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  1. So the million dollar question... If you could buy a guitar from a custom builder who builds the guitar based on specs from 1940's J-45s for double the price, or get a current model J-45 for half the price, which would you choose and why? Your end goal is get as close as possible to that dry, 1940's, vintage j-45 sound. Is it possible to replicate that 1940's tone in a guitar built today?
  2. Three questions: 1) Why are the older guitars so much lighter? 2) I currently own a 2011 Gibson J-45. It's a great guitar, but I played an excellent vintage 50's version in NYC. That guitar was much better. Felt more alive. Had more bounce, if that that makes sense. If I had the money I'd buy it, but unfortunately I do not. Anyway, I got to thinking, is this just because the guitar is 60+ years old or is it actual construction of the guitar. I truly don't know the answer. What do you think? 3) As a follow up to question 2, there is a guitar builder who builds J-45 style
  3. If I were to compare a 2013 Gibson Standard J-45 to an early 50's Gibson J-45, what would the differences be? I do recognize that the wood has aged 60 plus years, but I'm speaking more on a structural level. The reason I ask is I'm thinking about having a builder construct a guitar based on an early 50's J-45 and I was wondering how much different this new 50's inspired J-45 would sound when compared to a 2013 standard. Does a 1950's Gibson sound the way it does because of the aging or is it more the construction? Any ideas? Here are the difference I know so far: 2013 vs Early 50's
  4. It's a great guitar, but I've yet to fall in love with it. Let me show you guys the actual guitar: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1965-GIBSON-B-25-ACOUSTIC-GUITAR-/230928999987?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_sacat%3D0%26_nkw%3D230928999987%26_rdc%3D1&nma=true&si=cBudu%252BJaDlxgmLZxMVHHxvcgNhU%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557 The pull up is very slight on the bridge and according to the seller, and the three luthiers I've showed it to, there's nothing to worry about. I usually over think things. Changing out the bridge plate
  5. I got a more in depth breakdown of the costs from my luthier. 1) Bridge removal and re-glue: $125 2) Bridge plate removal & replacement: $225 That's $350. With this being the case I think $350 might be a little too pricey for my blood unless someone who has done these can tell me that it will make a REMARKABLE difference for the better.
  6. I too was able to play the J-35 side by side next to the J-45. To me, the J-45 is the better guitar. The 45 is heavier, but the sound is sweeter and more refined.
  7. I purchased an early 1960's B-25 recently. The bridge and saddle have been replaced by the original order. Upon further inspection I noticed two things that I have questions about: 1) I noticed that the bridge plate is the thick plywood. Should I go about changing this out for maple? 2) The bridge is pulling up slightly on the high e side. It's only off the sound board by about 1/16th inch. The luthier said that structurally it should hold. The luthier I brought the guitar to said that it would cost about $125 to pull up the bridge up, clean underneath and re-glue. I didn't as
  8. In full disclosure, here are the two guitars... http://www.gbase.com/gear/gibson-b-25-custom-black http://www.ebay.com/itm/230928999987?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_sacat%3D0%26_nkw%3D230928999987%26_rdc%3D1 I checked on the ebay one and it's a 1 11/16" nut. I also added a poll. I know that I want a B-25, just can't decide which one.
  9. I finally went today and played a new B-25 that was from the Gibson custom shop but a few years ago. I liked the guitar and thought it fit the bill of similar to my J-45 just lacking in bass. I've been looking at B-25's on eBay and the vintage ones from mid 1960's sell for around $1100. The new B-25 was listed for $1895. What is the better purchase? A vintage mid 1960's B-25 that is off eBay or a new custom shop b-25 for an additional $600? Also, I asked the guy at the shop and his opinion was that the new one is better because its x braced where the vintage ones are ladder bra
  10. To further add to this topic. I currently own a 2012 Martin OM-21 which I like, but I've decided that I'm a Gibson guy and not a Martin guy. The Martin plays great, but my ear is tuned to the Gibson sound. That's why I started thinking that I should find a similar sized Gibson and it would perfect for what I'm trying to do. I've been looking at e-bay and I can get a B-25 for about $1000. My thought process is maybe I'll give one a shot and if it doesn't work out I'll sell it. And to me, the B-25 seems to sound good when Tift plays it:
  11. This part of your post cracked me up... ". If you are generally a dread guy who is small body curious, then you might want to look at OMs. That's usually the easiest transition into smaller guitars for a dreadhead." This totally explains my situation. I have a j-45 and hummingbird and I wanted something that had that classic Gibson sounds but in a smaller bodied guitar. I think my best bet may be to look elsewhere. Thank you for the excellent advice.
  12. I'm having difficulty tracking down information on how a L-00 compares to a B-25? Can anyone advise? I will say that I played a new L-00 at Guitar Center today, and to me, for my playing style it sounded small. Is a B-25 going to probably be the same?
  13. It's not that I'm a huge OM fan. It's more I wanted to find a Gibson that had smaller dimensions than a dread but bigger than L-00.
  14. I think I'm in the minority here, but I prefer the Standard. I played and have owned both. I did change out the nut on the standard to bone. I'm a chord strummer mostly and to me, the J-45TV was too bright. Again though, I'm probably the outlier here.
  15. I want to get a Gibson that is about the same size as a Martin OM. Does/Did Gibson make something that would fit this bill?
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