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  • 1998 Early J45

    Hi. Does anyone have any info on this particular model?

  • #2
    the "Early" part means it was made to be as close as possible to a vintage model. If you have one, you have a very nice guitar. If you're lusting after one, I don't blame you.
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    • EarlyJ45
      EarlyJ45 commented
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      doing a little more digging... judging by the bridge, the logo, and the pick guard, it looks like they combined some elements from J45s between 1948 and 1955. interestingly, it looks pretty much like a 1952 would look in my birth year (1952)

    • DeepEnd
      DeepEnd commented
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      Wow. A 20 year old guitar that's essentially unplayed. That's cool and having the appointments coincide with the year you were born is even better. BTW, it would probably pay you to check out the neck angle on a 20 year old guitar if it's been tuned to anything close to pitch all those years.

    • EarlyJ45
      EarlyJ45 commented
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      Deep End. i know! i think a new 20 year old guitar really appealed to me! with the belly up bridge, the specs are probably are more like 1950 through '54. the luthier i use played it yesterday, and is going to add an end pin for me and tweak it. he said it was pretty much everything you'd want in a J45. it's always nice to have one's decisions reinforced!

  • #3
    They're made by Gibson and have been around a long time. People describe the tone as "dry" compared with a typical Martin spruce/rosewood.

    I've also heard that you have to play several to find a really good one, but that's a standard recommendation with Gibson. I haven't played a bad one.

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    • EarlyJ45
      EarlyJ45 commented
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      thanks!
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