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CMW335CMW335 Frets: 178
edited November 5 in Acoustics
Arrived Friday, can’t put it down!!!


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  • TeyeplayerTeyeplayer Frets: 722
    WOW!!!!!
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  • peteripeteri Frets: 911
    Wow indeed - I love my mid 60's J45, can only imagine how good this would be
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  • CMW335CMW335 Frets: 178
    @peteri Still enjoying that J45 then, good to hear. This one sounds every bit as good as you would expect 
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  • peteripeteri Frets: 911
    CMW335 said:
    @peteri Still enjoying that J45 then, good to hear. This one sounds every bit as good as you would expect 
    Yes, I bet the mid-50s one I played was like an orchestra.

    Thanks again for the heads up on mine
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  • KKJaleKKJale Frets: 666
    I love J45s...

    Is that a mahogany top?

    Guessing '43, or possibly '44 as it has a trussrod?
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  • CMW335CMW335 Frets: 178
    @KKJale ;1943... just realised I missed that from the original post. Mahogany top, changed bridge, back of neck has been buffed and back of headstock refinished but all else original. Unmolested internally. 
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  • CMW335CMW335 Frets: 178
    And next to my 64 D28


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  • JezWyndJezWynd Frets: 2510
    What a beauty! Love that headstock design. HNGD.
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  • LewyLewy Frets: 714
    Lovely! Well done.
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  • earwighoneyearwighoney Frets: 1655
    CMW335 said:
    And next to my 64 D28


    Superb! 

    FWIW, I couldn't think of a better duo of guitars for the player who uses a pick; and I imagine both guitars would be superb fingerpicked too (thumb & fingerpicks for the Fahey sound)

    What year is the Gibson? 
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  • CMW335CMW335 Frets: 178
    Thanks guys

    @earwighoney its a 43, I have updated the title now
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  • earwighoneyearwighoney Frets: 1655
    CMW335 said:
    Thanks guys

    @earwighoney its a 43, I have updated the title now
    Superb.  

    For those who might not be aware of Gibson's manufacturing whilst WW2 was taking place, it's a pretty interesting story

    http://sheshredsmag.com/the-kalamazoo-gals/
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  • KoaKoa Frets: 38
    Lovely guitars both. Many of us have an idea how their modern counterparts might compare but how would you describe the differences, subtle nuances and tone of the J45 and the Martin. Once again, wonderful instruments, enjoy!
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  • CMW335CMW335 Frets: 178
    edited November 5
    @Koa unfortunately I am not technical enough to give you what you want. I can’t articulate bass response, highs, lows, mids etc but from early side by side impressions here’s my attempt to summarise... and I will get laughed off the forum this.... Think Batman vs Superman!!

    D28 is Superman. Unassuming, clean cut all American appearance but when played reveals super powers that simply don’t exist anywhere else on the planet (Other than all the other D28s of same spec or even more superior pre war models). It’s brighter, louder and more powerful in the room than the J45.

    J45 is Batman the moodier darker and far more interesting of the 2. It can’t compete with the powers of Superman but somehow finds a way to compensate and level the playing field. I think the J45 is the most used acoustic in history for recording hence it’s known as the workhorse and it tells when you play it you swear you can hear the original track booming right out of the soundhole.

    Anyway thats all very cringey and corny but maybe will make sense to somebody somewhere lol.
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  • KoaKoa Frets: 38
    CMW335 said:
    @Koa unfortunately I am not technical enough to give you what you want. I can’t articulate bass response, highs, lows, mids etc but from early side by side impressions here’s my attempt to summarise... and I will get laughed off the forum this.... Think Batman vs Superman!!

    D28 is Superman. Unassuming, clean cut all American appearance but when played reveals super powers that simply don’t exist anywhere else on the planet (Other than all the other D28s of same spec or even more superior pre war models). It’s brighter, louder and more powerful in the room than the J45.

    J45 is Batman the moodier darker and far more interesting of the 2. It can’t compete with the powers of Superman but somehow finds a way to compensate and level the playing field. I think the J45 is the most used acoustic in history for recording hence it’s known as the workhorse and it tells when you play it you swear you can hear the original track booming right out of the soundhole.

    Anyway thats all very cringey and corny but maybe will make sense to somebody somewhere lol.
    Brilliant, makes sense to me, ....to the Bat Cave......
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  • WazmeisterWazmeister Frets: 4036
    Wow. Gorgeous. Love it !
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 8876
    That's a dream guitar for me - I recorded with one eight years ago and didn't want to leave it at the studio! 
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  • CMW335CMW335 Frets: 178
    p90fool said:
    That's a dream guitar for me - I recorded with one eight years ago and didn't want to leave it at the studio! 
    @p90fool ;Got a link to that recording?

    I was targetting a 50s/early 60s J200 but think with these 2 I have all I could ever want... in fact one would be more than enough.
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  • p90foolp90fool Frets: 8876
    Just had a look and it's disappeared from YouTube, as has the artist. 

    I'll dig out the CD and upload it again if I can get the singer's permission - I also played a 40s Martin on it, but have no idea what model.
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  • CMW335CMW335 Frets: 178
    p90fool said:
    Just had a look and it's disappeared from YouTube, as has the artist. 

    I'll dig out the CD and upload it again if I can get the singer's permission - I also played a 40s Martin on it, but have no idea what model.
    Cool would be good to hear  =) Did you have a preference between the 2?
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  • GassageGassage Frets: 20606

    Donald Trump has spoken movingly about 7-Eleven. It reminded him, he said, of the way Americans came together in 1941 after Pearl Necklace.

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  • What a great J45, please upload some sounds - I want to hear it !
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  • CMW335CMW335 Frets: 178
    Thanks @fendergibson ;

    I will get something up as soon as I am able to capture a decent recording... thats another thread
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