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  1. 2013 J-35 w/OHSC asking $1275 Prefer a direct hand off...the guitar is located in Morris County NJ. Agreeable to meeting halfway within a 50 mile radius give or take, and that could include the Pocono/Lehigh Valley areas of Pennsy and other locales. No trades please. Excellent condition overall, just two small barely noticeable dings on the top. The Fire Stripe pick guard has been replaced with a beveled one that’s a little more subdued (similar to tortoise), and the tuners have been swapped out with Golden Age open backs with cream knobs. Original tuners included as is the factory pick guard. I don’t know if it came this way from the factory but there’s a heel strap button installed. That’s the way I got it. For some reason I'm unable to post pictures...an error message says my file is too large despite resizing attempts. Pictures can be found here: https://umgf.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=191753&p=2287765#p2287765 or you can write to me at trc114@aol.com Thanks for looking Tom
  2. In the short time I've owned my used J-35 it's been through several sets of strings. The unknown originals were replaced by Martin Retros light and the treble only strings were immediately trashed and replaced with Ernie Balls which were less offensive sounding. Last week when I replaced the tuners I tried a set of John Pearse PB lights (12-53). I like them so far...best way my uneducated ears can describe them are crisp and tight if that makes any sense, but I'm sure they're still breaking in so time will tell if they hold up. They'll stay for a while, and next change I have a set of Martin Eric Claptons (12-54) on deck.
  3. I missed out on the Waverlys and impulsively bought a set of Golden Age open back tuners with off-white knobs. They were a drop in, didn't even have to change the bushings...no mods required at all. Well, almost no mods.... As I was got closer to pitch the new tuners became harder and harder to turn. It felt like something was binding. So off they came and I noticed a little play between the shaft and the stock bushing. Even the replacement bushings had the same amount of play so the stock ones were left in. White lithium grease was applied to all the moving parts including under the removable tightening screw, petroleum jelly was dabbed on the tuner shaft and inside the bushing and I crossed my fingers. Bingo!!! Major improvement, not quite smooth as silk but they operate pretty well....look a lot better too.
  4. I think it's kinda cool just the way it is. Instead of restoring I'd just put the $$$ into making it playable if it's structurally sound.
  5. I have a lead on a set of used Waverly tuners that are presently on a Martin for under $100. Anyone using them on their Gibsons? Any reaming or new bushings needed for a newer J-35, or would Waverlys be overkill?
  6. The installation was a breeze. I watched a video showing removal of a pick guard using a putty knife during heat application. Screw that!!! I used a thin fishing line in a sawing motion under the guard, sorta like like flossing. Piece of cake. The tricky part was matching the radius of the guard to the rosette. Blue painters tape to the rescue for guide marks. The whole swap took about 25 minutes including removing the strings at the bridge and re-tuning after the mod.
  7. Thanks...it was these guys: http://www.firestripepickguards.com/ Found 'em on Ebay but they can be purchased on Reverb.com as well. The pickguard is beveled. It had some very slight clear coat imperfections, hardly noticeable but a dab of auto compound/scratch remover and a bit of rubbing buffed it right out.
  8. I'm liking my recent J-35...comfy neck, great sound...so far it's perfect for my 're-beginner' status. Aesthetically I really dig it's understated plain Jane-ness...except for the double ugly orange pick guard. It had to go. Firestripe, Tigerstripe, whatever Gibson calls it, I replaced the original with one that's more tortoise like. Big cosmetic improvement. You'll have to click on the pic for a larger image.
  9. NJ Tom

    J-35 saddle

    The plastic(?) saddle on my J-35 looks nothing like your illustration so I'll be ordering a couple of uncompensated shaped bone saddles. Thank you for your very easy to understand explanation. Tom
  10. I'd like to install a bone saddle on my '13 J-35 and at the same time lower the string height a bit. Stew Mac seems like my best option since they offer pre-shaped blanks in both compensated and uncompensated versions for Gibsons. I'll buy a couple for the inevitable screw-up. I'm relatively new at this but I like to tinker, though I doubt that I'll mess with a new nut. I've already installed plain bone bridge pins. Two novice questions..... What is the purpose of a compensated saddle or should I just keep it simple and not worry about it? Secondly: bleached vs. unbleached....differences? Thanks in advance Tom
  11. As the topic title asks, what's your experience? I've watched some YouTube demos but I'm skeptical only because audio from video to video is so varied and easily manipulated. Does this voodoo really make a difference or is it just a scam to increase my CC balance by $150?
  12. Found a temporary solution. The offending strings were the trebles. I went thru my spare parts stash from my first go-around at guitar and came across an set of opened Ernie Ball Earthwood 80/20 Bronze from which I must have cannibalized the G string at one time. The 5th and 6th strings are 14 and 12 so I replaced only those. The remainder of the Martin Retros stayed. Not a perfect fix but the highs are calmed down a lot and it's much easier to tolerate on the ears. The difference in string tension is negligible so I'll keep it strung like this until I get out and buy different strings that were suggested here. Thanks all
  13. I'm in the process of re-starting guitar, long story, won't bore you with it. Just got a '13 J-35 and have been attempting barre chords all week long, something I gave up on the first time around 14 years ago when I first began playing in my early 50's. Today I tried a set of Martin Retro Custom Lights (11-52) figuring the softer alloy and thinner gauge might make it a bit easier on the fingers. I made a little progress but at the expense of tone. It was like hearing Pink Floyd on a cheap 60's AM transistor. I pretty much put the guitar down after two hours...it was tough to listen to. Very distracting...no, make that annoying. I have no idea what the previous strings were but the guitar sounded a helluva lot better whatever they were. I probably should have just tuned down a full step to relieve string tension. Any string brands/thinner gauge suggestions that won't make my guitar sound like a cat caught in a fan belt?
  14. I'm in the process of re-starting guitar, long story, won't bore you with it. Just got a '13 J-35 and have been attempting barre chords all week long, something I gave up on the first time around 14 years ago when I first began playing in my early 50's. Today I tried a set of Martin Retro Custom Lights (11-52) figuring the softer alloy and thinner gauge might make it a bit easier on the fingers. I made a little progress but at the expense of tone. It was like hearing Pink Floyd on a cheap 60's AM transistor. I pretty much put the guitar down after two hours...it was tough to listen to. Very distracting...no, make that annoying. I have no idea what the previous strings were but the guitar sounded a helluva lot better whatever they were. I probably should have just tuned down a full step to relieve string tension. Any string brands/thinner gauge suggestions that won't make my guitar sound like a cat caught in a fan belt?
  15. NJ Tom

    NGD J-35

    Not being real familiar with Gibsons, what makes a 45 different than a 35 other than cosmetics? Admittedly I have little experience skill-wise but in my short tenure previous to this 're-beginning' I became very familiar with Martins (I live fairly close to Nazareth and have visited the factory many, many times). I learned enough about them to understand differences in construction, woods, and styles, and really prefer the sound of mahogany more than other tone-woods, hence the J-35. In fact, the J-35 tone reminds me a bit of the D-18 I once owned...and both are very light and loud.
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