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  1. Close... Gauge Tension 0.0160 in. 30.74 lbs 0.0180 in. 27.51 lbs 0.0280 in. 36.59 lbs 0.0350 in. 32.24 lbs 0.0450 in. 37.45 lbs 0.0560 in. 35.80 lbs
  2. I'd say just get rid of the downvote button and the premise of the system already looks better realized.
  3. I'm never quite certain what kind of reader response the original poster desires with this. But while the vocals frequently show signs of being off-pitch and the song has certain lyrical problems, I quite like how the whole thing is recorded though, especially the reverb filter for the vocals.
  4. The string spacing of the nut seems to be badly made, nothing a good luthier couldn't fix. On the other hand though, what's that large longitudinal crack in the back (see inside body shots)?
  5. Buc, among south-paws like us, how would you go about acquiring a lefty J-180?
  6. What a stunning guitar! Never seen one of those in person though. Nice find!
  7. This'll be an interesting one since there are so many Epiphone acoustic models now out of production. I'll give my vote to both the rather obscure Epiphone SQ-180 Neil Diamond from the 2000s and the legendary long-scale Hummbingbird predecessor FT-90 El Dorado from the 1960s.
  8. The Gibson article you linked to underlines my point nicely. Thanks, mate!
  9. What I said is perfectly true: adjusting the action of the guitar won't have an impact on tone, only playability. Also, raising the height of the saddle to increase string height doesn't automatically increase the volume of the sound of the guitar as well. It's only that through increased string height you are able to pick the strings of the guitar much harder without causing buzzing than you could otherwise on a guitar with low action (where rough playing would cause buzzing much sooner).
  10. Adjusting the action of the guitar won't have an impact on tone, only playability. As the SCE has a solid top, hope is, however, that the soundboard will eventually open up over time -- even more so the more frequently you play the guitar. If you'd like more sound out of your jumbo right now, medium gauge strings might be the way to go, as they provide a generally louder sound and more sustain.
  11. I can't think of a way to age Elixirs without playing them. By design coated strings are highly resilient to whatever you decide to do to them. If you're in for coated strings that sound more mellow than Elixirs from the get-go, I'd give D'Addario's EXP16 a shot.
  12. Choosing the right pickup often depends on what kind of tone you would want to get out of your guitar and whether or not you are willing to install any permanent hardware. I found Reverb's brief article quite informative on this very subject. In my opinion, only Ovation ever nailed the acoustic/electric. The other guitar brands including both Gibson and Epiphone are completely stuck in the past in terms of amplification, and only have disappointment to offer you.
  13. A new set of fresh strings always reinvigorates a guitar. D'Addario's nickel bronze are uncoated, top-of-the-line strings, but that's to be expected from D'Addario especially in that price range. In terms of tone, they are brighter than phosphor bronze, with less string tension, but darker than 80/20. Overall I found them to be excellent, satisfying strings, but a little too bright for my taste. They last about twice as long as uncoated phosphor bronze strings.
  14. I'm just trying to picture what had happened... It'd be lovely to have a photo of the damage caused.
  15. Perhaps the new guitars from the Masterbilt Century Collection are not available in your region yet. As far as I know though, you can already get them in the States and most of the major European countries without problems.
  16. My SQ-180 Neil Diamond turned 16 this year.
  17. My luthier filed down the nut of my lefty Inspired by Texan (2014) quite a bit, as it was getting replaced anyway, to find out what material it was made of and why the nut slots were incorrectly carved height-wise. Long story short, when filing the nut down it smelled like bone to him and to me as well. Probably synthetic bone, I wager; same goes for the saddle.
  18. 12/64" at the 12th fret is indeed too high, making playing higher up the cane difficult. Gibson's acoustic specifications are as follows: 1st fret treble side - 1/64" (0.396875mm) 1st fret bass side - 2/64" (0.79375mm) 12th fret treble side - 5/64" (1.98438mm) 12th fret bass side - 7/64" (2.77812mm) Given the truss rod is perfectly adjusted, the angles of attack for lowering string action are the following: the saddle: a sanded-down saddle to lower, or one supported by shims to raise, the action is usually a quick DIY fix. the nut: a properly carved nut with the correct slot height for each string has a huge impact on string action. Usually requires a luthier to do so. the bridge: in some cases a luthier can ever so slightly carve down the bridge a tad to correct string action that could otherwise, by fixing the nut or saddle, no longer be corrected much. I don't think that after sanding down the saddle there's much else you can do by yourself. Contacting a luthier is my recommendation. Luthier work of any kind has become very affordable these days.
  19. While the AJ-15 is an inexpensive model (street price around 100 bucks), I still think you made an excellent deal here, considering the guitar seems to be in good condition. The serial number you have provided (QG03022436) reveals the following: QG: Qingdao Gibson, China (factory) 03: 2003 (year of manufacture) 02: February (month of manufacture) 2436: unit no. The guitar is entirely made out of laminated wood. AJ-15 Specs: Sloped shoulder advanced jumbo body style Select Spruce top Mahogany body Set mahogany neck Rosewood Fingerboard with dot inlays Rosewood veneered headstock with no inlay Reverse-belly rosewood bridge White bridge pins with black dots Multi-ply body binding Black single-ply pickguard with "E" emblem Multi-ply 3-ring rosette Die-cast tuners Chrome hardware 25.5" scale 1.68" nut width
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