I’ll have my J45 for one year as of July 5th. Got it at GC’s 4th of July sale. I went up there specifically to buy a Gibson CJ165. A J45 was not even on my radar scope at the time. They brought the J45 to the floor while I was there. They tuned it and I reached for it to play. Primarily because it was brand new and I just wanted to play it. Soon as I played it I think I knew…lol…It was instantaneous. I wanted that guitar. I played it for a while and took it home. No regrets. It’s as easy-to-play as any guitar I’ve ever owned and/or paid extra money to have professionaly setup. It came that way straight from Gibson. I’ll still get a CJ165, but am definitly glad I have the J45. The way things happened that day, I suspect it was just meant to be that I bought a gibson j-45 1967.
in all sincerity, I would not get wrapped-up in any kind of thinking that says you should only use certain kinds of guitars for certain kinds of music. Some guitars, due to their volumn, tone, physical appearance, etc. may be better suited for a particular genre of music/songs than others, but your gibson custom j-45, etc. can play pretty-much whatever you want to play on it……I hope you get the guitar you need.BTW, a sweet guitar like a Gibson will make you want to play it. It’s easier to make yourself practice on an instrument you can bond with.
The TV line does seem to be the most widely appreciated here, and there are some nice recordings posted which indicate why. There certainly is an impression of good consistency in the line, but there are several comparative reviews which found in favour of a Standard model over a TV. Depends what you like, really. Definitely worth trying as many slopeshoulders as you can manage. Despite certain broad similarities between models of a given design, Gibson acoustics are very much individuals. If the one you tried really spoke to you, then that is probably the individual guitar you want. If the process of saving makes it unlikely that you’ll get that particular 45 TV, at least you have a yardstick by which to judge others.