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It always seemed that Quinton was more of a Martin guy. Finally, as they try to relay the nature of the J-185, the truth comes out in this demo. Left a lot of it inside that guitar.

Sorry Paul didn't catch the bit of "A Day in the Life"- it did sound like that, but it also had chords that could've led to other guesses, too.

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Would have been nice if they mentioned the J-185 is not only slightly smaller than the J-200 but also a shorter scale. Guitar sounds really good in this demo though, glad they brought back the J-185.

Edited by Jalex

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That's a great sounding guitar! Interestingly, you can tell that his right hand is more accustomed to the more forgiving dynamic range and response of a Martin...he gets better and better as the video goes on at taming the very touch-sensitive nature of the J185 (and Maple in general) but it's obvious that it puts him outside his comfort zone a bit as a player. 

Personally, when I got my first SJ200 way back in the mists of 2004ish, I found that the more demanding aspects of Maple really made me work on my playing and improve myself as a picker...it just works that way as a tonewood. 

If I was in the market for a new guitar, the 185 Original would be right at the top of my audition list...thanks so much for the video, JC!

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I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought there were some extra chords in "A Day In the Life". I was about to grab my reading glasses, magnifying glass and the Beatles complete songbook and figure out what I've been missing.

He's stated he was a Martin guy before, if I'm not mistaken. Might have been one of those blind-fold videos.

Anyhow, on the guitar, I thought it was familiar sounding overall, I guess due to having an SJ-200 and a Taylor Maple(to a smaller extent). It seemed to me like the 185's sustained sound got out of the way quicker than my 200's does.

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These kinds of demos die and live by the quality of the performance, and lackluster strumming just doesn't showcase the strengths of the guitar particularly well.

Edited by Leonard McCoy

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