The Gibson 2016 J-45 Progressive Electro Acoustic Guitar in Autumn Burst combines classic design with contemporary features to exceed the demands of today's performers. Artists have been utilising the J-45 for decades due to its beautiful timbre, comfortable playing feel, and resilient ability to sound fantastic night after night. Touring musicians, session guitarists, amateurs and professionals, everyone loves the J-45.
New for 2016
The 2016 J-45 Progressive model benefits from a range of unique features that elevates this exceptional guitar to new heights. The headstock is equipped with the Gibson G Force tuning system, which allows players to accurately and efficiently access a wide range of different tunings with ease. The finish has been improved, along with the playing feel of the fingerboard. Aesthetically, the truss rod cover bears a 2016 engraving.
Powerful J-45 Body
The Gibson J-45 Progressive Electro Acoustic Guitar body sticks to its roots, with a classic combination of two-piece mahogany back with single-ply binding that is paired with a two-piece grade AA Sitka spruce top with 4-ply binding. The woods are held firmly using Franklin Titebond 50 adhesive, whilst allows the woods to resonate freely whilst maintaining maximum support.
The mahogany works perfectly with the J-45 body profile, creating a powerful and robust timbre that is filled with depth and warmth. The Sitka spruce top is reinforced using scalloped bracing, which encourages projection and resonance whilst minimising buckling or warping of the soundboard over time.
The top is finished in a heavenly Autumn Burst that is unique to the 2016 model, which has been treated with finer grit sandpaper and polishing compounds for a high gloss finish.
Single-Piece Mahogany Neck
Fitted to the body via a solid compound dovetail joint - reinforced using hot hide glue - is the sturdy and reliable single-piece mahogany. Shaped to the slim taper profile, the neck feels slender yet thoroughly durable, giving you the confidence to play with freedom.
Paired with the neck is a richlite fingerboard, which is home to 20-frets that are adorned with mother-of-pearl parallelogram inlays to guide your way in style. The 12-inch fingerboard radius lends itself beautifully to smooth and seamless string bends. At the top of the neck lies the traditional CF-100 headstock, which is angled to Gibson's customary 17-degree to improve string tension - aided directly by the Black Tusq Zero Fret nut.
L.R. Baggs Lyric System
Taking to the stage is a trouble-free experience thanks to the L.R. Baggs' Lyric system that is fitted to the J-45 Progressive, which includes an internal microphone, a hi-fidelity mic preamplifier, and soundhole volume and presence controls. The Lyric system features unique TRU-MIC noise cancelling technology, which uses the microphones close proximity to the soundboard to reject "boxy" reflections to ensure a much more accurate representation of the guitar's timbre.
G-Force Tuning System
Fitted to the headstock is the Gibson G-Force Tuning System, which allows you to accurately and efficiently adjust your string tuning to standard, and a range of alternative options. The system can perform around 100 tunings on a single-charge - and should you forget to recharge the battery you can manually adjust the strings. You can even create custom tunings, save them to your G-Force, and recall them at a later date.
The belly up richlite bridge with adjustable titanium saddles, works perfectly to guarantee optimum intonation and string tension. The 'tortoise teardrop pickguard protects the body around the underside of the soundhole, whilst the included Gibson black hardshell case protects your new pride and joy on the move. Every model is supplied with a Gibson acoustic owner's manual.
Manufacturer Gibson Model 2016 J-45 Progressive Electro Acoustic Guitar Top Material Sitka Spruce Back and Side Material Mahogany Binding Multi-ply Top, Single Ply Back, Traditional Double Ring Rosette Neck Material Mahogany Neck Profile Slim Taper Fingerboard Material Richlite Fingerboard Radius 12-inches Position Inlays Mother of Pearl Parallelogram Guitar Size Full Number of Strings 6 Tuners 3-in-line White Button; 14:1 Gear Ratio Scale Length 24 3/4-inches Bridge Richlite Belly up Tune-o-matic with adjustable titanium saddles Nut Black Tusq Zero Fret Pickguard Tortoise Teardrop Electronics L.R. Baggs Lyric Finish Autumn Burst Included Accessories Gibson Black Hardshell Case
Gibson Acoustic Owner's Manual
I had discounted the Progressive, as I didn't really want the robot tuners on an acoustic - although, I have them on a Gibson Midtown so know they work well.
However, I tried a Progressive in store, and was blown away. The best playing and sounding acoustic guitar I have played, let alone the best J45!
Beautifully smooth to play, with crystal clear treble, and that wonderful bass sound when you need it.
£400 off in the sale meant it came home with me. Highly recommended.
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