J-35 vs J-45 shootout All you wanted to know from big thumb' Tony ..
Posted 13 June 2013 - 02:02 PM
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.
Which do you like more ... ?
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Posted 13 June 2013 - 03:14 PM
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.
Posted 13 June 2013 - 04:42 PM
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
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.
Most impressed by Pony's playing here. Definitely one of the best videos from MV I've seen. Of course he's an excellent player, the quality of the videos is always excellent, et patati et patata. We're a massively critical bunch. But, well, he does vary in terms of the effects of his fine playing from video to video. This time round, I think he was spot on in all areas. Gentlemen at the homecoming, please a) thank Mr Polecastro for the endless hours of entertainment he gives us; get him to A-B JT's new 1942 reissue and a Legend on video; c) take him to the nearest barber.
Posted 13 June 2013 - 04:58 PM
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
i would still love to have a j45 too! sigh...
Posted 13 June 2013 - 06:38 PM
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.
Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:29 PM
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Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:51 PM
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Posted 13 June 2013 - 09:10 PM
i really really like the new J 35
I love the J 45
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Posted 13 June 2013 - 09:38 PM
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
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Posted 13 June 2013 - 10:14 PM
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 - 11:51 PM
Personally I'd go for the J45 for the tone in this video.
But the J35 neck is more appealing to me.
I wish Tony would play something different that's for sure
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