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Gibson J45 Standard Acoustic Electric Guitar with Case

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Product Description

Nicknamed The Workhorse and first introduced in 1942, the Gibson J45 Standard Acoustic Electric Guitar is one of the most technically advanced guitars of its time.


The icon of the round-shoulder, dreadnought line, and world renowned for its full, balanced expression, warm bass, and excellent projection, the J45 has been Gibson’s top-selling acoustic guitar for years.

Gibson J45 Standard Acoustic Electric Guitar
  • Gibson Logo
  • Nickel Grover Rotomatic Tuners
  • Body Tonewoods (back, sides and top)
  • Pickguard
  • Rosette
  • Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Dot Inlays
  • L.R. Baggs Element Active Acoustic Pickup System
  • Bracing
  • Tapered Dovetail Neck Joint
  • Radius Top
  • Nitrocellulose Finish
  • Body Binding
  • Hardshell Case Included
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.

Body Tonewoods (back, sides and top)
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 world renowned full, balanced expression, warm bass, and excellent projection.

Pickguard
The pickguard 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, inlay, and binding are all done by hand.

Rosette
The rosette on the J45 is a simple single-ring rosette consisting of three-ply binding, adding a stylish, understated elegance.

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 1/4 inch in diameter, and are inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps and doesn’t require the use of fillers. 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 playability.

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 and removable 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 new Battery Bagg.

Bracing
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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Product Specifications
Gibson J45 Standard Acoustic Electric Guitar Specifications

Body
  • Top Species: AA-grade Sitka Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Pattern Grade Honduras Mahogany
Fingerboard
  • Species: Rosewood
  • Inlays: Dot Inlays
Hardware
  • Tuners: Nickel Grover Rotomatic Tuners
  • Pickups: L.R. Baggs Element Active Acoustic Pickup System


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Michael K. from Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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Subject
If you're a gigging musician, buy this guitar.
General
Your general opinion of this product.
I've never written a review before, on anything. I just had to write this one because I haven't been able to find a review anywhere that focuses on the sound of the guitar for solo/band performance. I love a good sounding acoustic, but I make my money plugging it in, not on my couch. I'm a die-hard Taylor player of almost 20 years. But since the ES, I've been trying to find something to gig with that sounds as natural as possible. This is it. Out of the box and plugged in this thing sounds almost as good as it does acoustically.
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
The quality of the guitar is excellent. Gibson's are still hand made, and you can easily see, hear and feel it.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The guitar is only about 4 1/2 pounds, so it's plenty light enough to play a 4 hour show and not even think about it. It's a dreadnaught, which is bigger than the grand auditoriums I'm used to, but it's not an issue for me. The neck is slightly bigger than the Taylor neck I'm used to as well, but still VERY playable and comfortable. As far as the controls, it doesn't get any easier than one volume knob, and it's positioned nicely inside the sound hole.
Tone
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
This guitar is very well balanced. It has very full lows, and nice crisp highs. All around a great guitar for any style. The L.R. Baggs Element is a very responsive pickup, and it faithfully reproduces the sound of the guitar when plugged in. It's not "quacky" or compressed in any way, and I'm a very heavy-handed and percussive player. I really beat on it at times and it doesn't drop out or distort at all. I run it through a Fishman Aura Spectrum D.I. into an Allen and Heath ZED 10FX, and out through QSC K12's. It has plenty of punch, but isn't muddy. I actually had to back the highs off a touch to get it where I wanted it, but it's still EQ'd almost flat. I've used several internal mics in the past, like the Lyric and Anthem, and this pre/pickup combination sounds better, with almost no feedback issues (unless you're on top of the speaker).
Action
How was the action out of the box?
The action was a bit high, but that's normal. Almost every guitar is at about 90% of it's playability off the wall. It's intentional because everyone has different tastes and styles. It' took me less than 30 minutes to set it up, just a small bit of relief added because the neck was arrow straight, sanded down the bridge a touch to compensate, and put some Elixirs on it. That was all it needed.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
The Nitrocellulose finish was great, no defects that I could see. The finish is my least important feature.
Reliability
How has it stood up over time?
I've only had it on two gigs, time will tell. Seems solid though.
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