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  1. https://jakewildwood.blogspot.com/2018/11/1964-gibson-j-50-adj-slope-dreadnought.html
  2. This is from his web site in the " museum section" where is has all the guitars he has repaired. Around 1960, Gibson changed the bracing on their flattops to be a lot lighter and thinner and also decreased the top thickness. This gives these early-'60s guitars an enlarged, '30s-like bass presence and the classic, Gibson-toting folksinger/blues-player sound with its mids and bass oomph. They're great cowboy-chord, folk-centric guitars but the quick necks also make them rock-n-roll staples, too. By around 1966-67, the bracing was getting a little stiffer and the nut widths were shrinking, so the '61-'65 models are basically the sweet spot for those seeking the "classic Gibson J-45/J-50 tone."
  3. I remember Jake Wildwood who repairs allot of Vintage guitars said the 61-65 J-50's have lighter bracing and slightly thinner tops. When I look at my 65 J-50 the back braces are definitely smaller. Brace size is even smaller than my 46 J-45. I just remember he mention that's a sweet spot for a J50 's. where you can get a bigger fuller tone because of the smaller braces and thinner top. I still have the adjustable saddle still in but it sounds amazing so I'm going to leave it.
  4. Sorry to post again but want to clarify, I don't think all standards are better. Just the good ones. I had the 46 for many years and wanted something to take out and play with my band or play solo and didn't want to worry about having a Vintage out. So over 6 years I would continue to sample J-45's and all the variations. One time at Dave's Guitar I picked up my Standard and strummed it and was blown away. Sales guy said "that one has it" and I new. I probably played about 10 standards over that time frame and 2 were just amazing and the others were OK to sub-par. I also played many other variations. One that got away was 1942 Banner reissue that Jon Thomas "Kalamazoo Gals" had done with Gibson. Some one bought that guitar before me. After I got the Standard I would continue to compare it to TV models because I like the look, weight and just like the Vintage style better but nothing really could beat that standard. My thoughts are some guitars just have it. Went so far that I bought the J-45 Vintage picturd above with the adi/torrfied top but still thought my Standard was better. It could be a custom shop, plain Standard, vintage or whatever, if the guitar has it that's all that matters. I think the TV is a cooler guitar, looks better and you probably get 8 out of 10 TV's that are amazing and standards seem to be about 2-3/10 are good/great. There is just something in a really good/great Standard that I like better. Hope this helps. I do like vintage guitars and that vintage tone, my favorite is my 1965 J-50 I found on the local craigslist for $500, it has it all and it's a Standard (or was a one time). Trying to pass along my experience (or lack of) to help someone else's journey. My advice is play them and judge the guitar, not the model. I learned this an expensive way. Hope that helps. My Best.
  5. Yes, I enjoy my standard the best, 2013 model. As you see in the picture I have a 1946, TV (newer version) and a Standard. My standard just has it. I love the look of the other two but the standard is really balanced, dry sounding and perfect with Martin retros. Standard is the heaviest which I don't like but it has the tone. I like the TV next and then the 46. I sold the TV and keep the 46 because I got it from the original owner and has a little sentimental value. I did play a recent TV in January that just blew me away at Dave's Guitar. Sounded better than all of them. I'm done chasing J-45's for a while but I really think you got to play them and judge. So to answer your question: Yes I like "my" standard better than the TV. My Best.
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  7. For a soundhole consider the Di Marzio Black angle. I have used the Sunrise for years and have K&K's in my 46 J-45, D-18GE, HD-35 and CEO-7 and wanted something for my 65 J-50 and have to say the black angle is amazing with the K&K's (has a phase switch) and as a solo. It requires adjustment in the poles which is easy to do. With the Fishman Aura Di solo its mind blowing how good it is. Better than my K&K with the twin red eye. Just a thought. I wish the black angle had a volume adjustment. Pole adjustment is a must to get the best sound. Less metallic sounding than my Sunrise and warmer at 1/2 the price.
  8. I have one and love it. I bought it because I like the neck, 1 3/4 nut, 5/16 string spacing and it has amazing sustain and volume given it's size. It's also extremely light. I have Vintage Gibson's and Martin's and I was planing on buying another Vintage LG-2 but after playing this CEO-7 I was happy with this instead. Don't get me wrong I love my Vintage Gibson's and newer J-45 but to me it blends a little J-45 tone with a Martin tone and lots of sustain. I could care less about what it's copying or people think. It sounds good, fun to play and I like it. This is the guitar that actually sounds different to the listener. Play it and then have someone play it to you and you'll see what I mean. Mine is about 3 years old and the adi top has really warmed up and opened up. Take Care. Gibby
  9. Light Shine Test. I was reading stuff on old wood and torefaction and it showed pictures of new guitars vs old guitars with a flashlight on the top pressed against the top shining in towards the inside of the guitar and the old guitars had very little light shine through because the wood cells were closed off apparently and on the new guitars you can see the light shine through. I used and inspection mirror also to see how it shined through in different locations. Weather this is hype or real there is a difference. It was some article out of Finland I believe that did some study on torefaction and compared old wood to new wood. They also had electron microscope pictures showing the difference between old wood, new wood and torefied wood. As the comment above I think for me it's the note separation that I like and playability on my new standard. Again I played more standards that I did not like than liked. Still love my 46 J-45 and the vintage tone but for writing music and playing out with a band or acoustic the new one works great. Plus I don't mind so much about the dings and wear. They're all great guitars, New one, Vintage or the New Vintage J-45. I did play a new Vintage J-45 at Dave's guitar a month ago and it was definitely better than the one I had for a short period so it appears they also vary a little in sound. My Best.
  10. I know it's just another opinion but I really advise playing them before you buy (Gibson Acoustic) they vary so much. I have a 1946 J-45, J-45 Vintage and a standard. Sounds crazy but my standard is amazing and my favorite for playing gigs and strumming. Again played about 50 standards over the years and when I heard this one I coundnt believe it was a standard. I played so many standards that just suck and had me only wanting the true vintage or know called Vintage. I'm comfortable buying a Martin sight/sound unseen but not a Gibson. My standard is louder than both the 46 and Vintage but just has something very special, amazing sustain, reverb and a deep hollow vintage sound. I sometimes swear they put a standard neck and headstock on a True Vintage. That's why I would focus more on trying them all and finding what speaks best to you. All the best.
  11. It does make sense, I had to read it a few times. I did download the manual and it sounds like (you mentioned this also) you can designate one (left) XLR for Guitar and the other (right) for mic. It also looked like you could designate the 1/4 line the same way. It would be nice if you could do the mic as an XLR and use the 1/4 for the guitar (output). I will have to play around when it comes to see if that's possibles. For larger gigs we use a PA and for small coffee house stuff a Genze-Benz Shenandoah acoustitic 150LT and it has two xlr's and two 1/4 lines. Sounds like the TC Helicon play acoustic has two XLR's and no 1/4 line out. Thanks again for info, always appreciate insight into new gear.
  12. Thank You for the feedback. My Best.
  13. BK, How do you like the boss ve-8 ? I just ordered one over the TC Helicon play acoustic because the boss had a dedicated loop pedal and it seems easier to work for gigs and live use. TC helicon has more options for voice and guitar but seems more complicated to learn and use. Thanks.
  14. That was good. Thank You. I love her voice and music. For some reason I remember the discussion that Gibson worked with her to make that LG-2 and it was not a standard AE and had an adi top. I'm sure some one on this forum knows. One of my biggest mistakes (guitar) was selling my 52 LG-2, still miss it. Take Care.
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