Gibson J-45 Standard Vintage Sunburst

gibson j 45 vintage sunburst

The J-45 is one of Gibson’s best-selling acoustics of all time. Nicknamed “The Workhorse” and first introduced in 1942, this popular acoustic is now the icon of its round-shoulder, dreadnought line. World renowned for its full, balanced expression, warm bass and excellent projection, the J-45 is one of most technically advanced guitars of its time.

Each guitar includes a black hardshell case with plush-lined interior, owner’s manual, Gibson’s Gold Warranty and Gibson’s 24/7/365 Customer Service. I just bought the Ice Tea J-45 and last year the Custom martin j 45 and I cannot imagine anyone not liking these guitars. I have played many and some do sound better than others but that is the nature of your ears and the fact that all wood is not created equal. But in my opinion I think Gibson could put a soundboard on a matched set of balsa wood and it would sound great. I have never played one that did not have a nice sound and playability. It is all relevant to the player and their personal liking. Keep up the good work Gibson.

All this chatter about poor quality & Gibson J-45 Standard Vintage Sunburst  guitars and yet there are folks who love them. I had to separate fact from fiction. Two things I learned; 1) apparently the only good Gibsons are very old ones. I tried 10 new Gibsons in various stores and found all sounded “eh” and half of those needed repair right out of the box (like, malfunctioning tuner, chipped bridgeplate, blemished finish….).

Three 1967 gibson j 45S were so bad they were not even playable (strings buzzed on one and the other two were out of intonation). The salesman try to brush it under the rug with “humidity, shipping, people playing them” type excuses but funny how Taylors, Martins and others don’t have the same problem? Poor quality product – fact. Turns out the J-45s pros are seen with are really old, no new ones anywhere. 2) Gibson is an absolute mess as an acoustic guitar company. With novelty products being made for private parties and then not available to the public but on their website, or products they make but are not on their website, it’s most confusing to the consumer.

Leave a Reply