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

Customer Reviews

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Unique Walnut Vibes

Always a fan of the round shoulder ( J style) Gibsons you know what you're going to get size & feel wise. A big fan of Sweetwater and my Sales Engineer (Joseph Secu) you know what to expect service wise. WHAT, never ordered an instrument on line! You can expect the great service they describe in print.( And have been known to go even further when that unusual, unexpected problem arises ). As for the fit and finish, beautiful, setup - dead on (their specs),The WOW is that somewhere between mahogany & rosewood sound that the walnut makes. The simple electronics are a nice, unobtrusive touch. I have many, mostly high end, guitars and this one fits right in. If you use Sweetwater as a reference or dream book I highly recommend them for your next purchase. You have nothing to loose but a whole lot to gain!
Music background: 50 Years by a campfire

Gibson J-15

I don't buy new guitars to often, but I had been looking for an American made solid wood acoustic for a little while. This guitar really hit all the check boxes for me. Beautiful tone, solid wood, American mad, looks fantastic and a real wood finger board. Did not really need the electrics and have not tried them but they are so well hidden that I do not feel that it compromised the look of the guitar with dials and knobs. So far I could not be happier I look forward to keeping this guitar the rest of my life.
Music background: Hobbyist

Excellent value. So impressed

This is my second Gibson acoustic, after my Southern Jumbo, and I couldn't be more impressed. The Walnut back/sides give it a unique sound, yet undeniably pure Gibson too. Fit and finish are A+, plays like a dream, and a great, punchy tone. I would highly recommend this guitar to anyone looking for a great American made guitar without breaking the bank. Jim Watson set me up with a real beauty here, and I can't say enough about this Gibby.

Gibson Bargain

One usually does not associate the word "Gibson" with "bargain" but the J15 truly is. There is nothing in this price range that can beat it. It has super balanced tone, not to boomy not to bright, and great projection. Build quality is also top notch. There's not a single flaw on mine and it plays amazingly. Plugged in, it sounds great. I like that the electronics are completely unobtrusive and hidden very well. This is the first new Gibson I have bought online and I could not be happier. Get one and you will not be disappointed.

First acoustic - thrilled with it & Sweetwater service

I recently decided to buy an acoustic guitar and wanted to get something that would last me a long time. From looking at other guitars, the value of this guitar is just incredible. When I first took it out of the case the other night I was blown away by the craftsmanship and how it sounded. It's a completely different animal than my electric and I'm going to enjoy progressing with it. I dealt with Jordan Clohessy in this process and I can't say enough about him and the overall Sweetwater experience. He was great in dealing with my indecisiveness and just wanted to make sure that I was happy and was making an informed decision every step of the way. He also recommended what looks to be a great guitar humidifier since I live in a dry northeast house. Lastly, I never really thought about the 55 point inspection's value until I opened the box and had an instrument that I know was properly set up and looked over. Good piece of mind. I would definitely recommend this amazing sounding guitar, and buying it from SW.
Music background: Just playing for fun
See also: Acoustic-Electric Guitars, Gibson Acoustic, Gibson Acoustic 6-string Acoustic Guitars, Gibson Acoustic Acoustic / Electric Guitars