6-string Acoustic Guitar with Adirondack Red Spruce Top, Honduran Mahogany Back and Sides, and a Rosewood Fingerboard - Vintage Sunburst
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A Vintage-correct Reissue of a Classic!The Gibson J-45 True Vintage sits at the top of the top-selling J-45 line, first introduced in 1942. This round-shoulder acoustic guitar is known for its full, balanced expression, its warm bass, and its excellent projection - much of which came through subtle changes to the bracing of its forefather, the J-35. The J-45 True Vintage is virtually identical to the J-45 of yesteryear, and features all that legendary tone, thanks to its Adirondack red spruce top and Honduran mahogany body. Get an authentic reproduction of a classic with the J-45 True Vintage.
Gibson Acoustic J-45 True Vintage 6-string Acoustic Guitar at a Glance:
The top of the J-45 True Vintage is made from top-grade Adirondack red spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from pattern grade Honduran mahogany, giving the J-45 True Vintage 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 guitars from Gibson Acoustic are no different.
The fingerboard of Gibson's J-45 Vintage is constructed from the highest grade Indian 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 classic dot inlays are made of genuine mother-of-pearl, and are inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps and doesn't require the use of fillers. The fingerboard also sports traditional binding over the fret ends, which was a staple feature of many classic Gibson acoustics for many years.
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 True Vintage 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, all bonded with hot hide glue. This legendary bracing design-exactly as it appeared in the first J-45 in 1942-delivers a balanced expression, with punchy, deep lows, warm mids, and clear, crisp highs. When pushed for more volume, the J-45 True Vintage projects a natural compression, which helps it blend nicely with any accompaniment.
Gibson's J-45 True Vintage features Gotoh's nickel white button tuners. With a gear ratio of 15:1, these nickel Gotoh tuners 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, with a special lubricant inside the gear box for smooth and accurate tuning stability.
The pickguard for the J-45 True Vintage 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, inlay, 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 True Vintage is a simple single-ring rosette consisting of three-ply binding, adding a stylish, understated elegance to the J-45 True Vintage.
Gibson Acoustic J-45 True Vintage 6-string Acoustic Guitar Features:
A vintage-correct re-creation of the legendary workhorse with Gibson Acoustic's J-45 True Vintage!
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Todd, Dunedin, FL
Reviewsbased on 3 reviews
by Dawson from Oakhurst, CA USAI have been looking for a Taylor for a long time now and they always sounded a bit to bright. Then I tried the Gibson j45 tv! It had the exact classic sound and feel I wa looking for. And a perfect be... read more [+]autiful balance of treble and bass. It is my first nice accustic and I love it!! Beautiful guitar! The best accustic I have ever played! Now the case is incredible it holds alot o gear and is fits the guitar perfectly with absolutely no wobble! And is very durable!! It will protect you guitar from anything out there!! Overal worth every penny! close [-]
January 2, 2013
Music Background: Artist, writer, band
Best flat picker I've played
by Craig from St. LouisThis is the best all round guitar I've played and owned, I've owned my share of top of the line guitars. Has the bass and volume of a Martin hd28. The best way discribe the sound of this guitar is"bri... read more [+]lliant". Very easy to play because of the shorter scale. I found my guitar I will grow old with. The customer service was excellent. My sales person was nathon. He went above and beond the call of duty. And no sales tax and free shipping, you can't beat it. I will always check here first when I shop for gear. close [-]
November 17, 2011
Music Background: Non professional hobbyist
Great Sound, Poor Quality Control
by Don Geeze from Albuquerque, NMBest sounding guitar I've played. Received as a gift, so I didn't get to look at it first.
January 11, 2013
Music Background: Experienced Hobbyist and Songwriter
First, the pick guard is placed partly obscuring the rosette and is not even placed symmetrically. Th... read more [+]ey're all like that (you can see it in the picture), and the folks at Gibson told me that, despite people complaining about it, the decision was made to continue to place them this way.
There were numerous small wood chips and a staple which had to be shaken out of the body. The interior bracing, unlike every other decent guitar, was rough, apparently not having been sanded down to remove the fuzz. Finally, the fret ends are sharp and project just a little too far out (and not evenly), making the neck feel like that of a cheap guitar. These issues are not what I have ever found in guitars 1/10th the price of this one.
I've fixed the problems myself, but I won't buy another Gibson, despite the incomparable sound. close [-]
Gibson Acoustic J-45 True Vintage (Vintage Sunburst, 45)
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