Nicknamed "The Workhorse" and first introduced in 1942, Gibson's most popular round-shoulder dreadnought guitar is world-renowned for its full, balanced expression, warm bass, and excellent projection. Subtle changes to the bracing of its predeces...
One of the first acoustics that David was seen playing. This was around the time of “Atom Heart Mother” album in 1970, and David can be seen playing in on one of the gigs in San Francisco that same year. He started using it again on the On An Island Tour and now on the Rattle That Lock Tourmore
In [this](http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/classic-interview-paul-weller-talks-acoustic-guitar-2002-528012) 2002 interview with Music Radar, Paul Weller says, "I've got a Gibson 12-string, which I've had for some time, and a J-45 I've also had for a while; they're the main ones. "more
Probably the most popular acoustic guitar that Buddy owned was the Gibson J-45 that he hand-crafted his own leather cover for as decoration. This cover included his name on the face, the songs on from his first Decca single-- "Blue Days, Black Nights" and "Love Me" on opposing sides of the top of the body by the neck, as well as having TEXAS spelled out along the bottom portion of the guitar in white lettering.more
"I picture it as like a warm, fuzzy ball of mids. Mine has great highs and lows, but the mids in it are really warm, and it’s fun to sing around. With the timbre of my voice and how I hear things, it’s clear. Other dreadnoughts can be sparkly up top and boomy in the bass, so they seem to compete with my voice, but somehow the J-45 is a really nice companion for singing. And I just like dry, woody-sounding guitars. For a long time I was playing smaller body LG and OM shapes and models, like Woody Guthrie, and I liked those because they weren’t as big on the low end and they were fun to sing with. I still enjoy playing them, but I like the fact that this is a good bluegrass guitar, as well as a fingerpicking type of guitar. I can do pretty much everything I want to do with it."more
This is Tom’s main steel string acoustic guitar which he’s been using as The Nightwatchman. The guitar is completely black and features Morello’s own design on the left of the bridge which combines the Kenyan,Italian and American flags along with the hammer and sickle symbols. The guitar is dubbed “Black Spartacus”, and Tom even wrote a song about it called “Black Spartacus Heart Attack Machine” – name inspired by Clash’s Mick Jones Clash who referred to his guitar as “heart attack machine”.more
“Bought during the worst hangover of my life, from Fat Rick’s Vintage Guitar Emporium in London. Sweat was dripping off my nose and I don’t imagine even Richard Burton ever felt so terrible. But I wanted an acoustic with a bit of midrange. "It’s my ‘songwriting guitar’. If You Tolerate This..., Masses Against The Classes, The Everlasting, Show Me The Wonder, some of Your Love Alone... were all written on this" "I met up at Rick’s with my tech then, ‘Deptford John’, I bought it, went home, and passed out. Woke up the next day and was like... ‘What the f**k have I bought?’ But I don't regret it. "If I’ve been struggling for a while, I go back to this. I hate falling into the traps of saying ‘there’s magic in the wood’, or ‘there must be a Ley line running through this guitar’, but it’s got something. I always keep it close to me. It’s my most versatile acoustic. A lucky guitar.” – James Dean Bradfield on his 1973 Gibson J-45 via [Music Radar](http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/james-dean-bradfields-guitar-collection-606679/4)more
In this picture Ward can be seen playing his J-45. About this one (and his other Gibsons as well) he said: "Well, I have a Hummingbird and a J-45, and I love them both equally. It’s just one of those things where you like how it feels around your shoulders. I play with a lot of different guitar tunings and it’s important that they stay in tune. The Hummingbird, the J-45 and the Johnny A have all been put to the test and I’m happy to say that they continue to surpass my expectations." (http://www.gibson.com/news-lifestyle/features/en-us/she-and-him-0630.aspx)more
“I was like, ‘Whoa, I wouldn’t have put stickers on my guitar, but OK.’” The stickers have endured, and the J-45 guitar has even graced the cover of No Depression magazine. Nearby, past the autographed photos of Bob Newhart and Don Rickles, there’s yet another Hopf, this one an Art Deco-inspired archtop. Tweedy points to a picture high up on the far wall featuring Elvis, in the Army, toting pretty much the same model Hopf. “It’s on ‘How to Fight Loneliness’ and ‘In a Future Age,’” Tweedy says. “It’s a really good guitar to bow because the neck radius has a little bit of an arch to it--you can hit individual strings with the bow." - [Jason Verlinde, *Fretboard Journal*](http://www.fretboardjournal.com/features/magazine/inside-wilcos-loft).more
"On some of the acoustic songs I used Frank’s Gibson J-45. I also played an Everett, which is a small-bodied acoustic, as well as my Matons, which I strung with impossibly heavy strings and mic’d really close. We used ribbon mics on certain tracks, and on every song we used a different mic-and-guitar combination."more
In this 2012 interview with Gibson.com Bingham said that he has two J-45's: A newer one, which he had bought by the time around "Crazy Heart" and a 1963 vintage J-45 he got from his wife. In this video, Bingham plays the newer one. "I used the J-45 for pretty much all the acoustic stuff. I had other acoustics as well, and would sort of pick each one up, one at a time, and strum it and play it. But at the end of the day, it was always the J-45 that sounded best. It’s also my main guitar for writing." - Bingham in the same interview. (http://www.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/ryan-bingham-talks-guitars-0925-2012.aspx)more
In this video of We Are Scientists performing "After Hours" at Guitar Center, Keith Murray's acoustic guitar can be seen. In [this email exchange talking about his gear](http://images.equipboard.com/uploads/source/image/36348/GU1NHzQ.png), he confirms the acoustic guitar he uses for live work is a Gibson J-45. In the video, the guitar can be seen from 0:23 and onwards.more
Another distinctive acoustic sound comes from a Nashville-tuned Gibson J-45. “We’ve been using that on almost every solo record,” Rizzo says. “A lot of people think she’s playing a 12-string, but what’s happening is it’s the 6-string and the Nashville played together. She can play the exact same thing from take to take so they sound like a 12-string, which is pretty cool. And sometimes it sounds very physical. Her hands can be so strong that it’s like, ‘How the hell is she playing that?’”more
[This interview](http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/Yellowcard-Guitarists-Hit-the.aspx) states that Ryan Key uses a Gibson J-45. It says, "These days, Key and Mendez are getting a stripped-down taste of the road ahead. They’ve been traveling from radio station to radio station, playing acoustic versions of several of the new album’s songs, including 'Light Up the Sky,' the lead single and a tune **Key crafted with a 2005 Gibson J-45.**"more
Talking about his guitars, Aaron Lewis says, of his 1956 Gibson J-45, "I picked that up from Lloyd Chiate, who was the guitar player for Eddie Money back in the day. And he had — for many, many years, and has since closed — he had a store on Sunset [Boulevard] called Voltage Vintage, and I picked that guitar up from him. In hindsight, on that same day when I was looking at that guitar, he brought me upstairs and showed me another guitar that should have been the guitar I walked out of the store with, because it was Tom Petty’s Hummingbird. You know, there are stages of collecting and when you first start out as a collector, you go through these stages until you finally get to the point where now you’re only purchasing guitars that have a collectable value to them. Where back then, I was more thinking about the fact that, and we hadn’t gotten deep enough into our career at that point, it was the difference between the four or five grand that the guitar was instead of the seven or eight grand that this guitar was. Like I said, in hindsight, I made the wrong decision," in [this interview](http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/aaron-lewis-0820.aspx).more
Aimee Mann bought her J-45 after a car crash claimed her old J-160, and she hasn’t turned back since. When asked what made her choose the J-45, she said she wanted a guitar that not only sounded right, but felt right. “It’s a very personal thing,” she told me. “...You want to play a guitar that’s an extension of you.” https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2010/06/behold-a-dark-horse.html?p=2more
"I think it was a J-45. So that’s what I played on those two songs. It was just funny that he found his dream acoustic guitar and some kid had put his name across it in giant orange letters. Karma. So Gordon is just an acoustic guitar, but you have to call it by its proper name."more
Knowles quite naturally shifts the discussion from singing and songwriting back to his first love: guitars. In addition to his J50 he also owns a J45, which is four years old. “I don’t take it on tour at the moment, but it is a wonderful guitar.” - excerpt from Performing Musician interview.more
"Yeah, it's a Gibson J-45. It's a new guitar, but it's called the Antique Range, which is slightly confusing, but I'm a fully signed-up Gibson endorsee guy these days. They're great. I mean, my reason for switching to them full time was at least partly influenced by their infrastructure. For instance, I have some really fantastic bespoke guitars that I like — in particular, a guitar that's made by one guy who's a luthier who lives in North Wales, Patrick James Eggle. It's one of the nicest guitars I've ever played in my life, but he's one guy. If I break a guitar in Melbourne, Australia, there's essentially nothing he can do about it. The other thing about Gibson is that I beat the crap out of my guitars live — like, really. So live, I play a pair of Gibson Hummingbirds. They sound good and they play good and everything, but a big part of it for me is just that I can also throw pretty much anything at them and — touch wood — thus far, they've survived."more
"Her main instrument? “A 1957 Gibson J-45,” Musgraves tells Acoustic Guitar. “I call her ‘Janice.’ She’s the first guitar that I picked up and played and thought, I have to have this. It looks like it has a story to tell. It’s been through something. She’s a tobacco sunburst kind of thing … I’m in love with the guitar. It feels so good to play.”"more
At around 14:30min Ryan explains how he got his 1951 Gibson J-45 as a gift from a fan. "I play a 1951 Gibson J-45. I've got it tuned down a whole step, and it leaves off on the low end right where Kenneth's picks up on the high end. He plays a 1954 Martin O-15 ... A fan — back in the days when I had no business having any fans at all — decided somehow that she wanted to give me a guitar. And that's the only guitar that I have and the only guitar that I play." - Ryan in interview with NPR.org (http://www.npr.org/2013/03/23/175053010/the-milk-carton-kids-at-lifes-crossroads-a-duo-looks-both-ways)more
> Johnny also has his 1939 Gibson J-45, that belonged to his grandfather, and his 1968 D-35 Martin, that he uses in the studio. [Interview with guitar.com.](http://www.musiciansfriend.com/resources/article/Interview-with-Guitarist-Johnny-Hiland-on-his-Music-Career-and-Playing-Technique/m710805) > Then of course, my granddad left a 1939 (Gibson) J45 behind and of course, he passed away when my dad was 6-months old so my dad didn't really get a chance to know his own dad either, but I'm his namesake as well, so of course, my dad doesn't play and so the guitar got passed on to me. I still have the guitar. I'll never part with it. So my dad used to tune that guitar through an open E chord and I used to play kind of like Jeff Healey, with my fingers and thumb to bar the bass runs and things like that. And I did that probably up until I was 10 years old. And that's when my dad took me for my first lesson which basically, I learned 6 chords. That's pretty much what spawned it all. But even in the time I wasn't playing correctly, I still did a TV show. I did "Big Stacy's Jamboree" when I was 7.more
Nicknamed "The Workhorse" and first introduced in 1942, Gibson's most popular round-shoulder dreadnought guitar is world-renowned for its full, balanced expression, warm bass, and excellent projection. Subtle changes to the bracing of its predecessor-the J-35-made Gibson's J-45 Standard one of most technically advanced acoustic electric guitars of its time.
I've played at least 20 of these over the last 2 years. I found one recently that was a 2017 model and had the sweetest tone. I had to have it. Funny thing is, I was on my way to the register with a Martin D18 in hand when I saw this J-45. When I played it, I was amazed by the tone of this particular one and the fact that I was about to put down the D-18 for the J-45. I still love Martin D-18's but this J-45 has turned me into a Gibson guy. Couldn't be happier.
I'm hard on my J45. It's been loved and played a lot. It's got two cracks on the top and one on the side, and has been nicely dried out. It's a resonant, and full bodied dread with the most beautiful rosewood board I've seen from Gibson in 30+ years. LR Baggs Element pickup. I use it on occasion with an Aura 16 but on it's own, the pickup is very clear and not quacky. Can have issues on small stages or with a full band in the low end. I replaced the pins with Power Pins for easier string changes and it dramatically improved the tone as well. This guitar will get a few holes in it before I'm done with it, and will always be in my stable of performance gear.
I have never been a big fan of gibson. I have always thought their guitars were too expensive. I had the opportunity to get a Gibson J-45 vintage for a fair price. And it a real piece of art. The sound the touch the smell: everything is perfect.
I am led to believe this model I have was owned by Pete Doherty, it got badly smashed up, its taken me several years and a final build by Jonny Kinkade to get it playable. Its still scarred but sounds j45 through and through