NGD: Gibson J-45

DiAmoroso

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Just arrived via FedEx to my office, so I don't really get to play it until later this evening, but tuned it up real quick and it feels and sounds just as I expected it to so far. I played a bunch of Martins, Taylors, Guilds, etc before finding that the J-45 was just right for me. For my taste, the J-45 sound is just right, while a lot of others were too bright or too dark. I also think I like the 12" radius over the more common flatter ones.

Now, I've been mostly an electric player for years, so I don't have a lot of experience with what strings are going be best for me, etc, and am totally open to any suggestions you guys may have.

 

Otto Guyon

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Nice one mate. I actually just sold my J-45 (Im a Martin OM guy). Mine liked plain old D'addario EJ-16s. I play mostly finger style though, but the EJs are a good place to start.

Cheers, Otto.
 

DanR

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In my first reply, I totally missed the string recommendation. I have been experimenting with strings on my J-45 and my favorite so far is Martin Monel Retro in the Tony Rice gauge.
 

radicool

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Nice! I have one in the same burst, so naturally I think yours looks great. :) My pick guard is white, however.
Enjoy and congrats!
Oh yeah, forgot to say: I also use EJ-16s on it.
 

Tony Done

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The J-45 is my favourite design, and based on the ones I've tried, I would learn to love medium, 13-56, strings. I have been using John Pearse phos bronze for decades, but the equivalent D'Addarios are good, and Ernie Ball Aluminium Bronze are bright and aggressive.
 

DiAmoroso

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Thanks for all the suggestions guys, I'll probably be trying at least a few of these out. What do you guys think of balanced tension strings?
 

Lwilliams

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Nice! J-45, the workingman's guitar!

Mine is a1967 bought new by my dad in...1967.

You have to love that Gibson tone....softer, but sweeter.
 


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