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  1. With Gibson guitars, the truss rod nut is often enveloped in lacquer or the truss rod cavity, while not too small itself, has a thick coat of lacquer so that you often need, for the first few times anyways, to use a little force to get the truss rod socket properly connected onto the nut. Your guitar should have come with the right truss rod wrench. If in doubt, buy a new one, or the multitool, directly from Gibson.
  2. Glad to hear you're fine. I wouldn't want to leave those guitars alone either...
  3. No luthier with any credibility would replace the entire fretboard of a vintage J-45. It's just not the right or proper thing to do for just getting rid of those divots in the fretboard that look deeper or worse than they really are. The area between the frets can be scraped down with a sharp razor blade and any remaining grooves can be filled with rosewood dust and super glue to a perfect level and shine again. If a refret is in order anyway, some luthiers might consider to plane down the entire fretboard some but even that would be considered a more extreme measure given the vintage.
  4. The sticker didn't do anything to the finish (no chemical reaction). It's just that the finish underneath it wasn't exposed to sunlight (until you peeled it off), while the rest of the guitar was. In other terms the finish "aged" everywhere but where it wasn't exposed to sunlight, that is, where the sticker was located at. The finish underneath the sticker is how the finish color looked originally.
  5. I would get the original case repaired even if you're not using it. It'll add to the value of the guitar in the short and long run.
  6. I don't even believe that guitar was purchased by OP in the first place...
  7. Just buy another Sonex fallen into disrepair and use its neck.
  8. Got pictures? I don't believe first-time, never-to-return posters (or anyone for that matter).
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