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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Probably an issue at the respective nut slot. A guitar tech or luthier makes short work of it.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Your guess is right on the money. It's 2019 J-45 Deluxe w/ a Richlite fretboard.
  10. 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.
  11. Martin are not known for their burst, and there is why.
  12. If I were to use that Dove at all in the studio, I'd use it as a secondary guitar for rhythm or fingerstyle accompaniment to cut through, and complement, the mix a little (similar to an Epiphone Frontier-type guitar).
  13. This is just me but, personally, I always stuff my high-end guitars in trash bags from Costco. If it's not from Costco's though, it's trash.
  14. If it's not made of fossilized whale penis, I'm not stuffing it into my guitar.
  15. These concerns have been lingering in the back of my mind as well. While I didn't particularly like my old Texan (its bass was deafeningly loud and unbalanced), I would definitely not shy away from giving these Bozeman-made Texan-styled Epiphones, which just look stunning by the way, a try. A long-scale J-45 style guitar may look a bit funny at first due to its elongated neck, but it definitely has a place in recordings (it cuts right through the mix). I think, given enough time and the right push with releases of new models, there can be a market for modern high-end Epiphone guitars again. The real question then becomes, once you have thrown those concerns overboard, whether or not one should be getting a Bozeman Texan over an actual vintage Texan. The answer is not clear to me at all given that vintage Texans in good condition should be at about the same price point. The nut width of vintage Texans is usually narrower at 1.6875" (or even lower?) as compared to the Bozeman reissue (1.73"), which should still be managable to most players and favored but by a few. Vintage Texans may be built primitively but they work, and apparently lasted, well and long enough.
  16. It was a deliberate decision by Gibson to go with the specs they went with. The idea was not to recall the Norlin era but to recreate the feel of a 70s Flying V.
  17. These kinds of demos die and live by the quality of the performance, and lackluster strumming just doesn't showcase the strengths of the guitar particularly well.
  18. This has been posted elsewhere already but it's worth watching again.
  19. That Love Dove bridge design looks a tad too fragile at the tapered ends for my taste (especially with the inlays being there).
  20. Much better. One could go even further adding individual scratches and the like to the buttons, but they fit the aged tuner look well already.
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