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J-180ec Review/Opinions?

#1 User is offline   davistld01 

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 04:02 PM

Up until recently I would have called myself a “Martin guy”, but that was before I played my first Gibson a week ago. Wow! It was a J45 Custom & I was blown away by the volume, tone & presence.

I am currently looking at a near spotless 2013 J-180ec for a possible purchase.

Can some of you experienced Gibson guys give me a “review” on the guitar? I can buy it for around $1200. Is that a good deal?

Thanks! :)

#2 User is offline   Leonard McCoy 

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Posted 16 December 2018 - 02:23 PM

The J-180 is a mini-jumbo with maple back and sides that sounds decidedly different than a J45 Custom. Depending on the condition and age of the guitar, it might be a fair deal.
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Posted 18 December 2018 - 09:11 PM

Most of the J45 Customs are rosewood back and sides.
Don't expect the same results from a different body shape with different tonewoods.
Not to say one is better than the other, it's just a matter of taste. They are different.

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