Gibson J-45 (1962) SOLD!

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Originally retailing for a very affordable $45, the aptly named J-45 (the “J, ” not surprisingly, stands for “jumbo”) has long been a favorite of a cross-section of guitarists for its good looks, ergonomic body shape and excellent live and recorded tone. True to form, this guitar is easy to play, equally responsive to a light touch or heavy strum, and boasts that legendary punchy Gibson midrange. Its voice is mature, with a quick high-end response and excellent note bloom, particularly in the upper register. Given the body size and shape, the bass frequencies are more delicate than the percussive projection often associated with a dreadnought, but they’re more than adequate for balanced Travis picking and nothing short of ideal for strumming. The longtime owner, from whom we bought the guitar, installed a Dean Markley soundhole pickup, which sounds surprisingly good. Regardless of whether you retain the Dean Markley, which is included in the purchase price, or replace it with your own personal pickup preference, the guitar already has an input jack professionally installed (see photo). Typical Gibson lacquer checking and a bit of pick wear around soundhole, but no cracks or other issues. Strap button added to neck heel. With a newer hardshell case. Sold! Thanks Jay!

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Originally retailing for a very affordable $45, the aptly named J-45 (the “J, ” not surprisingly, stands for “jumbo”) has long been a favorite of a cross-section of guitarists for its good looks, ergonomic body shape and excellent live and recorded tone. True to form, this guitar is easy to play, equally responsive to a light touch or heavy strum, and boasts that legendary punchy Gibson midrange. Its voice is mature, with a quick high-end response and excellent note bloom, particularly in the upper register. Given the body size and shape, the bass frequencies are more delicate than the percussive projection often associated with a dreadnought, but they’re more than adequate for balanced Travis picking and nothing short of ideal for strumming. The longtime owner, from whom we bought the guitar, installed a Dean Markley soundhole pickup, which sounds surprisingly good. Regardless of whether you retain the Dean Markley, which is included in the purchase price, or replace it with your own personal pickup preference, the guitar already has an input jack professionally installed (see photo). Typical Gibson lacquer checking and a bit of pick wear around soundhole, but no cracks or other issues. Strap button added to neck heel. With a newer hardshell case. Sold! Thanks Jay!