Gibson J-45 "Banner Logo" Round-Shoulder Jumbo (1942 - 1946)

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Overview

  • Wartime production occasionally meant material shortages; while the standard J-45 has mahogany back, sides, and neck, Gibson had to replace some mahogany parts with laminated maple ones. Banner logo J-45s can be found with maple back and sides as well as maple necks. Some others were made with mahogany tops rather than spruce. Spruce shortages meant that some came out of the factory without bookmatched tops, and others came out with four-piece tops rather than the standard two.
  • Beginning in 1943, some J-45s were made with a black "skunk stripe" painted down the top. It's speculated that these stripes were either used to hide poor bookmatching due to spruce shortages, while others feel it's simply decorative.
  • In order to save metal for the war effort, some J-45 runs were produced with an ebony reinforcement bar rather than a standard truss rod. This can have an effect on the stability of the neck, and also means that the neck tension is not adjustable.

Product Specs

Brand
Model
  • J-45 All-Mahogany Round-Shoulder Jumbo with Banner Logo
  • J-45 Spruce / Mahogany Round-Shoulder Jumbo with Mahogany Neck, Banner Logo
  • J-45 Spruce / Mahogany Round-Shoulder Jumbo with Maple Neck, Banner Logo
  • J-45 Spruce / Maple Round-Shoulder Jumbo with Banner Logo
Finish
  • Sunburst
Year
  • 1942 - 1946
Made In
  • United States
Categories

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