There is a simple and easily explained reason the Gibson J-45 is the best selling Gibson acoustic, it's magical sound quality has been witness to and bore the fruit of some of the most well know music of the last 85 years. The list of notable players is as eclectic as it is astounding. Skip James King of the D-minor Mississippi Blues to Alex Turner of The Arctic Monkey. Elvis to Dave Gilmour, John Lennon to Bruce Springsteen. The story of the J-45 is one of music history, continent-crossing, mould-breaking musical history.
J-45 "The Workhorse"
Dubbed the workhorse due to its rugged and hardy nature, the J-45 is a solid beast but the truth is it lays as close to a dancing horse. The Walnut back and sides married with the Sitka Spruce top provides a warm tone with sparkling harmonics. The flawless construction means an even and balanced tone across the whole fretboard. The J-45 sings out chords, is ideal for pickers and handles lead lines effortlessly. The beautifully clean timbre carries like windswept flowers to the listener's ear, this is why it has had such an influence over the music we know and love.
The body has an Antique Natural finish, which is protected by a coating of nitrocellulose to allow it to age gracefully over time. The Walnut back and sides will evolve in sound to provide wonderful low-frequency support to your music while the Spruce top will help balance the sound with a solid and reliable high end. Multi-ply binding around the top and single-ply binding around the back complements the finish beautifully. Multi-ply binding around the soundhole accompanies a Tear Drop pickguard to complete the classic styling of the top.
Solid neck design
Joined to the body via an elegant compound dovetail joint is a steady mahogany neck, which has been carved to the Advanced Response profile to afford a sleek playing feel. The 24.75-inch scale length emphasises the richness of the midrange tonal energy, whilst promoting comfort as you perform. Married to the neck is a beautiful rosewood fingerboard, which is adorned with mother of pearl dot position inlays to guide your way. The fingerboard is polished with finishing oil to enhance the natural compounds of the wood to vastly improve its playability. The 16" fingerboard radius is one of the most understated elements of this guitar and is perfect for any the musician looking for a more elegant neck which is both comfortable and playable, the J-45 neck is among the best acoustic necks around.
To cement its "Workhorse" label, the J-45 is equipped with a range of appointments that uphold consistency with precision across the board. The headstock is home to Mini Grover Rotomatic tuners with kidney buttons, which uphold tuning integrity throughout the most demanding of performances. The body is home to a traditional belly up rosewood bridge, which anchors each string securely to optimise intonation and sustain.
L.R. Baggs VTC
Unlike the usual under saddle acoustic guitar pickups that are dependent on string compression for their sound, the L.R.Baggs Element was engineered to mirror the soundboard’s actual movement as you play. At the very centre of the pickup, an incredibly thin and flexible film picks up the guitar’s most delicate sounds. Tracking the motion of the top rather than a direct string attack suppresses “quack” caused by compression and unlocks the L.R.Baggs Element’s unrivalled dynamic range. The pickup’s minimalist construction lessens any influence on the acoustic properties and creates an intimate coupling between the pickup and guitar for the highest fidelity possible.
Genuine and unwavering quality
The Gibson J-34 is a staple among professional musicians and some of the greatest songwriters the music world has known. It has an unsurpassed build quality that has stood the test of time. Hand-built using all the time-honoured techniques that every Gibson acoustic receives. The J-45 offers the full Gibson sound by using a traditional bracing pattern, slimmer body depth, and a modern Advanced Response neck profile for supreme playability in any position on the neck. Finished with an LR Baggs Element pickup.
Manufacturer Gibson Model 2019 J-45 Standard Left Handed Electro Acoustic Guitar Body Shape Round-shoulder Dreadnought Top Material Sitka Spruce Back & Side Material Walnut Bracing Traditional Hand-Scalloped X-Bracing Body Binding Multi-Ply Top, Single-Ply Back Finish Nitrocellulose; Antique Natural Neck Material Mahogany Number of Strings 6 Neck Profile Advanced Response Neck Joint Compound Dovetail Neck-To-Body Joint Scale Length 24.75-inch Nut Tusq Fingerboard Material Rosewood Fingerboard Radius 16-inch Number of Frets Radius 20 Position Inlays Mother of Pearl Dots Tuners Mini Grover Rotomatics with Kidney Buttons Plating Nickel Bridge Traditional Belly Up; Rosewood Pickups LR Baggs VTC Control Volume, Tone Included Accessories Gibson Hardshell Case
Gibson Accessory Kit
Gibson Acoustic Owner's Manual
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