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Need help deciding... J15 or Songwriter Standard?

#21 User is offline   Eline97 

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 01:59 PM

So I went to the store today... And am now the proud owner of a Gibson J15!! I played it again and it felt so good and above all, sounded amazing - again. I couldn't do anything but take it home.

It's so beautiful😊. Thanks for your advice everyone, I don't have any buyer's remorse and the choice feels right. So I'll go back to playing now! 😊
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#22 User is offline   Eline97 

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 02:02 PM

By the way - it turned out to be a 2016 model: they also had a 2014 one, but the guitar I played before was the 2016 and I thought it sounded better than the other one. :)
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 02:02 PM

Well done!! I used to have one of the mahogany body Songwriters. Great guitar but GAS hit when I found something I liked better. I'm definitely biased towards the J15. It just fits me so well. Light and comfortable to play. When fingerpicked, the notes jump right out. But we all know you can't go wrong with either one.
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Posted 17 May 2017 - 02:33 PM

View PostEline97, on 17 May 2017 - 01:59 PM, said:

So I went to the store today... And am now the proud owner of a Gibson J15!! I played it again and it felt so good and above all, sounded amazing - again. I couldn't do anything but take it home.

It's so beautiful��. Thanks for your advice everyone, I don't have any buyer's remorse and the choice feels right. So I'll go back to playing now! ��


Congratulations! I've been impressed by the J15 even though I never thought I would be. It is light and very easy to play. For an all around strummer, it is an excellent choice. IMO the LRBaggs system is superior to the Fishman Ellipse Aura.

The Songwriter is a more complex guitar IMO and although it might be "stiffer" to play because of the long scale, the combination of the long scale and the rosewood b/s make it shine as a fingerstyle, solo instrument with the scooped mids and enhanced shimmering highs and deep resonant bass.

The key is you have purchased a guitar which speaks to you. Enjoy!
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#25 User is offline   Ferd13 

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 03:34 PM

Eline97 !!! Congratulations... by the sounds of it you are really happy with your choice; in that case, it was the right one...

Hurray!

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 07:28 PM

 Eline97, on 17 May 2017 - 01:59 PM, said:

So I went to the store today... And am now the proud owner of a Gibson J15!! I played it again and it felt so good and above all, sounded amazing - again. I couldn't do anything but take it home.

It's so beautiful😊. Thanks for your advice everyone, I don't have any buyer's remorse and the choice feels right. So I'll go back to playing now! 😊


Congratulations! I think you made the best choice to buy a great guitar!

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 07:32 PM

I enjoyed this. I'm interested in both guitars, and I'm glad you found what makes you happy!

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Posted 17 May 2017 - 08:46 PM

Nice going! Thank you for letting us know☺
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Posted 18 May 2017 - 12:39 AM

Good choice with the J15. You've got to get the one that feels best to you. You're going to be the one playing it. I think the J15 is a killer guitar. So is the Songwriter, but all things being equal my choice would have been the same as yours.
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Posted 18 May 2017 - 01:42 AM

You made the right choice! Always go with fingers, ears and heart rather than head (i.e. What specs look "best" on paper). Enjoy your J15!!
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Posted 18 May 2017 - 06:38 AM

View PostEline97, on 17 May 2017 - 01:59 PM, said:

So I went to the store today... And am now the proud owner of a Gibson J15!!


Well done!!! But wait... What J15? I don't see any J15. Did it really happen? MUST SEE PICS. Posted Image
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Posted 19 May 2017 - 04:55 PM

Congratulations Eline97! You made the right choice (I too am a proud owner of a 2016 J15!). I purchased mine last July, and have played it every single day. I had to do a little fret leveling after the first week (nothing major and I just love to have shiny frets at all times) - and decided to sand down the saddle a little as well. Plays like a charm.

If you aren't used to the 12-53 string gauge, please do not (and I'm begging you) to not put the 10 string gauge. Instead, try out a set of "11-52". I don't have strong fingers, but since I put a new set of strings every 3 to 4 weeks on the J15, I do enjoy the 11-52's from time to time. But honestly, the 12-53's sound much better imo.

Enjoy your new Gibson :)



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Posted 20 May 2017 - 06:28 AM

 Josee, on 19 May 2017 - 04:55 PM, said:

Congratulations Eline97! You made the right choice (I too am a proud owner of a 2016 J15!). I purchased mine last July, and have played it every single day. I had to do a little fret leveling after the first week (nothing major and I just love to have shiny frets at all times) - and decided to sand down the saddle a little as well. Plays like a charm.

If you aren't used to the 12-53 string gauge, please do not (and I'm begging you) to not put the 10 string gauge. Instead, try out a set of "11-52". I don't have strong fingers, but since I put a new set of strings every 3 to 4 weeks on the J15, I do enjoy the 11-52's from time to time. But honestly, the 12-53's sound much better imo.

Enjoy your new Gibson :)



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I'll second that. 10s won't work the top of an acoustic guitar anywhere near enough. 11-52 is a compromise but will sound loads better than 10s. I personally favour medium-lights (12-54) but standard lights (12-53) are ideal for most players. I personally find that on anything other than my resos (which I use 15-56s on), full Mediums at 13-56 make my guitars sound choked and feel like they're being pulled apart, but plenty of people disagree with that and love 'em!
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Posted 20 May 2017 - 06:44 AM

From what I've experienced, mediums require that a guitar is set up strictly for their use. They have a way of doing obnoxious things to the instrument if you're not careful.
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Posted 20 May 2017 - 11:58 AM

Totally agree with you OldCowboy!(from another old cowboy) It's similar to putting different tires on a Porsche 911 than those recommended. It changes things which the engineers had in mind. I could (probably would) push the limits of the design.

Just like automobiles of this high "strung" genre, acoustic guitars are design to provide their optimum performance with the recommended strings.

I personally have tried different gauge strings on my guitars, only to return to those recommended by the manufacturer... Different make-up, yes; i.e. PB's, 80/20's,
Alu-Bronze, and Nickle... All viable according to personal tastes...

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 03:04 AM

I'm still so happy I decided to buy this guitar! I added some pictures (although the quality isn't that good) for you guys :)

I really love the wood pattern on the back, so I hope that's clearly visible in the photos! Enjoy :)
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Posted 21 May 2017 - 03:07 AM

View PostEline97, on 21 May 2017 - 03:04 AM, said:

I'm still so happy I decided to buy this guitar! I added some pictures (although the quality isn't that good) for you guys :)

I really love the wood pattern on the back, so I hope that's clearly visible in the photos! Enjoy :)


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Posted 21 May 2017 - 03:31 AM

That is a beautiful guitar! You will never really need another. That is an instrument fit for a professional level musician, as well as a beginner, and everything in between. You could spend thousands of dollars on higher end guitars, without getting any significant improvement in tone for those dollars.

Now, how about a soundclip? What music do you like?

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Posted 21 May 2017 - 05:38 AM

That back is really striking.
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Posted 21 May 2017 - 10:50 AM

Wow...beautiful back!!
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