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  1. I for one had already considered the converted price before my reaction, which still stands — Ouch!
  2. The thing that stands out as truly unreal is the price. Ouch!
  3. Here is what went through my mind as I listened to your performance: I imagine myself sitting on a couch in a dimly lit room. It's early in the morning after a very long night. One of those moments when I know that I should just go get some sleep, but I don't as I just want to finish listening to the song. While absorbing your rendition of this tune a slight grin appears on my face — subconsciously summoned by the last bit of energy that I can still muster. Nicely done. That guitar suits you well.
  4. Things like the bracing, back & side wood, top wood, etc. all can have an impact on tone of a guitar and certain generalizations can (and will) be made. Yet I feel it best to consider acoustic guitars holistically. There are a large number of measurable variables when it comes to a guitar's construction. In the end, a guitar might sound quite a bit different than one would expect given the elements that went into it's creation. A while back Murph made a statement to the effect of a good guitar knows no age and I couldn't agree more. I have played many vintage Gibson's with tone that to my ear was disappointing despite their well-aged wood. Why some of those old Gibson's sing like angels and others don't is anyone's guess. What I find of value is the knowledge that when it comes to tone, some guitars for whatever the reason are simply greater than the sum of their parts. They might be older or newer, built lightly or perhaps heavier, use only certain types of glue or not, so on and so forth. In the end, the only way to know if a guitar really floats your boat is by playing it, listening to it and feeling how you yourself react to it. jrodriguez311, there is no way of telling just how much difference the back bracing might have on the tone of your two J-45's. It can definitely be somewhat fascinating to ponder. Obviously what's more important to my way of thinking is which one of the two you enjoy the tone of more in spite of those differences.
  5. When the strings are brand new they will exert far more of their own influence on the overall tone. Some people like this while others prefer the tone once the strings have been on the guitar for longer. The more resonant a guitar is, the less impact aging strings can have on perceived volume and responsiveness. It sounds like you’ve been ready for a new set of strings for a while now. The low E string sounds like it might be the victim of lowered humidity as others have indicated. When the weather outside turns cooler requiring the use of forced air heat inside our homes (for most of us) it decreases the overall level of humidity inside the house by quite a bit. In the case of a solid wood guitar this can cause top of the guitar to sink a bit resulting in the buzzing like you are now experiencing. In this case humidifying your guitar through the course of winter should do the trick. There are plenty of options for humidifying a guitar such as the sponge in a bag method detailed by Sal above. I would add that if you do choose to go that route you’ll want to leave the sponge damp as opposed to wet. Squeeze the wet sponge until no more water is dripping from it before placing it in the plastic bag with holes. Mixing guitars and water is not a good thing – you only need a small bit of moisture in the case to do the trick. Check on the sponge occasionally to make sure that it stays damp through the winter. I personally prefer to use Oasis humidifiers with my guitars for this task.
  6. So I used to think given that my middle finger tends to be my dominant picking finger when I’m fingerpicking. Of course that was until I tried my hand (pun intended) at this style of playing for myself a number of years ago. The challenge was even greater given that it was also the first time I had tried to use a flat pick in ages. Such a disappointing experiment. In my case I realize that I would likely need to start all over from scratch just as I did when I first started to fingerpick. At this stage of the game I’m just not sure that I would have the patience to do so. But I do still think about it every once in a while
  7. Guth

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    Did you happen to be wearing shorts while playing? If so it might just be a haze from rubbing against your skin in which case an appropriate guitar cleaner or polish would likely remove it.
  8. I would guess that there is a fair amount of variation even within the same species as well. When it comes to tone, people tend to generalize (myself included at times) with respect to various woods or specific guitar models. But it's always nice if you can "try before you buy" when it comes to acoustic guitars because you just never know. Often the most eye opening (ear opening?) guitars are those we would never have encountered were we to rely solely upon what we read on the Internet.
  9. I have played cedar topped steel stringed acoustics in the past including a couple of Lowdens. I recall that they were very responsive for fingerpicking and the tone was agreeable but it has been a couple of decades since doing (so that is about all that I can remember). Agreed. This thread makes me think of my experience with the Taylor guitar that I purchased. It features an englemann spruce top over a mahogany back and sides. Englemann is characterized as being responsive to a light touch without much headroom. The guitar I ran across is both responsive to a light touch and has a surprising amount of headroom, more than ample enough for my needs. Historically Taylor guitars have held little appeal to me and englemann spruce was not on my list of desirable features in a guitar. It is surprising that I even checked the guitar out in the first place but I am glad that I did. It is easy to make generalizations about guitars, but in my experience it always comes down to the individual guitar. You are describing what I refer to simply as a resonant guitar. To me, this is one of the requirements when it comes to the gems of the acoustic guitar world. In my experience one of the strengths of maple is it's ability to project so it tends to come across louder to the audience than it does to the player.
  10. I truly think that this is your best option. A few thoughts... I see that your 000 Martin actually features a long scale neck. If the fret spacing on that guitar feels tight to you then I'm guessing that you might have a hard time with any short scale guitar. But again, actually playing the guitars is the best way to find out. This will also give you a good idea of how the neck profile, nut width and string spacing (at the nut and saddle) of a guitar suits you. I can relate to being nervous playing in front of others as I have that problem myself. I just consider the uncomfortable feeling to be part of the price I pay when it comes to finding those guitars I've considered spending my money on. Keep in mind that no one in the store has any idea how long you've been playing for. Just do your thing and focus on the guitars themselves. I would suggest that you take your Martin along with you as a point of reference given that you are very familiar with how it sounds (not to mention knowing what you do and don't like about it.) You will likely find that some shops might tend to make guitars sound better in general than others. By taking along your Martin you will get a better feel for how this is impacting your impressions of the guitars you try out. Hey, you're getting to go out and geek out on guitars, try to enjoy it and good luck!
  11. This is the guitar that was originally to be released as the Gnome Signature Model. However it seems that there were numerous creative differences with the garden gnome along with some very unreasonable demands around model dimensions that prevented the project from reaching fruition. Gibson moved forward with the project on their own. The LG-1 1 3/4 is representative of the compromise that Gibson came up with. The rest as they say is history (unlike the rest of my post).
  12. To put it a different way, my guess is that most people in attendance in a setting like you are describing would not be able to identify the difference in sound quality between an amplified J-45 Legend and any other J-45 (or any number of other acoustic guitars for that matter). On the other hand if playing what sounds best to you is the objective then I can better understand your motivation for such use. Which of course is what really matters.
  13. Tried viewing the video again this evening and was able to connect successfully this time around. I love good Gibson acoustic content just as much as the next guy, but I'm glad that you didn't wait Sal. Sounded really nice.
  14. If I was going to be playing out and using a pickup I couldn't see myself picking a guitar (no pun intended) like the J-45 Legend for such an application. But as far as sitting around playing on the couch goes (or on the front porch, or for recording in the fashion that I do for that matter) it would likely be a great choice.
  15. It appears that I've missed out, receiving a "Video unavailable" error.
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