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#1 User is offline   QuestionMark 

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Posted 30 June 2018 - 04:15 PM

Played a new Walnut-burst J15 in San Ash the other day. Was very impressed with its really full sound and itís really good looks. Plus, the neck on it was quite awesome!

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Posted 30 June 2018 - 04:19 PM

Yup

I love mine
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Posted 30 June 2018 - 04:24 PM

I had no idea they sounded and played so good!

What is the finish on yours?

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Posted 30 June 2018 - 06:45 PM

I have yet to figure out who will inherit mine since none of my kids are interested in guitars. I do believe my Granddaughter's husband does play a bit, will have to feel him out though. If not, I may just have to sell all five or six, seriously thinking about a strat to go with the two teles.

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Posted 30 June 2018 - 07:54 PM

I had a great J15, sold it and miss it...Iíll own another one day. I sold mine to buy a Ď41 Reissue SJ100, which was a lovely instrument but had to be sold when I had to buy a car last year. Thankfully car/guitar balance is now on an even keel, although the SJ100 has stayed gone, sadly.
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Posted 01 July 2018 - 03:01 AM

There seem to be a lot excellent sounding J-15s out there.

Purchased mine online before they were available in stores, because I was very curious about the walnut body. It's from one of the earliest runs, dating to 1/2/14. For some reason, this natural finish example carries a Custom Shop logo on the back of the headstock (the initial run of sunburst J-15s also had a CS logo). To my ears, the sound on this one is more like maple than any of the other traditional tonewoods. Very full & punchy from string to string.

Been doing a few upgrades to it in the past week, and it's really hard to put down!
> Gibsons: '22 "A" Mandolin / '66 ES 125T / '66 Epi FT-45n Cortez (B-25) / '90 Tennessean
'00 J-100 Xtra / '02 J-45 Rosewood / '02 SG Faded-moon / '09 ES 339 / '10 ES 330L
'11 ES 335-P90s / '12 ES 330 VOS / '12 LP Special / '12 J-185
'13 LG2-AE / '13 Midtown Kalamazoo / '14 J-15 / '15 J-50 CS
> Epiphones: '00 AIUSA-John Lee Hooker 1964 Sheraton / '05 McCartney 1964 Texan (Terada)
'09 Elitist 1965 Casino / > Ibanez: '81 M-340 / > Breedlove: '10 American Series OO Mandolin
> Guilds: '73 F-30R / '74 F-40 / '76 G-37 / '92 D-6 / '94 JF-30 / '97 Starfire / '14 Savoy A-150b
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Posted 01 July 2018 - 03:05 AM

 QuestionMark, on 30 June 2018 - 04:24 PM, said:

I had no idea they sounded and played so good!

What is the finish on yours?

QM aka Jazzman Jeff



Iím not sure what you mean ?
Arenít they all the same finish ?
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Posted 01 July 2018 - 05:53 AM

 blindboygrunt, on 01 July 2018 - 03:05 AM, said:

Iím not sure what you mean ?
Arenít they all the same finish ?


Thereís a sunburst available in the US, I spied one in Colorado last week. Pretty sure theyíre not in the UK (yet) though.
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2015 Custom Shop Advanced Jumbo Maple (Ltd to 65)
2014 Custom Shop J180 Everly (Ltd to 65)
2005 Custom Shop Hummingbird 12 String (Ltd to 12)
1990 Hummingbird (Fullerplast and Paddle neck joint. Yuck...My favourite 6 string ever!)
1967 J45
2014 Epiphone IB '64 Texan
2001 Epiphone EL-00 (early L1 shape model)
2003 Takamine EAN20C
1998 Fender Classic Series '60s RI Telecaster
1998 Fender Strat Plus

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 06:29 AM

 Jinder, on 01 July 2018 - 05:53 AM, said:

Thereís a sunburst available in the US, I spied one in Colorado last week. Pretty sure theyíre not in the UK (yet) though.



Ah !

Mines just a blondie

Iíd like to put a j50 style pickguard on it , anyone got one ? 😂
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Posted 01 July 2018 - 07:47 AM

The one I played was labeled a walnut-burst finish. It was not a tobacco-burst finish. More like what is usually called a honey burst finish, though it was labeled a walnut-burst finish. I found it stunning. And, thatís besides the stunning way it sounded.

Wait, I need to get a grip. Only 3-4 weeks before my faded-cherry sunburst J-45 is back from repair.

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 01:34 PM

View PostQuestionMark, on 01 July 2018 - 07:47 AM, said:

Wait, I need to get a grip. Only 3-4 weeks before my faded-cherry sunburst J-45 is back from repair.

Yes, but a stellar guitar only exists where & when you find it.

I've played some fairly mediocre J-15s in stores, but again, the good ones sound really good. I would say what impresses me the most about mine is the clarity of the note separation from top to bottom.

As someone who fingerpicks almost exclusively, that characteristic is golden.
> Gibsons: '22 "A" Mandolin / '66 ES 125T / '66 Epi FT-45n Cortez (B-25) / '90 Tennessean
'00 J-100 Xtra / '02 J-45 Rosewood / '02 SG Faded-moon / '09 ES 339 / '10 ES 330L
'11 ES 335-P90s / '12 ES 330 VOS / '12 LP Special / '12 J-185
'13 LG2-AE / '13 Midtown Kalamazoo / '14 J-15 / '15 J-50 CS
> Epiphones: '00 AIUSA-John Lee Hooker 1964 Sheraton / '05 McCartney 1964 Texan (Terada)
'09 Elitist 1965 Casino / > Ibanez: '81 M-340 / > Breedlove: '10 American Series OO Mandolin
> Guilds: '73 F-30R / '74 F-40 / '76 G-37 / '92 D-6 / '94 JF-30 / '97 Starfire / '14 Savoy A-150b
> Martins: '00 OOO-16 / '01 Custom Rosewood Dreadnought
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Posted 01 July 2018 - 05:27 PM

I hear what you are saying. I am a finger picker, too.

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 06:31 AM

View Postgeorge wooden, on 30 June 2018 - 06:45 PM, said:

I have yet to figure out who will inherit mine since none of my kids are interested in guitars. I do believe my Granddaughter's husband does play a bit, will have to feel him out though. If not, I may just have to sell all five or six, seriously thinking about a strat to go with the two teles.

That back is stunning. I had a J-15 for a hot minute and it had a really nice back on it. It looked like a guys face with a beard.
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Posted 03 July 2018 - 08:30 AM

I have a 2015 J-15, and the way it has opened up is stunning. Full bass, clear and separate mids & highs. It is an amazing guitar. It sounds better than Hog or Rosewood to my ears. Clearly one of the finest guitars Gibson has made.

I'm note sure why the J-15 doesn't get more respect? Is it because the exotic woods from overseas have more pizazz? " prophet is without honor in his own country?"

Every once in a while I think about getting an axe"new" voice....but then I strum the J-15 and those thoughts go away.
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Posted 03 July 2018 - 01:33 PM

I just sold one, in favor of a J45. I thought it would be a bit redundant. However, now Iím not sure. I love the 45, but the 15 was a real honey too. Oh well.... they come and they go.
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Posted 06 July 2018 - 06:26 AM

My Walnut J-45 has become my second favorite guitar ever.

The tone is totally different than my Rosewood, action is fast and it's loud and proud.

Really nice guitar.
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Posted 07 July 2018 - 09:53 PM

I had a 2017 J15 for about a year and just sold it to buy a J35 Reissue. I loved the tone of the J15, but wanted/needed a fuller neck profile. And truth be told, I was just a bit restless for a new guitar. I am looking forward to finding the right string and pin combination.

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Posted 08 July 2018 - 10:16 AM

Man, I LOVE that maple neck. It's faster than snot.

And, walnut is an awesome tone wood, I have a Walnut SG that sounds like no other guitar on the Planet.

I'm a huge fan of the J-15 and consider it the Modern Workhorse because of it's price. J-45's have simply gotten too expensive for many working giggers to take to clubs/coffee houses.
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Posted 11 July 2018 - 10:50 PM

I like these guitars..great guitar for the money
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