1953 Gibson J-45

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  1. orangeblossom

    orangeblossom Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    image.jpeg This is my retopped Gibson. This is a successful test to post a pic.
     
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    How's it sound now it looks great. Details!
     
  3. uriah1

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    Yea a real beauty!
     
  4. orangeblossom

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    Thanks for the replies. It has a new top and top braces. The rest is original. I put a shatten under saddle pick-up with a volume wheel in the sound hole. Also a John Pearse armrest. Finished tobacco burst. It is quite dark. Has a Gibson tone in spades. It is crack free.
     
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    Very classy - that one has real star quality!
     
  6. FMA

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    Nice one. Love J-45s.
     
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    A lovely example of one of Gibson's finest instruments, ever.
     
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    Nice.
     
  9. Bill

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    Yours looks in far better shape than mine. Mine's a 1950 and was beat to pieces by the previous owner. Just got it patched up several months ago--neck reset, cleated cracks, neck heel repair, and some other bits.

    Glad to hear you took the time and trouble to have the top replaced. What was so bad about the top that it couldn't be saved? Warped?

    Sorry for the silly picture of mine, it was from an article I wrote about it. All I had handy.

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    Looks beautiful and I can imagine how she sounds, I have a '63.
     
  11. orangeblossom

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    Thanks for the compliments. The original top was cracked in several places. The top braces were damaged when removing the top. It turned out very good. Sounds great.
     
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    Great guitars, I have a 49 and a 62
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    What are the differences in sound between your '49 and '62? I'd think that the different saddle, bridge, and pickguard (not to mention any changes in bracing) would affect the tone.
     
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    That there looks like a good one. The good ones get played. The bad ones sit in the case under the bed.
     
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    The 49 has a bigger neck profile too. They both have the Gibson "thump" but the 49 has a bit more complex overtones, they both sound great. I have played the 62 at more gigs. I use a DeArmond RHC-B soundhole pickup and they nail the Lightnin Hopkins sound.
     
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    I have a 1965 J-50 and the same DeArmond pickup. Great combination! I love the 65 J-50, it's the only guitar I play anymore. For my hands, the neck is just perfect. The nut width is the same as my 1974 J-50 (my first guitar), but it is thinner and easier to wrap my hand around.

    Mine has the original rosewood adjustable saddle. I really like the sound, but many people don't seem to care for it. To each his own. :)
     
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    I have a '49 or '48 J50. (I got it from my brother-in-law, who bought it as a teen in about 1952.) I always assumed it was an early '50's, but a response from Gibson years ago said that pre-50 J50 have a slight narrowing of the side of the head stock, which this one does. Do the fellow with the '49 J45 have a similar head stock?

    This one was a closet classic for years and years, and is in great shape expect for crazy finish cracking, and plastic tuners that long ago completely disintegrated. Sounds big and round.
     
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    BTW, what you see in this picture are the brass screws in the bridge pin holes that connect to a sound post-sort of deal that takes the pressure off the top, which has a slight hump. But a very experienced local luthier inspected it and said all of the bracing is in good shape so I took it out and haven't looked back.
     
  19. orangeblossom

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    That is a nice one D-Schief. As are the others.
     
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