I started playing it and it instantly felt right. If you've been thinking about it-Just do it. I have always wanted a gibson 335, but not enough to part with the amount of money that is asked for it. The frets are medium jumbo but they feel a tad lower to me. While they feature the same slim taper profile and nut, there is no binding and the inlays are acrylic dots as compared to acrylic trapezoids. I use pretty high gain pedals for distortion, and I think the difference can be felt.
The 2019 Gibson L-00 Studio comes with a hardshell case. It has thermally engineered quarter-sawn Adirondack Spruce bracing and a thermally engineered chambered Maple centerblock. I will bring it to a professional for a better set up as the strings are higher than my acoustics. I've been there a handful of times. The tuners hold pretty good they are grovers.
Edit — Not too terrible, but the 12 fret high E is almost dead. It is available in Satin Cherry. The headstock is adorned with Kluson Supreme tuners with single ring keystone buttons. I know to my ears, for jazz, I'd want more low end, with a looser sound. I couldn't find a thing. Which is the final bit of evidence I need to say that yes, the person who owned this before me played blues in a bedroom.
Overall: This guitar blew me away. The J-45 Standard has a slim tapered mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard and Mother-Of-Pearl dot inlays. My fretboard looks like the picture above. I've seen the limited edition ebony too, and it's nice, but I like my natural better. I like locking tuners better. Feedback was usable and easy to control when we cranked it up. It's a 50's style baseball bat kinda feel, but I like it I think its comfy and easy to play.
Additionally, he has written over 20 instructional books for Hal Leonard Corporation. The Rosewood fingerboard has Pearloid Dot inlays and a 1. With a density similar to pure gut, Nylgut produces a natural sound and is stable under moisture changes. Which makes these pickups just like a Line 6 amp. Like I said great guitar.
Overall: gibson owns their own factory in china so they control quality better. I have no idea what so ever what that is about. The other thing I like about Guitar Center for these delivery orders is that you can return the guitar to your nearest store if there's something wrong with it, and not have to pay freight. Neither plant, by the way, at this time accepts custom orders for one-shot custom guitars, which means that by most people's definitions, neither of them is a custom shop. In crunch mode, that is. They must hate that there are hackers in their organization who ruin it for the rest of them.
I have one comment and one question. I would say it is a great value. The rosewood fingerboard has acrylic dot inlays for position marking. Controls are 2 volume, 2 tone and a toggle switch. I dunno, I might just be picky, but the finish always feels a little bit sticky, but that eventually settles down.
Action seems a bit high but easy to play. But one thing is sure -- this guitar is a keeper!!! Looks good and has some good pickups not great but good. It was finished perfectly, resonated like crazy and has insane sustain. One, the Peavey tube metal 6 something sounds like shit clean. Nylgut strings for ukuleles are highly polished to a smooth surface. A little muddy, but big.