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Gibson J-45 Modern Classic Mahogany Acoustic-Electric Guitar   

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The mahogany Gibson J-45 Modern Classic is a compact acoustic-electric guitar with soft shoulders and a short scale (24-3/4"). Originating in the 194...Click To Read More About This Product

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The J-45 delivers tight, vibrant tone with rich bass.

The mahogany Gibson J-45 Modern Classic is a compact acoustic-electric guitar with soft shoulders and a short scale (24-3/4"). Originating in the 1940s, the Gibson J-45 guitar is still the choice of top recording artists. The Modern Classic J-45 features scalloped and tuned bracing, body binding, mother-of-pearl dot markers, and vintage nickel tuners. The top is solid Sitka spruce, back and sides are solid Honduran mahogany, bridge and fretboard are rosewood. Equipped with an L.R. Baggs pickup for amplified gigs.

  • Grover Rotomatic Tuners
  • Bone nut and Tusq saddle
  • "Big Sky" radiused fingerboard edge
  • Industry's finest electronics
  • Premium hardshell case
  • Distinctive labels

J-45 Modern Classic Mahogany Acoustic-Electric Guitar

  • Solid Sitka spruce top
    Solid Honduran mahogany back and sides
    Round shoulder body style
    4-ply top binding
    Single-ply back binding
    Mahogany neck
    24-3/4" scale
    V-shaped neck profile
    Indian rosewood fingerboard
    20 frets
    Mother-of-pearl dot inlays
    1.725 nut width
    Rosewood belly-up bridge
    Nickel Gotoh tuners w/white oval buttons
    Tortoise tear drop pickguard
    L.R. Baggs pickup

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Great old sound in a new guitar

By RAJacoustica

from St. Paul, MN

Gibsons have that dry, full sound, and the 745 is a perfect example of that Gibson sound. I have played Martins, Taylors, Guilds, and am selling off a Larrivee after getting this guitar. Great balance, beautiful solid tone for backing a voice, and it looks like a museum piece. I would LOVE a vintage J45 from the midcentury, but dang this thing sounds like its older brothers. My top guitar long term for sure now.

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Rich and balanced

By Medicine Crow

from Michigan

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For my playing style the J-45 is the perfect guitar...deep rich bottom end and clear and articulate mids and highs. Mine is a 2001 model with a Fishman pickup. Plugged in it sounds as good as it does acoustically. It's been played and in it's relatively short life has shown remarkable improvement in tone over time. It handles flat picking and finger picking with equal clarity. It's hard to put down once start playing it.

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Built to last

By Southern Hawk

from CT

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I bought this guitar pretty much on impulse. I did some online research beforehand and played a number of other guitars...to me, it was one of the few I played that could inspire shelling out for the price. I've played some nice Martins, Taylors, other Gibsons...but this is a time-tested design and just a little different from the usual acoustics you see around. I initially had hesitations about the electronics since I wanted and acoustic-electric...but these sound phenomenal without any additional hardware like preamps. I use a Fender Acoustasonic amp. One note: the action at the saddle is very high...I think they ship from the factory with the intention that a professional will alter this component...and that is fine if you know what you're in for. This adjustment to me seems mandatory.


Exceeded Expectations

By Wallis

from Atlanta, GA

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Just received my J-45 on Friday (ordered on Tuesday) and what a beauty; the fit/finish is extraordinary and the setup was perfect - exceeded my expectations. And the sunburst is awesome - has gotten a collective "wow" from everyone who's seen it. I will admit that I was nervous about buying a guitar over the internet but am glad I did. How did I decide on the J-45? Well, I used to play a lot back in the 60's, recently started actively playing again and wanted a decent accoustic. I've owned several Gibsons throug the years and thought it was time for a Martin, so I gave Martin D-18's and D-28's a shake; they are both great guitars (I would have been happy with either one), but I kept coming back to Gibson -love the shape (soft shoulder), the Gibson feel and the balanced sound. And when I saw the sunburst J-45 I was had. Also, I like having the accoustic pickup built in WITHOUT onboard controls (will use amp or foot controls for that); plugged it into my Marshall over the weekend, was pleased with the sound. And the hard case is top notch. Why this site? Decided I wanted a new one, and this site had the best price and 12 months same as cash.Overall, a good value that will hold up over time. And is sure is pretty...


your go to axe

By modeerf

from Las Vegas

This acoustic is amazing. This thing is soooo playable and the tone is great. this is deffinetly a guitar the has a pick up and play feel to it, simple yet effective. very inspiring, no need to fight to play it, may not have all the bells and whistles but this will surely become your favorite axe. Feels like your favorite pair of worn out shoes, a familiar friend.


beautifull guitar

By journeysc

from Huchinson KS

I love this guitar a would love to own this guitar some day it is just beautyfull throu and throug


Waka Jawaka!

By Ruby Junction

from Gresham. OR

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Hi,I just bought this guitar and have only had it for a short time, but I must say it is simply wonderful! It has quality workmanship through and through, and a tone that just sings. None of the notes anywhere on the neck buzz (good factory action setup), and the pickup works GREAT (I tried it with my Marshall MG15 CDR), and no annoying pickup controls in the upper bout of the guitar. ALSO the tuners (Gotoh) are first rate. It's VERY comfortable to play. Gibson says this is a "no frills" guitar, but not so you would notice. True, there are no fancy inlays, etc. BUT that didn't bother me a bit. Yes, it was a little expensive, but it is a Gibson. AND it isn't like you're paying just for a name brand, you get a fantastic instrument as well. This guitar I have found works stupendous for all styles of music.....Jazz, rock, pop, classical. You also get a super hardshell case to boot. In closing, if you buy this guitar I think you will really enjoy it.


A classic acoustic guitar

By Biff Wixler

from Salt Lake City

Staff Reviewer

The J-45 sounds amazing, that's why I got one. The balance between lows, mids, and highs is almost perfect. Consequently, it is a good choice for both flat and finger picking. If you want a high quality instrument for all-around playing, or can only afford one, this is it. It is punchier and a bit less balanced than the more expensive Advanced Jumbo, but each 45/AJ style guitar seems to have its own individual character anyway. The active pickup is a nice addition, though I have no real use for it. At least there's not an ugly plastic box stuck in the upper bout. Thank you, Gibson, for keeping it simple.The factory setup was pretty good. I haven't messed with it and it plays just fine. The sunburst finish on mine is beautiful and flawless. All of the joints, including the binding, are smooth. Top notch all the way. I see no reason why this guitar won't be around 100 years from now (excluding trailer park tornados and the like). Since it is built with high quality materials and a thin nitro finish it will age well and let the sound open up, too.My only wish: I wish it had a big fat V neck like some of the vintage examples. I find them to be more comfortable. I'm not complaining though; it's no big deal.A word on value. Though this guitar is simple and expensive, I rate the value as being very high. I've had cheapo guitars that I took back to the store because I felt disappointed after a few days of playing. If you don't like an inexpensive guitar, it's a terrible value. If you do, well, there are good ones out there and congratulations on finding one. For me though, quality and satisfaction are the ultimate factors. I am 100% satisfied with this guitar. Good job Gibson. You guys are still alright.


None Better

By Fix3890-uYpQX

from San Francisco, CA

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Gibson acoustics have a sound all their own, and the J-45 has been my favorite for many years. Smooth and balanced. Capable of good volume, though not as loud as a D-18. Sweet and rich for fingerstyle. Nothing sounds better accompanying a voice. The new "Modern Classic" adds useful features in the tuners and pickup. Highly recommended.


superb instrument

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is one guitar that meets all expectations I had for it before purchasing.

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