Gibson Acoustic J-15 - Natural

6-string Acoustic-electric Guitar with Sitka Spruce Top, Walnut Back and Sides, Maple Neck, Walnut Fingerboard, and LR Baggs Element System - Natural
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A Round-shouldered Gem!

Looking for a premium, hand-crafted acoustic that won't break the bank? The Gibson J-15 acoustic-electric guitar fits the bill perfectly. This round-shoulder dreadnought is part of the ever-growing J-45 family. It sports a solid Sitka spruce top and solid walnut back and sides. Couple that with a rock-solid maple neck that's topped with walnut, and this American-made beauty a charm that's all her own. The J-15 also sports an LR Baggs Element system for great plugged-in tones. Live onstage or in the comfort of your studio, you'll enjoy every moment you spend playing a Gibson Acoustic J-15 acoustic-electric guitar.

Gibson Acoustic J-15 Acoustic-electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • The perfect tonewoods, body shape, and bracing for natural acoustic projection
  • Get amazing sound onstage courtesy of LR Baggs Element electronics
  • Round-shoulder style
The perfect tonewoods, body shape, and bracing for natural acoustic projection

Introduced in 2014, the J-15 acoustic-electric guitar represents a new direction for Gibson Acoustic's round-shoulder dreadnought body style. This inaugural J-15 acoustic-electric model features a unique combination of North American tonewoods including walnut back and sides topped by Sitka spruce. The rich and full-bodied tone this produces is the basis for acoustic guitar tone in general. But that's just the beginning. Paired with Gibson's scalloped bracing and short-scale neck, the J-15 rewards you with easy playing feel and a phenomenal amount of natural acoustic projection.

Get amazing sound onstage courtesy of LR Baggs Element electronics

The Gibson Acoustic J-15 comes with LR Baggs's popular Element Active Acoustic Pickup System, a popular choice among Sweetwater's acoustic guitarists. This system features a low-profile undersaddle transducer that's proven more stable and durable than many standard ribbon-type pickups. 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. Combined with an onboard preamplifier with an unobtrusive and removable volume control, mounted just inside the soundhole, the Element gives your J-15 the amplification you need, with zero compromises for tone or convenience. Sweetwater knows that a flexible acoustic-electric guitar is important to you, and we're confident that the Gibson J-15 can do the job.

Round-shoulder style

Descending from Gibson's J-45 acoustic guitar, round-shoulder dreadnoughts are steeped in Gibson tradition and lauded for their pure, rich tones and impressive volume. With smooth lines and a curvaceous shape, round-shoulder-style guitars invite a close relationship with their respective guitarists: their body shape makes these guitars easier to hold and more comfortable to wrap your arms around. The Gibson J-15 acoustic-electric brings all of these classic qualities, and more, together in a workhorse guitar.

Gibson Acoustic J-15 Acoustic-electric Guitar Features:
  • A new take on the classic round shoulder dreadnought
  • Premium spruce and walnut tonewoods
  • LR Baggs Element electronics for pristine plugged-in tone
  • Walnut fretboard with rolled edges for an extra-smooth feel
  • Traditional X-bracing provides a full sound
  • Radiused body, dovetail neck joint, and hide-glue construction all contribute to this guitar's amazing sound
  • Hardshell case included
When you want big acoustic tone grab the Gibson Acoustic J-15 acoustic-electric guitar!

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Tech Specs

String Type Steel
Number of Strings 6
Body Shape Round Shoulder Dreadnought
Body Style No Cutaway
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Color Natural
Finish Gloss
Top Wood Solid Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Wood Solid Walnut
Body Bracing Traditional scalloped bracing
Binding Multi-ply
Neck Wood Maple with walnut stinger
Fingerboard Material Walnut, 12" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 20
Scale Length 24.75"
Tuning Machines Mini Grover tuners
Bridge Material Walnut
Nut/Saddle Material Tusq
Nut Width 1.725"
Electronics LR Baggs Element
Strings .012-.053
Case Included Hardshell
Manufacturer Part Number RS15ANNH1

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Great Guitar!

I have owned this guitar for about four months now. I don't write reviews very often.. but I really like this guitar. The action was just a tad high for me initially.. I had it set up.. and I fell in Love! The neck is fast, I love the tone, and it is simple but attractive! Sounds great plugged in or not. The Walnut back/side sound and look great! The build is very nice! Great Quality! BuY it!

Amazing Guitar

I have been rolling through a lot of different guitars in a year I tried Fender 140SCE, Washburn 314K, and a few others. This is the absolute best guitar I have come across the Walnut back, sides, bridge, and fretboard gives it a very even tone all the way across. Making this a perfect guitar for some old style country (a little Hank Williams Sr.) or some Blues it just sings to me there isn't an offensive on the whole neck. Thanks to Aaron Swaidner and the rest of the folks at Sweetwater I got it fast and it was ready to go no set up needed.
Music background: Been playing about a year plus a little.

Beautiful Acoustic Love the Sound

My main acoustic for years has been a D28 . The Gibson J 15 is a breath of fresh air with a different sound and feel. Being the lowest priced Gibson I was not really sure what I was going to get. However the J15 is a very we'll made acoustic the wood which is walnut is beautiful. My D28 has the dark rosewood sound. The J15 has amazing trebles and the bass response has opened up after a few days of humidity control to be everything my D28 is. The Gibson set up was good only made a small truss rod adjustment. I love the feel of the walnut fretboard. The neck set is good to with plenty of saddle for any future adjustments. The J15 is a great buy with quality of a higher priced Gibson.
Music background: Part time bluegrass rhythm guitarist

Gibson J-15...unique voice...good looking guitar

Walnut has the lows of mahogany and highs of rosewood. I grew up with a J-45 and the J-15 can hold its own. Paired it up with a Fender Acoustasonic 90 2 says please not the mic, but wouldn't mine having a Gibson Les Paul Studio plugged in to it...a nice family portrait...J-15 on one side for channel 1, LP Studio on the other amking channel 2 happy...
Music background: Porch picker...

A real overachiever

This guitar is an amazing overachiever. It will probably need a setup, but once setup it is a dream come true at the price point. Playability is amazing, and it is an articulate cannon. This is my first Gibson, I tend to swing more in the direction of Taylors but this guitar is well worth the price of admission. Stuart Niven was amazing as usual, and sweetwater makes purchasing guitars online pleasantly easy and stress free.
Music background: Hobbyist
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Gibson Acoustic, Gibson Acoustic 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Gibson Acoustic Acoustic / Electric Guitars