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Buc McMaster

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  1. The same hack. I busted his chops over this one........
  2. Terrapin Guitars. I think the Gibson AJ Style 2 is the right shape........$34 in tiger stripe. http://www.terrapinguitars.com/index2_php.php?content=acousticContent#acoustic
  3. A refinished top is not a big deal on a player grade instrument, which this certainly is. I called the guy with some questions and he seems straight up about it. He will shoot some more photos for me, tune it down the half step I prefer and check it out. I'm not sold but definitely curious.
  4. Though I haven't been playing much at all of late, this is quite unique and very tempting.............. https://reverb.com/item/15908002-gibson-j-55-left-handed-1939-natural
  5. Those clips can be placed pretty much anywhere though, from the factory, I believe they are attached to the sides. However, once "unstuck", they don't adhere so well any longer and you may find you need to replace them. The on-board battery is (and will be) the instigator of the trouble. If you're not going to use the pickup I highly recommend removing the entire system, and if you do intend to play plugged in I recommend removing the entire system and installing a passive pickup like the K&K. No battery, no issues, no extra weight, no problem.
  6. Don't reckon you'll get stateside too often. Bummer.
  7. Might as well sell it as I have no use for it any longer. Thing is, you're on the other side of the world.........
  8. Damn, J, didn't know you were amp hunting. I've got a Schertler David Deluxe just sitting in the closet, with a clamshell custom cover to boot. Ya should said something!
  9. The 3M double sided stuff is the way to go.......it WILL STICK......seriously stick! Be very accurate when you lay it back down on the guitar. I peeled one side of the 3m sheet and stuck it to the pick guard, nice and smooth, no air bubbles. Then it's pretty easy to go around the outside with a NEW, VERY SHARP razor blade, cutting the 3M sheet to shape. Right to the edge of the guard as it will not show on the edge due to its' thickness. Don't use glue......that's what was there originally and you see how that worked out.......
  10. These guards appear to be among the best out there in the aftermarket. Expensive? Reckon so, but what of quality is cheap? MV Custom
  11. Indeed this is a common issue with Gibson guards. Easily corrected though. Get some of this 3M adhesive from Stewart Mac. A hair drier on low heat will warm the guard enough to soften the glue and allow for easy removal. Don't overheat the top.......just warm it a bit and work the guard up slowly. Clean the guitar and the guard with lighter fluid. Apply the new adhesive sheet to the guard and then to the guitar, being careful with placement because it will freaking STICK. I've done this on three different Hummingbirds and it's worked perfectly each time.
  12. Guitars are not golf clubs........each is an individual, often as different as night and day. It's on you for not removing the second guitar from the case and doing a thorough inspection before laying down your money. And then, after discovering cosmetic issues, you put the guitar away for three years before deciding it's time to bring them to the attention of the dealer and Gibson. It's you for not attending to your concerns immediately.........how could you expect a dealer or manufacturer be accountable for cosmetics after three years? That's just wrong thinking. Who told you an "X" on the headstock indicates a reject? That's nonsense. I have seen many factory seconds with a "2" stamped in the headstock just below the serial number and those are shipped and sold by dealers at reduced prices. Seconds generally have some cosmetic issue that most would be hard pressed to find. I'm all for calling a spade a spade when that is in fact the case, but from the story you have told here this is all on you and attempting to shift blame to Gibson is.....well......bullshit.
  13. Yep.......these are the Grover 135 series. Bottom screw hole does align with the single screw of the rotomatics, upper screw would just be cosmetics since the post is bolted in place.
  14. Not certain which model Rotos are there now but Stew Mac has all of them with accurate dimensional drawings to find the drop-in replacement. It will almost certainly be another model of Grover.............the 135 Series will likely do it without any mods and will considerably lighten the headstock. G'luck!
  15. As your #2 indicates, sanding the bottom could expose the ends of the bridge slot. All of the cut-thru saddles I've encountered have been glued in, other wise they could slide in the bridge slot. Given these circumstances, the best solution is sanding the top of the saddle, not a job for the uninitiated. Delicate work to keep the sandpaper off the bridge and to maintain the radius. Be careful. And yes, 3-13 is light........very nice.
  16. I had forgotten you did this one, Rob............I am flattered, sir. Thank you.
  17. .........I could do this kind of thing for hours on end. The J-35 is long gone.....and Jinder is sporting the Sunrise pickup these days.......time marches on......
  18. Here in the USA, as we enjoy ourselves this weekend, let us remember those that laid down their lives that we might do so.
  19. Don't be so sure you'll need to replace the saddle. I've removed the element from many an under-saddle pickup system and not had to get a new saddle. If removal does cause significant action issues I'd try the Colosi saddle shims before anything else.
  20. Ah but the split parallelogram inlays are correct for a factory built left handed instrument, slanted in the correct direction. Looks like a true southpaw to me........a southpaw player.
  21. I for one think they are quite fine looking, not being done in a slap-dash manner but with care. Text says one is a 1958 and the other 1962. I like them but not $50K worth!
  22. Speaking from personal experience, if you don't have your health you've got little in this world. Glad to hear you're hanging tough, gritting your teeth and enjoying the good days. Wishing you the best in this trial by fire, Jinder, and hoping the sun returns to your sky soon.
  23. Smudge schmudge...........it's a guitar, play it. As for strings Martin Retros sound like a good fit for you..........nickel wrapped for corrosion resistance and an old school thumpy tone.
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