NGD, sorry, not a Gretsch, not even electric…A Gibson..GASP

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by radd, Jan 13, 2022 at 7:42 PM.

  1. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    On a whim I masked up and visited our local guitar shop that I have been buying from for over 40 years, Sylvan Music. Their specialty is really acoustics even though I purchased my share of electrics there, including Gretschs.

    They had a Gibson J-45 Standard in Vintage Sunburst that had been rode a little hard in its short life. A few more scratches than one might expect from a barely 2 yr old guitar. The strings were almost rusted and had more wraps around the tuner posts than I have ever seen.

    My favorite wood combo, Stitka Spruce top with Mahogany back and sides. It has a KK Pure Mini pickup.

    However, it played like a dream with stunning action and was over all in very solid shape.

    I got it for a great price and took it home and cleaned it up, treated the fingerboard and put on new strings and she was a joy to play.

    Sticking with one in one out, the Guild D-40 is going. I love the tone but not the neck. Can’t fix that.

    The J-45 will be a nice complement to my D-18

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  2. NJDevil

    NJDevil Country Gent

    Jul 9, 2014
    Commack, NY
    Looks awesome....Congrats!
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  3. Gasee

    Gasee Gretschie

    Jun 4, 2009
    North Wales
    Radd - I have always been a Martin Guy but something about the Gibson's are just Magical. Enjoy it!
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  4. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Country Gent

    May 20, 2019
    Brisbane, Australia
    Congrats on the new Gibson, looks great.
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  5. Henry

    Henry I Bleed Orange

    Apr 9, 2014
    Congrats. Must be the day for J45s around here.
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  6. mbkri

    mbkri Country Gent

    Sep 22, 2012
    Good on ya @radd . I’m a big Gibson acoustic fan. There’s something big and warm and rounded about their sound that just does it for me more than a Martin. There i said it. I like Gibson acoustics and I cannot lie.
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  7. diamoroso

    diamoroso Gretschie

    Feb 4, 2019
    San Diego, CA
    Love my J45, congrats! Are those tuners stock?
  8. wildeman

    wildeman I Bleed Orange

    May 10, 2015
  9. section2

    section2 Country Gent

    Dec 21, 2016
    Very nice! Spruce for the brightness, mahogany for the warmth. Can't beat it. Enjoy!
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  10. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    Congratulations on that, also. I've been a life long Gibson acoustic fan and can never understand why they don't get more love here.
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  11. Mr Swisher

    Mr Swisher Country Gent

    Jun 12, 2012
    Wow! That's such a great guitar!

    Enjoy that one, it's a goody!
  12. Glaw

    Glaw Gretschie

    Aug 30, 2017
    There’s something about the j45, it just feels perfect in your hands. Great job, many years of joy with it.
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  13. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    Stock Grovers, but it looks like the buttons were replaced
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  14. Zeek

    Zeek Country Gent

    May 29, 2016
    Illinois USA
    Beautiful, Congrads
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  15. Hammerhead

    Hammerhead Gretschie

    Dec 29, 2012
    Bought my J45 in 2002 and it’s the only acoustic I’ll ever need. Congrats.
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  16. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Admin Post
    Beautiful Radd and congratulations . Enjoy
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  17. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    I never even really considered a slope shoulder Gibson ... until I sat down and played one.

    Wonderful guitars! No doubt that'll become a favorite. Congrats!
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  18. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Congrats, very nice! A J45 is my dream acoustic.
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  19. radd

    radd Country Gent

    Dec 27, 2017
    Santa Cruz
    Everybody makes a SS dread now, even Martin and Taylor.
  20. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    That's sweet. Nice score.

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