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.
Body Style: Dreadnought
Wood Composition: Mahogany back and sides (some maple), Mahogany neck, Spruce top
Design Elements: Rounded shoulders, long pickguard, triple-bound top
Notable Players: John Hiatt, Brad Paisley, Bob Dylan