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Differences in Southern Jumbo & J-45


Aster1

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Hi Ya'll,

 

Just wondering on anyone that has or knows SJ vs. J-45's. What is a SJ all about anyway. It sure looks like a J-45 just in photo's that is. I have a J-45 custom (rosewood) and see the SJ TV is under $2900. Also, how is it voiced vs a Hummingbird (standard version)?

 

Just getting screwy ideas after I saved me about $2500 by cutting down two trees in our yard myself vs. tree service. I think I deserve a "treat" for my hard labors & danger I was placed in. :rolleyes:

 

Aster

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Aster the sj has more bling than a j45 is all. The sj tv I believe is made with a Sitka top where as the j45 an adi top.

Comparison to a hummingbird hard to do. I posted a video on my old hummingbird playing in the cowboy position on a thread earlier today NGD HUMMINGBIRD check it out. That was a great guitar but now it's gone and replaced with one very similar in tone. To my ears a hummingbird has a warmer tone than a j45. It also projects a bit more IMO

Actually I believe music villa has a video on you tube with a comparison

Anyway hope this helps.

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The J-45 True Vintage and Southern Jumbo True Vintage share the same top bracing, but have different back bracing.

 

As noted, the J-45 TV has a red spruce top*; the SJ TV has a sitka top.

 

Red 333

 

* Some were built with sitka very early in the series. The overwhelming number of tops are Red Spruce.

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Thanks both Mother & Red!!

 

Mother, the youtube was excellent & I do like the sound difference in a Hummingbird. I'm presuming not near as bright as my Dove so they'd be good complements. I think my 45 custom is brighter sounding than the standard. Maybe the Rosewood is a little brighter than the mahogany.

 

I guess the SJ and the J-45 Custom are really just too close of guitars and the Bird would make the most sense for another Gibby.

 

Thanks guys!!

 

Aster

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Not so fast aster. Mahogany and rw are to very different sounding woods. Actually rosewood is a lot deeper as where the lather is more mellow warm woody sounding.

I for one don't enjoy rosewood much I've played a few that I like but would much rather hog any day and better yet black walnut. In all honesty a hummingbird should be in everyone's collection. I hope you find a great one if you choose to go ahead with it. Btw if you prefer a slope dread you can't go wrong either.

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Aster the sj has more bling than a j45 is all. The sj tv I believe is made with a Sitka top where as the j45 an adi top.

Comparison to a hummingbird hard to do. I posted a video on my old hummingbird playing in the cowboy position on a thread earlier today NGD HUMMINGBIRD check it out. That was a great guitar but now it's gone and replaced with one very similar in tone. To my ears a hummingbird has a warmer tone than a j45. It also projects a bit more IMO

Actually I believe music villa has a video on you tube with a comparison

Anyway hope this helps.

 

 

 

I own the J45 in that video.

 

The recorded tone of the J45 is almost exactly what you hear in person.

 

I like it very much.

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Don't get me wrong, I love the way all of them sound. I was only meaning since I already own a J-45 Custom & a Dove, it may make the most sense to go with a Hummingbird. The Dove is really great (to me anyway) from low to high and clean/crisp. To me anyway, the Custom is still somewhat bright and seemed more so than the standard J-45. So, to have a different sounding guitar than the others I was meaning I thought I should go with the Hummingbird vs. the SJ.

 

Still thanks for all the input. They are ALL great and I'd like one of each. [biggrin]

 

Aster

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