J45 switch to D35?

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  1. RL21980

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    Hi All,

    I tend to do one for one swaps when I get an instrument. I've stumbled onto a custom shop D35 that has mesmerized me.(used, pretty good price) Its GAS. I know its terrible GAS but this thing is a cannon that sounds like a harp on steroids. I really like my J45 (and its a good one) but I don't think I can justify keeping both. Any thoughts? Thanks!
     
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    I'd keep whichever one tickles your pickle and makes you smile wider afterwards.
     
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    keep both! I think you can justify it
     
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    My first acoustic, sometime in the 70s, was my father’s old 60s J50. The J50 is just like a mahogany-bodied J45 without the sunburst. I think there may have been a rosewood J45 also.

    Anyway ... Dad gave me the J50 when he got a cherry-picked D35. A luthier friend had been stiffed by the guy who ordered it, and made Dad an offer he couldn’t refuse. The same friend did some custom inlay work on it. I have both of them now, though the J50 is mostly retired because of the weak/cheap laminated bridge plate that Gibson used in the 60s.

    They are very different guitars! The D35, as you said, is a cannon. The J has a sweetness and balance though ....

    Well, you know what the answer is! Both!
     
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    Thats a great and timely story! Thanks for sharing. Yes they are different flavors and its great to have more than a few arrows in your quiver. (Trust me I've got a few good arrows) I'm just looking for you fine folks to push me over the edge.
    I just restrung the J45. I like to go and "A & B" stuff to death. Apples to Oranges in this case I know but I can always see how much they'd give me if I decide to part with the J45. I hate gear sometimes. It just makes me feel guilty. Yes the answer is BOTH but I don't know how feasible that is right now.
     
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    I’m NOT in any way an authority on the production history of the J series. However, there are definitely some off periods. The laminated bridge plate and crappy original bridge on mine was a historical problem spot from cost-cutting. I would do a little research on your model year for common problems and look it over good.

    On the other hand, neck resets are accepted as an eventuality on traditional construction Martins. I don’t know if the D35 ever got an adjustable truss rod, but on mine there’s just an aluminum T bar built into the neck.

    Over time, the neck tends to lift slightly as the wood distorts and/or the glue creeps under pressure. To maintain the action, the saddle needs to be filed down. When you run out of saddle, it’s time for a reset. I don’t mean that it happens quickly at all - quite the opposite! If you are looking at an older one though, I would look at the saddle to make sure there is plenty protruding. If it’s new(ish), just don’t let it bake in your car and you should get MANY years out of it, possibly a lifetime, before it needs a reset.
     
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    I much prefer Martin to Gibson acoustics.
     
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    Noted. I'll check it out. its a 2004 so I think it'll be okay but I'm pretty through before I go pulling any triggers. My J45 is a 2017 model. "Brand new" in my world.
     
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    I do love those D35 backs too!
     
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    Do it and don’t look back. Martins are the shizz.

    that said, id kill for a hummingbird.
     
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    We can help you justify both.

    Just ask.
     
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    Keep them both. Definitely the way to go.
     
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    Dumpster Chicken is officially the greatest forum name I've ever seen.
     
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    Two very different guitars - Mahogany and Rosewood. I would keep both of I could. If I were to have one it would be a J45.

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    I'm in the camp of keeping both. The two have different voices and will be nice for a certain sound.
     
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    Have both!
     
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    Well, strike while the iron is hot. Sold out from under me. Bright side I have a great J45.
     
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    The D-35 is not a guitar that appeals to me. The best Martin IMO is on the D-28 series.
     
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    Lots of good D35s out there, I'm sure you'll find another good one. J45s however are to me harder to find a good one that is a killer. I love the neck profile on J45s.
     
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    Sure you can.
     
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