The J-45 provides exceptional bass response and the trebles are distinct without being tinny (as in Taylor). Beautifully adorned with abalone on a tobacco burst nitro finish. Perhaps my favorite characteristic as an aging picker is the extremely comfortable slope shoulder and short scale design. Very nice ‘custom’ case keeps it snug. I gig out, but this one doesn’t leave the studio. I’d be heartbroken if it were nicked, dinged or damaged.
I waited too long to buy this great guitar. I’ve owned nearly every make of quality USA-built guitars and my Gibson J45 (rosewood) custom has become my favorite six-string instrument. Sold off many, but this great guitar resides in my home studio alongside other keepers: a Santa Cruz OM/PW, vintage Guild GF-25 and a vintage twelve string Guild JF30-12.
Zero complaints. This guitar is a looker and extremely well built. I had heard rumors concerning Gibson acoustic build quality; thus I had never purchased one until I played this J-45. This J45 changed my mind entirely and now leaves me longing for a Gibby Hummingbird.
It was not cheap, but then I expected to pay more for a Gibson. Pricing is between my Guilds and a high-dollar Santa Cruz. The two Guild guitars are probably the best kept secrets. If looking for a bargain, the Guilds are certainly the best high quality instruments for the money. The Santa Cruz is a beautiful instrument competing with Collings, H&D, Froggy Bottom and other expensive ’boutique’ guitars. In the Gibson, I feel I got a bargain because it outplays/outperforms any other rosewood dread or jumbo model I’ve owned.
Gibson’s Five Star Dealer Series continues as the acclaimed luthiers of Bozeman, Montana, pay tribute to a great pre-war “round shouldered” dreadnought with the j-45 rosewood Mystic Rosewood. Introduced in 1942, the J-45 was an instant success, favored by country, folk and blues artists for its rich tone and bold voice. Original examples are highly-prized today and sell for upwards of $7,000 or more on today’s vintage market—when you can find them.