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  1. I have a 2006 standard J45 and used to own a J45 TV. I had a similar opinion as the original poster. I found my standard to be more warm to my ears. The TV seemed more refined, but in the end I kept the standard. It just had more of the sound that works for me.

  2. Hello everybody. I am a electric guitar noob and have what may be a silly question. I have had gibson acoustics for years and love them, especially a my J45. Well, for christmas this year my wife bought me a beautiful Les Paul Traditional 2013 in honey burst. I love the guitar, but here is my question. When plugged in to my amp, the guitar has a buzz when you are not touching the strings. As soon as you touch anything metal (including the strings) the buzz goes away. My question is, is this normal. Like I said, I am new to electric guitars. When this situation occurs on my acoustic it is a bad ground and gets repaired. Thanks in advance for the wisdom from this board!

  3. I agree. There is something special about a J-45. I have had numerous guitars come and go, but the J45 is my soul mate. I am in the process of getting down to one guitar, but so far I am down to just two. The 2012 Martin D-18 is also a great guitar. I actually think that it sounds better than my Gibson, but it lacks the mojo and awesome feel of the J-45.

  4. I owned both a 2010 J-45 TV and a 2006 J-45 standard. Both were excellent guitars. But between the two, I really favored the standard. The standard just seemed to sound a little deeper and felt better. I still have the standard, but sold the TV. Maybe I did not give the adi top time to open up. There are ecxellent examples of TV's, but don't write off a good standard.

  5. Christmas came early at our house this year. Santa's elf looked like a fedex driver and was packing a box from elderly instruments. My wife bought me an AER Compact 60! I have been wanting this amp for years. I can report that the amp may be the perfect acoustic amp! Size is just under a foot squared. It packs a very efficient 60 watts, this thing can kick out the sound. It came complete with a really nice padded gig bag. What is most impressive is the sound. It really seems to tame an under saddle pickup and and makes it sound very natural, not harsh at all. This is the sound that I have been hearing in my head and chasing for years. My guitar rig is now much simpler. J45 straight to amp and then di output to the pa when needed. The sound from the di out ot the amp is outstanding. I could not be happier with this amp and highly recommend it. It is quite expensive, but worth every penny.

  6. Christmas came early at our house this year. Santa's elf looked like a fedex driver and was packing a box from elderly instruments. My wife bought me an AER Compact 60! I have been wanting this amp for years. I can report that the amp may be the perfect acoustic amp! Size is just under a foot squared. It packs a very efficient 60 watts, this thing can kick out the sound. It came complete with a really nice padded gig bag. What is most impressive is the sound. It really seems to tame an under saddle pickup and and makes it sound very natural, not harsh at all. This is the sound that I have been hearing in my head and chasing for years. My guitar rig is now much simpler. J45 straight to amp and then di output to the pa when needed. The sound from the di out ot the amp is outstanding. I could not be happier with this amp and highly recommend it. It is quite expensive, but worth every penny.

  7. Christmas came early at our house this year. Santa's elf looked like a fedex driver and was packing a box from elderly instruments. My wife bought me an AER Compact 60! I have been wanting this amp for years. I can report that the amp may be the perfect acoustic amp! Size is just under a foot squared. It packs a very efficient 60 watts, this thing can kick out the sound. It came complete with a really nice padded gig bag. What is most impressive is the sound. It really seems to tame an under saddle pickup and and makes it sound very natural, not harsh at all. This is the sound that I have been hearing in my head and chasing for years. My guitar rig is now much simpler. J45 straight to amp and then di output to the pa when needed. The sound from the di out ot the amp is outstanding. I could not be happier with this amp and highly recommend it. It is quite expensive, but worth every penny.

  8. Christmas came early at our house this year. Santa's elf looked like a fedex driver and was packing a box from elderly instruments. My wife bought me an AER Compact 60! I have been wanting this amp for years. I can report that the amp may be the perfect acoustic amp! Size is just under a foot squared. It packs a very efficient 60 watts, this thing can kick out the sound. It came complete with a really nice padded gig bag. What is most impressive is the sound. It really seems to tame an under saddle pickup and and makes it sound very natural, not harsh at all. This is the sound that I have been hearing in my head and chasing for years. My guitar rig is now much simpler. J45 straight to amp and then di output to the pa when needed. The sound from the di out ot the amp is outstanding. I could not be happier with this amp and highly recommend it. It is quite expensive, but worth every penny.

  9. Christmas came early at our house this year. Santa's elf looked like a fedex driver and was packing a box from elderly instruments. My wife bought me an AER Compact 60! I have been wanting this amp for years. I can report that the amp may be the perfect acoustic amp! Size is just under a foot squared. It packs a very efficient 60 watts, this thing can kick out the sound. It came complete with a really nice padded gig bag. What is most impressive is the sound. It really seems to tame an under saddle pickup and and makes it sound very natural, not harsh at all. This is the sound that I have been hearing in my head and chasing for years. My guitar rig is now much simpler. J45 straight to amp and then di output to the pa when needed. The sound from the di out ot the amp is outstanding. I could not be happier with this amp and highly recommend it. It is quite expensive, but worth every penny.

  10. Christmas came early at our house this year. Santa's elf looked like a fedex driver and was packing a box from elderly instruments. My wife bought me an AER Compact 60! I have been wanting this amp for years. I can report that the amp may be the perfect acoustic amp! Size is just under a foot squared. It packs a very efficient 60 watts, this thing can kick out the sound. It came complete with a really nice padded gig bag. What is most impressive is the sound. It really seems to tame an under saddle pickup and and makes it sound very natural, not harsh at all. This is the sound that I have been hearing in my head and chasing for years. My guitar rig is now much simpler. J45 straight to amp and then di output to the pa when needed. The sound from the di out ot the amp is outstanding. I could not be happier with this amp and highly recommend it. It is quite expensive, but worth every penny.

  11. Christmas came early at our house this year. Santa's elf looked like a fedex driver and was packing a box from elderly instruments. My wife bought me an AER Compact 60! I have been wanting this amp for years. I can report that the amp may be the perfect acoustic amp! Size is just under a foot squared. It packs a very efficient 60 watts, this thing can kick out the sound. It came complete with a really nice padded gig bag. What is most impressive is the sound. It really seems to tame an under saddle pickup and and makes it sound very natural, not harsh at all. This is the sound that I have been hearing in my head and chasing for years. My guitar rig is now much simpler. J45 straight to amp and then di output to the pa when needed. The sound from the di out ot the amp is outstanding. I could not be happier with this amp and highly recommend it. It is quite expensive, but worth every penny.

  12. Christmas came early at our house this year. Santa's elf looked like a fedex driver and was packing a box from elderly instruments. My wife bought me an AER Compact 60! I have been wanting this amp for years. I can report that the amp may be the perfect acoustic amp! Size is just under a foot squared. It packs a very efficient 60 watts, this thing can kick out the sound. It came complete with a really nice padded gig bag. What is most impressive is the sound. It really seems to tame an under saddle pickup and and makes it sound very natural, not harsh at all. This is the sound that I have been hearing in my head and chasing for years. My guitar rig is now much simpler. J45 straight to amp and then di output to the pa when needed. The sound from the di out ot the amp is outstanding. I could not be happier with this amp and highly recommend it. It is quite expensive, but worth every penny.

  13. Like the others, I saw the specs for this amp and the glowing reviews and thought it would be great . I have played a performer (the bigger, older fishman loudbox) for several years now and really liked the idea of a smaller amp with the same features. I ordered one on line and got the amp on Monday. After a week audition, it is going back. I found that the sound was much, much worse than my previous loudbox performer. It sounds extremely nasily and harsh. I could not get close to a guitar sound that I likes from the amp, and the vocals were much worse. Saddly, I am going to have to go another direction. The amp has great features, but just does not sound like a professional acoustic guitar amp should in my opinion. However many people really seem to like this amp. Different strokes for different folks. I am thinking about a new AER compact 60 to replace the loudbox artist. I do not mean to bash the product, just provide some perspective from the other side.

  14. Hey Folkster, if you figure anything out about what caused the issue with your neck finish let me know. I have two extremely similar "chips" or flaws on my 2006 J45. The chips in the finish are near the 9th and 12th fret. They look almost identical to yours. I agree with the other post, I just consider it mojo and really have not worried about it too much.

  15. Ok, the suspense was killing me. After a total lack of information and reviews on line I finally broke down and bought the new Fishman blackstack pickup. The unit came in a metal box with a deck of cards and some blackstack poker chips, weird but ok. The pickup was much lighter than I thought it would be. Weight is somewhere between a sunrise and the rare earth, closer to the sunrise. It has a detachable cord, mini xlr to a 1/4 inch socket. Pickup was installed in my j45tv. I was pleased that the pickup can be installed without having to loosen the strings. Played it through my loud box performer and a full pa setup. Being passive, the pickup sounds much fuller and richer when used in conjunction with a di or preamp. I found that the sound of the blackstack straight into the pa was not as full as I like. I went with my trusty lr bags para di. Once connected and turned up,I was impressed that the pickup had zero hum or hiss at any volume, it is dead quite while not playing.

    I am really impressed with the sound of this pickup. It has a very strong and well balanced voice and actually sounds very natural for a magnetic pickup. I had concerns about the information on the Fishman website that talked about vintage voicing. I assumed that it would sound very electric, but to my ears it sounds very natural, with minimal eq from the preamp.

    I did try to run the unit through my bassman reissue, but I really did not like the sound from the electric amp at all.

    All in all I am very impressed and I am keeping the blackstack and plan to use it as my main pickup. I really prefer the strong voice compared to my rare earth and m1. I think the pickup, while not perfect, is an excellent compromise. Not harsh sounding like an under saddle unit and no feed back concerns at any volume, which I struggled with soundboard units. I highly recommend some sort of a preamp when using this pickup in order to bring out the best sound. Very similar to a sunrise, but has it's own voice. In my opinion it's a winner.

  16. I have used a rare earth humbucking pickup and have had great success with it. Even though the pickup is active, I reall think that a preamp helps to bring out the best tones. Also, I have found that the pickup sounds much better with the volume wheel turned down about a quarter turn, especially with heavy strumming. I have never had any problems with feed back at any volume levels. I have found that I really prefer the magnetic pickups to piezo under saddles and sound board tranducers.

  17. Has any one tried the new Fishman Blackstack pickup yet? It is a magnetic sound hole pickup that looks similar to a Sunrise. I seem to favor sound hole pickups on my J-45tv. I am thinking of buying one and giving it a try. I do not like the brittle sound of ust and play to loud to have luck with soundboard transducers (k&k, I-beam, etc.).

  18. Welcome to the wonderful world of undersaddle pickups. I find that the Fishman variety is easier to get balanced than some of the other choices. I have a J-45 with a very balanced pickup signal that I would never part with for this very reason. Some saddle work by a pro should solve your problem. Lately, I have been playing with sound hole pickups due to the string balance issue. Also, the sound hole pickups seem to have a slower attack when compared to undersaddle units, which seems to work great on a guitar that is strummed. I still use the fishman aura pedal with the sound hole pickups and the sound, while not truly acoustic, is very pleasing. So far the fishman rare earth humbucker is my choice, but I can not wait to hear one of the new Fishman blackstacks when they hit the market. ... Sorry I digress, back to the topic: It is well worth having a new saddle installed on your SWD. They are great guitars and should sound equally great plugged in once the saddle issue is resolved.

  19. So far I have not installed a pickup in the J-45 TV. I like to keep this guitar straight acoustic, as it is one of the best sounding acoustic I have ever heard. If I want to play it at a show, I stick a sound hole pickup in it and go. I have a 2006 standard that has a pickup system that I use most of the time if I need to use amplification. It seems that once you amplify an acoustic guitar they all sound similar, so no need drill out the tail block on the TV. However, it might happen one day.

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