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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.
  16. NJ Tom

    NGD J-35

    I'm the guy who was asking questions about J-45 price swings, and a J-45 with a bridge mate installed. Thanks to all for the advice. I ended up getting a used 2013 J-35....the price was much more agreeable than the J-45, although I sure would have liked a sunburst guitar. Maybe next time. Anyway, I'm what you might call a re-beginner. I didn't pick up a guitar until age 52, took some lessons, had some nice guitars...a few Martins including a D-18 and others...but lost interest after several years. I never got too far past the "I suck-at-this" stage. And now in my Medicare and retirement years the bug bit me again. I almost pulled the trigger on an all 'hog 2001 Martin D-17, but having never owned a Gibson I began to investigate. I remembered how comfy my Epiphone Masterbilt J-45 copy felt while sitting as I attempted to play, so a slope shouldered dread was high on my list. The J-35 arrived this afternoon. It's a stunning looking instrument in all it's 'plain-ness' The mahogany grain is gorgeous and I love the reddish-orange stain. It appears there is very little wear, and just a few slight scuffs on the back, nothing I can't live with. I never played a short-scale prior, but it feels very comfortable and the neck seems just right for my hand. And it's LOUD. I ran through a couple of chords and some simple strumming and I liked it immediately. It'll take a little time before I get the callouses back though. Couldn't leave well enough alone though. I found a set of antique white, plain bone bridge pins that I once had on a Martin and yanked the plastic ones from the Gibson. I don't know if there's a difference in sound, but they sure look nice on the J-35. This is a pretty cool guitar...hope I can stick with it this time.
  17. Thanks. I just pulled the trigger on a 2013 J-35 purported to be in 'like new' and unmolested condition for $1250 (+ shipping) with just a few hours of playing time. We'll see. I found several J-15's/J-35's in that price range, but I really like the sound of mahogany...it's why I was seeking a J-45 in the first place. Another consideration was finding the guitar within my tri-state Northeast area. I didn't want to worry about a guitar being shipped from across country and transferred between airplanes and several trucks. It has a 7 day return policy as well. If my skills as a player with general luthier and repair knowledge were better I might have rolled the dice on the modified J-45. But since I'm pretty much starting from scratch again I just didn't want the disappointment and hassle if the guitar was sour. Again, thanks to all who offered advice.
  18. Great advice and your responses are much appreciated. The J-45 in question is selling for $1400 ($1300 on the dealer website) plus shipping and even though that appears to be a great price, I'm going to pass. I only began playing in my mid-50's for several years, gave it up, and I've got the bug again at age 65. But at the time I had several nice guitars including an '08 Martin D-18 which I regret letting go. I prefer larger bodied guitars and the most ergonomic dread-sized I owned was an Epiphone Masterbilt J-45 copy. The sloped upper bout gave me just a bit more wiggle room and it was really comfortable to play sitting down. The D-18 killed the Epi in sound and volume but it seemed a little cumbersome at times. The used J-45's I'm seeing are all outside my range of price, especially since I'm starting all over again. But man, how I love the looks of a sunburst Gibson. I'm seeing what appear to be really attractive deals on used J-15's and J-35's. Reverb has a 15% off sale on some examples so I might re-adjust my thinking along those lines. I suppose I can live without a sunburst. Thanks to all.
  19. I'm considering a used J-45 that has a 'Bridge Doctor' installed. The guitar has a brass pin installed on the G string only. Is this some kind of hocus-pocus modification, a solution in search of a problem? The price of the guitar is right but I have reservations about the value of this mod. How easy is it uninstall by the average person with no luthier skills? http://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/Tools_by_Job/Tools_for_Bridges/JLD_Bridge_Doctor.html Thanks in advance
  20. I'm considering a used J-45 that has a 'Bridge Doctor' installed. The guitar has a brass pin installed on the G string only. Is this some kind of hocus-pocus modification, a solution in search of a problem? The price of the guitar is right but I have reservations about the value of this mod. How easy is it uninstall by the average person with no luthier skills? http://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/Tools_by_Job/Tools_for_Bridges/JLD_Bridge_Doctor.html Thanks in advance
  21. I'm considering a used J-45 that has a 'Bridge Doctor' installed. The guitar has a brass pin installed on the G string only. Is this some kind of hocus-pocus modification, a solution in search of a problem? The price of the guitar is right but I have reservations about the value of this mod. How easy is it uninstall by the average person with no luthier skills? http://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/Tools_by_Job/Tools_for_Bridges/JLD_Bridge_Doctor.html Thanks in advance
  22. There are a few....do you have a link to the one you mentioned?
  23. I didn't start playing guitar until my early 50's, stayed with it for about 7 years, never really got serious or became even moderately proficient and I ended up losing interest. Now in my medicare years I got the bug again. I've always liked the sound of mahogany guitars and I'm interested in buying a used J-45 or newer used J-15 (I'm aware it's walnut) or J-35. I played a couple new J-45 models at a local GC using whatever rudimentary skills I could muster. They had no used examples so I've been researching Reverb. I'm very confused about values...they seem to make no sense....pricing is all over the map for J-45 Standard examples from 2000 - present, from very good to excellent condition. I've found similar price variations for newer but used J-15's and J-35's as well. I'd like to stay in the $1300-1700 range (depending on J-15/35/45), give or take. Are there inherent problems such as neck resets, etc in certain years? Are there any particular model years I should avoid or seek out? I've seen what look like good deals on 1990's J-45 models as well. Any advice is appreciated.
  24. Thanks Sal. In my very short tenure as a wanna-be, I flirted with a lot of guitars. I think I was more in love with the idea of owning nice ones instead of learning how to play the damn things. I recently sold an '11 D-28P which replaced an '08 D-18...big regret. The D-28P was an impulse. I didn't adapt to the PA neck, and then I dropped off the guitar radar for a few years. I still own an '03 SWOMGT which for many reasons including sentimental, will stick around. I was very disappointed about my failings with the J-35, but that led to the plain-Jane Spartan D15M (pretty it ain't), and I'm more excited about this one than any other guitar I've owned because it compels me to play it.
  25. I'm the OP of this thread....just wanted to thank all of you for your advice. I ended up returning the J-35. I loved everything about it except that the neck just didn't agree with my left hand. I'm 62 now and only began playing in my early to mid-50's, stopped the last few years, then started again recently. It wasn't practical to get another guitar while keeping the J-35 in the hopes that my skills would improve enough to adapt to it at a later date. I replaced it with a Martin D-15M. I had considered the spruce and hog D-17 since the construction was more apples to apples with the J-35, but the sound didn't please me as much as the D-15M or the J-35. The all hog D-15M (especially with a set of Martin Retro lights) has kind of a similar dry, woody sound quality that I liked so much with the J-35...the same, only different if that makes sense. While not as attractive as the Gibson, the neck profile/nut width, and maybe even the longer scale of the 15 made all the difference and it's easier for me to play. But I do understand now why you folks are so nuts about the Gibson sound, especially the J-35. I hope to give one another shot down the road. Thanks again.
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