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... read more
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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.
Rich low end, good neck feel
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.
"The standard Gibson Acoustic guitar"
"The sound of this acoustic guitar sits right in the mix perfectly without much EQ neccessary to blend it into a track. That's pretty much why I bought it. Shimmery top end, schooped mids, tight bottom. Especially on the models with a Rosewood back"
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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.