For many years, the J-45 guitar has been the best-selling Gibson acoustic in their entire range and this custom 2016 model incorporates all of the traditional aspects of a J-45 with some additional modern features. The J-45 is also known by its nickname, “The Workhorse”, and it certainly remains one of the essential products in the Gibson lineage. The J-45 model was introduced in 1942 and this 2016 model is to be just as fabled as its previous counterparts. As soon as you pick up and play a Gibson J-45, you’ll instantly recognise its beauty and authority; you will fall in love.
SOPHISTICATED TONEWOOD BLENDS
The 2016 J-45 Custom is an excellent, physical example of Gibson’s knowledge when it comes to skilfully crafting premium guitars.
The body top is constructed using high quality “AA” grade solid sitka spruce wood which has often served to be a popular top material. It produces a dynamic response with stunning harmonics with sweet upper frequencies that chime with pride. It projects a full bodied sound with crystal clear accuracy, and you can be assured that the spruce wood will also improve with age. The back of the guitar is made with rosewood which helps to produce a sparkling timbre and fuller tone.
Joined to the guitar body via a compound dovetail joint is a single piece mahogany neck which has been given a SlimTaper profile to facilitate a faster playing style. The combination of the dovetail joint with the tonewood enhances the overall distribution of sonority through the guitar. To complete the neck is a rosewood fingerboard adorned with Mother of Pearl dot inlays and softened edges. The fingerboard is polished with finishing oil to enhance the natural compounds of the wood.
Grover Rotomatic tuners are fitted to the headstock as well as a new engraved truss rod cover. The high gloss finish is achieved by the use of a finer grit sandpaper and the top is decorated with a protective tortoiseshell pickguard beneath the soundhole. The guitar is engineered using cutting edge, hand finished German Plek technology for perfect playability.
L.R. BAGGS ELEMENT PICKUP
The J-45 Custom is fitted with the updated L.R. Baggs Element VTC pickup which does an incredible job of reproducing all the natural acoustic sounds through an amplifier. It is a simple piece of kit which has a subtle, under-saddle transducer design, it’s just a matter of plug in and play and you will be overwhelmed by its rich, amplified timbre.
This 2016 Custom model lives up to the legendary status of the J-45 and then some.Gibson also supply this with a hardshell protective case and a Gibson owner’s manual for an all-round, excellent package which will not let you down.
Manufacturer Gibson Model 2016 J-45 Custom Rosewood Electro Acoustic Guitar Top Material Solid Sitka Spruce Back & Side Material Rosewood Neck Material Mahogany Fingerboard Material Rosewood Body Shape Dreadnought Colour Vintage Sunburst Pickups L.R. Baggs Element VTC Guitar Size Full Number of Strings 6 Included Accessories Hardcase & Owner’s Manual Special Electronics L.R. Baggs Element VTC Tuners Gold Grover Rotomatic Pickguard Tortoise Bracing Hand Scalloped Bracing Inlays Small abalone Diamond
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