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Thread #52039   Message #795235
Posted By: John Hardly
01-Oct-02 - 11:30 PM
Thread Name: Martin CEO IV Guitar -- Opinions?
Subject: RE: Martin CEO IV Guitar -- Opinions?
It's a real nice guitar. I like the sound and the playability but I wouldn't compare it with your ol' J45. Its sound is more contemporary -- more sustain, less chunk. The sunburst, despite the picture is not like your old J45 either. It's a black/red/yellowish-natural and I don't really like it as much as the J45's color choice (I have a '60 LG with the cherry burst top). It is a more gibson than Martin sunburst ONLY in that it is a "burst" that is basically triangular and over the bridge, rather than Martin's dred burst that sort of follows the outline of the top.

It is most probably louder than your J45 was (it has a longer scale length).

This guitar also comes with a micarta fretboard and bridge -- something I have no problem with personally (in fact really prefer the look of when compared to some stripy or "dry" looking ebony or rosewood).

If you really want to try to match an old J45 for both appearnce and sound, the two best I've found at this trick are the Santa Cruz VJ (as mentioned by BWL above -- the collings, however it may be fashioned in the mold of the old J45, has almost none if the sound or feel of one -- it's much heavier (physically) and is so refined in both finish and sound that it transcends the J45 by a pretty good margin -- and becomes a whole different beast in and of itself) and a Gibson limited edition from 2001 that was sold with the old three-in-a-row tuners with the white plastic tuning keys, and had a quilted mahogany back and sides, lighter bracing. These are mighty hard to find -- I stumbled across one and had to correspond with Gibson to get what details I could.