Ah, the Gibson J45… How many things built in 1942 are the same today? Cars, phones, appliances… all these things are radically different today that they were in 1942. But not the J45. It’s amazing to think that in a world so full of change, some guitars happily resist technological advancement.
The Gibson J45 is widely considered to be the most popular acoustic guitar in Gibson’s stable, and it’s gained this reputation by being a solid performer… a real workhorse.
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This Gibby is plain on purpose. It’s meant to be a workhorse without a bunch of fancy frills. The playability is amazing though, and that’s where it counts.
This acoustic comes in either mahogany or rosewood, and the tone differs for each. This guitar is famous for its deep rich bass, crisp mids, and a warm soft top end.
The playability is excellent, with everything feeling just right… you can almost feel the love and dedication that goes into making these things.
The flat top of this guitar acts like a tuned drum head, and really helps “project” and define the sound. While it does come with a pickup under the saddle, this axe performs very well unplugged.
You can spend anywhere from $2,000 up to $7,000 (yikes) on this guitar, and whether or not you decide to take the plunge? Your call my friend.