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Custom Shop J-45 Koa

#1 User is offline   Eddie Rondack 

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 07:24 AM

I just picked this one up this morning on eBay... never even played a koa J45 before but it tempted me into doing it nonetheless... just look at it!

Opinions from those who have played them?

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 07:29 AM

i knew this one wouldn't last long...its gorgeous. i had a koa tacoma that played beautifully. very rich sound w/baggs element p/u.





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#3 User is offline   michaelsegui 

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 07:33 AM

Wow... I love that burst!

I just borrowed a friends koa J-185. While I love the look of the koa, I find this guitar at least kind of lacking in the bass.... how is the bass in your J-45?

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#4 User is offline   Eddie Rondack 

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 08:56 AM

Bass is great on my J-45 Rosewood. I've had a hog J-45 and Southern Jumbo in the past and bass was good. I'm hoping this will be somewhere in-between...?

My experience with J-185's in general is that, compared to J-45's, they are much more balanced and so would lack bass in comparison...
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#5 User is offline   jannusguy 

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 09:09 AM

very, very nice eddie. i was watching that one myself. i think you got a pretty good deal on it too.

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 09:22 AM

Looks just like mine, probably out of the same run. They sound great and look even better.

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Posted 20 June 2008 - 10:01 AM

"While I love the look of the koa, I find this guitar at least kind of lacking in the bass."

Typical both of small jumbos and Koa, which is a fairly balanced tonewood. Neither has the low end of a RW dread or slope.
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Posted 20 June 2008 - 02:20 PM

Some nice koa on those guitars. I also have J-45 Koa and I don't find it to be lacking in bass at all.Not sure what string gauge your using, but I think mediums bring the best out of a Gibson.

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 11:43 AM

wow
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Posted 22 June 2008 - 07:54 AM

I was watching that listing too! I bought the J-185 Custom shop Koa off ebay around the same time! Will be arriving Soon can't wait will join my j100 Xtra and Emmylou harris l-200. and EC - 10 standard Does anyone Know production runs of these models mine was made in 2006 but I can't find any info on this site. Do they keep track of the Custom models like typical production models. any one have any info on this model?
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