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Gibson '50s J-45 Original

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We’re always big fans of Gibson’s round-shouldered jumbos, and this ’50s J-45 Original is a sweet blend of historic and modern features, for a guitar that sounds and feels like our old favorites.

The slope-shouldered workhorse of the Gibson lineup, the J-45 has been around since 1942 and is considered by many to be an essential member of any serious acoustic player’s arsenal. The ‘50s J-45 Original offers the details inspired by these Kalamazoo golden-era classics, including a subtly aged Vintage Sunburst nitrocellulose lacquer finish, cream button Grover tuners and ’50s-era tortoise pick guard.

A Sitka spruce top over mahogany sides/back give it the perfect balance of presence and warmth. J-45 models consistently produce plenty of low end punch, but not at the expense of mids and highs—perfect for recording and live use. The 24 3/4” scale makes the J-45 easy to play, but with no loss of power. And an LR Baggs Element pickup lets you plug-and-play anywhere.


  • Solid Sitka spruce top w/ traditional hand-scalloped bracing
  • Solid Mahogany back/sides
  • Multi-ply top binding; 1-ply back binding
  • Subtly antiqued Vintage Sunburst nitrocellulose lacquer finish
  • Mahogany Slim-Taper neck w/ rosewood fingerboard
  • Mother-of-pearl dot inlays
  • 24 3/4” scale, 12” fretboard radius
  • 1.724” bone  nut
  • 20 Frets
  • Rosewood “belly” bridge w/ bone saddle
  • Tortoise ’50s-era pickguard
  • Nickel-plated Grover Strap tuners w/ cream buttons
  • LR Baggs Element pickup w/ Volume & Tone controls
  • Made in USA
  • Serial# 23132028
  • Hardshell case included


Our Gibson dealer agreement allows us to post inventory online, but not to to sell Gibson guitars through our website (sorry, we don’t make Gibson’s rules).

Please call or email, or visit our store to purchase this instrument or any of the other Gibson guitars shown here.

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