I don't offer much insight being a self-taught hack who just loves the sound of the guitar, but I did post a thread 3 years ago when I became the proud owner of a brand new Gibson J-45. The problem I am having is that the action is so high it's always been difficult to play. I do not know much about guitars and when I bought it new it was supposed to be set up correctly from the factory. One of the first players who saw and tried it said "wow, this action is pretty high, makes it tough to play." I kind of just thought that's how guitars are because my old guitar was even worse - an old junk Matao which was just awful. Anyhow, I just measured at the 12th fret and the treble side is 7/64", and the bass side is 10/64" to give you an idea. The 1st fret bass side looks like about 4/64" and the treble side is north of 1/64" but my eyes have a hard time with that measurement. When I look down the neck, it's bowed a slight bit, mostly on the low E side, though, as the high E looks straighter? I've been careful not to let the guitar dry out or anything, I keep it in the case, but I live in the PNW which is really humid this time of year anyhow. To me, the saddle looks very high. Also, the nut could be an issue if it's not carved right, and given that it's high there I'm thinking I have more than one issue. I'm disappointed in myself for not understanding the guitar better before I bought it, but I also feel like Gibson did not set this guitar up right. Should I just find a Luthier at this point, or should I contact the company and have them handle it? I don't know any Luthiers and don't want somebody messing up my guitar. I keep it in mint condition. Please advise, and thank you so much for reading. PS- I will take some pictures tomorrow so you guys and gals can see. I measured with a 32nds rule and doubled it.
  3. I would like to again thank everyone for the kind and thoughtful responses. After sleeping on things, I truly believe a lot of the motivation is the disappointment in my own playing skills, and also the fear of scratching/hurting the guitar. It is an absolutely beautiful piece of craftsmanship. Every time I open the case, just the smell of it overcomes me. I think I'm stuck in a rut in terms of my playing. I need to go a totally different route. I'm bored of the songs, etc. There are some I've been working on, and I seem to make the same mistakes over, and over, and over, and my fingers feel stiff, slow, and uncoordinated at times. Jazzman, thank you so much for taking the time to type that whole reply. It was well thought out, and I appreciate it. I will not be selling the guitar at this time. I think I need to get past this period and see if I can kind of break through and reinvigorate myself. Admittedly, I haven't made practicing the top priority lately with everything going on. In fact, there have been times where it's sat in its case for nearly a week. While I don't post here a lot, I love this forum and I love to read. All of you guys are great resources and can play the heck out of the guitar. I would love to one day be merely "serviceable".
  4. I think sometimes, too, I become disappointed in my playing abilities, like I'm not improving. I make a lot of the same mistakes, and I feel like my fingers won't do what my mind and ears want them to. I think that honestly is behind part of this, too. The reason I chose my screen name is because I honestly think my finger dexterity is very poor. I am not naturally gifted in that department.
  5. Thanks for all the replies. No, I didn't buy this thing as a museum piece/collector, I bought it to play, and play it I do. I guess since I haven't yet put that first scratch in it I'm still dreading it. :) I have that weird syndrome where I am super protective over my nice stuff. It takes me a LOOOOOONG time to get used to dings and scratches on a new vehicle. I'm almost better off buying used things that already have dings. It's a hard life for people like me. :) Kind of wish I wasn't so protective and careful over things.
  6. Have a great time. I saw them back in 1989 and worried I was too late, thought they were old. :lol:
  7. Thanks. I don't need the money for this guitar, it's just really nice and I worry even taking the thing out of the case. Seems almost like something for a professional. I don't know. The other day my dog got playful and threw her huge paw up while I was playing and thought she was going to swipe it. I'm really nervous about the guitar, to be honest. Just don't even like having it out of the case for any length of time.
  8. Am I not supposed to post something like this? If so, my bad. I was just wondering everyone's thoughts on this, and perhaps what somebody should even price a gently used Gibson at. It's got no scratches. I see Guitar Center asking $2250 used for an older model than mine.
  9. I've had my Gibson J45 Custom for almost 6 months now, and while I love it I am thinking it is "too good" of a guitar for me. I am just a hack player, not a musician like a lot of people here. It does bring a lot of smiles and happiness, but I am so concerned with it getting a scratch, perfect humidity, etc. that I almost feel more comfortable playing a beater and having less worry. This guitar was more than I initially intended upon spending, but I decided to throw in the extra cash and get something I really loved. My insurance will only cover $1,000 for a guitar theft or loss through fire, etc., and that kind of bums me out, too. I asked them if I could increase it and the answer was no. Having been a victim of a terrible burglary years back, it does cross my mind at times. So, if I indeed sell this guitar, which I am leaning towards, what do you all suggest? I live in a very rural place, so I don't have somewhere to "show it" per se. Also, I am building a house and staying in my 5th wheel right now so I don't really want people to come here because a construction zone isn't ideal. I am just wondering the best avenue. Also, what kind of a loss do you think I will take? If it was something extreme, it wouldn't make any sense to sell. Thanks for any ideas.
  10. Stumbled upon this on youtube and thought I'd share. Not many views, but the guy can play:
  11. Sounds nice, but I don't honestly care for the double pick guards or the embellishments on them. Love my J45 Custom!
  12. Is that a newer amp with a retro look?
  13. I may humiliate myself by admitting this amongst the many talented musicians and players here, but I play chords and notes and I don't even know what they are. In fact, to this day, I could sit down and show you the chords I play, and then you could ask me what chord it is and I could not, for the life of me, tell you. I basically copied finger placements from many different sources- other players, books, whatever. I watched people play songs I like, and watched where they were fretting. After learning chords, I started to play be ear, ie. "hey, this Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here chord sounds just like the start to John Mellencamp's Pink Houses" sort of thing. I just love the guitar, and I see what I can figure out. I'm sure I am a nightmare to a musician or a teacher, but I'm happy with what I have accomplished on my own. I am always improving.
  14. You're going to love it. I love mine more and more every day.
  15. My previous guitar before my J45 is a Matao, and it's a true beater. Lots of scratches, etc. The problem now is that after purchasing the Gibson, the Matao sounds so bad it's almost unplayable. And the actions sits so high that after playing the Gibson I wonder how I ever even learned on the Matao. I have no interest in even playing it anymore. I'm now wanting a quality "beater."
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