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Help on J-45 selection J-45 Custom or J-45 True Vintage

Poll: Help on J-45 selection (24 member(s) have cast votes)

Better sound

  1. J-45 Custom (Rosewood) (6 votes [25.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 25.00%

  2. J-45 True Vintage (Mahogany) (18 votes [75.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 75.00%

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#1 User is offline   adolfo 

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 01:49 PM

Hello,
Need an opinion of which J-45 to own.

To my knowledge J-45 Standard are made with Mahogany.
To have a true sound of J-45 guitar which is better J-45 Custom made of Rosewood or J-45 True Vintage made of Mahogany.

Please share your opinion.



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Posted 19 June 2012 - 01:53 PM

Oh boy...here we go! Where's Nick when you need him?
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 01:59 PM

View Postadolfo, on 19 June 2012 - 01:49 PM, said:

Hello,
Need an opinion of which J-45 to own.

To my knowledge J-45 Standard are made with Mahogany.
To have a true sound of J-45 guitar which is better J-45 Custom made of Rosewood or J-45 True Vintage made of Mahogany.

Please share your opinion.


I hope you live near a bigass music chain so you can play as many of these for comparison as possible. That's the sure fire way to get your money spent wisely. I'm in the vintage only camp. Good luck if you're shopping.
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:04 PM

I've got one of each lol the custom being a mystic rosewood. I love the rosewood but I would go with a tv for the top has great sustain. I put an lr baggs in mine and it's great plugged in. Haven't had the rosewood plugged in yet
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:22 PM

If you want the true J-45 tone then the True Vintage without a doubt.
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 02:50 PM

View PostEuroAussie, on 19 June 2012 - 02:22 PM, said:

If you want the true J-45 tone then the True Vintage without a doubt.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 03:05 PM

I'm biased since I have the rosewood model, but you definitely should play them both before you decide. There's a big difference. I didn't care for the mahogany at all and other people will not like the rosewood.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 03:10 PM

I have had all three and currently have a Custom and a TV. Can't go wrong with any of them but I played the TV way more than the Custom. Current fave is the sparrow. That aidi top is real nice. But back to the 45s. The TV is brighter, louder and a bit richer to my ear than the other 45s. The base seems a little stronger too.
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 04:08 PM

if you want a 45, go with mahogany.....if you want rosewood, get an advance jumbo
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 05:15 PM

Lol Christo explain that? I just got my rw j45 has a red spruce top and it's incredible very close to the tv. Maybe someone likes a short scale rosewood what would you recommend then?
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 05:17 PM

Mahogany J45 is the classic sound...



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#12 User is offline   Motherofpearl 

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 05:27 PM

Ya for sure it is! Doesent make it better though. Don't get me wrong I love my tv but my rosewood is special too. I prefer a short scale myself
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 05:53 PM

They're both great but I chose the Custom and love it. Doesn't mean you will feel the same. Gotta try em out yourself. Have fun. Once you start playing the decision becomes easy.
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 05:54 PM

View PostMotherofpearl, on 19 June 2012 - 05:15 PM, said:

Lol Christo explain that? I just got my rw j45 has a red spruce top and it's incredible very close to the tv. Maybe someone likes a short scale rosewood what would you recommend then?


Good question.....I guess both will have to be had [biggrin] [biggrin] [biggrin]
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 05:59 PM

Lol gotta tell you guys though this mystic rosewood with the adi top is something special. I'll make a sound clip or video so you guys can check it out
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 06:00 PM

Sorry for highjacking the thread ha ha
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 06:27 PM

Watcha do is start patiently tracking Ebay and linking up with vintage dealers you can drum up and find the best pre-1960 J45 you can afford, with all it's cracks, dings, and scuffs. Check to make sure the return policy is backed up and buy into the real history of a former great American guitar maker. Back before all the political correctness and crappy ecomomy, there were some great guitars made in Kalamazoo.
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Posted 19 June 2012 - 09:07 PM

View Postdchristo, on 19 June 2012 - 04:08 PM, said:

if you want a 45, go with mahogany.....if you want rosewood, get an advance jumbo



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Posted 20 June 2012 - 04:20 AM

View Postjedzep, on 19 June 2012 - 06:27 PM, said:

Watcha do is start patiently tracking Ebay and linking up with vintage dealers you can drum up and find the best pre-1960 J45 you can afford, with all it's cracks, dings, and scuffs. Check to make sure the return policy is backed up and buy into the real history of a former great American guitar maker. Back before all the political correctness and crappy ecomomy, there were some great guitars made in Kalamazoo.

Not sure how you tie pc and the economy into the quality of guitars being built in Bozeman [confused] In case you haven't noticed, most of the people who've bought new Gibsons here are extremely happy with them, myself included.
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Posted 20 June 2012 - 04:41 AM

Hey,

I also went for the custom. I've had mine 4 months and she still puts a smile on my face.

As others(especially custom owners, lol.) have said try both, and go for the one which YOU like the sound of.

@ Classic 57, yeah, I've not read any bad reviews by people who have bought Bozeman guitars, but yet there's still that stigma, even on this forum :)
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