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  1. I had both the J29 and Songwriter at the same time, a couple of years ago. The J29 was loud in a raucous, party at the honky tonk sort of way. Kind of sounded like a rosewood backed J45. The SW was more refined and rich in tone. Almost rosewood Martin D28 sounding, but with a Gibson sound to it. I always thought if I didn't own a rosewood backed Martin the SW would have stayed with me. The finish on the SW was very nice with some abalone trim, and on the J29 it was more utilitarian but still pretty nice. Depending on your music style and what sound you prefer, either guitar would be worth owning. As far as used prices I sold the J29 for 1350 and the SW for 1550 last year. They were both in excellent condition and sold pretty quickly. Hope this adds to the information your looking for.
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    Unusual J200

    That's a really cool looking J200. I like the three piece back. Pic #20 shows some bridge lift on the left corner. Would that be a problem, or considered normal for one of this age? There's a lot of bridge surface holding it onto the top. It would be worth trying out to hear what it sounds like...
  3. There are two HBird Standards on my local Craigslist, for $2500, that haven't sold yet. I think they've been there for 5-6 weeks now. One is a 2002 and the other a 2005 and they're both appear to be in excellent condition. Somewhere in the $2000 to $2200 range would be my best guess for a sale.
  4. Martin MA540T Lifespan Treated Phosphor Bronze Authentic strings are my favorite on the J-45. The HBird sounds best to me with D'Addario EXP Phosphor Bronze Bluegrass strings. These are light gauge top/medium bottom strings. That's what I like on these two mahogany backed Gibsons. As someone else said, this is the time of the year strings are on sale everywhere, good time to experiment.
  5. Just speculation from your pics: Looks like there's too much neck relief, and maybe the nut slots too low, especially the low E. You said it buzzes worse when you tighten the truss rod; but If you can tighten the truss rod again to get a relief of around .008-.010" at the 7th, and then capo the first fret and see if the buzzing goes away. Or measure the string clearance at the 1st fret to see if the nut height is sufficient. The Kimsey video he posted on the other forum has great information in it. You may have to install a higher saddle also. All those things are inter-related so fixing one problem may lead to another. But that neck relief looks too deep as it is now. Just my 2 cents worth... I hope it's an easy fix.
  6. Not sure if you're asking about rosewood Southern Jumbo or SJ200. I have a rosewood SJ200 that I enjoy playing. It's the more recent Western Classic with Adi top. Gives a nice deep, rich sound when I strum it and fills the room with music. Doesn't feel nearly as big as it looks, but it does have a presence.
  7. I have a 2018 L-00 Standard that I really like, got it a couple months ago. It has a big sound that I didn't expect from such a small guitar. Not sure if the Studio model sounds similar or not. Mahogany vs Walnut back/side woods should give different sound qualities. If you can find a store that has both it would be an interesting comparison.
  8. jschmitz54; Glad you're enjoying your new J45. It sounds like you have the perfect pair of guitars now. For strings, I like Martin MA540T Lifespan Treated Phosphor Bronze, light gauge strings on mine. For me, these really sound good on the J45. Have fun with the new guitar!
  9. I've been drooling over that one too, almost makes me want to take a trip to San Antone. 😄 Beautiful maple! Since I have a Standard Bird, I should ask, what would be the difference in sound out of a maple backed one? The top looks identical to mine, same burst colors...
  10. I'm not a luthier and don't play one on TV... I've resorted to doing my own guitar set-up work due to several bad experiences with some of the local "luthiers". Drop in saddles are cheap and plentiful, and available in bone, Tusq, and other materials. Sanding the bottom flat to achieve a lowered action is the easiest way to go. If you buy one or two saddles you can try it out with one of them, and only be out the cost of the saddle if it gets messed up. For me, trying to match the shape of the top of an original saddle is harder and I've screwed up a couple trying to do it this way. Put your sandpaper on a flat surface and concentrate on holding the saddle square. After you get the height close to where you want, hold the saddle against a flat 90 degree edge, like a piece of wood or square stone, while you finish sand the bottom to the correct height. Take it slow and measure often.
  11. Very impressive work! I don't know what else to say, but I enjoyed it.
  12. I can tell you that your pic works in the second link, the first link requires a google sign-in. As far as my wisdom and knowledge, well it depends on who you ask... I'd guess, as you have, that the crack shouldn't go much further because of where it is and the direction it's pointing. If it was mine I'd run it by a trusted luthier to see if it should be stabilized somehow. Hope it gets no worse and you can enjoy that J-35 for a long time.
  13. Sounds like high humidity issues. I has a Songwriter that showed signs of too high humidity with everything you describe, except the bridge corner lifting. Since the bridge is now starting to come off I'd return it, either for another or refund.
  14. I like seeing pics of all those nice acoustics! Favorite Gibsons? It's hard to pick a favorite, but... I just got an L-00 last month, no pics yet... It's given me a whole new respect for small guitars. Not boxy or subdued and really a good acoustic to sing with. This is my last one, honest.... 😄 Now to make up for the lack of pics of the L-00. SJ-200 Western Classic, I bought it about a 6 months ago. The rosewood back/sides really gives this SJ a nice full sound. The J-29. I looked for one of these for a few months and found this NOS 2016 model on the net about 7 months ago. It's loud and proud, pretty much sounds like you'd think a rosewood J45 would.
  15. Congrats on your new HBird! The model year and serial number year codes sometimes don't match up with Gibson acoustics. Some of the guitars built later in the year have the following year stamped under the serial number. My 2017 Bird has a 2016 serial number (2017 is stamped under the serial number and Made In USA stamp). I believe 2016 was the only year that Gibson engraved the year on the TRC. Enjoy the new Bird, they are special guitars.
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