Remember the Gibson J-45 Studio $1495 topic? I played one. Photos.....

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  1. studio1087

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    Chicago Music Exchange. Yesterday. I have a Larrivee LO3R that I’ll be selling now. The J-45 was outstanding.

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    Full gloss. I though the walnut back was beautiful....

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    It played very well and projected very well. Our drummer was standing across from me and his face lit up when I played fingerstyle. It was the only guitar that he carried on about after listening. The neck isn’t too fat but it’s a handful. I like a fatty and I thought it played very well. The tone and volume hidden in the soundhole. You’d never know that it has electronics which I love. I’m a K&K Pure guy. I very much dislike plastic boxes cut into the upper bout on a wooden guitar.

    I’m a Martin guy and I’ve never wanted a Gibson Acoustic. This one got me. It’s a pretty guitar and it sound great.
     
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    idjster VERY grateful member Silver Supporter

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    Lovely guitar. Congratulations!
     
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    deytookerjaabs Friend of Leo's

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    I played a lowly J-15 (I think) one day that was on clearance at GC, the factory was bumpin when that sucker was made. Incredible sound/volume/projection on it, IIRC it had that maple/mahogany/maple neck the old banner models had. A shame I couldn't afford it at the time but someone got a gem.
     
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    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I played a J45 the other day. I liked it very much, first Gibson acoustic that grabbed my attention. I thought, "pity it doesn't have electronics."

    I was wrong. Congrats!
     
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    Nice looking axe. Congrats
     
  6. Mike R.

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    Very nice!!
     
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    Very cool guitar and great price. Too bad you cant keep the Larrivee as well.
     
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    Sweet.
    Always nice to have something from each of the major food groups.
    Cheers,
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  9. studio1087

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    Regarding all the congratulations.......I didn’t buy one! I’m going to sell the Larrivee and a Seagull Parlor and then buy a J45 Studio.

    I have a plan. I took all the guitar photos today. Tomorrow I’ll list them on Reverb and eBay.

    Baby steps!
     
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    A couple of years ago at NAMM I played a $2K MSRP Gibson acoustic dread and was very impressed. Nice guitar. MIA?
     
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    Looks good. What differences than the J15 besides the bridge?
     
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    Drool! That's my holy grail acoustic. I admire your willpower John. I would have probably put it on a credit card and then worried about selling the other 2.
     
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    To my ears, the J45 has the quintessential dread sound. Never played one that I did not like. If I ever get a dread, it would be their "budget" equivalent J15, but would still desire the J45.
     
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    This looks to be pretty much a J-15 in everything but name.
     
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    My bad. Thanks for pointing it out. I did not catch that this is the new J45 Studio. I have not tried one of these, but if it is what it is supposed to be then, yes, I would easily select this one over the J-15.
     
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    I'm not usually a sunburst guy--I had one guitar in sunburst and I had it refinished to a solid color. But damn those sunburst Gibson acoustics in your photo look freaking awesome.

    P.S. How does the J-45 neck compare to a D-18 or D-28 in terms of size? I'm kind of a wuss when it comes to thicker necks.
     
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    @studio1087 - John, you know the drill. If that one lit up your world, buy it. The next one might be ALMOST as nice ...
     
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    People don't read anymore. They saw pics of a guitar and made assumptions.

    The internet is turning into a picture book for toddlers :)
     
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    Guilty. I love guitar pics. I have been known to skip all the reading and just enjoy the pictures.

    I have also been accused of not listening to my wife!
     
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  20. studio1087

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    It felt similar to my 2014 D28. The Gibson was just a bit fatter than my Martin. I've played J15's that had necks that were too skinny for me. You might prefer a J15.


    The neck on the 15 is a skinny 2 piece maple.

    The neck on the J45 Studio is a solid one piece mahogany fatty. That's very important to me. Skinny necks give me hand cramps. That's a me thing. Might not mean anything to you. You be you. All good.
     
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