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Viera
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May 23rd, 2017 12:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sounds like you got yourself a good luthier that's willing to work with you. That's great.

I have Ernie Ball Earthwood 30's on my other acoustic. I like them. It's pretty tough to go wrong with Ernie Ball strings.

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May 23rd, 2017 02:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been trying lots of brands and types of strings on my J-45, and I don't think anything has sounded better than 80/20 bronze - lights or mediums (it came with Gibson 80/20 lights on it' they sounded and felt great). It's such a resonant guitar that if mediums feel like too much for you, lights sound quite good.

John Pearse makes a set called New Medium that are 13, 17, 24, 32, 42, 55, and this set gives you some punch and keeps the treble strings sounding thicker, while still playing like lights. And the shorter scale of the Gibsons keeps them somewhat flexible and bendable.

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Jun 18th, 2017 08:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've played a few and they've all been really nice guitars.

I have a line on an NOS 2016 J45 Progressive model for an unusually reasonable price. It has the modern adjustable bridge (I can live with that) and the G-Force tuners (nah). The pickup system gets high marks across the board. The parallelogram markers and MOP headstock inlay are a nice touch for a workhorse dread.

If I grab this one I'll probably swap out the electronics for some old-school Grover twiddlies.

One of these-uns.

RainboGuy

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Jun 19th, 2017 10:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Peegoo:

That progressive model is one fine-looking guitar!

I just have one question:

A TOM Bridge with titanium saddles on a J-45? WOW.....That's VERY interesting!

So...here's the question.....Have you played one of these, and if so, how did it sound compared to a standard with a TUSQ Bridge?

I'm very curious......because, In theory, at least, a TOM on a Jumbo Flatop would, I think, make it so much more convenient to adjust intonation and action if you ever decided to change to a different make/model of string.......

I'm just wondering if there is any major, noticeable difference to the "tonal timbre" of the guitar, per se.

Personally, to me at least, one of the big draws of the J-45 is the warm, understated, "even" tone it projects, which in my opinion, makes it such a unique and quite lovely-sounding instrument!



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Jun 19th, 2017 03:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I A/B'd the Progressive against the standard, and while the difference in tone was not that great, there was a slight difference. The one with a traditional bridge seemed to have slightly more low mids.

But the real difference is plugged in: the pickup system this uses is not a contact transducer or a magnetic pickup; it's a microphone, and the tone is pretty darn good through a PA. You don't have to stay right on a mic; you can jump around like a looney, which is a huge plus--considering my playing style :o)

When I saw this I was reminded of the early/mid-70s Gibson acoustics that had adjustable bridges (they were clunky, heavy, and horrid sounding). Ew.

But when I picked it up and played it...it works really well and sounds fantastic.

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Jun 19th, 2017 08:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One thing about Gibson, they're not afraid to push boundaries, for better or for worse. :)

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Jun 21st, 2017 02:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, Henry is trying a bit too hard to incorporate high-tech innovations into the line.

He's trying to catch the wave enjoyed by companies like Apple, etc.

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Jun 24th, 2017 11:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, the guitar is a peach.

Build quality is very good. All braces are scalloped and sanded smooth. There are no stray globs of glue anywhere. The bridge plate is cleanly drilled. Bridge pins are Tusq, and the nut is graphite impregnated. The parallelogram markers are tightly installed and smoothly polished. Overall fit and finish are superb.

The bridge really works: outstanding intonation up and down the neck.

This J45 is nice and punchy, with better low end than my Taylor 814ce. The pickup system sounds really good.

I messed around with the G Force tuning system for a few days and...nah. I'll replace 'em with pearl-knob Grovers. The only other mod I'll do is add a strap button to the treble side of the neck heel.


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Jun 24th, 2017 12:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^ Nice to hear. Gibson Montana has been putting out excellent acoustics for quite some time. IMHO nobody does a better sunburst. I really like the Autumn Burst per the Gibson website. Enjoy that thing.

RainboGuy

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Jun 25th, 2017 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Peegoo:

For what it's worth....if you are planning on replacing the tuning system, you might want to take a look at the Kluson Revolution Keystones....

They are MAGNIFICENT!

Put a set of my new SG STANDARD and they are the smoothest, best tuners I have ever used.......

HIGHLY recommended!

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Jun 25th, 2017 07:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Already ordered the Grovers.

I have Klusons on several of my guitars and they are fantastic. But they're not available with the knob color I want for this guitar.

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Jun 26th, 2017 04:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm in. I've had a J45 since last year, and I love it. The model is a '60s J45. They made 75 each of 3 or 4 different colors for this special edition. Mine is really pretty burst. This model comes with a bone nut and bone saddle already installed. I haven't done anything to it except play it, and I probably won't change a thing on it. I already had several acoustics - some of which are very nice ones - when I got this, but I had no Gibson. Problem solved. It's perfect for just about anything you'd want an acoustic for: fingerpicking, learning new things, banging out chords while you sing, or recording. It's a keeper.

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Jun 26th, 2017 06:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've been playing it nonstop for a few days. Really nice tones and the neck carve is very comfortable.

I have a few other very nice acoustics, and unlike the others, this one stays in tune from one day to the next. My others usually usually require a tweak of the B and e strings when I pick 'em up. Happy player so far.

This model is closer to the original Gibson Southerner round-shoulder than a J45. But the original GS model was an up-scale J45 from the get-go. The only difference with this one is the fingerboard is unbound.



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Jun 26th, 2017 12:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a 2012 J-45 that I've been performing and recording with since I got it. It sounds great plugged in, but sounds absolutely fantastic with a good mic in front of it. One engineer told be it was the best sounding acoustic he'd ever recorded and that it needed no EQing.

Gigging with it is starting to take it's toll on it cosmetically though. Got a few scratches and dings now. :( I didn't buy it to leave it in the case though.

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Jun 26th, 2017 01:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

WOW that is high praise indeed!

RainboGuy

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Jun 26th, 2017 07:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The day after my new J-45 Standard was delivered, I was in to see my local luthier to have him adjust the saddle and check my neck straightness and relief.

While I was there, a guy was waiting to see the luthier, too, and he had just bought a new Martin D28. When he heard the tone of the J-45 he said, "My God....that thing sounds unreal."

I said......"it's brand new.........wait until I break it in!"

The luthier started laughing, saying..."Ahhhh the old Gibson Vs. Martin thing going on"....

I got lucky. My J-45 is a RINGER.

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Jun 27th, 2017 03:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought my J-45 in 2002 @ EM Shorts. I went in not even thinking of an acoustic but once I picked it up and played it, couldn't leave without it. $1349 + tax. About 3 years into ownership, the guitar really bloomed. As wonderful as it sounded new, there is no comparison to what it sounds like today. And, I even use skinny strings on it. 10.5's. It is my go to acoustic. I love my Martin and appreciate my Yamaha but the Gibson is King.

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