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reverend mikey

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Jul 29th, 2016 01:51 PM        

pombrio,<br /> <br /> nice looking guitar - that may be an older photo - do you remember what strings you have on there - they almost look like Martin Monel Retros...<br /> <br /> Also, yours has the extra inlay on the headstock - mine (and newer ones, I guess) just have the Gibson logo.



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Jul 29th, 2016 03:23 PM        

Thanks rev. Someone here turned me on to John Pearse 600L phosphor bronze wound strings and I like them. I've been bouncing between them and a supply of Cleartone phosphor bronze 12's that I won as a door prize at my local shop. Both have nice balanced tone and lifespan.



Hammond101

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Jul 29th, 2016 03:31 PM        

I really like the looks of the J-45 in natural.



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Jul 29th, 2016 03:39 PM        

Rev, them goobers at Gibson stuck the finger plate above the sound hole!<br /> <br /> <br /> That is a peach. I don't need to be looking at guitars like that.<br /> <br /> If my contract gets renewed on 1 October, perhaps I'll congratulate myself with a new J45 :o)



reverend mikey

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Jul 29th, 2016 06:55 PM        

"Rev, them goobers at Gibson stuck the finger plate above the sound hole!"<br /> <br /> Yeah... they strung it up backwards, too...<br /> <br /> ....just the way I like it!



Texican



Cypress, TX

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Jul 30th, 2016 06:39 AM        

Mikey, the Crown inlay was a feature of the J-45 Rosewood. The J-45 RW also featured an ebony fretboard & bridge, along with gold tuners.



reverend mikey

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Jul 30th, 2016 09:52 AM        

Texican - I see you have your strap tied at the headstock - that's what I'm doing with this mine (so far): I don't think I can drill a hole in the heel for a strap button - ugh!



Texican



Cypress, TX

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Jul 30th, 2016 11:30 AM        

I used one of these when the photo was taken. That said, I had my local shop install a strap button three or four years ago.



reverend mikey

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Jul 31st, 2016 01:58 PM        

Yeah...I have a few of those around somewhere (we're getting ready to move, so a lot of stuff - even guitar gear - is in boxes already).<br /> <br /> <br />



Charlie Macon

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Aug 7th, 2016 09:48 AM        

reverend Congratulations! Wooohoooo!<br /> <br /> Just saw your post....I've been out in the boonies for a couple of weeks and missed your question. I've had a sense that mine is still opening up and becoming more lively.....particularly over the past few years. I do recall I handed my guitar to my Father-in Law's friend, a big ol' guy who once toured in Ray Price's band decades ago. He gave it a workover for about 20 or 30 minutes one day, when the guitar was maybe a year old, just playing country music tunes on it. That alone seemed to awaken the guitar a bit. Maybe that was more of a 'psychological effect' on my perception of its sound....but I swear it seemed to loosen everything up on the soundboard. Enjoy the unique glories of a J45!



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Aug 23rd, 2016 01:45 PM        

I bought mine from Sam Ash in 1990.<br /> It took forever to open up, I kept it in the case I was so disappointed. About four years in my Hummingbird was in need of some TLC so I started playing it again.<br /> Man what a difference. The tone blows me away sometimes.<br /> <br /> Bob M.



archiestone

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Apr 23rd, 2017 12:58 PM        

Elderly has a 2011 J-45 True Vintage that is calling me. Big $ though. Anyone here currently playing a TV?



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Apr 23rd, 2017 02:38 PM        

archiestone:<br /> <br /> I had one for about 3 years and really liked it. The bracing is a little lighter and more forward shifted than the standards. Not necessarily for the better or worse but the intention was to get a bigger sound than the standards. Mine had a Sitka top. Soon after I bought mine Gibson started putting Adi tops on the TVs. <br /> <br /> The one on the Elderly site looks nice although a little pricey IMHO. If you don't mind a longer scale you might consider one of the used Advanced Jumbos that Elderly has for sale. I have an AJ (Sitka top) and prefer it to the J-45 TV. As I noted earlier in this thread a good AJ is like a J-45 on steroids. <br />



archiestone

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May 3rd, 2017 11:03 AM        

Thanks, Viera. I'll check those out.



Leftee

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May 3rd, 2017 11:13 AM        

Very nice Mike!



larryguitar19

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May 10th, 2017 01:11 PM        

I bought mine at my local GC back in '08 without doing a whole lot of research. I think I paid $1600 at the time. I brought it home and the GF did a video of me messing around with it and getting used to some new fangled propiks. This was about 10 years ago.<br /> <br />



Viera

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May 10th, 2017 01:29 PM        

Well done Larry. J-45s are great for acoustic blues IMHO.



RainboGuy



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May 22nd, 2017 06:17 AM        

I purchased my first Gibson J-45 in 1967, right before leaving for college on a Music Scholarship, and played that guitar every single day.<br /> <br /> In 1969, I joined the US NAVY and took the guitar with me, playing it whenever and wherever I could.<br /> <br /> In the Spring of 1971, somewhere at Sea in The Mediterranean, I lost that J-45 in a Poker game. yeah, I know.......dumb me.<br /> <br /> So, I've been jonesin' for another J-45 ever since, and have strictly played electric.<br /> <br /> Finally, two weeks ago, after much research, I pulled the trigger on a new 2016 Gibson J-45 Standard, and it arrived on May 19th.<br /> <br /> Even after fiddling with the truss rod for a few days, the action was a bit high to me, so I took it to a really good luthier and had him do a saddle adjustment. While there, I met a guy who just bought a new Martin D-28 and all he could say when he heard the J-45 was "WOW...that tone is AWESOME." The luthier told me that the neck on the guitar was magnificent.<br /> <br /> I'm still getting used to it, action-wise, and it literally took me all of last week to get the action perfectly smooth like buttah for my personal liking.......but I will say this:<br /> <br /> There is nothing like a great Gibson J-45!!!<br /> <br /> Now I will play it daily waiting for it to open up....<br /> <br /> I do have a question for those who play one.....<br /> <br /> Which strings have you found to sound and feel best for you?<br /> <br /> Personally, I like LOW action and a fast neck.....



Viera

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May 23rd, 2017 11:21 AM        

Congrats RainboGuy! There is something special about a good J-45. <br /> <br /> I would advise not lowering the action too much. At some point you will be sacrificing tone and/or volume. You want to get that top moving. Lower action makes it more difficult to do so. It's an acoustic, not an electric guitar.<br /> <br /> As for strings, you might try Gibson Masterbuilt Premium 80/20 Bronze or Phosphor Bronze. I used both on my (now sold) J-45 TV with good results. I'm currently using the 80/20 Bronze (12s) on my AJ. It's never sounded better. That said a good acoustic will sound good with just about any brand and type of string. <br /> <br /> Enjoy that J-45.



RainboGuy



USA/Wisconsin

Ike Turner is my guitar hero!
May 23rd, 2017 12:07 PM        

Viera:<br /> <br /> Thank you.<br /> <br /> Luckily, my luthier is highly skilled and experienced, having worked as one of the main guys at Taylor guitars and we talked for about 15 minutes while he asked to observe me playing before he did a setup for me.<br /> <br /> His setup was PERFECT. AMEN!<br /> <br /> I decided to take the Gibson MB 12's that were on the guitar off since they were on the guitar when it was built in January and put on a new set of Ernie Ball Earthwood 30's...........<br /> <br /> They sound magnificent with this guitar....<br /> <br /> Now, on the play it and play it....letting it "do it's thing"..<br /> <br /> I LOVE this J-45!!!



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