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Mahogany top J45

#1 User is offline   ThemisSal 

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Posted 01 November 2018 - 05:39 PM

who has one? verdict? Thoughts?
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Posted 01 November 2018 - 05:47 PM

I've played two of them. One sounded AMAZING, the other was just alight. Basically just like most acoustics out there, you have to play them first.
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Posted 01 November 2018 - 07:50 PM

I played one sometime ago, Sal. That particular one was lifeless. Like the D15 better.
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Posted 01 November 2018 - 07:50 PM

Sal, I assume you're referring to the all mahogany J45. I have a friend who has had his for a few years. Plays very nicely. I play it once every month or so at a jam I host and he attends. He's also primarily a fingerpicker and his is setup similar to my J45TV. Real soft and easy-on-the-fingers. We swap guitars with each other. We both think that my guitar has a louder acoustic sound, but his is maybe a little more warm sounding. Before I ever saw his guitar, I expected it to be kind of plain or generic looking, but the all-hog J45 has it's own beauty. Pretty sweet guitar and I wouldn't pass one up if I stumbled on a good deal. But, I can say that about several guitars....lol
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Posted 02 November 2018 - 01:57 AM

Thanks guys. I love warm, and I have a D15.

Greg Koch has a nice demo of one on Wildwoods site. But then again he makes anything sound good.

I may take a chance on one, price seems definitely fair.

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 04:54 AM

I wanted to echo MoPick’s observations about the all-mahogany J-45; I have the hog Banner (‘43-‘44), and it is warm, not the loudest tool in the shed, but I love the way the top loads up under heavy strumming- it’s definitely up to the task of comping some hard rhythm chords.

Also- I saw the two Greg K all hog 2018 J-45 demos. . ‘first time I ever felt like he was not highlighting the unique sound that an all mahogany J-45 can do… too much D chord stuff using the upper strings, when the heart of that guitar is in the low-end. They can rumble.

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 06:39 AM

I have played spent any time with one - a 1944 Banner. I agree with the above in that it was a warm sounding instrument. This one had a somewhat slower decay than my '42 J-50. Thing with me though is it has taken me a very long time to warm up to all-mahogany guitars.

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 07:02 AM

Thanks again gents. 62 - alls I can say is I am sorry some of the others are not posting, and I am sorry you are not. This forum is great for all of your knowledge. Snark is fine... Music is fine... but the core is the information.

By the way... I listed my Tak for sale because I was watching the price of one of these mahogany J45s for the last few months on reverb (CME is the seller - great to deal with). I actually made an offer for this specific guitar, and it was turned down. Yesterday they dropped the price, and I offered below their offer, and my prior offer, and they accepted. I am buying this for $1650, and I hope its a cool guitar. The new ones are $2900 MAP... but more likely sell for $2500ish.

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edited again... what happened with Murph? I must have missed something. Bummer.

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 07:34 AM

I missed the PC thing 🤔😩

Cool Sal
Youíre on a spree !!
Hope itís cool
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Posted 02 November 2018 - 08:50 AM

View PostThemisSal, on 02 November 2018 - 07:02 AM, said:

Thanks again gents. 62 - alls I can say is I am sorry some of the others are not posting, and I am sorry you are not. This forum is great for all of your knowledge. Snark is fine... Music is fine... but the core is the information.

By the way... I listed my Tak for sale because I was watching the price of one of these mahogany J45s for the last few months on reverb (CME is the seller - great to deal with). I actually made an offer for this specific guitar, and it was turned down. Yesterday they dropped the price, and I offered below their offer, and my prior offer, and they accepted. I am buying this for $1650, and I hope its a cool guitar. The new ones are $2900 MAP... but more likely sell for $2500ish.

https://reverb.com/i...shell-case-used


That's great! I don't lust after too many guitars anymore, but if I were to add any to my collection, it would be an all mahogany J-45 and one with maple back and sides. Those tempt me. I will live vicariously through you, though, if I never get either. Enjoy!
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Posted 02 November 2018 - 09:06 AM

I've been tempted by these too. Hope you like it.
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Posted 02 November 2018 - 12:12 PM

Ah ! Murph


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Posted 02 November 2018 - 04:21 PM

I love all-mahogany J-45s and regret selling a 1944-ish example that I once owned.

All mahogany falttops done right, and Gibson has, to my ears, led that charge, are among my all time favorite guitars.

This said, but for one exception, I've only played vintage (1930s and 1940s) examples. The exception was Gibson Montana's copy of my personal 1943 LG-1. The copy (which I had to purchase to try out) was a very nice guitar. No, not the equivalent of the vintage version. But, in 75 years ...
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Posted 03 November 2018 - 07:49 AM

That is one smokin' deal! Can't wait to hear more about it.
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Posted 07 November 2018 - 04:49 PM

JT how is it going amigo. Saying hello from the border country here in Sonoita AZ. Hope to see you again soon. GT

View Postjt, on 02 November 2018 - 04:21 PM, said:

I love all-mahogany J-45s and regret selling a 1944-ish example that I once owned.

All mahogany falttops done right, and Gibson has, to my ears, led that charge, are among my all time favorite guitars.

This said, but for one exception, I've only played vintage (1930s and 1940s) examples. The exception was Gibson Montana's copy of my personal 1943 LG-1. The copy (which I had to purchase to try out) was a very nice guitar. No, not the equivalent of the vintage version. But, in 75 years ...




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Posted 07 November 2018 - 04:58 PM

View PostGT Hurley, on 07 November 2018 - 04:49 PM, said:

JT how is it going amigo. Saying hello from the border country here in Sonoita AZ. Hope to see you again soon. GT

GT,

That's my neck of the woods, as you know. Still working on that borderlands project. We should chat.
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Posted 08 November 2018 - 03:36 AM

My verdict...
I love the guitar. I like it at least as much as my J50.
Itís loud and itís mellow. Great low end. Great strummer.... I am floored by this guitar. Thatís two used Gibsons in a month that have knocked me out.... the AJ and this one.
Not a fan of the gold tuners though...
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Posted 08 November 2018 - 10:12 AM

JT. Iíll send you a PM


 jt, on 07 November 2018 - 04:58 PM, said:

GT,

That's my neck of the woods, as you know. Still working on that borderlands project. We should chat.

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 12:01 PM

View PostThemisSal, on 08 November 2018 - 03:36 AM, said:

My verdict...
I love the guitar. I like it at least as much as my J50.
It’s loud and it’s mellow. Great low end. Great strummer.... I am floored by this guitar. That’s two used Gibsons in a month that have knocked me out.... the AJ and this one.
Not a fan of the gold tuners though...


I hear you on the gold tuners. The fact that the dealer wouldn't budge off of MSRP and the gold is what made me not pull the trigger, but the one I played really was wonderful.

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 12:19 PM

If it rings the bell as much as the J50, that must be a good one! Glad It pleases you, Sal. Thatís good to hear.
Iíll need to find another one or two and reassess the virtues.
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