1 Toddfan 5 years ago Other threads I have started here are evidence that I gave much thought and consideration to which acoustic guitar I wanted to purchase to replace my Taylor K-24ce (a long scale instrument I passed on to my son). I wanted a "short scale" acoustic, and I was pretty sure that I wanted a "traditional" instrument....traditional woods, no cutaway, electronics not important, traditional colors.From the beginning, I thought that a J-45 might just be what I wanted....I looked at lots of guitars...at least lots of what was available locally, and even in Chicago. I looked at Collings, but was not crazy about spending $5K...I looked at Eastman. I looked at Breedlove, Martin, Leo Posche, and, even at Gibson's at the local GC. I even considered another Taylor Koa model...the K22ce, which is short scale (and came close...I happen to like "pretty", and the Taylor definitely fits that bill, and hits on playability, and sound for me, too).Nothing really spoke to me when I picked it up. But, I just could not shake the idea that a J-45 would "do it" (even though the ones in the local GC were just "ok").Well, after seeing a (kind of) beat up J-45 in "close out" at the local GC, at a good price, I decided to make some phone calls and see what kind of "deal" I could get on a new J-45.I called a few places, and had a lengthy email exchange with Eddie's Guitars about a J-45 Custom that they had in stock.Lo and behold...a couple days later, THIS shows up at my door.I know it is dangerous to buy a guitar that you have not played "in person", but I got a price that made me decide to take a chance (and, they had a return policy, and I have bought from them in the past).....and, boy am I glad that I did!After a slight adjustment of the truss rod, this thing plays great. I've held back a couple weeks on the NGD announcement....and this one is sounding better every day. The more I play it, the better it sounds. It is pretty much exactly what I was wanting my next acoustic to be. It does have electronics, but they are very indiscreet...just a couple of small knobs inside the sound hole. And the appearance is very traditional but the "Custom" features...a bit more flashy inlays and a headstock inlay and some inlays on the bridge...are nicely done....not "too" flashy.So, I am a happy camper and after a couple weeks, I still feel like this may just be the ideal acoustic guitar for me.