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Gibson J-45 True Vintage Red Spruce Acoustic Guitar   

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The Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar is the prince of a range of Gibson flattops now referred to as "Round-Shoulder Dreadnoughts." This elegant workhorse ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Gibson's "Workhorse" gets premium vintage treatment.

The Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar is the prince of a range of Gibson flattops now referred to as "Round-Shoulder Dreadnoughts." This elegant workhorse debuted in 1942, and became an instant favorite for its rich, warm, vocal tone and excellent projection. Today, this Gibson acoustic guitar is played by the likes of Bob Dylan, Ralph McTell, Billy Jo Armstrong, and Lucinda Williams. Carrying accurate touches such as a Slim-Taper neck profile, teardrop tortoise pickguard, 4-ply top binding, and banner headstock inlay (declaring "Only A Gibson Is Good Enough"), the Gibson J-45 True Vintage is an accurate representation of the acoustic guitar that became the standard of hard-gigging bluegrass, folk, and country artists of the 1940s and 1950s.

Each Gibson True Vintage J-45 acoustic guitar is built in Bozeman, Montana, with a top made from solid Adirondack red spruce, a rare and highly prized tonewood, and constructed with hot hide glue, just like back in the day.

  • Nitrocellulose lacquer finish for beauty and tone
  • Compound dovetail joint to maximize sound vibration transfer from the neck to body
  • Radius top to maximize sound projection
  • Hand-scalloped top bracing for added strength and a light top
  • Handcrafted in Bozeman, MT

Get one of these highly collectible Gibson J-45 acoustic guitars before they're gone!


J-45 True Vintage Red Spruce Acoustic Guitar

  • Body
    Body Style: Round Shoulder
    Top Species: Adirondack Red Spruce
    Back and Sides: Mahogany
    Body Binding: Multi-ply top, single-ply back
    Bracing: Scalloped top bracing
    Species: Mahogany
    Scale: 24-3/4"
    Profile: Slim-Taper
    Species: Rosewood
    Inlay: MOP Dots
    Nut Width: 1.725
    Type: Traditional Belly Up with Bone Saddle
    Bridge: Rosewood
    Bridge Inlay: 1/4" Mother-of-Pearl Dots
    Pins: White
    Tuners: Cream Button 3-in-line Tuners
    Pickguard: Tortoise tear drop
    Case: Period Correct True Vintage Hardshell Case with brown Tolex exterior and pink fabric interior

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GibsonJ-45 True Vintage Red Spruce Acoustic Guitar

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"The One"

By Hates the S35

from Virginia

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Comments about Gibson J-45 True Vintage Red Spruce Acoustic Guitar:

It took me about 5 years to find this guitar. My wife and kids thought I was crazy because I've bought and sold about 15 guitars in my search for "The One". Some of them were truly great guitars...Martins, Taylors, and others. Some I really liked at first but then I'd decide there was something about the tone or playability that just wasn't quite a fit for my tastes, so I'd start searching again. It was a frustrating but good process because with each guitar I learned something new about guitars and about my own tastes that I hadn't known. I bought this guitar about a year ago and I still like it just as much now as I did on day one...maybe more. I can't promise that for you of course, but here are the things about this guitar that make it perfect for me, not in any particular order:
- Looks - For me, the Gibson Sunburst is the most beautiful finish in the world...I thought that long before I bought mine. Others have tried to copy it but nobody gets it right.
- Tone - There are two guitars in the world that sound like the music you listen to...Martin D-28 and Gibson J-45. Generally, the Martin is more suited for bluegrass and Gibson for blues. Both are excellent guitars and if you really want to cover your bases you should own one of each. The J-45 has a warmer, darker tone with more of a gravelly growl about it...that's the only way I know to describe it. To me, the tone is not only more preferable but more versatile. Martins are too bassy and sometimes don't sound quite right for certain songs. The only time I miss the "Martin Sound" is when I play something like "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd which is like an advertisement for Martin Guitars or something.
- Playability - The Gibson "plays like butter" as they say, mainly due to the shorter scale length. I also prefer a fatter neck, and my guitar in particular has a slightly fatter neck profile than the normal TV's due to the fact that it was a custom order for Fuller's down in Houston. I'm not sure if the regular TV's have the fatter profile and wider nut, but I don't think that they do.
Here's a video of me playing mine. Although the audio quality isn't great you can hear the "chimey" quality that this guitar has that you may have read about. The guitar sounds 100 times better in person, trust me.

The hide glue, red spruce top, and nitro finish make such a difference.
Oddly, whenever I played J-45 Standard's in music stores I never liked them...not even close. I always wondered how they earned such a reputation. When I got this one I saw how...what a difference!
Yes it's expensive. But I read once how people will spend thousands of dollars on a computer without hesitation, an item that will be virtually worthless in 5 or 6 years, but hesitate to spend that amount on a guitar that will increase in value and never wear out. At least that's what I told my wife. Anyway, if it brings joy to your life it's worth every penny...owning the right guitar will bring joy to your life.

(25 of 38 customers found this review helpful)


Nice guitar, poor quality control

By Phomat

from New Mexico

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  • Rich Sound


  • Poor Construction
  • Poor Customer Service
  • Poor Quality Control

Best Uses

  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Gibson J-45 True Vintage Red Spruce Acoustic Guitar:

Wife bought this for me at Christmas. She liked the sound, and I agree that it sounds as good as any guitar I've ever played.
Upon opening the case, I noticed the pick guard partially and asymmetrically covered the rosette. It looked like someone with poor eyesight or a bad attitude placed it there. I also noticed the internal bracing was "fuzzy" and had apparently not been sanded smooth. Also, there were wood chips and a staple rattling around in the body which took a lot of shaking to get out. Finally, the ends of the frets protrude a little too far on each side of the neck (although not evenly), making the neck feel like that of a cheap guitar. None of my other 7 instruments, all of which cost much less than this, have or had any of these issues.
When I called Gibson to see if they would fix the obviously misplaced pick guard, I was told that, despite the fact that many people have complained about it, management had decided that they would continue to place the pick guards as mine had been, and that this was an "esthetics" issue (true) and not a workmanship issue (since management had approved of the practice), so naturally they would not fix it.
Having just toured the Martin factory in Nazareth, I can't imagine their allowing an instrument with similar obvious flaws to bear their name. Appararently Gibson marches to a different drummer.
I wish my wife had gotten me a Martin, but I can't tell her that. Anyway, the Gibson sounds great, and I replaced the pick guard myself, so it looks ok. Next I'll file the ends of the frets and sand the roughly finished internal bracing.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Playability for my Kinda Music

By junuwine

from GA mtns

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  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Great all-round sound
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune


  • No adjustment necessary

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Like it better than D-28
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Gibson J-45 True Vintage Red Spruce Acoustic Guitar:

I'm a lil ole lady which means like great sound without need for amp. Have a sweet sounding EC 000-28 & had D-28 but this is easier for long-time picking. And, don't flatpick - this suits finger style very well. Impressive choice in 'big' guitars. Great for blues as well. Warm, earthy tones and sustain is terrific. My guitar of choice.

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