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Here's a quick review of my 2015 SJ Mystic Rosewood that I received right after Christmas. Dawned on me this last week that I've had it for two months and hadn't shown any pics or video of it yet. I guess life gets in the way of the things we want to do. Been busy-as-hell with family, guitars, playing gigs, and model trains. Family generally is the most time-consuming and the other three all kind of just fit-in where they can............ Anyway, this is a really super guitar. Very, very mellow. Ideal for the way I play and the music I perform. Not the loudest of my guitars (that's probably the Dove), but it's the equal of any of them when it comes to playability. I've been using it a lot lately. About 50% of my gigs, while the others have been sharing the time. After playing these last two months, I fully understand why so many people fall in love with this model. Of course, I can say similar things about all my Gibsons and this SJ is definitely one of them. Recorded onto an IPAD Pro, so the sound is what it is.

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Thanks for the comments. I've owned a lot of nice guitars, but even "early in the game" I've come to believe this is one of the special ones. I do like the grain on the back and the burst is pretty cool. Taking it to my Friday noon gig in a bit.

 

Gotomsdos, good point. You're right with another comment I heard.,.lol...Had a guy tell me on Wednesday afternoon "that's one of the mellowest sounding rosewood guitars I've heard."... I play very lightly on most stuff. Don't know if I've ever really "driven" or pushed the top of a guitar to it's best. Hardly ever use a pick. If I played heavy metal, it would likely be the quietest heavy metal ever heard.

 

Lars, I cleared my message box. Thanks for letting me know. Don't check it very often.

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But how come to my ear, it sounds still like a Hog one ? It does not seem to sound thick like a RW one should ?
Keep in mind Lar is playing with bare fingers. Still, I get it. Maybe because the slope design balances out the tonal spectrum so you dont get that big bass. Hummingbird-like to my ear.
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Very nice guitar you have there. I have read the Mystic Rosewood is from rare burls that are very dense and similar in tone to Brazilian Rosewood. I have a Western Classic with it. I have a Mahogany Southern Jumbo and a J-45 Classic with Indian Rosewood and they are very different. The J-45 is very full sounding with nice sparkly harmonics and the SJ is more of a clear, bright and distinct tone, I love them both.

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