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major dilemma..j50 deluxe vs wm-45


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hoping people on the forum can chime in on my situation. I am in the market of a gibbie acoustic and i have narrowed it down to a 1973-1975 j50 deluxe or a newer gibbie wm-45-- stripped down j45. the wm45 is in great condition and comes with a installed pickup (which is a nice feature). The j50deluxe is nearby whereas the wm 45 is outta state. i have not played the wm-45 but the vendor will take it back minus shipping. are there any people who have experience with the wm45 or want to chime in on pro's and cons of a 70's era j50 deluxe. the deluxe has some minor issues with binding that has be a bit concern. anyways i wanna pull the trigger on one of these instruments, just on the fence with the old vs new thing. thanks in advance for opinions etc

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The 70's tends not to be the most endearing era for Gibson acoustics mate, given your choice I'd take the WM45 over almost anything 70's.

 

Norline era Double X-bracing etc... left many of them sounding a bit choked. THe bozeman era has lightened up the bracing and gone back to more traditional era building patterns. I'd definitely go for a Bozeman era over a 70's, especially untested. Like anything there will always be anomalies and some 70's guitars do sound good, if a bit quiet, but apart from persistent Gibson bashers you'll rarely hear a bad word against the Bozeman era.

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The WM-45 without question for me. Its basically a J-50.
...with a matte finish. The deluxue....is, well, as noted the 70s were not good years for American guitars, and for Gibson in particular (there was, after all, a reason that the vintage market took off).
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...with a matte finish. The deluxue....is, well, as noted the 70s were not good years for American guitars, and for Gibson in particular (there was, after all, a reason that the vintage market took off).

 

 

Unless you are talkig about Guild. They were one of the bright spots of the 1970s when it came to U.S.-made acoustics.

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About five years ago, I was on 48th Street NY - Sam Ash I remember.

They had alot of Gibsons and Martins, including a plain looking WM45.

I played it as I did most everything else they had. It was the absolutely best

sounding guitar of them all. This particular model was a full gloss version. Earlier one were

satin finish.

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WM45 without a doubt! Great guitar. The last WM45 I played sounded like civilisations ending. Don't even dwell on it-'70s Norlin box with issues VS Bozeman gem, ready to go with no probs and a factory fitted pickup? You know what to do :-)

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I'm going to chime in in agreement. I've played many 70s Gibsons. Most were memorable--but not for good reasons. And I disliked the square shoulders aesthetically.

 

By way of contrast, Montana has made some fine slopes. The WM 45 would be my choice.

 

Cheers,

Jim

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