What You Need To Know
1 So, what exactly is new here?
It’s really a case of something old, something new. Gibson’s famously innovative president, Ted McCarty, had the idea of putting a side port on a J-45 during the early 60s, but the concept never reached the production line. Until now.
2 Does a side port really make a difference?
Yes, it does. A second soundhole facing the player means you hear a slightly different voice from the guitar when you’re in the driving seat. Does it make a difference to those listening at a distance? Hmm…
3 Walnut back and sides instead of rosewood or mahogany?
Why not? Walnut is a very capable timber and many manufacturers have succumbed to its charms. Furthermore, unlike rosewood and mahogany, the use of walnut is entirely non-controversial from an ethical or ecological perspective.