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Everything posted by mz-s

  1. On my J-15, it's almost a toss up between DR Sunbeams 12's or Gibson Masterbuilt Phosphor Bronze 12's as far as best sound. Slightest edge given to the Gibson strings. For a longer lasting string I settle with Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze 12's. Sound is almost there.
  2. Can't say that I blame them for not being willing to put in an aftermarket pickup at no cost, it's not their fault the guitar had an issue that warranted replacement. However I think you could make a case that the warranty you purchased should cover the work since the Hummingbird that you returned had that installed. I do disagree with the model that some of these stores have - if you didn't spend extra on the warranty, there's the door. Trying in store is nice but these stores are making the decision to buy online for us it seems.
  3. Almost like the crack was already there when they built the guitar, they just didn't notice them. Strange for sure. They would have had to have been there right, certainly the finish would have cracked with the wood if the cracks appeared later.
  4. Thank you RCT for the backstory!
  5. I am talking with no law training here, just some brief sales tax training as I used to work for a small internet commerce company. But the Constitution prohibits states from regulating interstate commerce, that is left to the Federal Government. And until this decision, my understanding is there have been no Federal regulations or laws saying that state and local sales tax must be collected on sales that take place between a company and an end user that each have nexus in different states. States can require residents to pay those taxes on their returns, most states have that line on the return. The fact that residents do not complete that form is not the problem of the Federal government, it is a problem of State government. My conviction is that if the Federal government wants to require internet sellers to collect sales tax from individuals that reside in states foreign to them, Congress should pass a law - it is not up to the Judicial branch to make it so.
  6. If you take the existing one to Fastenal or a local hardware store, they should be able to find you the right size. Might not be black though!
  7. Looks like a well done repair. I'd go for it, after seeing it in person of course to make sure everything is on the up and up. As others have said, glue joints are stronger than the wood around them.
  8. Certainly possible, but if this is a "hill" in the top so to speak, I doubt it's runout.
  9. There shouldn't be a seam there, it doesn't look like a run in the finish (though I suppose it could be). It looks almost like bulging from a loose brace under string tension, but the fact that the line is so straight is strange. Assuming you bought it new or otherwise have a return period, I'd get it swapped out. Could be shipping damage.
  10. He did have some excellent videos, I loved his series on DIY repairs with tools you can buy at Harbor Freight. So many repair guides on YouTube assume a $500 investment in StewMac tools that ain't happening for me! I am fairly sure he had a bit of a breakdown. I saw one of his videos making fun of other guitar channel owners, then a few days later his channel was gone. Not a trace anywhere. I wish I knew how to get in touch with him, I really enjoyed his videos and perspective on guitars.
  11. What about the bone pins don't fit right? Too loose or too tight? If they're too tight, sand them down. Most natural material products like saddles, nuts, and bridge pins, come oversized so they can be sanded down to fit perfectly. They use plastic pins as bridge pins make very little, if any, difference in the tone of a guitar.
  12. All the Texans I've seen have bone saddles already. I buy my saddles from eBay or Amazon - really the most important aspects are the compensation, length and the radius. Make sure the radius is the same, and that the length is as least as long as your slot, and the compensation design matches your current saddle. The thickness, length, and height, can be adjusted with sandpaper on a thick sheet of glass or something (so it's flat).
  13. Small turns are your friend. As others have said truss rod adjusts relief, not so much action. But it will affect action towards the middle of the neck. I measure relief by fretting first and 14/15th frets, then seeing how much space is between low E string and the 7th fret. You want a small amount of relief, enough to fit a few sheets of paper under the string - 10 thousandths or so, or less. No space means the neck is either perfectly flat, or is backbowed. 1/8th a turn at a time until you get it where you want. 1/4 is a big adjustment. 1/2 a turn is a huge amount. It will take a bit of force, similar to the amount of force required to screw a into your wall.
  14. I've used acetylene torch tip cleaning files from Home Depot for deepening already cut slots. They're $3 a pack I believe and work well for this use. The files have a very gentle cut, so it would take forever to cut a new slot with them. In that case I would spring for the StewMac files, or maybe carefully use a 10-thousandths kerf razor saw. You can roll the saw back and forth while cutting to widen and round out the slot.
  15. What gets me in cases like these are the people who jump on the bandwagon as if they really know what happened. Look at all the twats from twitter in that article. People have no personal responsibility anymore. "Somebody should have saved me from myself!"
  16. I can't get behind the neon green J-45, but the olive green isn't bad - I like the white Hummingbird too. Not sure if I like either enough to consider buying them though.
  17. Yes indeed, I have one. Who knows how many are actually out there. I wonder if a pre-2018 sunburst J-15 will be a collector's item in the future.
  18. Gibson will be fine, as will this Union of states. The most likely scenario is Gibson is able to raise enough revenue to refinance its debt. Sure that does nothing but kick the can down a few years, but it's far better than the alternative. There are far too many people making an honest living working at Gibson, and using Gibson instruments, for any other scenario to be desirable - no matter where you stand on the wood raids, or who you voted for in November.
  19. $99 Epiphone electrics and the new $400-500 Gibson electrics are the result of this - cheap enough to get a lot of new buyers, but good enough so that they don't cheapen the brand too much. Gibson probably makes $25 on each of those $100 Epiphones after all the costs are taken out, and maybe $100-150 on the cheap Gibson electrics. Sell enough of them, and you've got enough new income to appease the bankers and get the refinance you need.
  20. Don't think it's replacing the DR500 on the lineup. The DR400 looks to have the same electronics in it as the AJ45ME, but I'm not sure. Seems to be a bargain at $400 for a new solid wood dreadnought.
  21. Paying interest for a guitar is foolish. Paying it off over 2 years with no interest is a very good deal. I'd do it if I were in the market for a new guitar and they had a deal like that going.
  22. On the surface seems like the 400 has a newer pickup system (no more barn door), a different fingerboard/bridge (likely something similar to richlite) and is about $250 cheaper. Not sure what else, if anything, is different.
  23. Sorry for not being clear. I haven't bought this one yet, it's not available yet until September, just announced. I was just bringing it up in the forum since it was just announced and looks interesting. I am definitely planning on giving one a try when they come out.
  24. Looks really nice! $400 for an all solid wood Dreadnaught Masterbilt. Looks like a Richlite fingerboard and bridge - I have no idea what Torrefied composite "Blackwood" is but the composite in there makes me think man-made (not a bad thing). Rosewood fingerboards and bridges will likely become a thing of the past for the Asian guitars at these prices with CITES. http://www.epiphone.com/Products/Acoustic-Electric/Masterbilt-DR-400MCE.aspx
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