Gibson J45 Custom Rosewood

Gibson J45 Custom Rosewood

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.


J45 Custom

J45 Custom

Grover’s original Rotomatic tuners are an engineering marvel, with style and performance exactly suited for the Gibson J-45 Custom acoustic electric guitar. With a gear ratio of 14:1, the Rotomatics deliver precision tuning in a durable housing that provides maximum protection for the gear and string post. All moving parts are cut for exact meshing, eliminating the possibility of slippage. A countersunk tension screw lets players regulate the tuning tension to any degree. A special lubricant inside the gear box provides smooth and accurate tuning stability.

The pickguard for the J-45 Custom is Gibson’s standard fire stripe tortoise tear drop shape, exactly as it appeared on the very first j-45 ギブソン in 1942. As with all of Gibson’s pickguards, the coloring, inlay, and binding are all done by hand.

The gibson j45 acoustic comes equipped with the popular Element Active Acoustic Pickup System from L.R. Baggs, which features a low-profile undersaddle element—or transducer—that’s proven more stable and durable than many standard ribbon-type pickups. Combined with an onboard preamp with an unobtrusive and removable volume control mounted just inside the soundhole, the Element delivers performance not previously attainable from an undersaddle pickup. Its sleek and effective design removes unnecessary internal components to enhance the coupling between the pickup and the guitar and improve the sensitivity of the transducer for a robust, lively and natural acoustic sound with excellent dynamics and delicate high end. The Element works with a standard 9V battery, which is housed inside the guitar in L.R. Bagg’s “Battery Bagg.”

The dovetail neck joint is one of the oldest—and best—ways of securely joining the neck to the body of a guitar. It is also a complex and expensive neck joint to build, but the result is a tight, locking connection that supports the neck at the proper neck-pitch angle, allowing the body and neck of the Gibson guitar to become one solid piece of resonating wood, with no metal to impede vibration. This process of gibson guitar j 45 is done entirely by hand, requiring patience and skill.


J-45 Custom

J-45 Custom

There is plenty of variation in what we want from our Gibson slopeshoulders, so the main thing is that you have a clear idea of what you like to hear from them. The TV is, however, not really that true to the way that J45s were built originally in the period. It has the banner and scroll headstock of that era, but its neck is much slimmer than vintage examples, and one of its big selling points is the forward-positioned or ‘advanced’ X-bracing which supposedly gives it a more open tone from the off than it would otherwise have (i.e. without ageing and being played in). Such bracing was not the norm in the original generation of J45s, apparently.

That said, the TV has an adirondack spruce top, which many consider very desirable. So it sits on one side in terms of construction (materials and bracing), while the 45 Standard, gibson j-45 ヴィンテージ where available, Woody Guthrie Southern Jumbo and standard Southern Jumbo where available sit on the other (non-advanced bracing, sitka spruce top). Those models are essentially the same thing dressed up differently. The Aaron Lewis Southern Jumbo and Southern Jumbo TV will give you a halfway house, as they combine advanced bracing with a sitka top, I believe. While saving, try as many as possible, as many times as possible. I didn’t and couldn’t given my location, but got lucky with an online purchase. You have a 5-star dealer locally, so you can and should. If the TV you tried sells before you can buy, then be patient because you will surely find another that gets you the same feeling, just not necessarily straight away. If you want really true to original spec, then you will need to save for longer and buy a gibson custom j45 Legend.Applying a nitrocellulose finish to any Gibson acousti guitar–including the J-45 Standard–is one of the most labor-intensive elements of the guitar-making process. Unlike the polyurethane finishes used by many guitar manufacturers, a nitrocellulose lacquer finish is porous when cured, allowing the wood to naturally “breathes and mature. Microscopically thin, the finish on a Gibson acoustic guitar first requires seven main coats of nitrocellulose lacquer. After drying overnight, the initial seven coats are then level sanded and given two additional coats.

Gibson J 45 Custom

gibson j45 custom

Descending from Gibson’s large HG Hawaiian guitar in 1929, and the original “Jumbo,” introduced in 1934, Round Shoulder Dreadnoughts are steeped in Gibson tradition and lauded for their pure, rich tones, and impressive volume. With smooth lines, and a curvaceous shape, Round Shoulder style guitars invite a close relationship with their respective guitarists: their body shape makes these guitars easier to hold and more comfortable to wrap your arms around.

Gibson’s reputation as a fine guitar builder dates back to the late 1800s. Handcrafted since day one by some of the most skilled luthiers around, Gibson acoustic guitars have inspired countless players around the world. When you pick up a Gibson acoustic, you know you’re getting the finest tonewoods, quality hardware, and incredible attention to detail – these instruments are built to sound great and stand the test of time. After moving from Kalamazoo, MI, to Nashville, TN (where gibson j-45 2014 continue to be made), Gibson finally settled their acoustic operation in Bozeman, MT, where they continue making some of the finest guitars on the planet by hand.

Every acoustic guitar made by gibson aj 45 features hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing inside the body, a feature normally found only in limited run, hand-made guitars. By scalloping each brace by hand, the natural sound of the acoustic is focused more toward the center of the body, enhancing the instrument’s sound projection. The J-45 Custom features a variation of Gibson’s “X” bracing pattern situated behind the soundhole, with a set of tall and thin braces for the back, and scalloped tall and thin braces for the top. This legendary bracing design delivers a balanced expression, with punchy, deep lows, warm mids, and clear, crisp highs. It also projects a natural compression, which helps the J-45 Custom blend nicely with any accompaniment.

Every acoustic guitar made by Gibson features hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing inside the body, a feature normally found only in limited run, hand-made guitars. By scalloping each brace by hand, the natural sound of the acoustic is focused more toward the center of the body, enhancing the instrument’s sound projection.