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Gibson J-45 Standard Electro Acoustic Guitar - Vintage Sunburst

Stock code: 66581
Gibson J45 Standard Electro Acoustic Guitar Vintage - Sunburst

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  • Gibson's most popular acoustic guitar
  • Tapered dovetail neck joint
  • Radius top
  • Nitrocellulose finish
  • Body binding
  • Includes hardshell case

The legendary ‘Workhorse’

In a back-catalogue packed full of iconic designs, the Gibson J-45 Standard still stands apart as one of the brand’s most iconic and enduring- high praise indeed when you consider the innovations that Kalamazoo’s finest have bestowed upon the world. It is, according to Gibson, the most popular acoustic guitar model it produces, and it has been in production since 1942.

Part of the (back then) new round-shouldered jumbo line of flat-top acoustics, it quickly gained the nickname of ‘The Workhorse’. Spend some time with a J-45, and you’ll appreciate why. Put simply, it’s capable of coping with anything you throw at it, and does so with ease. It also has the kind of understated but beautiful aesthetics that pull at the heartstrings in a way that only something from the natural world could…

Classic premium tone woods

As you might expect from a brand with Gibson’s long and illustrious heritage, it knows plenty about great wood. On this modern incarnation of the J-45, there is ample demonstration of its knowledge and experience. The top is constructed from ‘AA’ grade, solid Sitka spruce. This is a premium grade and type of the popular top tonewood. Providing lively dynamic response, with sweet upper frequencies, and chiming fundamental harmonics, with bell-like clarity, spruce is tonewood that also gets better in tone as it ages.

The back and sides are constructed from pattern-grade Honduras mahogany. This high-grade of mahogany is visually very striking with dramatic figuring. Tonally, it brings incredibly rich and warm tone with definition, power and great projection.

Both woods are dried, and treated to bring out their best tonal qualities, and brought together in the J-45. Inside the body, the guitar is treated to Gibson’s radiused, hand-scalloped bracing. The arrangement of tall-thin braces for the back, and scalloped tall-thin bracing on the top ensures resonant dynamic response, with a central focus to aid projection. The result is tone that has a natural, even-toned balance, but the expansive, open high frequencies that are seldom heard on any guitar.

The neck is also made from mahogany, shaped to a SlimTaper profile and joined to the body via a dovetail joint. A rosewood fingerboard completes the understated look, whilst adding a warm, ‘dark’ element to the overall tone. Rolled edges ensure an even more comfortable playing experience.

The body and neck are bound, with multi-ply binding on the top of the guitar body, and single-ply binding on the rear of the body and the fingerboard. A 3-ply rosette and brown tortoiseshell pick guard add to the beautifully pared-down look.

Hardware and electronics

The J-45 Standard is equipped with more, high quality and reliable touches elsewhere on the guitar. The headstock is fitted with six Grover Rotomatic tuning machines. These provide an accurate tuning ratio of 14:1, with an nickel outer housing providing protection from dirt and other external elements.

An L.R. Baggs Element pickup is also fitted to the guitar. This simple, premium quality pickup is an active, under-saddle transducer design. With an in-built pre-amp and controls that are mounted discretely inside the sound hole, the Element translates the subtle nuances of the acoustic tones into an equally stunning amplified tone.

The Gibson J-45 Standard is a timeless classic within guitar-design. With tone that is astonishingly balanced, open and airy, yet suitable for all manner of playing styles, build and materials that of truly premium quality, and a playing experience that has few peers, it’s easy to see why so many reach for this particular ‘horse’, no matter the kind of musical ‘work’ to be done…

ModelJ-45 Electro Acoustic Guitar
Top MaterialSolid Spruce
Back & Side MaterialFlamed/Quilted Maple
Neck Material Mahogany
Fingerboard MaterialRosewood
Body ShapeDreadnought
PickupsL.R. Baggs Element
Guitar SizeFull
Number of Strings6
Included AccessoriesPremium Hardcase
Special ElectronicsL.R. Baggs Element
TunersGrover Rotomatic
Bracing Hand Scalloped Bracing
Unique Features Mother of Pearl Gibson peghead Logo
Mother of Pearl dot inlays
AAA-grade Sitka spruce
AAA-grade Eastern curly maple

  • Sounds perfect

    Overall Rating
    Posted on 12/03/2015 by

    Before purchasing my specific J-45, I compared it to all other Gibson/Epiphone/Martin guitars in the store. When you play Epiphone and Gibson acoustics back to back, the difference is stunning and jaw dropping. (Isn't always the case with the electrics, but for the acoustics, you can definitely tell!). The Martins sounded good, but the J-45's just felt right and sounded brilliant. Even compared to some of the other Gibsons around, the J-45 consistently dished out quality that far exceeded the rest... When I first picked it up I was instantly struck by the weight too - it is feather light!!
    its not got a lot of frills, but I can see why its Gibson's best selling acoustic and nicknamed the 'workhorse'

  • Cant put it down!

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    Posted on 25/11/2014 by

    Every thing about this guitar is just stunning!

  • Sounds as good as she looks.

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    Posted on 01/12/2012 by

    My guitars are better players than me, and the Martins I have, come close to perfection. But I saw her, looking stunning, first on a row of fine-looking guitars, and I just wondered if a Gibson could be as good.

    As soon as I had my hand on the neck something felt right, the guitar nestled into my body like - well - let's say an old friend. And then the sound - I'm used to hearing class guitars from the 'wrong' side and I immediately knew that this was good. My friends now tell me it's much better than that. I can't say she stays in tune - no guitar does - but keeping her in tune with a combination of the tone quality and the magical machine heads just seems easy. Playing her is simply a joy.

    She's been to a couple of folk nights now and other players simply wanted to touch her because she's so beautiful. Guitarists - what can you do with them, eh?

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