NGD: Gibson J-45

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by DiAmoroso, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. DiAmoroso

    DiAmoroso Member

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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.

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  2. DanR

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    That's a nice looking guitar. Congrats!

    As a J-45 owner myself, I think you made a good choice.
     
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  3. Davis Dodds

    Davis Dodds Supporting Member

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    Gorgeous J-45! I will own one someday...haha. We shall see when/if that day comes. Enjoy the new acoustic!
     
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  4. 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.
     
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  5. plexirocker 68

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    Yep D’addario EJ-16’s ..J45’s love those strings ...they seem to be just right for that guitar


    Plexi
     
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  6. 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.
     
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  7. 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.
     
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  8. JoeYello

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    Beautiful guitar. Enjoy it!
     
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  9. 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.
     
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  10. 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?
     
  11. LBXPDX

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    Try Martin retros. Monels are something special on hog guitars in my experience.
     
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  12. El Vee

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    I'm a fan of them on electrics. Looking forward to trying acoustic. Very nice guitar!
     
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  13. Lwilliams

    Lwilliams Supporting Member

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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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  14. amigo30

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    That's a beautiful guitar. Love the SB finish on an acoustic.
     
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    Martin Retros x100
     
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  16. Traintrack

    Traintrack Coolest Member Award Aug 2009 Silver Supporting Member

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    Here is one, try Gibson Masterbuilt Acoustic Strings. I was surprised how great they worked out.
     
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  17. bossaddict

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    Classic. Congrats!

    I'm a fan of Martin SP 12s on my acoustics.
     
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    Very Nice Indeed !!
     
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  19. vourot

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    Great looking J-45 !
    Try John Pearse 610LM's , you won't go back .
     
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