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.
|All Gibson Acoustic Guitars are hand-built in Montana and feature:
- A Dovetail neck-joint with hot-hide glue for optimal tone transfer
- Scalloped bracing for maximum resonance
- Hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer finish, allowing the wood move and breath
- Incredible attention to detail throughout
Gibson J45 Standard Acoustic Electric Guitar
Nickel Grover Rotomatic Tuners
- Gibson Logo
- Nickel Grover Rotomatic Tuners
- Body Tonewoods (back, sides and top)
- Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Dot Inlays
- L.R. Baggs Element Active Acoustic Pickup System
- Tapered Dovetail Neck Joint
- Radius Top
- Nitrocellulose Finish
- Body Binding
- Hardshell Case Included
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.
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.
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 incredible performance. Its sleek and effective design removes unnecessary internal components to enhance the coupling between the pickup and the guitar for a robust, lively, and natural acoustic sound with excellent dynamics. The Element works with a standard 9V battery, which is housed inside the guitar in L.R. Bagg’s new Battery Bagg.
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.