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Walnut, Gibson, GC--Who's to Blame? (Now a NGD)

Discussion in 'Acoustic Instruments' started by LeGar, Jan 26, 2019.

  1. Goldie Glocks

    Goldie Glocks Member

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    I agree that it sounds like Guitar Centers acoustic room isn't humidified properly. However, every new Gibson I have played (acoustic or electric) in the last 2 years has been a poor experience (dead frets, tuning issues, etc.) with the exception of one mid level acoustic. That said, I am a fan and owner of Gibson products but they have had some serious quality control issues lately as well. Probably due their recent financial woes. Also, a poorly humidified room is asking for trouble so there's that too.
     
  2. rockabilly69

    rockabilly69 Supporting Member

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    Great NGD, my main performing and recording guitars are J45s (1 vintage, 1 custom shop), and I can say without a doubt these Walnut J15s are GREAT!
     
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  3. s2y

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    The few times I went to my local GC, their acoustic room was extremely humid.

    I have a walnut Taylor. I like the tone. I'd imagine walnut will become a lot more common in the coming years, which isn't a bad thing.
     
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  4. LeGar

    LeGar Supporting Member

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    When I first started looking, I went for the usual tone woods. I thought it had to be mahogany or rosewood. I was looking at Eastman, Larrivee, and Martin. In my search I stumbled across the J-45 Studio, and I thought it was odd that Gibson used walnut. As I searched further into things, I discovered the J-15. After playing a few--including the abismal examples--I knew there was something special about the tonal quality of the walnut guitars. It really does sit between rosewood and mahogany, plus it has amazing visual variety.

    I know the use of walnut came from necessity for Gibson, but I'm glad it happened. From a sustainability and tonal standpoint, I think walnut is a great choice for acoustic guitars. I applaud Gibson for trying some nontraditional tone wood combinations.
     

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