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Gibson J-45 Standard Acoustic-electric Guitar

Gibson J-45 Standard Acoustic-electric Guitar

Classic styling and modern components come together in the Gibson J-45 Standard, a “workhorse” of an acoustic-electric guitar that, since its introduction in 1942, has set a standard for Gibson’s line of round-shoulder, dreadnought guitars. As one of the company’s best-selling acoustics, the J-45 Standard is highly regarded for its full and balanced expression, warm bass, and excellent projection. With Rotomatic tuners, beautiful tonewoods, and an L.R. Baggs Element pickup, Gibson’s J-45 Standard begs to be played.

Top-quality tonewoods and craftsmanship give the gibson j-45 acoustic Standard its expressive sound, projection, and superior feel. The guitar’s top is constructed of AA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are made from pattern-grade Honduras mahogany. Simple yet sweet, the rosette on the J-45 Standard is a single ring consisting of three-ply binding. Rounding out the instrument is a fingerboard made of high-grade rosewood, along with dot inlays made of pretty mother-of-pearl.

Grover Tuners at Your Service
The J-45 is equipped with nickel Grover Rotomatic tuners for precision tuning and performance. To prevent slippage, all moving parts are cut for exact meshing, and a countersunk tension screw lets you control the tuning tension to any degree. The Rotomatics get their smooth, accurate tuning stability from a special lubricant inside the gear box.

X-Braced for Great Acoustic Projection
Slightly different than other Gibson acoustic guitars, the j-45 custom rosewood has a variation of the company’s X bracing design situated behind the sound hole, with a set of thin, tall braces for the back and scalloped thin, tall braces for the top. Thanks to this bracing pattern, you get a guitar that delivers a balanced expression with punchy, deep lows, warm mids, and clear, crisp highs. This instrument is ideal for any guitarist wanting a natural, open, musically robust sound.

This is a nice ax, but check out both the J-45 Custom and its cousin the J-45 Standard to get a good sense of the difference, and of the controversy that can arise among guitars players who sometimes take this stuff a little too seriously. The Custom, with hardshell case, can be had for under $2,800 with a little shopping, a pretty good price when compared to what other guitars are going for these days.

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.