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Gibson Acoustic-Electric ’50s J-45 Original (Vintage Sunburst)


The ’50s J-45 Original features all that rich tone, thanks to its solid Sitka spruce top and a solid mahogany body.

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Gibson’s J-45 is one of the best-known acoustic guitars out there. Dubbed “The Workhorse,” this round-shoulder dreadnought gives your music full, balanced expression, warm bass, and excellent projection. The ’50s J-45 Original features all that rich tone, thanks to its solid Sitka spruce top and a solid mahogany body. And, for a vintage correct look, the multi-ply top and single-ply back binding are slightly antiqued to create a well-seasoned appearance. Whether you’re a singer/songwriter or an onstage acoustic rocker, the Gibson Acoustic ’50s J-45 Original is for you.

Known as “The Workhorse,” the Gibson J-45 body style is among Gibson’s most beloved. This particular workhorse features a superb blend of tonewoods, giving you rich, strong sound with well-balanced tonality. The ’50s J-45 Original features a solid Sitka spruce top for presence, while premium mahogany adorns its back and sides. Other touches include traditional hand-scalloped X-bracing, a compound dovetail neck joint, and multi-ply top and single-ply back body binding.

The Gibson ’50s J-45 Original’s fretboard comprises high-grade rosewood, which is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson experts before it enters the Gibson factories. It’s a resilient and durable wood, making way for a balanced and stable fretboard, and giving each chord and note enhanced clarity and bite. The dot inlays on the J-45 are made of genuine mother-of-pearl and are added to the fretboard using a special Gibson process that eliminates gaps and doesn’t require fillers. What’s more, the ’50s J-45 Original’s fretboard boasts a rolled edge that’s lightly beveled, which enhances the instrument’s smooth playability.

The Gibson Acoustic ’50s J-45 Original comes with LR Baggs’s popular VTC acoustic pickup system. This system features a low-profile under-saddle transducer that enhances the coupling between the pickup and the guitar 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 VTC gives your ’50s J-45 Original the amplification you need, with zero compromises for tone or convenience.

       Tech Specs:

  • String Type: Steel
  • Number of Strings: 6
  • Left-/Right-handed: Right-handed
  • Body Shape: Round Shoulder Dreadnought
  • Back & Sides Wood: Mahogany
  • Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Color: Vintage Sunburst
  • Body Bracing: Scalloped X-bracing
  • Binding: Multi-ply top/back
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany
  • Neck Shape: Rounded
  • Radius: 12″
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Inlay: Mother-of-Pearl Dots
  • Number of Frets: 20, Standard
  • Scale Length: 24.75″
  • Nut Width: 1.725″
  • Nut/Saddle Material: Bone/Bone
  • Bridge Material: Rosewood
  • Tuning Machines: Grover Strap with Cream buttons
  • Electronics: LR Baggs VTC Under Saddle Pickup
  • Strings: Gibson, .012-.053
  • Case Included: Hardshell Case

Additional information

Weight 16 kg