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  1. As opposted to a single-action truss rod (employed in all Gibson guitars), a dual-action truss rod allows you to correct a backbow as well (in addition to an underbow). If the rod is made out of titanium instead of steel, there might be a weight benefit to it, as dual rods are heavier by nature (two truss rods working in parallel). Most modern-day Fender electric guitars feature dual-action truss rods, and they work as intended. I have never seen a Gibson guitar suffer from a backbow so I figure they don't need one; I also do love me a lightweight neck and guitar. Fender dual-action truss rod
  2. True and to the point. As with any vintage instrument, it always feels like a gamble for the one lucky drop of THE instrument that may, or may not, exist somewhere or only in one's imagination. The hunt may be fulfilling, for a time, in and of itself, but once the instrument materializes at your door step you will most certainly be in for a first disappointment. There are exceptions of course, but even if your luthier is skilled enough to straighten the instrument out, it involves considerable time and monetary effort, and you will be rolling the dice again on the final result, to fulfill the expectations you built up for so long during the hunt. Out of these reasons I will gladly stick to the modern Gibson Custom Shop and be more than content doing so with the results.
  3. Somebody else posted snapshots of his J-45 Studio here and I was pleasantly surprised by the look as well. And if anyone can make walnut sing, it is Gibson (same for maple).
  4. It's likely a replacement but with Gibson you never know for certain.
  5. The J-200 started life out as SJ-200 (SJ standing for Super Jumbo) but was, in 1955, shortened to J-200. Not to be confused with the Southern Jumbo model (also SJ).
  6. If you've never heard an acoustic without a finish, you've never heard the real thing.
  7. Gibson cases are ever so versatile. Personally, I'd rather use a toilet these days but we're glad your Gibson case apparently came to someone's (your?) rescue when worse did come to worst.
  8. The pictures are too tiny to marvel at anything.
  9. I'm considering inquiring with the Custom Shop to make me a J-180 Historic (if that's even a thing).
  10. The pickguard has probably been in that state for so long that it will retain that warped shape no matter what drastic measure you take. Certain parts of the material have contracted and I would know of no process to reverse this chemical reaction, which was probably caused by some combination of heat, humidity, human DNA, some mean polish spray, or whatnot. The only option left would be to get a replacement proper. I would contact Gibson directly for that.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Probably an issue at the respective nut slot. A guitar tech or luthier makes short work of it.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Your guess is right on the money. It's 2019 J-45 Deluxe w/ a Richlite fretboard.
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