Gibson J-45 1945 Sunburst

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  • $5,000$6,500

Introduced in 1942 as a replacement for the J-35, the J-45 has since become one of Gibson's most popular acoustic flattops. Earning a reputation as a "workhorse" guitar, the J-45 was embraced for its no-frills attitude and big, strong tone. Several variations of the J-45 have been released over the years including its natural-finish counterpart, the J-50. During World War II, the J-45 experienced some variation in wood composition and other details. By 1945, the model returned to its normal specifications. 

Years of Production: 1942 - present

Unique to this Year: Still some wartime variation in woods used during 1945. Some J-45s from 1945, for example, have Maple back and sides instead of Mahogany. 

Body Style: Dreadnought

Wood Composition: Mahogany back and sides (some maple), Mahogany neck, Spruce top, 

Design Elements: Rounded shoulders, teardrop pickguard, single-bound top and back, Gibson banner logo on headstock

Notable Players: John Hiatt, Brad Paisley, Bob Dylan


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