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Gibson J-45 Custom Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The legendary J-45 guitar clearly defines the storied legacy of Gibson acoustics. Without question, the J-45 is an icon of Gibson's round-shoulder dr...Click To Read More About This Product

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Legendary tone and playability with modern refinements.

The legendary J-45 guitar clearly defines the storied legacy of Gibson acoustics. Without question, the J-45 is an icon of Gibson's round-shoulder dreadnought acoustic line ever since its introduction in 1942. Today, the guitar stands proudly as Gibson's number one-selling acoustic, and in recognition of this distinguished rank Gibson Acoustic presents the J-45 Custom guitar one of the most elegant and best-sounding versions of this classic model produced by Gibson Acoustic's master craftsmen in Bozeman, Montana. Combining vintage appointments with several modern features, the Gibson J-45 Custom acoustic electric guitar delivers the model's renowned tone while adding a new, refined appearance that complements its fundamental design, including a gorgeous floral and vine abalone pearl headstock inlay designed by Gibson master luthier Ren Ferguson. The Gibson J-45 Custom guitar is available in the model's original Vintage Sunburst finish and Antique Natural.

Traditional Gibson Logo and Redesigned Headstock Inlay Design

The Gibson name has graced the most innovative and revolutionary acoustic guitars of our time, including the J-45 Custom guitar. There is no mistaking the classic block logo, inlaid in beautiful mother of pearl, representing more than a century of originality and excellence. There is simply no equal. The headstock also features a new flower and vine abalone pearl inlay designed by Gibson Acoustic's longtime master luthier, Ren Ferguson. The elegance and stunning detail of this hand-engraved figured design gives the Gibson J-45 Custom guitar a distinct identity, ensuring its rightful place among the finest Gibson designs of the past.

Gold Grover Rotomatic Tuners

Grover's original Rotomatic tuners are an engineering marvel, with style and performance exactly suited for the Gibson J-45 Custom acoustic electric guitar. With a gear ratio of 14:1, the Rotomatics deliver precision tuning in a durable housing that provides maximum protection for the gear and string post. All moving parts are cut for exact meshing, eliminating the possibility of slippage. A countersunk tension screw lets players regulate the tuning tension to any degree. A special lubricant inside the gear box provides smooth and accurate tuning stability.


The pickguard for the J-45 Custom is Gibson's standard fire stripe tortoise tear drop shape, exactly as it appeared on the very first J-45 in 1942. As with all of Gibson's pickguards, the coloring, inlay, and binding are all done by hand.

L.R. Baggs Element Active Acoustic Pickup System

The Gibson J-45 Custom guitar comes equipped with the popular Element Active Acoustic Pickup System from L.R. Baggs, which features a low-profile undersaddle element”or transducer”that's proven more stable and durable than many standard ribbon-type pickups. Combined with an onboard preamp with an unobtrusive and removable volume control mounted just inside the soundhole, the Element delivers performance not previously attainable from an undersaddle pickup. Its sleek and effective design removes unnecessary internal components to enhance the coupling between the pickup and the guitar and improve the sensitivity of the transducer for a robust, lively and natural acoustic sound with excellent dynamics and delicate high end. The Element works with a standard 9V battery, which is housed inside the guitar in L.R. Bagg's "Battery Bagg."

Tapered Dovetail Neck Joint

The dovetail neck joint is one of the oldest and best ways of securely joining the neck to the body of a guitar. It is also a complex and expensive neck joint to build, but the result is a tight, locking connection that supports the neck at the proper neck-pitch angle, allowing the body and neck of the Gibson guitar to become one solid piece of resonating wood, with no metal to impede vibration. This process is done entirely by hand, requiring patience and skill.

Body Tonewoods

The top of the Gibson J-45 Custom acoustic electric guitar is made from AA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from pattern-grade Indian rosewood, giving the model the same full, balanced expression, warm bass, and excellent projection that earned the original J-45 its much-heralded reputation. Selecting the right wood, and the formula to dry it out, are two of the most central procedures to Gibson's guitar-building process. Beginning with its first catalog in 1903, Gibson has assured its customers that every guitar would be built using woods with "the most durable, elastic, and sonorous qualities," and today's acoustic-electric guitars from Gibson Acoustic are no different.

Abalone Rosette

A rosette is the beautiful, handcrafted circle around the soundhole, and can be one of the most ornamental elements of any acoustic guitar. It is also one of the most subtle and complicated woodworking decorations on any acoustic guitar. The rosette on the J-45 Custom is among Gibson's finest. It is a double-ring rosette with an abalone-filled middle. The main ring consists of seven-ply binding, and the second ring is three-ply binding, adding a stylish, understated elegance to the Gibson J-45 Custom acoustic-electric guitar.


Every acoustic guitar made by Gibson features hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing inside the body, a feature normally found only in limited run, handmade guitars. By scalloping each brace by hand, the natural sound of the acoustic is focused more toward the center of the body, enhancing the instrument's sound projection. The J-45 Custom acoustic guitar features a variation of Gibson's "X" bracing pattern situated behind the soundhole, with a set of tall and thin braces for the back, and scalloped tall and thin braces for the top. This legendary bracing design delivers a balanced expression, with punchy, deep lows, warm mids, and clear, crisp highs. It also projects a natural compression, which helps this Gibson acoustic guitar blend nicely with any accompaniment.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

  • AA-grade Sitka spruce top with custom herringbone top trim
  • Pattern-grade Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Ebony bridge and fingerboard
  • Gold Grover Rotomatic tuners
  • L.R. Baggs Element Active acoustic pickup system
  • Tapered dovetail neck joint
  • Hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing

Get your hands on one of Gibson's most heralded acoustic-electric guitars—order now.

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An Acoustic Guitar Lover's Dream

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Gibson J-45 Custom Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I am surprised there have been no prior reviews. Maybe this is a relatively new guitar. The standard J-45, both the mahogany and rosewood back and sides models, go for about $400 less than the custom. However in my opinion the custom is worth the difference as it is an absolutely stunning looking guitar. If you are a singer, the tone of this guitar will be a distraction, until you get used to it, because it is awesome. So well balanced and resonant. Does not need to be plugged in. Quite expensive for the hobbyist such as I. But you only go around once. Why not with the Gibson J-45 Custom.

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My Favorite Acoustic Guitar

By TexScratch

from Texas Hill Country

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Comments about Gibson J-45 Custom Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

The J-45 provides exceptional bass response and the trebles are distinct without being tinny (as in Taylor). Beautifully adorned with abalone on a tobacco burst nitro finish. Perhaps my favorite characteristic as an aging picker is the extremely comfortable slope shoulder and short scale design. Very nice 'custom' case keeps it snug. I gig out, but this one doesn't leave the studio. I'd be heartbroken if it were nicked, dinged or damaged.
I waited too long to buy this great guitar. I've owned nearly every make of quality USA-built guitars and my Gibson J45 (rosewood) custom has become my favorite six-string instrument. Sold off many, but this great guitar resides in my home studio alongside other keepers: a Santa Cruz OM/PW, vintage Guild GF-25 and a vintage twelve string Guild JF30-12.
Zero complaints. This guitar is a looker and extremely well built. I had heard rumors concerning Gibson acoustic build quality; thus I had never purchased one until I played this J-45. This J45 changed my mind entirely and now leaves me longing for a Gibby Hummingbird.
It was not cheap, but then I expected to pay more for a Gibson. Pricing is between my Guilds and a high-dollar Santa Cruz. The two Guild guitars are probably the best kept secrets. If looking for a bargain, the Guilds are certainly the best high quality instruments for the money. The Santa Cruz is a beautiful instrument competing with Collings, H&D, Froggy Bottom and other expensive 'boutique' guitars. In the Gibson, I feel I got a bargain because it outplays/outperforms any other rosewood dread or jumbo model I've owned.

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