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  1. The action at the 12th fret and 1st fret was rather good; it was the neck relief. In my experience Gibsons don't usually suffer from this. I couldn't get the neck straight enough for my preferences. Perhaps I'm too spoiled by the Custom Shop Gibsons in that regard but I don't think so. I like to start out with a perfectly straight neck and add the tiniest amount of relief from there (.004). The truss rod of the J-45 Deluxe wouldn't allow for that; it was stiff and had surprisingly little reach and would start squeaking early before you could get the neck straight. You could see in the truss rod cavity that the truss rod nut had used up most windings already or was too advanced there for its age. This was a used guitar in an otherwise pristine condition. Too much neck relief affects playability greatly and makes the guitar a rather bad investment in the long run since the situation would only worsen over time. I still do have the photos and the experience playing the thing but doing the NGD now would leave an even worse taste in my mouth. The guitar is already on its way back; the retailer has been informed and took notice. I wish it wasn't so.
  2. Terrible news! A beautiful-looking (without being overbearing) and -sounding guitar but the truss rod is nigh-maxxed out. It is impossible to get the neck straight enough for a guitar of that caliber. What a disappointment!
  3. At last she arrived. (The post office didn't care to deliver her to my doorstep.) I'll need a little more time for my sitting down with the guitar before I'll drop the NGD post with my first impressions.
  4. Frankly, the Jumbo in your video already sounds beautiful considering how tamely up the neck and with only the fleshy part of the fingers employed she is fingerpicked. Surely, with more age, she will only sound better. The direct comparison with Jinder's video can be misleading due to Jinder's professional recording setup and his creamy vocals (he should really do more 30s Americana stuff with it—and with updated lyrics). It seems to me the J-200 starts singing and opening up the best when she is hit a little harder than you do to bring the top more in motion and with a guitar pick employed. The more compact Gibson J-180/185—a slightly smaller, shorter-scaled J-200 w/ mahogany neck—might be a fine alternative for you. On an unrelated note, my J-180 gets Kluson Supreme tuners (gold) soon.
  5. It's a done deal. I myself am actually not a fan of the finish (not dark enough) or the overabundance of abalone appointments, either, like some of us here, but I just couldn't let her go. I would have bought a J-45 Standard sooner or later if only the fretboard was bound... Anyways, this one just looked too smooth and the price was too right to pass up on especially for a south paw. An NGD post will be next, and perhaps a separate Richlite post (?) since for the latter there seems to be more potential for discussion.
  6. Probably an issue at the respective nut slot. A guitar tech or luthier makes short work of it.
  7. It is most curious that OP uses the diction that was probably first termed by guitar marketing and is now so closely associated with rosewood back and sides. Have a listen below where Andertons test out the J-45 Deluxe (your J-45 rosewood stand-in) as well to decide for yourself.
  8. I don't think Richlite had anything to do with your previous guitar's backbowed neck. That material never shrinks, twists or warps even for a longer period or exposure to changing weather conditions. It is an extremely hard and durable compound that withstands refretting without any chip-out whatsoever (unlike rosewood for instance). In fact, neck bow issues are less likely because you don’t have two different wood species expanding and contracting at different rates, and frets don’t loosen due to wood shrinkage.
  9. That hurts to look at for such a new guitar. An ably applied drop fill with super glue (or less so lacquer) would probably go a long way in disguising the ding. On the other hand it won't be your last.
  10. Your guess is right on the money. It's 2019 J-45 Deluxe w/ a Richlite fretboard.
  11. The model is for you lot to guess. I said elsewhere I would not be opposed to a Richlite fretboard (quite the contrary) so I'm just putting my money where my mouth is. Yes, those are mother-of-pearl split diamonds with brass borders, but it's not the Regal.
  12. Martin are not known for their burst, and there is why.
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