Gibson’s Top Selling Acoustic! The Gibson J45 Acoustic Electric Guitar has been nicknamed ‘The Work Horse’ by players everywhere due to a solid feature set that includes solid Honduras mahogany back and sides, a solid Sitka spruce top, a comfortable round shoulder body, Grover rotomatic tuners, and a V-shape mahogany neck with an Indian rosewood fingerboard.
Gibson J45 Modern Classic Acoustic Electric Guitar Features
J45 - The Workhorse
- Grover Rotomatic Tuners
- Bone nut and Tusq saddle
- New Big Sky radiused fingerboard edge
- Industry's finest electronics
- Premium hardshell case
- Distinctive new labels
Introduced in 1942, the J45 was the economical cousin to the Southern Jumbo. Foregoing the cosmetic upgrades for a down to earth working man’s look, the J45 packs all the punch and reliability of a dreadnought in an elegant slope shoulder design. The solid sitka spruce top combined with a solid mahogany body combine to produce that throaty, balanced tone that has become the definition of Gibson acoustic sound.
Nickel Grover Rotomatic Tuners
Grover’s original Rotomatic tuners are an engineering marvel, with abundant style and performance exactly suited for the J45. With a gear ratio of 14:1, the Rotomatics deliver precision tuning in a durable housing that provides maximum protection for the gear and string post. All moving parts are cut for exact meshing, eliminating the possibility of slippage. A countersunk tension screw lets players regulate the tuning tension to any degree. A special lubricant inside the gear box provides smooth and accurate tuning stability.
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The top of the J45 is made from AA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from pattern grade Honduras mahogany, giving the J45 its world renowned full, balanced expression, warm bass, and excellent projection. 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 pickguard for the J45 is Gibson’s standard plain tortoise tear drop shape, which has been used on the J45 since its introduction in 1942. As with all of Gibson’s pickguards, the coloring and binding are all done by hand.
A rosette is the beautiful, hand-crafted circle around the soundhole, and can be one of the most ornamental elements of any acoustic guitar. It is also one of the most subtle and complicated woodworking decorations on any acoustic guitar. The rosette on the J45 is a simple single-ring rosette consisting of three-ply binding, adding a stylish, understated elegance to the J45 Standard.
Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Dot Inlays
The fingerboard of Gibson’s J45 is constructed from the highest grade 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 J45’s dot inlays are made of genuine mother of pearl, measuring approximately ¼-inch in diameter, and are inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps. The fingerboard also sports a rolled edge—instead of the usual right angle where the fingerboard surface meets the neck, Gibson Acoustic’s rolled edges are slightly beveled for an extremely smooth and comfortable feel, enhancing the playability of the J45.
L.R. Baggs Element Active Acoustic Pickup System
Gibson Acoustic’s J45 comes equipped with the popular Element Active Acoustic Pickup System from L.R. Baggs, which features a low-profile undersaddle element—or transducer—that’s proven more stable and durable than many standard ribbon-type pickups. Combined with an onboard preamp with an unobtrusive volume control mounted just inside the soundhole, the Element delivers performance not previously attainable from an undersaddle pickup. Its sleek and effective design removes unnecessary internal components to enhance the coupling between the pickup and the guitar, and improve the sensitivity of the transducer for a robust, lively, and natural acoustic sound with excellent dynamics and delicate high end. The Element works with a standard 9V battery, which is housed inside the guitar in L.R. Bagg’s Battery Bagg.
Every acoustic guitar made by Gibson features hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing inside the body, a feature normally found only in limited run, hand-made guitars. By scalloping each brace by hand, the natural sound of the acoustic is focused more toward the center of the body, enhancing the instrument’s sound projection. The J45 features a variation of Gibson’s “X” bracing pattern situated behind the soundhole, with a set of tall and thin braces for the back, and scalloped tall and thin braces for the top. This legendary bracing design delivers a balanced expression, with punchy, deep lows, warm mids, and clear, crisp highs. When pushed for more volume, the J45 projects a natural compression, which helps it blend nicely with any accompaniment.
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