1943 Gibson J-45 Banner Headstock


  • SOLD!

  • Year: 1943
  • Manufacturer: Gibson
  • Model: J-45 Banner Headstock
  • Case: Hard
  • Color: Sunburst
  • Condition: Excellent

NO FON: An outstanding guitar in every way, this J-45 comes from the well-documented banner period where Gibson, facing a wartime labor and materials shortage, managed to cobble together the materials to make some of the greatest flattops in their history. In a way, this guitar is the epitome of that period with is four-piece Adirondack top and the hand rubbed look of the light sunburst. The rest of the guitar conforms with the specs on the era – a mahogany neck with a comfortable profile and adjustable truss-rod, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, mahogany sides and one-piece back, simple ivoroid binding front and back, and three to a plate Klusons that work well. The nut is a full 1 ¾” and there are some shallow divots in the C, Am, and F shapes of course. It possibly had an undetectable neck reset some time ago and the frets look fresher than if they were original but it’s very hard to tell. The action is typical with a low saddle. Enthusiasm for these Gibsons has left many of them with lots of play wear over the years. Not so this one. The pictures tell the story – a few dings in the lower bout and that’s about it. It has a beguiling tone with plenty of the midrange crunch you’d expect but some enchanting overtones not commonly found in these old workhorses. This is a terrific guitar that will inspire your playing and hopefully take it into new territory.