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J-35 vs J-45 shootout All you wanted to know from big thumb' Tony ..

Poll: J-35 vs J-45 shootout (58 member(s) have cast votes)

Who wins the shoot out J-35 or J-45 ?

  1. J-35 (11 votes [18.97%])

    Percentage of vote: 18.97%

  2. J-45 (34 votes [58.62%])

    Percentage of vote: 58.62%

  3. I'll have em' both ! (13 votes [22.41%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.41%

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#1 User is offline   EuroAussie 

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 02:02 PM

Taking a look at the bracing was real interesting, quite a few differences in reality.

The J-45 took the honors in this round according to my ears ... just a little smoother, sweeter tone than the J-35, which is quite ballsy, actually reminds me a bit of the AJ.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 02:53 PM

mh, this makes the j-35 kind of a j-45 tv. I'll have both.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 03:14 PM

Ouh you came in just before be.

I take 45 in this specific comparison. It seems more together, not as 'spread out' as the 35, (which appears looser on the cost of a lesser convincing core).

But they are so relatively close that I'd like to hear another test with 2 other guitars.

Then again, a fool for A/B's here.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 04:09 PM

J-45 for me

The 45 seemed a bit more sweet sounding and balanced. The J-35 had good lows and highs but no mids to fill in the sound I thought.

Enjoyed the bracing explanation.
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Posted 13 June 2013 - 04:42 PM

Based on sound I gotta go with the J-45. The J-35 just did not sound as fat.

So then, is the J-35 kinda a J-45TV (which would share the same bracing) in sheep's clothing?

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 04:46 PM

Both sound great. I like the smoother side of the 45 and the more rustic edge of the 35. In reality they are pretty similar and both well within the range that I find highly desirable in Gibson hog slopes. I could imagine reaching for either according to the song or day. So I'll stick with the Woody!

Most surprised by the fact that the 35 has the AJ bracing pattern and so a chunky neck. I've been a bit sceptical about the reports on the necks, because the one I tried didn't feel all that different to the Woody's. But then I wasn't in a position to A-B them. You can really see the difference here, though. It's perhaps a good thing that neither the 45 TV or the Legend was made available in natural...

Intrigued by the fact that the AJ bracing doesn't give the 35 any more bass to my ears than the 45, and at some points in this comparison less, if anything. It's not as though it's a slouch in the bass department, or a poor example. It whips the 35 I tried out in Norwich. By a long way. And I think five-trick Pony gives it a nice even hand here. Where you and PM seem to find him bassy, EA, I usually find him bass-light and wish he'd dig in more on that side to elicit the thump. That said, I usually also wish he'd dig in more across the board to get more out of all of the frequencies. So despite some fine playing and a good responsive, lively character, the 35 doesn't seem to derive more bass from its bracing than the 45 manages. Odd.

Interested also by the fact that you preferred the 45 here, EA, given your general preference for TVs and the effects of their bracing.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 04:58 PM

man I DO want both!

this is actually a very good comparison- my J35 sounded much like this one before I switched the saddle and strings...

now I would say it sits perfectly between these two examples- with J35 attitude and J45 sweetness [thumbup]

i would still love to have a j45 too! sigh...


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Posted 13 June 2013 - 05:38 PM

I liked the J45 better too. It had a warmer richer sound but that doesn't mean the J35 didn't sound good, just different and I think they would compliment each other nicely to a true Gasser

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 05:44 PM

since I already have the J-45 TV I will take the J-35 [biggrin]
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Posted 13 June 2013 - 06:38 PM

View PostChrisM, on 13 June 2013 - 04:09 PM, said:

J-45 for me

The 45 seemed a bit more sweet sounding and balanced. The J-35 had good lows and highs but no mids to fill in the sound I thought.

Enjoyed the bracing explanation.

Exactly my response. The J-35 has a hole in the middle of the frequency range, but is good at the top and bottom. The J-45 has balance, with strong mids, showing why it's such a good accompanying guitar. I would love to compare the J-35 against a J-45 TV.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 06:58 PM

I found the same thing when I played both a couple of weekends back. The J-45 was definately sweeter and I also liked the neck profile on the 45 better.
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Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:29 PM

I pick the 45. It is warmer and more balanced. I am a huge fan of the AJ and find the scale length changes everything in the tone of these guitars. J45 is my pick, hands down.
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Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:51 PM

Both sounded good. The 45 was warmer and sweeter, which is what I like. The bracing difference surprised me. The one 45 that I have played that had the advance bracing and Sitka top was very warm and sweet and had a little more woody sound than my j45 mc. It also sounded that way from the first time I played it. No, I did not buy it, but it is still there if anyone is interested. I wish somebody would buy the thing so it will stop tormenting me! Thanksfor sharing that video!



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:15 PM

I've owned a number of different Bozeman made 45's including a TV but I like the tone of my 35 better and I love the neck profile. In fact, I recently sold my 45TV as I favored the 35 over it. In this video, I think they are both pretty close but the 45 sounds a bit warmer and the 35 more in your face. I like them both in this video but right now, the only slope I have is the 35.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 09:10 PM

Same conclusions drawn from this video as I came to when playing them in person.

i really really like the new J 35

I love the J 45

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 09:38 PM

Goin' to town today to have my Hummingbird TV checked for the possibility of a little neck-twist.

They seem to have the J-35 and I will take it from the wall.

Their site also shows a new TV Bird like mine - of course that will be tested too.

Still crazy about mine - it is so satisfying that I haven't changed strings yet.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 09:50 PM

The J45 was definitely warmer and more mellow sounding than the J35. Thicker mid-tones too. The J35 has more highs. I've got a J45 and I can see myself also with a J35. Either guitar would be a pleasure to own. Owning both would be very cool. I've played two J35s at GC. Liked them both. I didn't have a J45 to play against them, but is the J35 neck a bit narrower or am I imagining that it is? Either way, Gibson has a winner with this new J35. [thumbup]
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Posted 13 June 2013 - 10:14 PM

Been gassing for a new J-35 since they came out. Now this well done review has injected a small element of doulbt . [confused]
Not that I don't love the J-35 (I've tried 2) ,but the A/B comparison has me wondering.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 11:13 PM

One of each model is a pretty small sampling.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 11:51 PM

J35 definatly I more resonant but the J45 more punchy.
Personally I'd go for the J45 for the tone in this video.
But the J35 neck is more appealing to me.
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