The Gibson J-45 is an iconic American guitar. Introduced just before America's entry into WW2, the J-45 has proven popular with players and the rich, warm full tone provides a wonderful complement to a singer's voice.

While the Gibson J-45 is classed as a dreadnought guitar, it normally features a round or slope-shouldered design, distinct from the Martin square-shoulder D series - the D-18 to D-45 all feature the same squared body shape. Other Gibson acoustics use this design - the Gibson Dove and Hummingbird are both square-shouldered dreadnoughts.

However, between 1969 and 1982, Gibson discontinued the slope-shoulder in favour of the square-shoulder design. As well, the scale length was increased from the 'Gibson Standard' 24.75 inches to 25.5 inches, coincidentally the 'Martin Standard'. In 1982, the J-45 was discontinued and re-appeared in 1984 closer to its original specs.

The basic structure was retained - a spruce top with mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard. Following the trend of the period, an adjusable bridge was used, with the bridge and saddle being rosewood.

This 1968 Gibson J-45 is an early example of that production. It is in overall good condition with little wear. There is some natural lacquer checking and light fret wear but no significant scratches, dents chips or dings. A non-original hardshell case is included.

This is a consignment piece. Prices shown are in US dollars and are based on a recent exchange rate. For Canadian dollar pricing, please follow the More Details link here to our website posting at

The Twelfth Fret

The Twelfth Fret

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The Twelfth Fret
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