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Gibson 2015 J-45 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Nicknamed "The Workhorse" and first introduced in 1942, Gibson's most popular round-shoulder dreadnought guitar is world-renowned for its full, balan...Click To Read More About This Product

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Superb craftsmanship, legendary tone.

Nicknamed "The Workhorse" and first introduced in 1942, Gibson's most popular round-shoulder dreadnought guitar is world-renowned for its full, balanced expression, warm bass, and excellent projection. Subtle changes to the bracing of its predecessor-the J-35-made Gibson's J-45 Standard one of most technically advanced acoustic electric guitars of its time.

Nickel Grover Rotomatic Tuners

Grover's original Rotomatic tuners are an engineering marvel, with abundant style and performance exactly suited for the 2015 J-45. 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 you regulate the tuning tension to any degree. A special lubricant inside the gearbox provides smooth and accurate tuning stability.

Body Tonewoods (back, sides and top)
The top of the 2015 Gibson J-45 acoustic electric guitar is made from AA-grade solid Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from pattern-grade Honduran mahogany, giving the J-45 guitar 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 pivotal processes in 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 maintain that standard.

Pickguard
The pickguard for the 2015 J-45 is Gibson's standard plain tortoise tear drop shape, which has been used on the J-45 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 this Gibson acoustic guitar is a simple single-ring rosette consisting of three-ply binding, adding a stylish, understated elegance to the this guitar.

Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Dot Inlays
The fingerboard of the 2015 J-45 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 J-45 guitar'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 the playability of the J-45.

L.R. Baggs Element Active Acoustic Pickup System
Gibson Acoustic's 2015 J-45 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
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 2015 J-45 Standard guitar 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 Gibson J-45 projects a natural compression, which helps it blend nicely with any accompaniment. Includes case.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • AA-grade solid Sitka spruce top
  • Pattern-grade Honduras mahogany back and sides
  • Mother-of-pearl Gibson headstock logo
  • Graph Tech nut
  • Nickel Grover Rotomatic tuners
  • Rosewood fingerboard with rolled edges and dot inlays
  • L.R. Baggs Element active acoustic pickup system
  • Hand-scalloped, radiused bracing
  • Includes case

This handcrafted Gibson guitar's choice tonewoods make it a fingerpicker's dream”order today and save.

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GibsonJ-45 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 23 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Brilliant Sound, Brilliant Finish

I got a better price on this instrument through my local retailer than even Musicians Friend could provide.

Like any guitar, each has their own personality. I played 3 of...Read complete review

I got a better price on this instrument through my local retailer than even Musicians Friend could provide.

Like any guitar, each has their own personality. I played 3 of these in the store before landing on the one I walked out with. Insane action, brilliant highs and mids filled the room easily and the finish is just so classic...how could you not love it?

It's not exactly a design flaw, but I have big hands so the only "con" I find with this particular model is the neck is a little narrow for me. However, this is just a personal thing and it really doesn't change my 5-star rating in the least.

I am very happy with my purchase and I am a firm believer in "you get what you pay for" so I have no issues dropping over 2 grand on a guitar. Price is not a con when you're set on a high-quality instrument.

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my opinion

Okay, I have a few Gibsons so I am a fan. I wanted to love this guitar but was not that impressed. It has the boom and it projects, but the detail and...Read complete review

Okay, I have a few Gibsons so I am a fan. I wanted to love this guitar but was not that impressed. It has the boom and it projects, but the detail and accuracy doesn't compare to my Hummingbird. I also have a Martin HD-28V and the J-45 just isn't in the same league as my Martin. There are a few sharp edges, the setup could have been much better, and while it has a very respectable low end, and is louder than my Hummingbird, the workmanship isn't as good, and doesn't have the control of the Hummingbird. That said, I love my Hummingbird and was hoping to find a guitar whose sound would fill the gap between my bird and Martin, but I will have to keep looking. Given the choice of just one of all my acoustics, I choose the Martin every time. Maybe I had a less than perfect guitar? I think there was more to it than that.

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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson J-45 Why Did I Wait So Long To Buy One?

By Bob the Strat Player

from Springfield, MA

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Comments about Gibson J-45 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Exceeded my expectations on all fronts.
I recently bought the J-45. I already own two Martin acoustics(D28 and D1) and love them both. I had always admired the sunburst finish and vintage apperance of the J-45 and was amazed at the tone and how beautifully it plays. None of the catalogues mention the shorter scale (think Les Paul) and this makes the guitar play much differently than the Martins. Fit and finish are terrific, although I notice a bit of roughness on the fret surfaces and getting the bridge pins to stay put when installing strings is a bit of a challenge, unlike any other acoustic I've ever owned...they don't want to stay put Once I do get them to stay put, the guitar tunes up well and stays in tune with great intonation. The guitar came set up pretty well and I thought it sounded great...until I changed the strings after a month to my favorite Martin M-540's and it became a different instrument. Compared to my D-28, it has slightly more pronounced bass and I think an overall richer and louder sound. The L.R.Baggs Element pickup and unobtrusive soundhole mounted volume control work great. I really prefer this guitar over the Martins for fingerstyle playing and it will be my "go to" for that technique. I own >25 guitars (Gibsons,Fenders, Epi's, Ovation,Hagstrom) love them all but I think I have a new favorite. I highly recommend the J-45!
Gibson's are very expensive and this cost more than my D-28

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

excellent

By dave

from pennsylvania

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Comments about Gibson J-45 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I hope this review is useful, and to that end I will preface these comments with the admission that I am a Martin guy at heart, and also own several top shelf hand-crafted guitars from HussDalton, Collings, and Bourgeois. I was a little skeptical of Gibson acoustics, fearing that they were not truly hand crafted and would be more on the order of assembly line quality. I was wrong. The J45 is indeed heavy, bulky, and of a very different feel from my martins. The sound however is impeccable, booming and beautifully clear. I am truly impressed and sold on this model. I will certainly consider Gibson among the top shelf from now on. this is quickly becoming my go-to guitar.

(11 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

my opinion

By RJS

from Westchester County, NY

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Comments about Gibson J-45 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Okay, I have a few Gibsons so I am a fan. I wanted to love this guitar but was not that impressed. It has the boom and it projects, but the detail and accuracy doesn't compare to my Hummingbird. I also have a Martin HD-28V and the J-45 just isn't in the same league as my Martin. There are a few sharp edges, the setup could have been much better, and while it has a very respectable low end, and is louder than my Hummingbird, the workmanship isn't as good, and doesn't have the control of the Hummingbird. That said, I love my Hummingbird and was hoping to find a guitar whose sound would fill the gap between my bird and Martin, but I will have to keep looking. Given the choice of just one of all my acoustics, I choose the Martin every time. Maybe I had a less than perfect guitar? I think there was more to it than that.

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(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Gibson Tone!

By Wildwood66

from Jacksonville, FL

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Comments about Gibson J-45 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar about a year ago and I just can't keep may hands off of it. Unplugged, the tone is fabulous and the volume is exceptional. Plug it in (I primarily use a Bose L1 Model II system which has a J45 preset) and you won't believe the sound that comes out of this thing. I do about 60% finger picking and the other 40% strumming and the sound is phenomenal. It's a perfect match with the L.R. Baggs electronics. Finish-wise it has one of the nicest sunburst finishes I've seen on a guitar; very rich looking. I'm rather a purist, so the non-cutaway was a real plus for me. If you want a no frills acoustic-electric guitar that puts out a great sound (plugged or un-plugged) this is the one for you. What are you waiting for?

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

J45

By Martin man2000

from Miami, Fl.

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Pros

  • Looks Sound

Cons

  • Sharp Frets And Nut

Best Uses

  • Studio

Comments about Gibson J-45 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This guitar is nice but could be better for the money. I found the frets to be sharp and the nut cut sloppy and has very sharp edges. The pick guard on mine was put on not lined up with the rosette. Also plugged in the low E is so loud compared to the rest rest of the strings it's almost unplayable in a live setting.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Jesus Played a J45

By MonsignorMonk

from Little Rock, AR

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Comments about Gibson J-45 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I own several fine acoustics (martin d28, koa taylor) but my j45 is my "go to" balance, volume, tome, and attitude. my j45 is the 1st guitar i have ever owned that ended my weekly visit's to the acoustic room at the local gear shop. it is like meeting the right woman. i can't imagine ever wanting another acoustic guitar unless it is another j45.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My Dream Guitar Finally a Reality

By Seth Easton

from West Virginia, USA

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Pros

  • Balanced Tone
  • Great action
  • High Quality
  • Lightweight body
  • Vintage feel

Cons

  • Pricey

Best Uses

  • Recording

Comments about Gibson J-45 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I finally was in the position to own one of my dream guitars, a Gibson acoustic. I tried several different models before settling on this one -- it simply had the best tone, hands down. It has a beautiful, ringing sustain and a solid, balanced, warm, rich tone I just haven't heard in most other acoustics. It's just liquid gold to my ears. One must understand with this guitar that it's basically a replica of a vintage workhorse. There's no flash to this thing at all. It's very plain, and has no fancy mother-of-pearl inlays or gold hardware or AAA figured wood. My wife, on seeing it for the first time, said "that's it? You paid all that money for this?". Yep, I paid for quality, tone, heritage, and style (I personally think it's beautiful). It will also be worth something in the future.

The reason I say it's best for recording is that there are no electronics (not the end of the world, as of course you can mic it or get a soundhole pickup and deal with wires). I tested this against a Hummingbird Pro acoustic/electric and I was so impressed with the J45's tone, I picked this one. This guitar's tone sold me above anything else. I also tested it against a few Taylors and Martins and kept coming back to this. Yes, it's pretty darn pricey for most working folks - you can get similar guitars for far less (there's an Epiphone version of this guitar - the AJ220 that's really good and is about a tenth of the price), but the devil is in the details: Rolled fretbaord corners, perfect action, perfect intonation, the list goes on.

If you're in the market for a fine acoustic and you can afford something in this range, I highly recommend this.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Brilliant Sound, Brilliant Finish

By JohnnyV

from Halifax, NS CANADA

Pros

  • Flawless Finish
  • Flawless Finnish
  • Great Sounding Highs
  • Great Sounding Mids
  • Plays Like Butter
  • Pre-wired Input Jack
  • Smells Great

Cons

  • Narrow neck

Best Uses

  • Live performance
  • Studio

Comments about Gibson J-45 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I got a better price on this instrument through my local retailer than even Musicians Friend could provide.

Like any guitar, each has their own personality. I played 3 of these in the store before landing on the one I walked out with. Insane action, brilliant highs and mids filled the room easily and the finish is just so classic...how could you not love it?

It's not exactly a design flaw, but I have big hands so the only "con" I find with this particular model is the neck is a little narrow for me. However, this is just a personal thing and it really doesn't change my 5-star rating in the least.

I am very happy with my purchase and I am a firm believer in "you get what you pay for" so I have no issues dropping over 2 grand on a guitar. Price is not a con when you're set on a high-quality instrument.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

J-45 Standard..unmatched in tone

Pros

  • Distinct Vintage Tones
  • Great for recording

Cons

  • Not A Cannon

Best Uses

    Comments about Gibson J-45 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Most guitars today have a sustaining ring to them that blur the distinctive notes; the J45, on the other hand has a tone and vibe all it's own. the notes are distinct from low to high end, a bit of a dry sound but standing out nonetheless. The pickup system does a good job at matching the unplugged sound....the J45 has a vintage vibe that none of my other Gibson's have, or the other brands that I own either. Must be the age-old design that hasn't changed that much from the '40's.

    It's simple in it's look, but don't be fooled...this guitar has a lot of personality that the others cant's match.

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Workhorse

    By Acoustic Lover-AaybA

    from Deep, South

    Comments about Gibson J-45 Standard Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I love my J45, I use it to play gigs one day a week. It has never let me down. Truly a classic, a must have. They have a sound all their own. I own a Guild F50, Martin D18, and a Taylor 814. Love them all, but the J45 is my workhorse.

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