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Gibson Acoustic J-45 True Vintage - Vintage Sunburst Reviews

4.5 stars based on 6 customer reviews
  • from MD, USA March 8, 2014Music Background:
    Guitarist, Singer

    An Authentic Instrument

    This guitar is not a "guitar". It is a professional-grade instrument. It is designed for performance and sound. Plus, it looks so cool, so cool.

    The intonation is perfect all the way up the fretboard. The sound of the mahogany plus the red spruce top, is so dynamic and vibrant, that I feel as if the wavelengths emitting from this guitar are creeping into my nervous system whenever I play. A simple major chord played with this guitar is transformed into a 3-dimensional sound, with feeling.

    The string tension is perfect. Not too high or too low. The dynamic range is exceptional. If you are a guitarist that pays attention to dynamics, this guitar will suit you well.

    The guitar is very light, but not in a way that makes it feel flimsy or pathetic. When you play, you forget you are holding anything but the neck and strings for plucking away.

    I can't think of one thing that is wrong with this guitar. The finish is so thin, yet so sure, that you can count the grains with your eyeballs, yet you know they are solidly protected.

    I don't know what else to say: This is a top-grade professional instrument. The J-45 TV is a perfect acoustic guitar, delivered perfectly by Sweetwater.

  • from November 26, 2013Music Background:
    Hobbyist

    Great guitar!

    The guitar looks and sounds great. I traded up from my j-45 standard and could immediately tell the difference! The tv has the same great warm tone but is much clearer and it is a little brighter. I can't wait to hear what it sounds like in the future as the adi top opens up. The action on it is also lower than how my standard came so that's a plus too. If you're looking for a great guitar that is incredibly well balanced and has a fantastic tone look no further!

  • from Oakhurst, CA USA January 2, 2013Music Background:
    Artist, writer, band

    Amazing guitar!!

    I have been looking for a Taylor for a long time now and they always sounded a bit to bright. Then I tried the Gibson j45 tv! It had the exact classic sound and feel I wa looking for. And a perfect beautiful balance of treble and bass. It is my first nice accustic and I love it!! Beautiful guitar! The best accustic I have ever played! Now the case is incredible it holds alot o gear and is fits the guitar perfectly with absolutely no wobble! And is very durable!! It will protect you guitar from anything out there!! Overal worth every penny!

  • from St. Louis November 17, 2011Music Background:
    Non professional hobbyist

    Best flat picker I've played

    This is the best all round guitar I've played and owned, I've owned my share of top of the line guitars. Has the bass and volume of a Martin hd28. The best way discribe the sound of this guitar is"brilliant". Very easy to play because of the shorter scale. I found my guitar I will grow old with. The customer service was excellent. My sales person was nathon. He went above and beond the call of duty. And no sales tax and free shipping, you can't beat it. I will always check here first when I shop for gear.

  • from Central Cal April 24, 2015Music Background:
    Guitar Lover

    It has a couple warts

    Ok I have more guitars then talent. But I have outstanding eye for great guitars. My Sweetwater guy came back from vacation with a J45 True Vintage waiting for his ok. He said after my guitar tech worked it he felt I would be happy. Karl Long has become more of a friend then just a voice. Well my tech had a go and I got a very true Gibson. I like Mahogany with Adirondak tops. I love Gibsons and this guitar is certainly the top of J45 food chain. Call Karl Long and get on the list. Thanks Karl you were right Arnie took it to the next level. I have A Guild Orpheum and Martins that are amazing but a Gibson warts and all just oozes cool!

  • from Albuquerque, NM January 11, 2013Music Background:
    Experienced Hobbyist and Songwriter

    Great Sound, Poor Quality Control

    Best sounding guitar I've played. Received as a gift, so I didn't get to look at it first.
    First, the pick guard is placed partly obscuring the rosette and is not even placed symmetrically. They're all like that (you can see it in the picture), and the folks at Gibson told me that, despite people complaining about it, the decision was made to continue to place them this way.
    There were numerous small wood chips and a staple which had to be shaken out of the body. The interior bracing, unlike every other decent guitar, was rough, apparently not having been sanded down to remove the fuzz. Finally, the fret ends are sharp and project just a little too far out (and not evenly), making the neck feel like that of a cheap guitar. These issues are not what I have ever found in guitars 1/10th the price of this one.
    I've fixed the problems myself, but I won't buy another Gibson, despite the incomparable sound.

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