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Finally got a Gibson - a 2015 Custom Shop J-45 Flamed Maple. It's got some nice abalone-type inlays on the dot fret markers and the Gibson logo on the headstock. The red stain could have been a little more translucent but I'm not complaining.

When it came in, the action was rather high, and the neck was bowed a bit. After a setup, OK! Nice thumpy bass, good balance across all strings, which ring out quite well. And the rosewood fretboard was not real light like pictured in the ad - It's got a very nce rosewood hue. Pleased with my first Gibson!.

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People, do you remember your first Gibson? It's gotta be a happy NGGD/Weekend for Mr Cougar. . . and judging by your presence here on the 'board, a long time comin'.

 

It was only last night that I was just looking (yeah, "just looking"- we know how that usually ends) at the maple J-45's on Wildwood's site- they have 4 new, and one used. A Maple would normally be a tough way to enter J-45land, but considering Cougar's Epiphone Experience, I'm sure the transition will be all good.

 

Yes, congrats indeed. Now we dare you to share a clip (preferably something lighter than Greg (Wildwood) Koch's bill of fare) !

 

It looks great, and the (Wine Red?) finish must surely come alive at night. Enjoy.

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I’m a huge fan of Maple slopes. I played a Maple J45 many years ago and fell in love with it, and have been chasing a Maple slope ever since, eventually ending up with a Maple CS AJ as you know. I love the way that the roundness and warmth of a slope dread compliments the Maple tone and really brings out a three dimensional projection.

 

I hope you enjoy this one for many years to come-she looks like a beauty!

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Beautiful guitar!

I’ve never had my hands on a J45 maple.

When JT made his CD using the Banners, he had us pick our favorite guitar sounding number without knowing which guitar was used. I chose the maple.

Since then I’ve noticed that just sitting alone and playing I prefer the sound of RW but when recording the maple wins hands down.

I have maple in other models and really like them.

Enjoy it!

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When JT made his CD using the Banners, he had us pick our favorite guitar sounding number without knowing which guitar was used. I chose the maple.

Since then I’ve noticed that just sitting alone and playing I prefer the sound of RW but when recording the maple wins hands down.

 

It does seem that you are not alone in the observation that maple records well- the same preference turned up for the maple J-45 when I did a little demo of some 1940's slopes (J-45 mahogany top, J-45 maple, and SJ), all strung with strings of the same type and age.

 

They did have a little problem with finish delamination back then. . . this was one person's fix for that:

 

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