Gibson Acoustics have increased in price across the range, and ports are an upgrade/customization in the acoustic/classical world.I dunno, looking at the G45, compared to the previous model, it just looks like a complete downgrade.
The original G45 retailed at 999 if I remember correctly, while the new one is 1099.
With the new one, you do get (striped) ebony, instead of walnut for the fingerboard, fair enough. But you get a simple rectangular bridge in place of a belly up bridge, a gigbag instead of a hardcase, no electronics, no binding, even on the top.
To me it just seems they've downgraded it, increased the price, and chopped an extra hole in it...
I have an old Cedar topped cherry B&S Seagull dread, sounds nice but does choke out at higher volumes.I’d love to see Gibson use cedar tops with the walnut acoustics.
Walnut is a bit too brash and loud for spruce. Cedar would tame it and warm it up a bit.