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Thread #100767   Message #2027068
Posted By: PoppaGator
16-Apr-07 - 02:00 PM
Thread Name: Wanted: Gibson J-45 or J-50
Subject: RE: Wanted: Gibson J-45 or J-50
One thing that I found quite interesting, reading dw's quote from the Mandolin Brothers, was that this very desirable old Gibson features a mahogany body, rather than the always-much-more-expensive rosewood option.

As the proud and happy owner of a 38-year-old Martin D-18, I was glad to see such a high value for a mahogany guitar. The 18s have always been the least expensive of the Martin dreadnoughts, not only because of the absense of fancy trim, but because of the use of mahogany for the body. (The D-28 and D-35, etc., are all made of rosewood.)

I am not mentioning this to start a Gibson-vs-Martin argument, but I would be interested in anyone's comments regarding mahogany-vs-rosewood. Is the one truly "better" than the other, or do they just produce "different" audible results?