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.
There’s a reason that the Gibson J 45 Sunburst has been a staple in the line of Gibson acoustic guitars for years. The round-shoulder dreadnought body has not only a comfortable feel while playing, but a well-balanced tone that is unlike any other acoustic out there. The J-45 has a warm bass tone with lots of projection, and a rounded treble that isn’t too shrill or muffled. The J-45 is a no-brainer for being a go-to guitar either in the studio or on the stage.
The J-45 Custom takes the traditional shape and tone of the original J-45 and takes it up a notch. The gibson 1942 j-45 Custom is built with Indian rosewood for the back and sides, as opposed to mahogany on the J-45 Standard. It’s also adorned with a mother of pearl Gibson logo and dot inlays, with an abalone headstock flower inlay and rosette as well. A classic Gibson acoustic with some modern tweaks and a gorgeous look.
The legendary J-45 clearly defines the storied legacy of Gibson acoustics. Without question, the J-45 is one of the most beloved and played acoustic guitars in the history of modern music, and the icon of Gibson’s round-shoulder dreadnought acoustic line ever since its introduction in 1942. Today, it stands proudly as Gibson’s number one-selling acoustic, and in recognition of this distinguished rank Gibson Acoustic presents the J-45 Custom – one of the most elegant and best-sounding versions of this classic model ever produced by Gibson Acoustic’s master craftsmen. Combining vintage appointments with several modern features, the J-45 Custom delivers the model’s renowned tone while adding a new, refined appearance that complements its fundamental design, including a brand new floral and vine abalone pearl headstock inlay designed by Gibson master luthier Ren Ferguson. Includes case.
The top of the J-45 Custom is made from AA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from pattern-grade Indian rosewood, giving the model the same full, balanced expression, warm bass, and excellent projection that earned the original J-45 its much-heralded reputation. Selecting the right wood, and the formula to dry it out, are two of the most central procedures to Gibson’s guitar-building process. Beginning with its first catalog in 1903, Gibson has assured its customers that every guitar would be built using woods with “the most durable, elastic, and sonorous qualities,” and today’s guitars from Gibson Acoustic are no different.