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Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar Antique Natural  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

US-made from all-solid tonewoods with dovetail neckjoint, scalloped bracing and L.R. Baggs electronics.

The 2016 J-15 features the same round-shoulder body shape of Gibson's J-45, aka "The Workhorse", an incredibly popular acoustic that has been one of Gibson's best-selling guitars since it's introduction in 1942. With it's electronics and high-quality body construction, the 2016 J-15 can easily become your new workhorse as it can handle the demands of both intimate settings and larger venues.

Handcrafted exclusively at Gibson's Bozeman, Montana facility, this J-15 is all about North American sustainable tonewoods, with a Sitka spruce top which provides you with ample velocity, and sustainable American walnut back and sides which possesses some of the warmth of rosewood while adding a dash of mahogany's presence, all without the extra weight. This 24.75 in. scale acoustic-electric also features a neck-to-body dovetail joint secured with hide glue to ensure the resonance transfer from strings to body stays at a premium level throughout the life of the guitar. The 2016 J-15's radiused body with scalloped X-bracing provides the kind of projection and clarity that you expect in a more expensive model. The hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer finish not only lets the tone of the J-15 to mature with age, but also allows the unique character and beauty of the guitar's woods to shine through.

When it's time to plug in, the 2016 J-15 will spoil your amp and ears even more thanks to L.R. Baggs Element electronics. Unlike typical undersaddle acoustic guitar pickups that are dependent on string compression for their sound, the Element was engineered to mirror the soundboard's actual movement as you play. At the heart of the pickup, a flexible film sensor only .002 thick picks up the guitar's most delicate nuances. Tracking the motion of the top rather than a direct string attack suppresses "quack" caused by compression and unlocks the Element's unrivaled 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.

Other appointments of the 2016 J-15 include an abalone rosette, a rectangular walnut bridge, a walnut fingerboard with mother-of-pearl dot inlays, Mini Grover tuners (nickel), a teardrop tortoise pickguard, a 1.725" tusq nut, and a traditional AJ headstock. You also receive a Gibson Standard hardshell case with black Tolex exterior and a blue fabric interior and Gibson's Gold Warranty (covers the guitar from defects in material and workmanship for the life of the original purchase, subject to limitations).

Whether you're about to embark on a tour or just want to step up your game with a high-quality USA-made instrument, you'd be hard-pressed to find better deals or better guitars, than the J-15.

FEATURES
  • Body Style: J-45 round-shoulder
  • Wood: Sitka spruce top, walnut back & sides
  • Binding: Mutli-ply top, single-ply back, abalone rosette
  • Finish: Antique natural cure textured high-gloss
  • Neck: Maple, 1.725" tusq nut
  • Neck-to-body: Compound dovetail secured with hide glue at the 14th fret
  • Bracing: Gibson Standard X
  • Fingerboard: 12" radius walnut with 1/4" mother-of-pearl dot inlay
  • Scale: 24-3/4"
  • Bridge: Rectangular walnut
  • Pickguard: Teardrop tortoise
  • Tuning Machines: Mini Grovers 14:1
  • Strings: Gibson light gauge .012 - .053
  • Electronics: L.R. Baggs Element
  • 100% American-made, handcrafted in Bozeman, Montana
  • Includes case

Gibson is always a solid choice, and the 2016 J-15 was built to keep that reputation intact. Order today!

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Gibson2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Consistent (5)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Stays in tune (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (4)
  • Recording (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Gibson J-15 Doesn't Disappoint

Very Pleased with the Gibson J-15. When I saw that this guitar had Walnut Back & sides I had to have it! Just Have a thing for Walnut tone wood. Looks and...Read complete review

Very Pleased with the Gibson J-15. When I saw that this guitar had Walnut Back & sides I had to have it! Just Have a thing for Walnut tone wood. Looks and sounds great. Not a lot of guitars use Walnut and I'm not sure why, but to me it's very suitable for guitars. The contrasting maple neck and cream binding really pop and plays with a great action right out of the box. Grover tuners are nice also. Necks straight, finish is superb and overall build quality is right on.
It plays (action) very similar to the J-35 but so far noticing the trebles are a bit brighter in comparison. They all change over time, so keep playing em and enjoy the show!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

J-15 - my second one!

Two different experiences with this new model from Gibson. I foolishly sold the first one I had to one of my guitar students who loved it. When a used/excellent one was listed by...Read complete review

Two different experiences with this new model from Gibson. I foolishly sold the first one I had to one of my guitar students who loved it. When a used/excellent one was listed by MF I jumped on it. Unfortunately, my guess is that it was a restock/return and I can see why. The fret edges where very rough, the nitro finish was poorly applied in places (especially where the neck meets the body) and there is a "bump" on the fretboard with a rise on the bass side between the 3rd and 7th frets, according to my guitar tech who is presently addressing these things and adjusting the action, which was much too high when the guitar arrived. So why didn't I just return it to MF? Because I like the sound of the walnut and spruce body, especially amplified. It is much more even and balanced than the J-35 and the short scale neck is easy to play. Bottom line - I will have to invest additional time and resources to correct issues that Gibson should have addressed (my first J-15 was perfect in terms of fit and finish).

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5.0

Great Guitar for Anyone

By Slim Jim

from TN

About Me Experienced

Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've been playing guitar for about 16 years now, and I have owned several great guitars. I generally prefer Martin guitars (an HD-28 vintage series is my current "favorite" guitar), but I also have plenty of experience with Taylor, Takamine, Larrivee... guitars. I was recently in the market for a good guitar that wasn't too terribly expensive so that when I left it on stage, or allowed others to borrow it on stage I wouldn't worry about it like I do with my Martin. I've always wanted a Gibson, but in the past I've always found their sound lacking, and because of that I always purchased different guitars (often Martin or Taylor). Long story short, after playing a lot of Gibson, Martin and Taylor guitars at my local music store, this is the one I came home with and I couldn't be happier.
This guitar is incredibly versatile! I play primarily country, southern gospel, contemporary christian, and a little bluegrass, but no matter what I use this guitar for it never disappoints me.
Compared to my HD-28 I would say the J15 is more balanced, but it still provides plenty of bass for rhythm, and a very warm sound overall. The J15 is not as responsive as my HD-28, but every guitar is different, and this one definitely has its place.
My only complaint is with tuning. When I initially bought this guitar it was VERY hard to get tuned, and it wouldn't stay in tune well at all. After a few months of playing this guitar, it now stays in tune very well once you get it dialed in, but I still find it harder to tune than other quality guitars that I have owned in the past. I may change out the tuners down the road, but they do work which is why I didn't deduct for this... It just takes a little more time to tune than normal which is a bit annoying when you are on stage.
Nonetheless this is a GREAT guitar! This guitar has become my go-to, and I don't see that changing anytime soon. If you are looking for a great guitar under $2500... this is it! Well done Gibson.

 
5.0

Great guitar

By Brad

from Woodstock Georgia

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Have owned this guitar for over 9 months. Extremely pleased with this guitar! Mine had no cosmetic issues. In fact it's beautiful. As far as the smell of the wood and lacquer, love it. I played this guitar before I purchased it so no surprises. I have average sized hands with thick fingers. The neck is very smooth and easy to play. The sound is full and articulate. I have played this guitar live every week since I have purchased it. Nothing but compliments on the sound and tone of this guitar.
    Highly recommend. Great guitar for the money.

    Pick guards and etched truss rod covers make absolutely no difference to me. How it plays and sounds does.

    Good job Gibson.

     
    5.0

    I dare you to find a better value

    By Cool Hand Turner

    from Monroe, NC

    About Me Novice

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Beautiful Wood Finish
    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Rich Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This was my first REAL guitar purchase. By that I mean a substantial sum of money on an American made guitar. I did plenty of research (I was Type A from birth), and knew what I wanted: all wood build (no laminate), either Martin, Taylor or Gibson make, acoustic/electric, and under two grand. I played several in my local Guitar Store. The Taylors were very comfortable, but sounded too bright. The Martins sounded fantastic, but didn't offer anything that suited me in my price range that was an acoustic/electric. With that being said, I knew I was a Gibson man from the start (just wanted to give the other two a chance.) I would've loved a J-45, but a budget is a budget. The J-15 is by far the best value you can get. It absolutely sings. And every finish on the backs are unique. The walnut is gorgeous. And they guy I spoke with on the phone was very helpful. I would highly recommend calling for their best price/deals. And tell them I sent you (no idea if it'll do anything but it's worth a shot.) Very satisfied overall.

       
      5.0

      WOW !!!

      By duster

      from mass.

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is absolutely perfect ! The sound is perfect , the finish is perfect , I CAN'T FIND A FLAW ANYWERE !! Gibson keep up the good work I don't mind paying the price for this type of quality the one I received is beautiful ! Would highly recommend this guitar to anyone when I strummed the strings for the first time the hair stood up on the back of my neck !! WOW !

         
        5.0

        A killer model

        By Yoshinobu

        from undisclosed

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        Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        This is a fine guitar for the price. It sounds wonderful and it looks great. I love it.

         
        4.0

        A fine model

        By Sammy

        from Long Beach, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

        • Minor cosmetic problems

        Best Uses

        • Wherever and whenever

        Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        This is a great guitar for the money. It's loud and crisp - sounds just right for my strumming. I only intend to play it acoustically, and I haven't even plugged it in yet, so I can't tell you how it sounds when it's amplified. It's a beautiful guitar to look at as well - very nice walnut back and sides and maple neck. The top is only average, aesthetically speaking that is. I'm only giving 4 stars for the guitar I received, because of a few minor cosmetic problems that Gibson people surely chose to ignore (I fixed them). And as some people have been complaining about pick guard misalignment on their J-45s, mine is on slightly misaligned also. The action was too high, so I lowered the saddle 1/16 of an inch and it was ready to go ( I could lower it even a little more without compromising the break angle.) Overall it's a great sounding, beautiful guitar for the money and I'm very happy with it.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        This product is a lemon!

        By Redoakrowdy

        from Gainesville, Ga.

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Not Consistent

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

          This guitar should never have left the work table. The string, at the twelfth fret were two quarters high when they should have been on only one. The saddle was extra high to compensate for this, when a lower saddle was installed the second fret was higher than the rest of the frets causing a buzz which was clearly detectable without amplification, and extremely irritating when amplified. I will never buy another guitar without trying it out first.
          I have had extremely good luck with the epiphone guitars I have bought and the mandolins and the harmonicas and the speakers and all the other things I have bought from Musicians Friend.

           
          5.0

          Excellent Gibson acoustic

          By Jalex

          from Alabama

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          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Rich Sound
          • Stays In Tune

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            Great model from Gibson. I was looking for a different tone from the standard J-45 and the walnut back and sides of the J-15 gave me the tone I was looking for. It's a beautiful guitar with gorgeous woods and excellent build quality. If your looking at a Gibson slope shouldered dreadnought then the J-15 is certainly worth a look and it doesn't hurt that it's priced very reasonably either.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            It's a keeper

            By David G

            from Jupiter, FL

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            Pros

            • BEAUTIFUL
            • Quality
            • Sound
            • Wood

            Cons

            • Etching in truss cover
            • Tacky Pick-guard

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              Great looking guitar with warm but defined harmonic tone. You will probably want to take down the action slightly but leave room for strings five and six to produce that nice deep tone. The side with high E string one is already low enough. Guitar needs time to reach its full potential. Currently the sound is contained but will project more with time. Well balanced tone at the moment. Not a fan of pick-guards in general. Rounded edge and thick. Will take time to get use to. Have heard horror stories of people removing it so I won't even attempt to remove, especially now. Tuners would be nicer if a touch larger. Looks like they etched the model year into the truss cover but it could be custom since this was bought used mint. I don't like the etching. It had a little mark, fortunately it rubbed off. Someone replaced the plastic pins with Tusq. I tried to do the same with a Martin and had the same problem where it pops out slightly on string six. I ordered some bone ones, and a bone saddle online. The bone saddle worked out well on my Taylor so I'm crossing my fingers. You smell that light layer of nitro-cellulose but that will wear off. The back of the neck is a little sticky but that will wear off too. The finish and the wood on this guitar is exceptional. The Walnut color and tone is out of this world gorgeous. Fret board walnut is nice and natural. Fret board width is pretty good and comfortable. I'm sure when I get my new saddle and find the optimal height the action will be good. I dialed in my Taylor so I imagine I can do it perfectly here too. I adjusted the J15 but it's good but not perfect yet. There are certain guitars that are hidden gems and defy the cost and this is one of them. This is a purchase you will never regret. I wavered back between the J45 and J35 and glad I got this one. One of these days I'll get a J45 but for now I'm loving this one. This has earned a space on my guitar rack.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing !

              By R.rod

              from Monterrey, Mx

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              Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              great guitar, i have some martin and taylor and this ones its amazingly great, very lighlty great warm sound amazing looking, once you set it up would be one of the most amazing guitars you will ever have

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