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19 hours ago, jw3571 said:

Nobody has played one of these?

 

11 hours ago, jw3571 said:

I have the 34 Jumbo and it's awesome.

Looking at the specs on Gibson's site, 

https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/ACC6LP318/1934-Jumbo/Vintage-Sunburst   , and

https://www.gibson.com/Guitar/ACCNSE863/1939-J-55/Faded-Vintage-Sunburst

It sounds like you've already come fairly close to playing one of these, in the form of your 34 Jumbo, save for the longer scale length.

Quinton and Paul from Music Villa spend a good amount of time talking about guitar aesthetics, but do they mention a major influence on the guitar's sound- the longer-than-Martin scale length of 25.5" ?

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24 minutes ago, jw3571 said:

So what affect on tone does the slightly longer scale length make?  I don't want them to be the exact same sounding guitar.

There was a reason Quinton started his MV demo with the drop tuning on that J-55 RI- it got our attention, sounded different for those of us who spend most of our time in standard tuning, and guitars with longer scale length (& corresponding higher string tension) are thought to be better at alt tunings. And the mahogany, the slope shoulder design, and the toasted top keep things from going in the tonal mud.

With all of the other variables that can make two guitars of the same model sound differently, I'd bet if you sat down with your 34 Jumbo and a J-55 RI, even with similar strings of a similar age, you'd most likely be able to tell them apart in a blind a/b test. 

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28 minutes ago, 62burst said:

With all of the other variables that can make two guitars of the same model sound differently, I'd bet if you sat down with your 34 Jumbo and a J-55 RI, even with similar strings of a similar age, you'd most likely be able to tell them apart in a blind a/b test. 

Right on ^ and what a fest it would be.

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

Here is a short demo from a 1940 J-55.  It is RW, so that makes a big difference.  To me this one is more in the class of the old AJ/RSRG/SJRW than the old JUMBO/TROJAN but that would be because of the RW.  I don't really know anything about the current models.

 

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