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  1. I have three very different guitars. My Jackson Browne, in English Walnut My Martin CSOM13 - a custom shop OM in Madi Rosewood with a 'moon cut' Italian Spruce top and my custom, mahogany-topped Martin 00-18V. Love them all and all get regular play. I can say that, in general, I love Martin small bodies more so than Gibsons and Gibson big bodies more so than Martins. The bass and midrange on the Gibson JB is everything I want in a guitar but the bass quality of the OM cannot be matched by any similarly sized Gibson. Same can be said for re: the 00.
  2. Great sound, thanks for sharing! It's the best guitar I've ever owned (the JB). I picked up a model A for less than $4200. Whoever pays $6k for it hasn't done their homework. The guitar's responsiveness is just incredible. It's the only gutiar I've ever owned that I can say that handles a flatpick just as easily, and cleanly, as it does fingerstyle. I know I couldn't be more pleased.
  3. I'd sorely miss my Jackson Browne. It's irreplaceable to me. That said, I love small body Martins so I'd spend more time with my 000's. I'd also play my SC OM/PW more, too.
  4. Am I playing it or just listening to it? If playing it, it's a REAL toss up between Michelle and Girl. Just listening, I'll go with Hey Jude. 'Pound for Pound' the best pop song ever written.
  5. On my J45 TV I always use Medium Elixer Nanowebs. After about an hour of play it just sounds...crunchy, woody - in other words, perfect. On my Jackson Browne I have alternated between Medium-Light Martin SP's (the PB's) and the Light Gibson Masterbuilt Premiums (also PB's). Oddly enough, to my ears, mediums on the JB just don't 'sing' the way I want them to.
  6. I bought mine (Model A) from Sweetwater for a great price. Same as I would have paid for it at EM Shorts. For me it's the LAST guitar I'd ever get rid of. It does EVERYTHING well. I love my J45 but it will go before my JB. It's by far the best guitar I've ever owned.
  7. I'd go with my Jackson Browne. Love the 45TV, but the JB is incredible. Best guitar I've ever owned.
  8. I test the harmonics, the fit, how it responds to an open E and G strum, then how it handles (or rather, how I handle) several scales. I like to place a capo at 8 to see how it fits in my hand on a song like "Girl" by the Beatles. As for specific songs, I really don't have one or several. For me it's about how the guitar strikes me when I just play it.
  9. Sell the AJ on eBay an skip the horror that is GC. Get one from EM Shorts or Dave's Guitar in LaCrosse, WI and you'll get a much better deal and a million times better service. Selling a used AJ should net $1600-$1800.
  10. Nice job! Something about The 45 that makes it such a singer's guitar. Thanks for sharing.
  11. I think your answer lies in your initial post: you're blown away by the AJ. Be satisfied with this. Make great music with it and enjoy the craft instead of thinking about being with another guitar. The good news with this strategy is that you can always get a 45 in a few years (God knows Gibson will never stop making them). Hone the craft of making great music, not the craft of buying great guitars, and you'll be much happier.
  12. I've found that I love Gibson dreads and Martin small bodies (Gibson small bodies do nothing for me). Here's my favorite Martin: It's basically a 000 28, except with an Italian Spruce top (Clapton Bellezza Nera). Great guitar with exceptional playability and sound.
  13. He's always been one of my favorites and while I love songs like 'Pretender,' 'The Road,' 'Rosie,' and 'Love Needs a Heart,' the song 'Something Fine' represents the pinnacle of his musical power to me. Ever since getting his signature Gibson I've been working on it and hope to post my own video of it soon. In the meantime, enjoy the incomparable Jackson Browne: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yufoq3T-z_w
  14. Two pearls of wisdom to live by: 1) Never complete your pricing research AFTER your purchase. Do it all up front. Once you're comfortable with paying a rate, pay it and move on. Remember that money is just a metric that we agree to on our collective perception of how much we value something. 2) Gibson's piece-to-piece quality is not like Martin's or Taylor's (meaning that it's more likely to find quality variance within a single model type in Gibsons than it is in other high quality-but-mass-produced American made guitars). So, once you find a great Gibson that you love the sound of
  15. I paid $4300 for it. Not too bad, given I got the 'A'.

  16. First, the guitar porn (not the best of pics...Washington, D.C. hasn't seen the sun since 1972 it seems): I received this today from the good folks at Sweetwater (great deal on this one...matched the best I could find at the usual Gibson-discount outlets, even the one in Wichita). It came in at about 11 AM and stayed in its case til about 4-4:30. I've waited a year for this one so why not a few more hours to keep from crazing? First, I noticed the Certificate of Authenticity and the instructions on how to use the Amulet system. Later for that - in fact, it will be an entirely s
  17. Looks like a Luthier's Choice Madi/Adi AJ is up for sale on the Bay.
  18. I thought my 45TV was pitch-perfect clear, until I got my Madi/Adi AJ. It's easily the cleanest sounding instrument I've owned. Certinly no blues machine but damn does it sing country and rock.
  19. I own a version of both of these and I can say with aplomb that this would be an exceedingly difficult decision to make. I have a J 45TV and one of the 20 Madi/Adi AJ's made and they just sound, play, and feel so incredibly different. The only similarity between them is the look! The 45 is easily the best "player" I have. It's my "go to" guitar when I want write a song or play in very small groups. Incredibly even across the board and such a great volume in a short scale. The AJ is a true canon, but not in the Martin D28 sense. Rather, it overloads on the trebles and has a vo
  20. I record through a Rode NT1A mic, pointed at about the 12 fret, through an Apogee Duet into a Macbook Pro using Logic 9.x. I've gotten good - not professional studio-great, mind you - results with this set up. In fact, it's good enough to record a CD with and listen to it in the car.
  21. Very interesting, Scott. I just got an AJ today (Adi/Madi) and it sounds like it needs some phosphor bronze strings or at least some ebony bridge pins. Is your AJ sitka topped or Adi? I think THAT's the main contributing variable to this AJ's "chimey-ness".
  22. Now that I have it, compared to my little Bellezza Nera (all black Clapton model 000-28) and the J45TV, this thing feels like a tank and has an incredible amount of volume. The ONLY thing I don't care for is how the trebles "chime" vs. the mids and bass. I'm wondering if anyone has ever put ebony pins on the treble end of one these to tone her down some. It certainly has a 'thud' that the 45 lacks but it's also not as balanced across the spectrum - dare I say it's almost like a Taylor GS8! I know, heresy, but I listen with my ears and I'm only telling you what I hear. The guitar
  23. I have a good chance to score an impeccable Madi/Adi luthier's choice woods Madi/Adi. I have not had a chance to play one but, given the specs and the price, I think I have to take a chance (at least I can try it for 10 days before returning it if I don't like it). If you have one, did you A/B it vs. something else? Why did you select it? If you could have had one but passed, why did you do so? I currently have a several small bodies and a 45TV. The long scale and wood selections on this guitar look rather ideal to me. Would love to know if there's any "downside" to these. For
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