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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / NGD - Martin J-40

reverend mikey
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Nov 17th, 2018 07:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

I figured it's just easier to start a new thread on this...so here's my review:

My second (!) Jumbo arrived yesterday afternoon - and because it was so cold outside I left it in the case until later this evening (also had other commitments until then - had to go record a radio show, then do a wedding rehearsal for a wedding that happened this afternoon)...

...finally got to spend some time with her and take some pics last night.

The guitar is beautiful! The Sitka top has very tight even grain and nice silking that doesn't show up in my unworthy crappy pics. The Rosewood is very straight and dark with a purple/brown hue - looks a LOT like the grain on my D-35's outside panels.

Gorgeous one piece genuine mahogany neck - and I absolutely LOVE the reddish tint on this neck compared to my J-18 (or D-35) - the grain is so distinctive and rich!

The first few strums at my office it seemed kind of muffled, but if it was, it's quickly opening up (or my ears opened up); comparing it to my J-18 and D-35 at home last night, it has similar volume and a nice full balanced tone with strong tight bass and trebles that already sound thick for a brand new instrument...the more I played it back to back with the other guitars, the more it seemed to open up, so I'm looking forward to the next few weeks and months.

Comparing the set-up to my J-18 (which came out of the Custom Shop), the J-18 wins for near perfect action at the nut and up and down the neck. The J-40 will need the nut slots lowered and the truss rod tweaked (it has slightly more relief than my J-18 and D-35). Then it will be fine. With a capo on the first few frets it was much easier to play - and a joy to listen to.

The "Jumbo" name is a bit misleading - these guitars are very comfortable to hold and play...certainly not as jumbo as some Gibsons and Guilds. Also compared weight between the hog 18 and the rosewood 40 (in hand - not with a scale yet) - the J-40 is a bit heavier, but not a tank by any means.

A few pics in profile...

Leftee
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Nov 17th, 2018 08:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mike,

That is stunning!

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Nov 17th, 2018 08:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

WOW

LeftRightOut
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too many guitars and not enough hands
Nov 18th, 2018 02:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

Picking my jaw up off the floor.

what a beautiful guitar.




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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Nov 18th, 2018 03:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

Woo hoo! Another beauty!

stratcowboy
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Nov 18th, 2018 08:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah. It really is. Except it's backwards....LOL.

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Nov 18th, 2018 08:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats and enjoy!

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Hammond101
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Nov 19th, 2018 11:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

All I can say is wow! Enjoy!

reverend mikey
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Nov 23rd, 2018 05:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

I am enjoying these

Martin Jumbo Fraternal Twins

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Nov 26th, 2018 12:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wow Mikey! I love those fretboard inlays. Play it in .. play it loud and hard. It will thank you later on ;-)

reverend mikey
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Nov 26th, 2018 09:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yep - trying to give them lots of love!

Here's a pic with my Larrivee OM - so you can see the actual size difference between a Jumbo and a standard OM/Orchestra Model.

Two Men and a Baby?

reverend mikey
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Nov 26th, 2018 09:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

...and one more showing the difference in

depth...

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Nov 27th, 2018 03:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice Rev.

reverend mikey
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Jan 6th, 2019 04:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just a brief update for the few of us who hang out in the unplugged/acoustic forum (minus one: R.I.P. Rich/Hammond 101...).

The J-40 has really exceeded my expectations. It just keeps sounding better and better: rich, punchy, more volume and tone all around than my D-35...

so...

the D-35 got sold last week. The difference was so obvious, I couldn't think of any reason why I wanted to play the D-35 after playing this guitar (or my other, the J-18). Nice guitar, but a step down.

But that's been a good exercise in self-discipline (sort of!). I've sold 3 guitars since Christmas Day (all acoustics).

That's all...carry on...

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Jan 6th, 2019 08:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Good to see that you got a what sounds like a great J-40. It doesn't surprise me that it outdoes you now sold D-35. They're good dreads (D-35s) but the ones I've played just seemed kind of one dimensional.

Yeah, very sorry to hear about Rich. I just finished an acoustic session with him in mind.

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Jan 7th, 2019 07:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

I owned a J-40 for a while and it was a magnificent beast. My only issue with it was that I always had this feeling that it was too nice to take out of the studio. I also had a case of the guilts over spending that much on a guitar while on a meager retirement income. :-)

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Jan 7th, 2019 08:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

D-35s are gorgeous guitars, but I never played one that blew me away. And they all have a skinny neck, it seems.

mikey, I would think you would have some trouble selling those southpaw guitars. But maybe not if you've moved 3 of them already. What's your secret?

reverend mikey
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Apr 13th, 2019 04:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

"What's your secret?"

Answering your question from 3 months ago (!) about selling lefty guitars: the answer is Reverb.com.

And - I know what they're worth and am realistic about my asking price (but also how low I'll go). The longest it has taken to sell one was a Larrivee C-10 - a cutaway with some bling, so not everyone's cup of tea. But I did get it sold, and the price was fair.

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