2011 J-45 Standard in beautiful condition. Looks great. Sounds great. Factory pickup works perfectly.
Solid Mahogany back & sides.
Made in Bozeman, MT, USA
Very little use. A few finish scratches here & there, but none penetrate the finish and could be easily buffed out.Details from Gibson's site:
Nickel Grover Rotomatic Tuners
Grover's original Rotomatic
tuners are an engineering marvel, with abundant style and performance
exactly suited for the J-45. 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
Body Tonewoods (back, sides and top)
The top of the J-45 is made from AA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back
and sides are constructed from pattern grade Honduras mahogany, giving
the J-45 its world renowned full, balanced expression, warm bass, and
excellent projection. 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 guitars from Gibson Acoustic are no different.
Tapered dovetail neck joint allows the body and neck to become one solid piece of resonating wood.
Features a radiused, or "tuned" top.
Body binding adds a subtle elegance.
The pickguard for the J-45 is Gibson's standard plain tortoise tear
drop shape, which has been used on the J-45 since its introduction in
1942. As with all of Gibson's pickguards, the coloring and binding are
all done by hand.
A rosette is the beautiful,
hand-crafted 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 is a simple single-ring rosette consisting of
three-ply binding, adding a stylish, understated elegance to the J-45
Rosewood Fingerboard with Rolled Edges and Dot Inlays
The fingerboard of Gibson's J-45 is constructed from the highest grade
rosewood on earth, which is personally inspected and qualified by
Gibson's team of skilled experts before it enters the Gibson factories.
The resilience of this durable wood makes the fingerboard extremely
balanced and stable, and gives each chord and note unparalleled clarity
and bite. The J-45's dot inlays are made of genuine mother of pearl,
measuring approximately 1/4-inch in diameter, and are inserted into the
fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps. The fingerboard also
sports a rolled edge--instead of the usual right angle where the
fingerboard surface meets the neck, Gibson Acoustic's rolled edges are
slightly beveled for an extremely smooth and comfortable feel, enhancing
the playability of the J-45.
L.R. Baggs Element Active Acoustic Pickup System
Gibson Acoustic's J-45 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 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 new "Battery Bagg."
Every acoustic guitar made by Gibson features hand-scalloped, radiused
top bracing inside the body, a feature normally found only in limited
run, hand-made 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 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. When pushed for more volume, the J-45 projects a natural
compression, which helps it blend nicely with any accompaniment.
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 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.
top of many "flat-top" guitars are under a lot of stress from the pull
of the strings, which can eventually compromise the top. So, while most
acoustic guitars are true "flat-top" guitars, all of the acoustics
produced by Gibson in Bozeman, Montana have a radiused, or "tuned" top.
Instead of being perfectly flat, a radiused or "tuned" top is raised
slightly, and a special instrument is used to shape the top braces to
the radius of the top. This process adds tension and strengthens the
top, creating a less stressful joint where the top meets the sides and
reducing the stresses of string pull. It also results in a "speaker
cone" effect that maximizes sound projection, adding a significant boost
to mid-range levels for a more balanced acoustic tone.
Applying a nitrocellulose finish to any Gibson acoustic
guitar--including the J-45 Standard--is one of the most labor-intensive
elements of the guitar-making process. Unlike the polyurethane finishes
used by many guitar manufacturers, a nitrocellulose lacquer finish is
porous when cured, allowing the wood to naturally "breathes and mature.
Microscopically thin, the finish on a Gibson acoustic guitar first
requires seven main coats of nitrocellulose lacquer. After drying
overnight, the initial seven coats are then level sanded and given two
additional coats. Left to dry for five additional days, the finish is
then wet sanded and buffed to its final glass-like sheen. The
time-consuming nature of applying a nitro finish has been employed ever
since the first Gibson guitar was swathed with lacquer back in 1894.
Why? For starters, a nitro finish means there is less interference with
the natural vibration of the instrument, allowing for a purer tone. It's
also a softer finish, making it easily repairable. You can touch up a
scratch or ding on a nitro finish, but you can't do the same on a poly
In general, a guitar's binding
serves as a cosmetic feature, adding a subtle elegance to any Gibson
acoustic while hiding the joints between the top, back, and sides, and
helping to protect the guitar's body from any nicks or dings. But to see
the process of putting the binding on a Gibson acoustic is to really
appreciate the effort and attention put into each instrument. After the
body has been glued together, the excess from the top and back are
trimmed off and a groove is cut for the binding. The binding is then
glued on and held on to the body using tape, and left to dry. When the
tape comes off, any excess glue is removed and the body is moved into
the next phase of production. It has been done the same way for over 100
years, and is a fundamental part of Gibson Acoustic's rich
Finish:2 Color Sunburst
Made In:United States