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J-45 Standard and TV?


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Has anyone played a Standard since 2000 and thought it was better than a TV?

if you were forced to buy  https://snaptube.cam/  https://9apps.cam/   a Standard or a True Vintage (money not being an issue), which would you pick, and why?

(and yes, we all know about “the one that sounds best,” but this is hypothetical.

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I have owned a few standards, and I own a TV currently.

The TVs have "advanced bracing" which I think means more forward shifted, than the standard braced regular J45s. The last J45 Standard (2013) I owned I gave to my gigging partner a year or so ago, and he loves it. It is balanced. My TV now though (2010) ... has more bass. More power. I like it better. I record with it all the time.

 

Standards will run you 1700ish used in great condition. a TV will be about 600 more. 

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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.

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I agree with Gibby, the Gibson J-45 standard has the best tone by far to my ear.  I can hear the sound of one of those baked tops on the fancy expensive models and that does not sound as natural to me as the standard model. The standard J-45 also seems built a bit heavier and seems more durable to me with more natural tone. I love mine, and can't imagine using any other model, the sound and tone is just so completely J-45.

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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.

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