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  1. Happy Holidays everyone!
    I recently found out that in a past life, I was a caravan driver, selling my wares all around to neighboring towns. The instability of this line of work was a challenge, but it made me more trusting in divine providence. This new song is all about how past life uncertainties can lead to the ability to laugh at life. I hope you enjoy it! Artwork by yours truly.
    p.s. I’m working on better recording techniques.


  2. On 11/4/2019 at 8:27 PM, QuestionMark said:

    Congratulations on the new guitar! When a guitar connects, it is indeed a special thing!   Hope you will continue to share your new musical journey with your guitar with us here on the forum!

    QM aka “Jazzman” Jeff


    Thank you.  I currently do Beatles sets at Strawberry Fields in Central Park, NYC for anyone who would like to come by and say "hi."  Weekends at around 3pm.  I play my Epiphone there though.  

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  3. 16 minutes ago, FemmeParallell said:



    i have hope now 😃 i will keep searching🥰


    Yes, be patient.  When you meet it, you will know.  :)  In the meantime, play as many as possible and then it will give you an idea of what is out there.  

    Let the anticipation be enjoyable.

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  4. 21 minutes ago, FemmeParallell said:

    Have you guys went through several before finding the right J45? in my case i've played 3 from recent years and none of it spoke to me 😞 i even thought the j45 studio sounded better than the j45 standard (both 2019 models)...maybe its just that its not the type of guitar for me, but its kinda sad cuz i think they are beautiful and when i've seen videos they sound great

    I've met a few mediocre ones and wasn't really impressed until I met my match.  Maybe you have to kiss a lot of frogs...  

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  5. 8 hours ago, jschmitz54 said:

    I am a new J-45 owner  as of three weeks ago. It’s the first used guitar I’ve purchased. The story goes that the guitar was won in a raffle at a music festival and the guy I purchased it from bought it at a good price from the winner. This is a 2019 J-45 on its third owner. The guy I bought it from owns very high end guitars with many being $5000 to $7000 new retail priced guitars. He said he bought it because it sounded so good but in the end he just didn’t play it.

    I’m from Minneapolis and am spending some time in Phoenix when I came across this ad online for J-45 for $1500. I’m thinking this is to good to be true.  I call Gibson customer service and the seller sends me pictures that Gibson had asked for and they authenticate the guitar as a 2019 J-45 Standard made in May of 2019. There’s been no warranty work done. I go look at the guitar and it’s basically new. A few very light pick marks .

    I was looking for a second quality guitar and had been going to guitar shops in the Minneapolis metro area and played many fine guitars but kept going back to the J-45. I bought this fine example and believe it’s a great sounding, easy playing guitar that I like better every time I play it. I fell very fortunate to have found this guitar at such a good price and am looking forward to great times with it. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


    You're really lucky to have found such a great deal.  It makes me think that maybe I paid too much.  Oh well, at least I knew what I was getting, which is why I wanted to shop local.

  6. 19 minutes ago, MissouriPicker said:

    Glad you found a J45 that fits you.  I hope you enjoy it for many years.  There's a reason that the J45 is one a legend. ...........J45s are easily among the most playable guitars in the world.  Guitars are a very personal thing and it's important (if you're really in to guitars) that the guitar feels like an extension of who you are as a person.   I suspect that most J45 owners consider their guitar to be just that: part of who they are.

    I'll say!  I was just thinking to myself that the J-45 is the perfect representation of who I am - strong, sturdy, fine, understated (no bling), amazing tone, classic, etc.  I am thrilled to have found my counterpart and hope we go places together. :)

  7. 2 hours ago, ALD323 said:

    Ahhh yes ...and a wonderful J-45 story it is! I also have a J-45 and adore it. Not because it's a Gibson, not because it's a J-45, not because it's beautiful, not because I got it at a good price, not because it plays so easy, and has action so low, notbecause it is an icon in the guitar world....No none of those! I love it because it just sounds so good. As you so aptly put it..an elixir from the Gods. That it is indeed.  My J-45 is one of a pair of such guitars...the other Guitar is a Gibson Hummingbird. No singer on earth should be without a pair of these two special Gibson guitars.  I've searched far and wide, over many decades to find the perfect guitar. Martins, Taylors, Guilds, carbon fiber, and a host of others. Fourty one guitars ago in all, bought and sold and traded in an endless effort to find that right guitar. Those guitars are all gone now. The J-45 and the Hummingbird are the two staples I have ended up with. I haven't found a better pair on earth that so fits my voice and feels so good, and which sits in my arms like an adored baby. Enjoy it.! You deserve it! You found the right guitar! You may find others that equal it, but you will never find one better. Best wishes!

    Thank you for your thoughts and wishes.  I am so very happy.  Though I still love my other guitars, I know that I've found the ultimate one.  Of course, I see myself getting a smaller body Gibson in the future.  We shall see...

    I would love to hear your music.  Are you on YouTube or SoundCloud?

  8. Hello all,

    In 2017, I went to the Guitar Center and played a J-45 for the first time. I was smitten, but the 2750 price tag was overwhelming to me. I thought to myself, how in the world am I going to be able to afford one of these? I convinced myself that the guitars that I had, which are good, would satisfy. But, something kept me searching. After waiting patiently, saving up and getting a day job, the stars aligned and I happened to see an ad on Craigslist.

    Of course in this time of waiting, I also looked at other great guitars like the Martin D-28 and OM-28, but I came back to the J-45 for its balanced tone and how well it accompanies my singing.

    Needless to say, this is a dream come true. When I play this guitar, I feel a sense of “Oh my God!” that doesn’t happen with every J-45. The look, sound and feel is like an elixir from the gods. I am so happy to have come across a special one and one that has such sentimental value (he proposed to his fiance with this). This is a lifetime guitar for me and I will love it, cherish it, and play it with joy – for myself and for the people.

    I wanted to share this story to say that fairy tales can come true.

    I'd love to hear your stories!

    p.s. If has to be love at first strum.

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  9. Hi,

    I'm a budding singer/songwriter/guitarist who plays at Strawberry Fields, Central Park in New York.  Happy to connect with others and to find a Gibson that's right for me.  Maybe my SoundCloud tracks would give you an idea of what I'm after.   https://soundcloud.com/user-426295887

    I've just been given an Epiphone FT-150 and have taken it into the shop to get the neck reset.  It's been helpful to read about those bolt-on necks here.

    Many thanks,

    Paulina Butterfly

    2019 Emerald X20ele
    2006 Martin DCX1E
    2016 Seagull Entourage Rustic Mini Jumbo
    2016 Ibanez AVN5 OPN
    2018 Martin LXM
    2016 Taylor Big Baby
    1980 Takamine C-128

  10. 20 hours ago, bobouz said:

    Do not back-bow the neck under any circumstances.  You actually want a tiny amount of relief (or bowing) for optimal playing performance.

    If the action remains high with a properly adjusted truss rod, look next at the placement of the saddle.  Since this model has an adjustable saddle, it's very easy to see if you can dial in a setting that works better for you.

    Beyond that, the guitar might have some neck-set issues that can be reworked via the bolt on neck.

    Many Japanese guitars from the '70s & '80s have a good reputation, but not Epiphones from this period.  Overall, the Epiphone models with bolt-on necks & the zero-fret are not well regarded for their build quality, and hence do not retain much value.

    Edit:  Just wanted to add that I'm not trying to dissuade you from enjoying this instrument - just be cautious about sinking money into it.  If you can get it dialed-in without too much expense and the tone is satisfying, then it's all good! 

    I appreciate your comments.  I took this into an experienced luthier and he'll be doing a neck reset and set-up for $150.  I've been doing a lot of research on this model and while I haven't heard the greatest things about it, I'm curious to see how it will turn out.  I'm more concerned about playability.  If I enjoy playing her, she's a keeper.

  11. Hello,
    I've just been gifted with an Epiphone FT 150 BL. Does anyone have any experience with this beautiful guitar? It seems like the action is high even though the neck is straight (flat when I put a ruler on it). Should I adjust the truss rod to make it more back bowed?  Or, do I need to rework the bolted on neck?  I'd also like to know what strings would work best to bring out the best tone, as well as any pertinent information.
    Many thanks!


    Epiphone manufactured the FT-150 between 1972 and 1979. It was a Japanese-manufactured dreadnought acoustic guitar, this specific model being made in the midst of the Norlin “Square Label” era, suggesting this specific guitar was built between ‘75 and ‘79. It has a natural laminated spruce top, rosewood back and sides, a three piece adjustable neck, and a rosewood fingerboard with block inlays and a zero-fret. It has a decorative rosette, an adjustable bridge and chrome plated hardware. The mahogany neck is bolted on internally. This a sturdy, vintage acoustic that produces a good amount of sound. It is in great shape and shows wear that is consistent with that of an approximately 40 year old guitar. The action is decent but could easily be adjust even lower if desired. It just underwent and deep clean, fret-board conditioning, and restring and is ready to go! Includes the hard shell case pictured.

    General Specifications:
    Finish: Natural
    Made in: Japan
    Scale Length: 25.5 inches scale-length
    Back Material: Rosewood
    Side Material: Rosewood
    Body Style: Dreadnought
    Top Material: Spruce
    Pickguard: Black Pickguard w/ Pearl “E” logo
    Bridge: Adjustable Rosewood
    Hardware: Chrome Hardware
    Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
    Fingerboard Position Markers: Pearl Block Inlays


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