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  1. Had the same experience with Earnie Ball electric guitar strings - not as bad as we can she on Brucebub´s photos, but b- and high e-string could not be used. But this was only an random finding, maybe there have been some variations in the packaging process at the string manufacturers. I have some quite old strings only packed in paper bags - without corrosion ...
  2. It depends .... I have very different experiences with older (about 3 years), new and very old guitar strings. All of them have been stored at room temperature (16 - 24°C, 40-60% rel.hum.) in the original packages. Had corroded high b- and e-strings in quite new sets of Earnie Ball and Fender electric guitar sets, completely good, clean Martin guitar strings in old paper bags and up to no problems with Gibson strings (phosphor bronze, (80/20s) in the original hermitcally sealed Gibson bags. So it is hard to say what will happed but in my case 98% of even very old unused strings made
  3. Removing pickguards is easy if you have got the "flubby" version which has been discussed in this forum so many times. They come off the guitar by themself, just some lighter fluid needed for removing some glue ... I am still angry about the pickguard of my 2018 Hummingbird, all advices how to "flatten" the removed pickguard before fixing it again did not work in my case up to now.
  4. This seems not to be Gibson-specific, had the same issue at the neck of my Martin D28 - on the side of the low E-string, around fret 1 after 1 year. I completely understand that this should not happen - the guitars cost enough money - but it seems to happen. My Gibsons do not show this kind of defect up to now. What did I do - not very much, just polishing the spot with Micro Mesh. I take it as normal traces of playing . Had worse flaking off lacquer on the lacquered maple neck of my 1994 Fender Strat - which is no Nitro coating.
  5. Due to the Corona situation we have "extended" the open air rehearsals up to now - sunshine, not too dry, 7 to 12 degrees centigrade (location in Bavaria, Germany). My experience of the last two weekends is that the week point are the musicians, not the instruments. After about 2 hours the right hand gets so cold that holding the plectrum can be difficult and as written above you have to change to songs with a simple chord stucture. The other topic is the clothing - ski underwear can help 🙂. No problems with the guitars - we have no campfire or infrared heater, just the remaining sun whic
  6. Servus Peter! I´m located in Germany, "Musikhaus Thomann" is my main supplier but even they have no Gibson acoustic strings. Sad situation as I just got used to the coated Phosphoe Bronze version and I liked it better than any other coated versions with exception of Martin LifeSpans. They kept the "fresh" sound even on Gibsons which are not played very often. I have made the observation that uncoated strings seem to change the surface on a longer timescale even in the guitar case. Are there any recommendations for a replacement of the relatively new coated Gibson strings? Greet
  7. docr

    Dead Strings

    There are more stories about bass players who never change strings or are using only old strings. The most famous must be James Jamerson - if you search for Bass players with old strings. Notches are no or a smaller problem for bass stings. The wildest story I have read some weeks ago (but do not remember where exactly) was that a bass player has sent a broken old string back to the manufacturer and asked them if it couls be welded. I am using only flatwound bass strings, D´Addatio Chromes are my favorite. And they last very long .... Doc
  8. docr

    Dead Strings

    There is one aspect missing in this discussion - the mechanical attrition and fatigue of the string material. Long used stings show notches caused by the frets, typically the D- and G-string and in the worst case the bronze wire winding gets loose. Anyhow, notches will influence the vibration behaviour of the strings and the strings are more difficult to tune. And this effect can not be prevented by any coating - polymers are galvanic processes. But of course there are a lot of stories about old strings, more from Bass players. Changing strings is work, but the fretboard can be clea
  9. kidblast, Very good descrition! We all are pushing parts of our pickguards back - after opening the case, during playing - whenever it pops up again. I am trying to hide this defect as other guitar pickers playing with me have (often much cheaper) guitars without this problems and I do not want discussions about prices, Gibson quality etc. - you know what I mean - I love my Gibson guitars, but a sustainable solution of this problem would be helpful.
  10. Ok, if a pickguard decides to curl after 43 years its another thing. I would be very carful with an old guitar, too. The "flubber" things can be removed quite easily with the help of naphta and some patience. Your J45 surely has a better quality pickguard, I have followed a lot of discussions about the "flubber" problem in forums (or fora - what is the correct plural in English?) and it seems to be a problem of younger guitars.
  11. Looks like a lot of work but if ALD323´s methode cures all tensions out of the material it will help. Will try this method - but this is a job for the winter. The big question for me still is why Gibson has used this type of pickguards for years knowing about the problems. The price? Would it be really significantly lower for a flubber pickguard? Maybe for the Humminbird type.
  12. RBSinTo - be glad if you never had problems with "flubber" pickguards. My J45 (2017) and Hummingbird (2017) drive me crazy, edges are lifting whch look even worse on the Hummingbird due to the more complicated shape. Both have been removed and fixed again by an authorized Gibson service workshop - lifting again after some months, I have removed, cleaned and mounted the J45 pickguard by myself with the help of 3M tape (3M double sided sheets are not available here). And - it lifts again. This is really sad as both guitars are fine with the exception of the pickguards, beautiful to play and soun
  13. Relatively loose sitting saddles seem to happen quite often. I have replace the saddles of my J35, Southern Jumbo and J185 after discovering, that the edge of the saddle "leans" towards the neck - of course as the strings are pulling in this direction. I have never considered a risk for breaking the bridge, but thought this could have a negative impact on sound and intonation. All three guitars have undersaddle pickups. I have replaced the original saddles by Graph Tech Acoustic Bridge Saddles - the version for Gibson acoustics - as they are available in Germany, ordered them from thoman
  14. First to the start topic: I came from acoustic guitars (Ibanez Hummingbird Clone) to electric guitars - mostly Squiers and later Fenders which I still have and love - including some Precision Basses. Then I came back to acoustic guitars - Martins and Gibsons (more Gibsons than Martins) and the Gibson acoustics brought me to Gibson electric guitars which I did not like so much before (short scale length, price). At the end I have a Les Paul Junior in TV Yellow which is a great guitar with an unexpected "fresh" sound for me with the wrap around bridge and the P90s and since Corona times a Les Pa
  15. Bill Moore, adjustable pots sound good! Thank you for the hint!
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