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J 35 CME custom

#1 User is offline   JuanCarlosVejar 

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:06 PM

these photos were posted on the CME facebook page . what a beauty !!!

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:19 PM

Very nice!

What does it mean that the label has "Chicago Music Exchange" written in it? Sorry I'm not very steeped in the ins and outs of Gibson labeling. This is a production model J35 and not a custom, right?
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:43 PM

View PostSC_Wannabe, on 19 February 2013 - 05:19 PM, said:

Sorry I'm not very steeped in the ins and outs of Gibson labeling. This is a production model J35 and not a custom, right?

No, this would be a custom limited edition for CME, an analogue of the Fuller's J-35. How it differs from the regular production J-35? No idea.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 05:44 PM

It says CME on the label because it's a version of the J 35 with a custom finish (and maybe custom specs) ... Basically it's a five star delear exclusive for CME




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Posted 19 February 2013 - 06:20 PM

OK, thanks. Those pics got me all excited, thinking this was a production "new J35". Can't wait for those to come out to see what the specs are...
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:07 PM

Looks to be an Adirondack top with aged toner in the finish. Odd that the nut was spec'd black Tusq(?)I'm really curious about the stock one coming out though as the number of tone bars and scalloping or lack thereof I figure will be the most differentiating features that will distinguish it from my '06 J-50. Maybe body depth will be different too.
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:19 PM

View Postmountainpicker, on 19 February 2013 - 07:07 PM, said:

Looks to be an Adirondack top with aged toner in the finish. Odd that the nut was spec'd black Tusq(?)...

It looks like the object was to come as close to specs of the Five Star J-35s as Gibson would allow. I would guess they "protected the investment" of Five Star owners by insisting on some minor differences, since that is S.O.P. (Of course, the important difference is that these are regular production line guitars, but Ren built the Five Star tops at home in his workshop using "hand tools". E.g., he cut the braces with his band saw, rather than having a CNC machine at the factory do the job.)

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:29 PM

FYI I was in Sam Ash in Springfield NJ this morning. Saw a new banner J35, blonde with firestripe pg hanging on the wall. Looked great. $1699.
Played it, then played a $300 Epiphone. Sorry to say not all that much difference...

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:39 PM

J35 with a banner?
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Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:51 PM

View Postfredcapo, on 27 February 2013 - 01:29 PM, said:

FYI I was in Sam Ash in Springfield NJ this morning. Saw a new banner J35, blonde with firestripe pg hanging on the wall. Looked great. $1699.
Played it, then played a $300 Epiphone. Sorry to say not all that much difference...



Was this the "new" J35 everyone is so curious about?

What did you not like about it?
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Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:25 PM

View Postmichaeljohnr, on 27 February 2013 - 02:51 PM, said:

Was this the "new" J35 everyone is so curious about?

What did you not like about it?


Well, I was trying to say it was quite gorgeous but the tone was unexceptional... It sounded like most everything hanging there. There was a beat old rosewood/cedar Alvarez Yairi that sounded exceptional for $499...

Now, I don't know what expectations should be...just because it looks cool and beautiful... in my opinion it sounded like any ordinary Gibson new product.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:30 PM

View Postmichaeljohnr, on 27 February 2013 - 02:51 PM, said:

Was this the "new" J35 everyone is so curious about?

What did you not like about it?

it was also at sam ash so it could have been exposed to bad humidity already






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Posted 27 February 2013 - 04:46 PM

The Sam Ash in Springfield generally has a well taken-care-of and humidified acoustic room. I was hoping someone would have seen and played these new models. I am conflicted - on one hand I want the guitar to be a GAS'd after tone monster, but on the other hand I just recently paid more for a J-50 from Fuller's and I at the same time did NOT want to hear that it was a tone monster. :)

I will try to get to see it on Sunday perhaps - I am nearby. I will try to record it for the forum.
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Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:31 PM

View Postfredcapo, on 27 February 2013 - 04:25 PM, said:

in my opinion it sounded like any ordinary Gibson new product.


At $1699 new, I really would not expect anything different. You are not going to get a $5,000 sounding instrument for $1700.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:54 PM

View PostGotTheSilver, on 27 February 2013 - 05:31 PM, said:

At $1699 new, I really would not expect anything different. You are not going to get a $5,000 sounding instrument for $1700.


I don't know about that.

If you remove the up charge for a burst finish, and consider you can purchase new J45's for $2199 I'd say the pricing is about right for a plain topped J35.

You can buy a new D-18 for right around there.

There's some wiggle room, but it seems about right to me.

Will it sound like a $5,000 guitar? Obviously not because it isn't.

That said, I've heard some $5,000 and up instruments that sounded like doo-doo.
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 01:35 PM

Hey guys,
Saw this on the acoustic guitar forum...
http://www.acousticg...d.php?p=3378483

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:28 PM

I played 2 today. They are awesome. Better than a 45 standard. Not quite a TV. Great deal IMHO
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 02:56 PM

At least they got it right with the one in the pic and did not put the Banner on it. Not even the last J-35s made in 1942 had it.
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 04:56 PM

View Postmodoc_333, on 01 March 2013 - 02:28 PM, said:

I played 2 today. They are awesome. Better than a 45 standard. Not quite a TV. Great deal IMHO

Arghh- not as awesome, though, as two certain mid-50s J-50s, I'm thinking... (Still dreaming dreams, a week later.)
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 09:25 PM

View PostAnneS, on 01 March 2013 - 04:56 PM, said:

Arghh- not as awesome, though, as two certain mid-50s J-50s, I'm thinking... (Still dreaming dreams, a week later.)




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