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  1. Glad it worked out for you. One method I use when reattaching a headstock is installing a reinforcement dowel between the two pieces. It is not visible greatly reduces my fear of separation after it is strung up.
  2. RonSenf

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    I decided to make repairs to my 2014 Custom Shop L-00 Keb Mo model, natural top, before selling it. I had become disappointed with fingerboard extension ramping slightly upward which made playing in the upper register impossible without generating fret buzz. Plus I could not dial in the action with that extension ramping up. And, I didn't like crownless frets and sloppily fitting saddle. I am the second owner so no warranty available. So off with the frets and onto my neck jig (Erlewine style) the little guitar went. As I was leveling the fretboard with my 12 inch radius caul I noticed the fretboard had flat spots and the radius was inconsistent. Quality issue at Gibson? I finished off the leveling and added a slightly downward ramp to the extension. Then I installed medium nickel wire, leveled and crown the frets adding12000 grit polish. They sparkle. Next the original sloppily fitting saddle (Gibson Quality issue?) was replaced with new snugly fitting bone saddle I made with proper compensation for the b string. I strung it with phosphorus bronze (12 - 54) lights and dialed in the action. Very little fingerboard relief and the action 4/64" at the treble e and 6/64" at bass E. I could probably go a half 64th lower with no string buzz but it is where I wanted to be with this little guitar. So I played it. It sounded good. No. Not good...great! And it truly played like butter; almost all by itself. The fretboard and saddle issue I fixed had made a huge transformation to the little guitar. I took it with me to my Wednesday nite jam last week and let some of my more experienced musician friends play it. They had played it before my touches and loved the improved playability and new bigger voice coming from it. One of the guys commented how spot on the intonation and harmonics were. So no, this guitar is not for sale anymore. Note: I do not intend to disparage Gibson's quality...l have owned several other very nice Gibsons. This one probably should have been made right before going into the market. But, had that happened the original owner might have kept it.
  3. Most all modern guitars come with a truss rod. My concern was to the top bracing and bridge plate being able to handle the added load from a slightly heavier string gauge.
  4. Nice you picked up on the last name. Some have called me Colonel Mustard. I'm just gonna run with 12's. I finished leveling the fret board and installed and leveled frets too. New bone nut and saddle are next. Not my first rodeo. The guitar came out of the factory with the fingerboard extension ramping slightly upwards; which prevented me from dialing in the action and the occasional buzz when I dared to venture above the twelfth. Very annoying and no warranty since I'm the second owner.
  5. Very nice and flowing version.
  6. Hello. I have a 2014 Keb Mo; natural finish top (no sunburst). Spec's call for .11 - .52 gauge. I want to install D'Addario Nickle Bronze .12 -.53 gauge. Would this slightly heavier gauge pose and structural problems to the guitar?
  7. Yeah...well I ain't planning to cash in on it since I'm in my seventies. But I will say this: It is a nice sounding guitar that is very playable. Also I might add that when l purchased it from the GC store in Texas it's action was quite high; 8.5/64" on the bass E @ the twelfth and 6/64" on the treble e. That surprised me and I speculated it might have been why the original owner got rid of it. I really liked the tone when I first picked it and knew I could easily remedy the action problem.
  8. Never had a bad Seagull guitar. They are by far one of the best guitars made for the price.
  9. Definitely old time blues stuff. It is where the soul cries out the blues.
  10. Okay. Probably not a good question to ask here as the answer seems pretty obvious in as much it isn't on the Gibson list. Since this model is no longer made does that mean it is a collectible? In 50 years? Don't see a lot of love for this guitar but I like it pretty good.
  11. Both sound nice but I tend to favor the D35.
  12. Good Luck. Take your time and make sure you come home with a keeper.
  13. So I was told by GC that this au natural model of Keb Mo is no longer in production. Is it true? This is a really sweet sounding parlor guitar.
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