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Old 03-01-2024, 04:46 AM
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Hi all. Forum newbie here, from the UK.

I have been lurking on here for a while, but thought it best I finally post a thread.

I have been playing/performing for over 30 years now. Despite the length of time, I am far from being a "good" guitarist. I mainly just strum and sing over the top. I used to a bit of gigging here and there, both solo & in bands, but nowadays I rarely find the time (Young children!), so its just at home or the odd open mic night.

Anyway, enough about me, this thread is meant to be about my NGD!

I have always wanted a Martin ever since I was a young teenager (I was a big Nirvana fan back then, and Kurt had a Martin). Now I am in a time of my life where I am lucky enough to actually afford one, I went on a hunt for a D28!

I went to 5 different stores around the UK, tried 10-15 D28s and a few D18s & D15s.
I was looking for that rich deep bass that Martins are known for. Low and behold, after trying all those guitars, the one that absolutely blew me away, was a B stock D18! Apart from a couple of tiny chips on the backside edge and signs of pick marks on the pickguard, it was mint! It had the fullest, deepest tone of all the Martins I tried, even the 28s!

I am absolutely stoked to finally have my dream guitar at home with me!


But there is more.....


Whilst on a separate shopping excursion to a store to try some different strings on the 18, I made the mistake of picking up a Gibson J45 they literally just unboxed whilst I was in the shop.

My god! That guitar has attitude! I then picked up 3 others they had in the store, but this one staight out of the box just sounded like it was on a whole 'nother level! Really rich and punchy, with a gorgeous vintage burst.

I think you all probably know whats coming? Yup, my wife and bank manager aren't my best friends right now!

So I have gone from having some fairly budget to mid range guitars all my life (All which have been rosewood or laminates thereof), to being the proud owner of two iconic hogs!

Its a shame I dont have an extra pair of arms so I can play both at the same time!

I am sure you have all seen many many photos of these guitars over the years, but here are mine. I have been experimenting with bridge pins by the way, for those eagle eyed people.




Overall, thanks to this forum too, I have been doing a lot of research on here from the vast group knowledge and experience.

Simon

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Old 03-01-2024, 05:06 AM
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The daily double! Definitely two of my favs from both makers. I am a big fan of mahogany, and the D-18 is my favorite Martin. And being a Gibson fan through and through, I love the J-45…

Very nice scores! Congrats
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Old 03-01-2024, 05:18 AM
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Wow. What a bummer. Sorry for your loss.




HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!
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Congrats on the purchase. Really nice looking.
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Old 03-01-2024, 05:24 AM
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Couple of nice guitars there - congrats, man.
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Congratulations, you've got that Mahogany Tone Nailed Real Good With Your Two New Axes--Enjoy!
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Congrats. Both are beautiful instruments.
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Old 03-01-2024, 05:44 AM
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While I applaud you for both acquisitions, the caveman instinct to buy a “good” J-45 when you hear one is a primal reaction that should not be ignored. I applaud you for not dismissing that, as you may have regretted it until a saber toothed tiger eventually help you meet your demise.

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Two outstanding iconic guitars. Well done!
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While I applaud you for both acquisitions, the caveman instinct to buy a “good” J-45 when you hear one is a primal reaction that should not be ignored. I applaud you for not dismissing that, as you may have regretted it until a saber toothed tiger eventually help you meet your demise.

Congrats!

Completely agree!
I really shouldnt have bought the J45. I certainly didnt need it.
But, it just "spoke" to me. I couldnt let that particular example slide through my fingers, or I would have been thinking about it for years to come!


Thanks all for the kind words.
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Congratulations. One day you can pass them on to you kids
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I think you did things just right! I've had martins for several years and just in the last four months have bought my first two Gibsons. So happy to have both. Have fun.
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There is nothing like a good J-45! Enjoy that beautiful pair of guitars.
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Double awesome super cool - enjoy!
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Old 03-01-2024, 08:59 AM
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If there was a Mount Rushmore of acoustic guitars a Martin D18 and Gibson J45 would be up there. While I have not had a D18 in the house for close to 55 years, I do own a 1942 Gibson J50. It has a low end which has been described as being able to make a pre-War Martin D28 Herringbone run for cover. The second- generation luthier who fixed it up for me said his father used to call guitars which sounded like this one "once in a blue moon Gibsons". Apparently, it had less to do with design and more to do with quirks in the build which was not to be unexpected when it came to wartime Gibsons.
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