Vintage Gibson J45

Vintage Gibson J 45 Guitar

Gibson’s new J-45 True Vintage captures the genuine spirit of Gibson’s most popular acoustic. Nicknamed “The Workhorse” for its simple, rock-solid construction, the new Vintage Gibson J45 True Vintage—hand-made by Gibson Acoustic in Bozeman, Montana—offers the build, materials, looks, and tone of this legendary guitar as it was the day it was first introduced in 1942. This new model stays true to the original in every way, including the same round-shoulder dreadnought body design, with a top made from Adirondack red spruce, custom vintage top bracing, and back and sides constructed from pattern-grade mahogany from Honduras.

The Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar is the prince of a range of Gibson flattops now referred to as “Round-Shoulder Dreadnoughts.” This elegant workhorse debuted in 1942, and became an instant favorite for its rich, warm, vocal tone and excellent projection. Today, this Gibson acoustic guitar is played by the likes of Bob Dylan, Ralph McTell, Billy Jo Armstrong, and Lucinda Williams. Carrying accurate touches such as a Slim-Taper neck profile, teardrop tortoise pickguard, 4-ply top binding, and banner headstock inlay (declaring “Only A Gibson Is Good Enough”), the Gibson J-45 True Vintage is an accurate representation of the acoustic guitar that became the standard of hard-gigging bluegrass, folk, and country artists of the 1940s and 1950s.

Each Gibson True Vintage J-45 acoustic guitar is built in Bozeman, Montana, with a top made from solid Adirondack red spruce, a rare and highly prized tonewood, and constructed with hot hide glue, just like back in the day.

Great sounding, strings are soft as butter, very light in weight. own Taylor 414 & Martin dc-16rgte aura, these will be set aside. some light swirl marks front and back in dark areas but have to be under certian light conditions to see. In touch with Gibson about this now. Owned a Gibson j 45 when 11 years (1958) it got destroyed and could not afford to replace untill now. Great to have the j 45 again. It has the sound I have been looking for, just had to save a long time to purchase. The Taylor and Martin are good also but everyone has their own playing style and sound they are looking for, and this is it for me. Beautiful sound and looks. My wife has been playing piano, keyboard and organ for 54 years and she says it is the best sounding guitar she has ever heard and boy does she know her notes, she lets me know when I miss a sharp or flat

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.

Vintage Gibson J 45 Guitar


Vintage Gibson J 45 Guitar

The Gibson J-45 True Vintage sits at the top of the top-selling J-45 line, first introduced in 1942. This round-shoulder acoustic guitar is known for its full, balanced expression, its warm bass, and its excellent projection – much of which came through subtle changes to the bracing of its forefather, the J-35. The J-45 True Vintage is virtually identical to the J-45 of yesteryear, and features all that legendary tone, thanks to its Adirondack red spruce top and Honduran mahogany body. Get an authentic reproduction of a classic with the J-45 True Vintage.

The top of the j-45 guitar True Vintage is made from top-grade Adirondack red spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from pattern grade Honduran mahogany, giving the J-45 True Vintage 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.

The fingerboard of Gibson’s J-45 Vintage is constructed from the highest grade Indian rosewood on earth, which is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson’s team of skilled experts before it enters the Gibson factories. The resilience of this durable wood makes the fingerboard extremely balanced and stable, and gives each chord and note unparalleled clarity and bite. The J-45’s classic dot inlays are made of genuine mother-of-pearl, and are inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps and doesn’t require the use of fillers. The fingerboard also sports traditional binding over the fret ends, which was a staple feature of many classic Gibson acoustics for many years.