Gibson J-45 1957 Sunburst

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  • $2,610$3,995

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. 

Years of Production: 1942 - present

Unique to this Era: Gibson now offers an optional adjustable bridge. J-45s with the adjustable bridge are less desirable to collectors. Also, starting in 1955, the pickguard is a longer shape.

Body Style: Dreadnought

Wood Composition: Mahogany back and sides, Mahogany neck, Spruce top, 

Design Elements: Rounded shoulders, long pickguard, triple-bound top

Notable Players: John Hiatt, Brad Paisley, Bob Dylan

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