Gibson J-45 (1962) ON SALE! $2,300

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A workhorse guitar for thousands of musicians, the J-45 was introduced in 1942 as a good, inexpensive workingman’s instrument. It is renowned today as an ultra-musical flattop that is ideally suited to the journeyman player who requires burly lows, expressive mids, and highs that project without ever being strident. Though not uncommon, J-45s are fast rising in price, as more and more players adopt them as ideal companions for songwriting or gigging . In fact, for anyone who has seen Jeff Bridges’ masterful performance as a struggling, has-been country performer in Crazy Heart already knows, his songwriting tool is a well-used J-45. This particular instrument came to us after several decades of continuous use by its original owner. Our very own Steve first replaced the factory-original adjustable bridge with a quality rosewood replacement (the original is in the case). He also did a complete refret and cleated three top cracks. Then, just to be safe, he added a JLD Bridge System to counter a bit of belly bow behind the bridge (it worked beautifully). Having deemed the guitar ready, we A/Bed it against a 1947 Gibson Southern Jumbo that has earned its place as a permanent denizen in the Aardvark collection. Although not really a fair fight (the SJ is one of the two or three very best-sounding mahogany and spruce flattops we have ever heard), the J-45 performed very well., delivering shimmering, well-balanced tone in a lightweight package. If the J-45 is not yet as resonant as the SJ, give it time— the SJ is 15 years its senior! In addition to the afore-mentioned refurbishments, the guitar has two stable surface cracks on top. Back and sides are in very good condition and are crack-free. Original Kluson tuners work fine, with little of the deterioration that often afflicts these buttons. With original brown chipboard case. SOLD!

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A workhorse guitar for thousands of musicians, the J-45 was introduced in 1942 as a good, inexpensive workingman’s instrument. It is renowned today as an ultra-musical flattop that is ideally suited to the journeyman player who requires burly lows, expressive mids, and highs that project without ever being strident. Though not uncommon, J-45s are fast rising in price, as more and more players adopt them as ideal companions for songwriting or gigging . In fact, for anyone who has seen Jeff Bridges’ masterful performance as a struggling, has-been country performer in Crazy Heart already knows, his songwriting tool is a well-used J-45. This particular instrument came to us after several decades of continuous use by its original owner. Our very own Steve first replaced the factory-original adjustable bridge with a quality rosewood replacement (the original is in the case). He also did a complete refret and cleated three top cracks. Then, just to be safe, he added a JLD Bridge System to counter a bit of belly bow behind the bridge (it worked beautifully). Having deemed the guitar ready, we A/Bed it against a 1947 Gibson Southern Jumbo that has earned its place as a permanent denizen in the Aardvark collection. Although not really a fair fight (the SJ is one of the two or three very best-sounding mahogany and spruce flattops we have ever heard), the J-45 performed very well., delivering shimmering, well-balanced tone in a lightweight package. If the J-45 is not yet as resonant as the SJ, give it time— the SJ is 15 years its senior! In addition to the afore-mentioned refurbishments, the guitar has two stable surface cracks on top. Back and sides are in very good condition and are crack-free. Original Kluson tuners work fine, with little of the deterioration that often afflicts these buttons. With original brown chipboard case. SOLD!