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  1. That's a great picture! Thanks for posting it, and Thanks to JT for helping to keep their history alive.
  2. You shouldn't need to worry about the serial number being a year different. I have a couple of recent Gibson acoustics that have a serial number a year behind the model year, which is stamped in the headstock. (IE: 1xxx6xxx on a 2017 stamped guitar.) I haven't seen J45 Std tuners like the ones on yours, though I have seen them on Custom Shop models. The burst finish looks brighter than a standard J45 Vintage Sunburst finish. More like a Sunset Burst. Could be the lighting in your pics, but maybe you got an upgraded model from GC and because it had no label they sold it as a Standard. I'd run the serial number by Gibson and see what they have to say...
  3. Beautiful! I like an SJ with a burst.
  4. Congratulations on that beautiful SJ200!
  5. Looking at the pics your fretboard looks fine, just like the one on my 2018 J45. Just wood grain and pores. Enjoy your new guitar, a good J45 will make some nice music.
  6. Tough choice, I hope not to have to get to the point of only 2 acoustics. But if I have to... An SJ200 Western Classic and a D18 for me. 1 rosewood and 1 mahogany, should cover it.
  7. The J29 is probably the loudest acoustic guitar I've got. It's got a rich rosewood sound and just pumps out volume. I recently put Martin Marquis strings on it to tone it down some. Trying to sing over it would have the the neighbors calling the police. :D The biggest sound comes from the SJ200 Western Classic. You can really feel the sound being created by this guitar, in a good way.
  8. An SJ-200 would be a heck of a gift for anybody! Reverb has over 130 SJ-200s listed, both new and used. Good place to see what's out there and how much they cost. The internet big box stores include Guitar Center, Musicians Friend and Sweetwater, among others. They all have new ones listed, and MF has one "Open Box" Vintage model. Good luck in your search.
  9. My SJ200 has ramps in front of the pins, but I don't believe they're deep enough to allow the use of solid pins. I think it's more of a partial ramp to facilitate the strings going over the saddle at a better angle. I don't know enough about the taper of Gibson bridge pins to give any info on which ones would be correct. On Bob Colosi's web site he gives instructions on measuring the pins from your guitar and he'll figure the correct taper. Hope this helps a little anyways.
  10. I'm switching out the bone saddle on my SJ200 for one made out of bone. Hoping for a better sound.
  11. When I was a younger man Gibson guitars were the unattainable dream of someday. I got by with a Samick, and a Martin that I found on sale, for 20+ years. But now as a "gullible, oh-so-exploitable, pension-cashing baby boomer", I'm finally able to fulfill that dream of owning a Gibson acoustic guitar or two. I never realized I had to be exploited and gullible to get to this point in life, but I'm happy to be here... :)
  12. Sounds like a great way to spend the day, and you got to play a 1938 D45!! Awesome! Glad there were no unexpected problems with your J45.
  13. Congrats on that new guitar! The top wood is beautiful.
  14. Window shopping is a great time. The problem with sitting in a room full of Gibsons is staying focused on the mission. :D Have fun searching for your J45.
  15. I found my 2018 J-45 at a local Guitar Center in September last year. I had been looking for a couple months and played several that didn't do it for me. This one sounded exactly the way I thought a good J-45 should. It had some light play marks in front of the pickguard but, compared to a Southern Jumbo and a used AJ I played along with it, this one sounded the best to me. It was marked down pretty well too, so I bought it. Been happy with it since it came home with me. The 1.725" nut width is about as thin as I'd comfortably go.
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