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Gibson J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar Antique Natural 

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Overview

  • Body Style: J-45 round-shoulder
  • Wood: Sitka spruce top, American walnut back & sides
  • Binding: Mutli-ply top, single-ply back, double-ring rosette with unique abalone composite accent
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $2,095.00
  • Your Savings:
    - $596.00
  • Your Price:
    $1,49900

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

The 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 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, the J-15 is all about North American solid 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" 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 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 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 J-15 include a double-ring rosette with unique abalone composite accent, a rectangular walnut bridge with a mother-of-pearl dot inlay, a walnut fingerboard with mother-of-pearl dot inlays, Mini Grover tuners (nickel-plated), a teardrop tortoise pick guard, 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, American walnut back & sides
  • Binding: Mutli-ply top, single-ply back, double-ring rosette with unique abalone composite accent
  • Finish: Natural cure textured high-gloss, nitrocellulose lacquer
  • Neck: Two-piece maple with walnut stringer, 1.725” tusq nut
  • Neck-to-body: Compound dovetail secured with hide glue at the 14th fret
  • Bracing: Traditional scalloped bracing
  • Fingerboard: 12” radius walnut with mother-of-pearl dot inlay
  • Scale: 24-3/4”
  • Bridge: Rectangular walnut with mother-of-pearl dot inlay
  • Pickguard: Traditional J-45
  • Tuning Machines: Mini nickel-plated 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 J-15 was built to keep that reputation intact. Order today!

 
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GibsonJ-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.3

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        2.0

        J-15 - my second one!

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              Comments about Gibson J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              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

              Cool Gibson at a great price.

              By thefrankie

              from Nashville, TN

              Pros

              • Plays Fine
              • Well Made No Flaws Found

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Good Fingerpicker

                Comments about Gibson J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                I am normally not a Gibson guy, but the walnut back and sides, the nitro finish, and the price point caught my eye. This J15 holds up to the Martins and Guilds I have. I do have 2 other Gibson's ('65 F-75 Folksinger and a 63 B 12-45) The j-15 I just took to a writers night here in Nashville and it was a big hit. By the way, I have about 300 guitars at home, so I'm pretty aware of a good sounding guitar and this is one.

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                5.0

                Superb!

                By if it were easy, We'd all be rock stars!

                from Saratoga Springs, NY

                Pros

                • Nice Gibson Playability

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Whatever you like

                Comments about Gibson J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                I think I've already written one review...just kept talking about the Walnut....Blah Blah! Well its still awesome and the maple neck plays and contrasts nicely, this guitar is built with some unconventional wood combinations, thats what drew me to it. nice action and tone. I really have no complaints about this one. Simply elegant, not too flashy, but easily a workhorse solid guitar for all venues.

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                5.0

                Gibson J-15 Doesn't Disappoint

                By If it were easy, We'd all be rock stars!

                from saratoga Springs, NY

                Pros

                • It's The New White Meat
                • New Walnut Tonewoods
                • Playabilty
                • Quality
                • Think Rosewood Sort Of
                • Walnut Rules

                Cons

                • none

                Best Uses

                • Great For Thumb Slapping
                • Play Anything You Like

                Comments about Gibson J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                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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