Gibson J-45 "Banner Logo" 1942 - 1945

Gibson J-45 "Banner Logo" 1942 - 1945

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  • J-45 "Banner Logo" with Laminated Maple Back and Sides, Maple Neck
  • J-45 "Banner Logo" with Mahogany Neck
  • J-45 "Banner Logo" with Mahogany Top, Maple Neck
  • J-45 "Banner Logo" with Spruce Top, Maple Neck
  • Sunburst
  • 1942 - 1945
Made In
  • United States
Active Preamp
  • No
Back Material
  • Mahogany
  • Maple
Body Shape
  • Dreadnought
Colour Family
  • Brown
Finish Pattern
  • Sunburst
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Model Family
  • Gibson J-45
Neck Material
  • Mahogany
  • Maple
Number of Frets
  • 20
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
  • None
Right / Left Handed
  • Right-Handed
  • Gibson Kalamazoo Factory Era
Sides Material
  • Mahogany
  • Maple
String Type
  • Steel
Top Material
  • Mahogany
  • Spruce


  • 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.

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