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Comment by Joe Allen on December 21, 2014 at 10:25pm
  • Some one at the Bluegrass Shop told me to try the DiAdario Bluegrass strings on an old MIJ Epiphone Flat top that I had, That really changed that guitar and sold me on the Bluegrass strings, The EAD are light guage and the GBE are mediams, They balance out great and are a great inexpensive way to change the tonr
Comment by Edward Sparks on December 21, 2014 at 9:22pm
I have a 1994 J100extra and a custom order J160E and I use Martin Bluegrass strings on both! The medium gauge low E and A strings really bring out the bass.
Comment by Joe Allen on December 21, 2014 at 9:13pm

I got it from Sam Ash after some trading and dealing. It was set up and ready to go so it plays great. Nice rosewood tone with a lot of volume and it has light strings on it. I am going to switch over to DiAdario Bluegrass strings so it should be louder and hope the tone will be even better,

Comment by Edward Sparks on December 21, 2014 at 8:47pm
Wow that's beautiful!!!
Comment by Joe Allen on December 21, 2014 at 8:40pm

Thanks a lot. I appreciate you taking the time to share your knowledge with me.

Comment by JR Boyette on December 21, 2014 at 8:33pm
But how does it play and sound ? Pics are nice videos are awesome
Comment by Jim Yates on December 21, 2014 at 6:55pm

Besides the double pick guard, the soundhole rosette is pearl. the bridge has inlays, The position markers are diamonds, the purfling is herringbone and, the biggest difference between yours and a standard J-45, The back is rosewood rather than mahogany.  I guess the word "Custom" is well deserved.
It looks like a sweet guitar Joe.  Congratulations.

Comment by Joe Allen on December 21, 2014 at 4:12pm

I just wanted to add another pic

Comment by Joe Allen on December 21, 2014 at 4:10pm

I need some help. I know I already see a shrink but I just bought this 2013 J-45 Custom. It has 2 pick guards and I don't know if it is a different model that some one might know. Thanks for your help!                                                                  

Comment by Mike Raeburn on September 29, 2014 at 4:34pm

The bracing SHOULD be different because guitars with a pin bridge work differently from a guitar with a tailpiece. A pin bridge guitar works by the differing string tension arising from the string vibration making the bridge rock back and forwards. This deflects the top and pumps air out of the sound hole while the top itself vibrates and radiates pressure waves from its surface. The two combine to produce sound waves. That's why a guitar with a high bridge sounds louder than one with a low bridge, there is less leverage on the top and thus less movement. So shaving down a bridge to lower the action because the neck is starting to come up will always tend to make the guitar sound less loud, all other things being equal. The top of a tailpiece guitar works differently, the difference in string tension from the string vibrating increases and decreases the pressure the string puts into the bridge at right angles to the string as it passes over the bridge. That makes the bridge move vertically and thus the top will deflect vertically with it. This is one reason most tailpiece guitars have 'f' holes each side of the top rather than a sound hole and an arched top. The greater the break angle over the bridge generally the louder the guitar will be (within reason) because the shortening and lengthening of the string as it vibrates is coming closer to the vertical. Obviously there are many variations in top design in both cases, some genuine attempts to improve the tone, others genuine attempts to cut production costs!

 

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