Since the Gibson J-45 first debuted as a “Jumbo” guitar in 1942, it has become one of the most recorded and iconic guitars of all time. The sunburst finish, sloped shoulders (or rounded shoulders as Gibson called them at the time), and “Only a Gibson is Good Enough” headstock banner instantly made the guitar stand out from its Martin Dreadnought counterparts.
This 1970 Gibson J-45 was built the last year that Gibson made the J-45 model with the iconic slope shoulders before changing up the body shape to the more boxy square shoulder design. The neck profile is the slimmer neck that 60’s Gibson acoustic guitars are known for. The tuners are original, the pick guard still has the Gibson logo, and the bridge has been upgraded to a wooden bridge with bone saddle instead of the adjustable bridge (a common upgrade made to these bridges.) A healthy amount of checking is visible in the finish and attests to the guitars vintage. The center seam crack is repaired and one small back crack is evident but appears to be fully stable.
Tonally the instrument is boomy and bold- and embodies the typical and highly desirable Gibson sound. The guitar would fit right in the mix in a country band, rock band, for some rich fingerpicking, and would make a great Martin alternative in a bluegrass setting.
Included with this guitar is the non original padded gig bag.
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