I am seeking some expert advice before I embark on a repair.
I have a 2000s Gibson j45. The action is high about .120 There is saddle life but I fear if I take the saddle low enough to have comfortable action there wont be good string break angle because of the way this bridge was designed. The bridge pin holes are very far back which creates a long low string break angle
This is my question:
How much belly is expected to be on a Gibson of this era? Can someone give me a measurement using a straight edge parallel behind the bridge?
I thought i remember reading the radius is about 30"? but I am not sure exactly where to measure that radius. Directly behind the bridge?
It appears to me there is a significant belly. With a straight edge behind the bridge there is 3/16s" from the top to the straightedge on both the E and the e side.
Ill get a picture up as soon as I can
I planned on using the Thompson belly reducer, but after thinking about it I wanted to get some incite as to how much belly is normal on these Gibsons.
Luke, I will say this looks horrid. Others with more experience than me will hop in. It does look to me like something is seriously wrong under the top.
Wow. What do I know?
Id check the neck block also , some taper away and have almost no contact with the back , which seems to allow a shift in neck angle .