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Old 05-26-2020, 09:16 AM
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Went to my guitar "fixer" with a complaint of very little sustain in my sound. A Little history..
picked up a 1965 Gibson J-45 in original condition in 2010. Decided to keep it all original. Then became dissatisfied with the ceramic saddle and the overall sound. My repair guy made a beautiful rosewood insert with a saddle groove and installed it as well as a a Anthem SL at my request.
I played with it 9 years, like the amplified sound, but not happy with the acoustic sound. After a conversation with my guy, we decided to remove the Anthem and the Bridge with it. This picture is what we found under the original bridge. For some reason the top was grooved out where the saddle was and the whole area was taken down , with the result that the original bridge was only in contact with the top around its perimeter. No wonder there was little sustain! He is attempting to fix this issue with the new bridge and a little sanding of the area.
I know many will say this guitar would have been better left original and that is the way I felt at first. But I am old, this is my favorite guitar, and I just want to use it for playing and songwriting.
Just cannot believe the mess Gibson made!!

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Old 05-26-2020, 09:37 AM
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There's no photo.
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Old 05-26-2020, 10:13 AM
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There's no photo.


Yes. Cannot figure out the instructions to post
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Old 05-26-2020, 11:54 AM
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The only Gibson bridges that fit that description are the plastic bridges, which are attached with screws from underneath. This was a short-lived mistake in the mid-1960's. It is best to replace those with a rosewood bridge that is glued down. It also is best to remove all the adjustable saddle hardware and rout the new bridge for a 1/8" fixed bone saddle.
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Old 05-26-2020, 01:36 PM
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The only Gibson bridges that fit that description are the plastic bridges, which are attached with screws from underneath. This was a short-lived mistake in the mid-1960's. It is best to replace those with a rosewood bridge that is glued down. It also is best to remove all the adjustable saddle hardware and rout the new bridge for a 1/8" fixed bone saddle.


Yes he took out the nuts. It is a rosewood bridge
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Old autoharp
Indian flute
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Old 05-26-2020, 01:38 PM
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Yes he took out the nuts. It is a rosewood bridge


I tried to understand the directions to attach a photo. Does seem to work for me or Iím not understanding. Can anyone explain it to me simply?
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Old 05-26-2020, 02:04 PM
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This is one of the links in your OP:

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui...FIMG_0098.jpeg


If I click on that link, it opens a new window with no content. I don't know why that is. It might be that it is private - not accessible by the public. mail is not usually a third-party photo hosting location:it isn't, for example, google photos.

My guess is that you need to upload your photos to a third-party host. Once there, you can post here a link to those photos.
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