The Gibson J-45 is—despite Martin’s claim—America’s guitar, the signature instrument of the serious player in jams, gigs, hoedowns, hootenannies, parties, and front porches since the 1940’s. The original J-45 has a slope-shouldered jumbo body (until 1969) with a solid spruce top and mahogany back, sides, and neck. Since World War II it has a 14/20-fret rosewood finger board with pearl dot inlay and a 25.4” scale, and a “belly-up” (until 1968) rosewood bridge with an adjustable saddle (until 1974-75). In 1955 the large tortoise pick guard replaced the early smaller black pick guard and the original black body binding was replaced with ivoroid (not the notorious disintegrating tortoise binding of the later 1970s). And of course it has the huge, focused sound for which vintage round-shouldered Jumbo Gibsons have been famous for decades.
This guitar has serial number 064215, which along with the above specifications probably dates it as 1967—fifty-one years of making music. There were some structural issues which have been professionally dealt with, such as the center seam below the bridge and four humidity cracks have been glued and cleated, and several braces have been re-glued. Most conspicuously, at some time in the last half-century a very careful headstock repair has been performed, including a splice of contrasting wood on the back of the neck; the seam is very smooth to the player, and my luthier has pronounced it solid as a rock. The presumably original Kluson Deluxe tuners work well, and the action is very fast and comfortable at a bit under 3/32” at the 12th fret low E. The good news is that for a player it is better than “original”; the bad news is that for a museum or collector it may be less “collectible” because of the headstock repair.
Cosmetically, the brilliant cherry sunburst finish is in good shape, and the back and sides show only the occasional scratches, dings, and buckle rash one expects on a working 48-year-old guitar, along with lotsa fine crazing in the finish “to let the sound out,” as my luthier says. In other words, it looks like what it is: a great Gibson jumbo guitar which has been playing the hard-driving music for which it was made. And, of course, playing the music for over five decades has made that Gibson sound even better, more resonant, and more powerful. This is a player’s guitar, and I sincerely hope that its next owner is someone who will play it hard, well, and often.
The hard shell case is probably not the original Gibson case, but it is certainly vintage. It is in good shape, inside and out, with only a few small dings in the cover. The hardware all works perfectly, it offers great protection, and it is an excellent vintage complement to this fine vintage guitar.
Buyer pays a flat rate of $55 for insurance and shipping to the lower forty-eight states; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. Payment by Paypal is preferred; cashier’s checks are acceptable, but checks must clear before the guitar will be shipped.
I have tried to be perfectly clear and accurate in describing this vintage instrument, so its return will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing. Please check out the pictures and ask any questions you might have before offering to purchase it.
Thank you for your interest in this fine vintage Gibson guitar.
Payments by Paypal, cashier’s checks, money orders, or personal checks are acceptable, but all payments must clear my bank before the guitar will be shipped. I will CONSIDER reasonable offers, even including installment payments and trade-ins, but generally since I already attempt to price my guitars very competitively, unusual deals must be unusually sweet.
From henceforth [that's how retired English teachers talk], insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states is $55 due to constantly rising shipping costs unless a specific listing says otherwise; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. I have sold guitars to Russia, Japan, Australia, and over 50 other countries, as well as almost every state in the USA. Since some of my guitars travel thousands of miles, I take care to use lots of packing materials, protect the neck inside the case, and of course de-tune the strings.
I make every effort to describe and illustrate each guitar and case with scrupulous accuracy. However, many of my instruments are well-played vintage items which are many years old, and I am not a luthier. One should assume that any guitar will require some set-up to satisfy your personal requirements, and that not every flaw or ding will be seen/recognized/described in the listing. Thus the return of an instrument will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing. Please read the listing carefully, check out the pictures, and ask any questions you might have before offering to buy.