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The Temptation Is Great... Should I Do It?

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Why. . .  not?

I never appreciated the simplicity of mahogany (and maple, for that matter), until I found myself swimming in a sea of rosewood.

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53 minutes ago, Leonard McCoy said:

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What model is this?   Is it a richlite board with the brass surrounds ? Theres a Gibson Regal model with this. 

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6 minutes ago, slimt said:

What model is this?   Is it a richlite board with the brass surrounds ? Theres a Gibson Regal model with this. 

The model is for you lot to guess. I said elsewhere I would not be opposed to a Richlite fretboard (quite the contrary) so I'm just putting my money where my mouth is. Yes, those are mother-of-pearl split diamonds with brass borders, but it's not the Regal.

Edited by Leonard McCoy

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16 minutes ago, Leonard McCoy said:

The model is for you lot to guess. I said elsewhere I would not be opposed to a Richlite fretboard (quite the contrary) so I'm just putting my money where my mouth is. Yes, those are mother-of-pearl split diamonds with brass borders, but it's not the Regal.

I'm guessing not a Martin. Custom job?

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Feh!

I'm not a fan of chrome and tail fins on guitars. They don't improve the sound and are, in my opinion, tasteless.

My D-28 and J-45 standard are as ornate as I need. 

RBSinTo

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1 hour ago, RBSinTo said:

Feh!

I'm not a fan of chrome and tail fins on guitars. They don't improve the sound and are, in my opinion, tasteless.

My D-28 and J-45 standard are as ornate as I need. 

RBSinTo

You forgot gaudy.

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2 hours ago, Leonard McCoy said:

The model is for you lot to guess. I said elsewhere I would not be opposed to a Richlite fretboard (quite the contrary) so I'm just putting my money where my mouth is. Yes, those are mother-of-pearl split diamonds with brass borders, but it's not the Regal.

I've looked at a Hummingbird Regal online at least a dozen times, but have resisted because of the Richlite. Why? Probably because a huge majority of the comments I see on it is off-putting. I'm a big boy and like what I like. Yet here I am.

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30 minutes ago, PatriotsBiker said:

You forgot gaudy.

PB we just gotta own up to the fact that we own gaudy guitars. 

I cry myself to sleep every night knowing I own one.

And the audacity of Stephen Stills and Neil Young owning an even more gaudy D-45.

Edited by Sgt. Pepper

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3 hours ago, Sacdubro said:

Looks like it may be a J45 Deluxe Rosewood ?

https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/ACCGBH714/J-45-Deluxe-Rosewood/Rosewood-Burst

I agree. It's listed as ebony board. It is tempting.

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Body

Body Shape
J-45
Top
Sitka spruce
Back
Rosewood
Side
Rosewood
Bracing
Traditional hand-scalloped X-bracing
Binding
Multi-colored rope top, single-ply back
Finish
Nitrocellulose

Neck

Material
Mahogany
Profile
Slim Taper
Scale Length
24.75" / 628.65mm
Fingerboard Material
Ebony
Fingerboard Radius
12"
Number Of Frets
20
Frets
Gold
Nut Material
Bone
Nut Width
1.72" / 43.81mm
Inlays
Mother-of-pearl split diamond with brass border
Joint
Compound Dovetail Neck-to-body

Hardware

Tuner Plating
Gold
Bridge
Traditional belly up
Saddle Material
Bone
Tuning Machines
Grover Rotomatic w/ kidney buttons
Pickguard
Tear drop with gold border
Truss Rod Cover
Deluxe
Bridge Pins
Tusq

Electronics

Under Saddle Pickup
LR Baggs™ VTC
Controls
1 Volume, 1 Tone

Miscellaneous

Strings
0.053, 0.042, 0.032, 0.024, 0.016, 0.012
Case
Gibson Hardshell
Accessories
Includes Gibson Accessory Kit
 

 

 

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I have a 2002 J-45 Rosewood (ebony board & bridge), and the tone absolutely knocks me out - dry & woody to the max with depth & resonance.  So the model shown above has that particular combo going for it, but aesthetically it seems like an odd mish-mash of randomly combined high-end features.

It's like someone said, "Well, we don't typically do that or that or that on a J-45, so let's throw 'em all on there."

Guess it just looks kinda disjointed to my eye, but tonally I'd assume it's got great potential. 

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 you well know we're all weak men here when it comes to this topic, 

If the one in question is the one Dave listed, I'd do it.. that's a beauty.

 

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"Bling'  has negative connotations.  I'd prefer to call them 'appointments'.    I've had  a similar looking J-45 Custom,  but in Koa. for4 years. Absolutely ove it.  I did get Colosi bridge pins wi/ abalone insets to blend with or complement the rosette.  If  you  need/want a J45RW - this is the only way to go.  Especially with the Ebony fretboard.   

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My dislike of abalone on guitars does help keep me out of trouble.  But I just realized that my original thin the herd pledge was two out for every one in.    As I have now divested myself of six guitars and only snagged one that means I am yet entitled to two more guitars.  That, of course, is in numbers.  If I kept the value even I am royally screwed.  The one thing I really do feel the need to do though is to buy something newish.  There is a certain comfort that comes with lack of age which I found  with my former one and only Bozeman -made Gibson.   I kind of would like to get that feeling back.

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11 minutes ago, zombywoof said:

My dislike of abalone on guitars does help keep me out of trouble.  But I just realized that my original thin the herd pledge was two out for every one in.    As I have now divested myself of six guitars and only snagged one that means I am yet entitled to two more guitars.  That, of course, is in numbers.  If I kept the value even I am royally screwed.  The one thing I really do feel the need to do though is to buy something newish.  There is a certain comfort that comes with lack of age which I found  with my former one and only Bozeman -made Gibson.   I kind of would like to get that feeling back.

What can I interest you in?

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59 minutes ago, Dave F said:

What can I interest you in?

 

You already let go of one I was craving - the Jackson Browne.  I tell you what though.  As you have pretty good taste in guitars, PM me a list of anything you are interested in saying goodbye to.  

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Gotta love it! Real honest to goodness guitar sale discussions, and mostly tactful and polite exchanges of preferences and personal tastes. Just like how we taught our kids to behave - or at least tried.

I can't help but wonder what percentage of us are in herd adjustment mode compared to normal.

The bluegrass state ain't too far from the tarheel state. Of course, these are a couple of wicked long states we're talking about.

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20 hours ago, Sacdubro said:

Looks like it may be a J45 Deluxe Rosewood ?

Your guess is right on the money. It's  2019 J-45 Deluxe w/ a Richlite fretboard.

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Edited by Leonard McCoy

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