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Gibson J-45 Rosewood Modern Classic Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The Gibson J-45 Rosewood Modern Classic Acoustic-Electric Guitar has even tone across the strings and excellent sustain. The J-45 has a solid rosewoo...Click To Read More About This Product

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So widely used by folk and blues performers it's been dubbed 'The American Workhorse.'

The Gibson J-45 Rosewood Modern Classic Acoustic-Electric Guitar has even tone across the strings and excellent sustain. The J-45 has a solid rosewood back and sides providing extra sonic impact to complement the gorgeous suburst-finished, round-shouldered body. Gold keystone tuners, ebony fretboard with dot inlays, solid spruce top, ebony belly bridge, mahogany neck, and transducer pickup. Gibson includes a deluxe hardshell case with the Rosewood Modern Classic J-45 guitar.



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FEATURES
  • Grover Rotomatic Tuners
  • Bone nut and Tusq saddle
  • "Big Sky" radiused fingerboard edge
  • Industry's finest electronics
  • Premium hardshell case
  • Distinctive labels
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Solid rosewood back and sides for extra punch
  • Gold keystone tuners
  • Ebony fretboard with dot inlays
  • Solid spruce top
  • Ebony belly bridge
  • Mahogany neck
  • Transducer pickup
  • Includes deluxe Gibson hardshell case
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4.9

(based on 27 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A terrific guitar.

I was torn between the Gibson L4A Rosewood and the Gibson J45 Rosewood. The L4A was $500 cheaper, but I was not crazy about the shape. I tried both guitars out at a...Read complete review

I was torn between the Gibson L4A Rosewood and the Gibson J45 Rosewood. The L4A was $500 cheaper, but I was not crazy about the shape. I tried both guitars out at a guitar shop and they both played very well. However, the feel and the tone of the J45 was just too much to resist. I wanted to buy one direct from the factory ? one that was never played so I ordered it from Musician?s Friend. I was a little disappointed when the guitar first arrived as the volume knob that sits just under the sound hole was hanging from its wire, dangling in the body of the guitar. I guess it came loose in shipping, but I would have expected that it could handle the trip. After all, I did spend over two grand for this guitar. I never called Gibson because I dropped the guitar off to have it set-up and they fixed the volume knob for free. Other than this issue, the guitar was perfect.I have to say, I don?t regret putting out all that cash for this terrific guitar. I do wish that it had more than just a volume knob for the pickups ? like bass and treble. But this is a small shortfall. The sound is spectacular both unplugged and plugged into an amp, and it looks awesome. I play in my church worship band and was playing a low end Ibanez. But now that I am using the J45, I have never sounded better ?neither does the band. If you have the money to fork out for this baby, I would not wait another minute.

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quality

This guitar sounds and plays awesome. What dissappointed me was the condition of the guitar when I received it. For a guitar in this class, my expectation would be that it is in...Read complete review

This guitar sounds and plays awesome. What dissappointed me was the condition of the guitar when I received it. For a guitar in this class, my expectation would be that it is in mint condition out of the box. Not so... There were small scuff marks (spanning about an inch) on the neck above the first fret fret. There was also a blemish (half the size of a nickel) on the headstock, and there were several surface scrathes just below the bridge. Are my expectations too high?

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5.0

I've bought two...

By The ReRancher

from Garland, TX

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I have a 1946 J-45 and a 1954 Southern Jumbo. The J-45RW is so good it scares me. It may be better than my two old friends.

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5.0

Delightful Dreadnought

By JazzJointJoey

from Nash Vegas

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What they say is true. The J-45 really is a workhorse. While there are relatively few frills on this guitar, it all comes together nicely, it is very playable, and the sound is rich and balanced. I own quite a few steel string guitars, including other rosewood / spruce dreadnoughts. This J-45 rosewood holds its own in any side by side playing comparo. Its not my prettiest guitar, nor is it the most playable. Nevertheless, this guitar's voice keeps calling me back. It is a joy to play. The pick up is an undersaddle type with only a volume control. With neutral amp equalization, the amplified sound represents the unamplified sound very well. I do not regret buying this guitar. It is an unassuming, yet seriously capable, tool.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

J45 Mahogany/The Best

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

While I have played many J45's I find the J45 mahogany to be the best all around guitar. The J45 rosewood is a tad too sweet for my taste. Mahogany speaks to each mode and color much better IMO. Like Doc Watson says...you need mahogany and spruce to be true to the touch. J45M beats a D-18 and the J45R beats a D-28 everytime in the taste test...lol They are hard to put away whenever you play...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A terrific guitar.

By Ben-i5.hk

from Pennsylvania

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I was torn between the Gibson L4A Rosewood and the Gibson J45 Rosewood. The L4A was $500 cheaper, but I was not crazy about the shape. I tried both guitars out at a guitar shop and they both played very well. However, the feel and the tone of the J45 was just too much to resist. I wanted to buy one direct from the factory ? one that was never played so I ordered it from Musician?s Friend. I was a little disappointed when the guitar first arrived as the volume knob that sits just under the sound hole was hanging from its wire, dangling in the body of the guitar. I guess it came loose in shipping, but I would have expected that it could handle the trip. After all, I did spend over two grand for this guitar. I never called Gibson because I dropped the guitar off to have it set-up and they fixed the volume knob for free. Other than this issue, the guitar was perfect.I have to say, I don?t regret putting out all that cash for this terrific guitar. I do wish that it had more than just a volume knob for the pickups ? like bass and treble. But this is a small shortfall. The sound is spectacular both unplugged and plugged into an amp, and it looks awesome. I play in my church worship band and was playing a low end Ibanez. But now that I am using the J45, I have never sounded better ?neither does the band. If you have the money to fork out for this baby, I would not wait another minute.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best acoustic overall ??? probably is

By glorymusic

from Adirondack mountains

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Simply the best acoustic I've ever owned or played. I've owned them all Martin, Gibson , Guild and Larrivee. This beat them all. I first tried a 45R in a large guitar store (you've all been there) I picked the J45r out of about fifty of the top guitar. Going back week after week to store I kept going back to the 45. Finally I bought one. I surprised myself, its not what I would of picked based on looks and reputation. When I was a kid Gibson made a lot of junk. I've had my J45r for about six years and I still haven't touched anything like it. The sound is great deep rich bass, crisp mids and a warm soft top end, maybe its just my old ears. I don't think you'll be disappointed but who knows. I hope this helps

 
5.0

The best there is !!!!!

By J-45

from Kokomo IN

I got this guitar new when I was 9 yrs old. I'm 67 now and still playing it. It soundsgreat and I love it.

 
5.0

This one's an equal to the Martin D-28

By SG_Player1971

from Garland, TX

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I purchased a new J-45 Rosewood last year. At the time, I was planning on getting a Martin D-28. This Gibson acoustic blew me away! The sound quality is every bit an equal to the D-28, and it's also very playable. I own two Gibson solid-body electrics, so I know this guitar will only get better over time just like a Martin. Another note - the Fishman pickup sounds incredible, even through a normal guitar amplifier. I have an 80s Ovation Legend, which is a fine guitar for the price. Only complaint I have now is the piezo pickup and pre-amp sound like garbage compared to the amplified J-45!

 
5.0

Right There With The Best

By Lostjohn

from Drayden, MD

I have owned two high end Taylor guitars and I also own a custom Huss and Dalton OM model. The Gibson J-45 Rosewood I bought a few months ago is right there with the best of them at a considerably lower price. This is not a standard J-45. The upgrades in tonewood selection, tuners, inlays, and fretboard and bridge materials make this a really upscale guitar in looks and feel. The guys I play with play high end Martins and grudgingly acknowledge the sweet, deep tone of this Gibson. I play some marathon jam sessions and this guitar is quite comfortable to play and the action is great right out of the store. It has quickly become my favorite guitar.

 
5.0

Best in its class!

By 1 Flatpicker Deluxe

from Waldo, FL

I had the opportunity to visit a large music store recently, where I played Martins, Taylors, Larvivees, and Fenders. The Gibson J45 Rosewood had more sustain, and gave that bell-like punchy sound that a flatpicker digs a whole lot more than the others. I do not think you could do better except with an expensive Golden Era Series Martin.

 
5.0

Tone & Projection

By Danny Boy-xnBfc

from Philadelphia, Ms

I own a Les Paul Classic & Taylor T-5. I have owned the J-45 for 1 year. What I love about the J-45 RE is the tone and projection.I play this guitar at a small church and it needs not to be plugged in. At home I can take it off the wall and it is ready to play.I had a problem with the pick guard staying on the guitar. I contacted Gibson and they sent a replacement pick guard at no charge to me.

 
5.0

Great tone and response

By Steveintampa

from USA

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Very clean playing, and loud. Helps to bring out the best in my playing and singing. Even tone across thew strings. Excellent sustain. Not wild about the sunburst on an acoustic guitar, but I can learn to live with it.I have Martins, Ovations, and other guitars, and this is the best. I'll keep my Martin and sell the rest.Same price as a Martin D28. Better sound and projection for the styles I am playing. Does not get too boomy and muddy up on the lower end. Clarity throughout the ranges. Very impressive. The newer Gibsons are a lot better in the last few years. The rosewood model is much better sounding that the mahagony ones I have played. The Fishman pickup is good, but not great. Best to run through some type of EQ to get your sound the way you want.I will be getting a complete set up done, and replacing the plastic nut, saddle and bridge with bone.Gave 9 stars due to set up (maybe that should have been done in the store), cheap plastic bridge pins and saddle, nobody gets all 10's!I will keep this guitar until the end!

 
3.0

quality

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar sounds and plays awesome. What dissappointed me was the condition of the guitar when I received it. For a guitar in this class, my expectation would be that it is in mint condition out of the box. Not so... There were small scuff marks (spanning about an inch) on the neck above the first fret fret. There was also a blemish (half the size of a nickel) on the headstock, and there were several surface scrathes just below the bridge. Are my expectations too high?

 
5.0

A-One

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is the guitar that I have aspired to since I began playing. The workmanship is superb and the tone is exactly what you would expect from a Gibson instrument.

 
5.0

a real keeper

By jrvn2000

from toronto, ontario

I've owned a number of martins and gibsons over the years but this is the true keeper for me. when I was looking for my next guitar it came down to this one, the mahogany j45 and the martin d28. I went to the store once a week for a couple of months, sat in a corner and played them all. I have no regrets, the j45 rosewood plays great and sounds great.

 
5.0

The more you pay the more you get.

By Jeromy Benavides

from College Station, Tx.

This is a fine specimen, with rich quality tone and a playing quality is unsurpassed.

 
5.0

Love it

By Mike-hF8ya

from Pinson, AL

I'm a Martin man, but I love this guitar. It sounds as close to a Martin as any I've played. Plays great, a real beauty...

 
5.0

Once It's Set-up It's Sweet

By El Gayo Del Cielo

from Baja Sacramento

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I bought it 3 years ago and played it lovingly. But I took it and my Gibson L-140 and my Martin HD-28 to local guitar maker and tech to set them up right. Boy what a difference, all have their own voice love them all but the J-45 has it's self a name, nuff said?

 
5.0

Guitar plunker

By Still plunkin, after all these years

from Morehead City NC

This is the acoustic of my dreams. You just cannot find better tone in an acoustic Guitar. I've had it about 2 years now and it's been a true experience. It has opened up new vistas of music for me. I've found areas I have never explored before. I have an old ES-335D which I bought when I was a teen (1960's). I wish I had bought one of these sooner. The tone through a good Shure condenser mic is unreal, particularly the low and mids. I can hardly wait until it ages a few years and see how it sounds then.

 
5.0

Got lucky

By Chad-LfqE4

from Seattle, WA

A friend owns a vintage guitar shop.., where one day about 15 years ago I asked to borrow a "good" guitar for recording purposes. I had my pick.., from Taylor, Martin, etc, etc..,(vintage to brand new) I wanted the best.., after playing nearly every top end acoustic hanging on the wall...,I vaguely remember Taylor's playability.., but I'll never forget how easy the choice. The J-45 Gibson Montana. I knew even before session time that I would own it.., after working a cash/trade deal I walked out with 2!(sent the second J-45 to my brother in DC) He now worships me.Best I can describe: At first play., you sense every part of the guitar contributes to its tone. The blend of deep resonance and a full range ideal for recording, even with middle-aged strings.., the J-45 was a no-brainer. To this day I look at all my other guitars., all more expensive, all with their own good reviews.., all subject to trade or sale. But not the Gibson. You always dream you'll own a "lifer". My dream came true. And this baby gets better with age.

 
5.0

Great guitar for those who love Rosewood.

By Childhood's End

from Chicago, IL

Wonderfully versitile guitar, and a great addition to the Gibson 'slope-shoulder' line. A very responsive guitar - that can bark or sing sweetly. Will probably require some 'tweaking' to the set-up initially. As has been true for me (in general with Gibsons I've tried), mine had a little too much relief in the neck, and required a little filing of the string slots at the nut.Once set-up properly the guitar plays beautifully, and a has a great look for anyone who digs the Gibson sunburst. They call the J45 R's a "vintage" sunburst (as opposed to the cherry or honey sunburst, I suppose). If mine is any indication of what's coming out of Montana these days - you can't go wrong with the J45 Rosewood! Some other specs that might interest you:- 24 3/4" scale- 1 23/32" nut width- Gold Grover Tuners- Comes in 'Antique Natural' finish, as well.- Comes with Fishman active transducer pick-up.

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