I haven't played guitar for about 18 months so have had various attempts at selling a couple of my acoustics. I decided instead to trade them at Mansons - perhaps a swap for a Gibson J45 which might inspire me to take up playing again.
My Martin SP00016GT was good. Valued at £700-800. My Amalio Burguet bad. The top had mishapen, probably after years of playing in stuffy restaurants, going in and out of the cold - taking it on flights. No wonder I'd lost heart in playing it, perhaps the tone had dulled and I hadn't noticed it. Value £300 (a good one £600 - about £1000 new)
This fell far short of the £1300 for the available new-ish J45 Standard. I decided to give it a go before I left.
In my life I have never played a bad J45. In fact all that I'd tried had been blinding. But what has happened to Gibson ? The guitar looked nice enough but it really wasn't any better than my Epiphone DR100 which only cost me £80 (a cracking guitar btw.)
I tried the J45 side-by-side with a top-end Gibson J45 Vintage. OMG. The difference was miles apart. Mind you - so was the price. An extra £2k !
I think Gibson have started putting out a budget version of this classic - beware. It's not up to the old standard.