Gibson J45

Gibson J45

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J45, Dreadnought Steel String Guitar from Gibson.

10 user reviews
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  • Manufacturer: Gibson
  • Model: J45
  • Category: Dreadnought Steel String Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 07/16/2006

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Gibson J45 user reviews

Average Score:4.9( 4.9/5 based on 10 reviews )
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MGR/Jimmy Sky04/01/2003

MGR/Jimmy Sky's review"Gibson J45"

Gibson J45
i traded a 67 gibson SG Jr & a Gibson Skylark amp for a J45 in 1969.It sounded
like John Lennon's guitar in A HARD DAY"S NIGHT and had a narrow neck.Driver Music
in Bethany,Ok was the seller. i wanted the guitar so badly i worked in the public
library to earn the money.i paid 250.00
plus tax.

Warm sound & perfect blend hi & low.
accurate intonation any position.
beautiful sunburst with subtle color variations.
the narrowest neck of any guitar i have played with fast action.

did not like the original tuners

this guitar is probably a 1065 J45ADJ &
featured the coveted craftmanship of the original Gibson lines even on a budget.
the binding is perfect and despite over30 years still sounds better than ever.

wish i had another one

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MGR/Gibson Lover01/20/2003

MGR/Gibson Lover's review"Gibson J45"

Gibson J45
I bought this guitar on a whim one day in 1973 I had always wanted a gibson J200 and I went out to buy a new one. When I reached the store there waqs the shiny new J200 and next to it was a more shiny gibson gospel. I spent the next two hours playing them both and comparing then the guy in the store said have a try of this used J45 you wont be dissapointed and half an hourb later I was walking out of the store with it.

The guitar has everything you would expect from a gibson plus an ever elusive something else, just a little something you cant quite put your finger on but its there all the same. Every time i pick up this guitar it sings to me even if the strings havent been changed for months. although it does like nickel strings rather than bronze. Even with the heaviest gauge strings on the action is wonderful.

The thing I dont like about the guitar is the 40cm split in the back top edge which got there after a heavy drinking sesion at a friends place about 25 years ago and its never got any bigger. It could use a refret but Im afraid it just wont be the same instrument afterwards and that my love affair with it might end in divorce.

Its a beautiful solid spruce top with honduras mahogany back and sides it has a mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard kluson machines I suppose a fairly standard early sixties J45, although I did remove the scratchplate (I just think all acoustics sound better without them). It has those big fat sixties gibson frets as well (one reason Im reluctant to have it refretted).

This is the kind of instrument that only comes your way once in a lifetime and you have to grab it and never let it go. Its the kind of instrument you should cherish and not abuse during drunken binges. You should play it to the best of your ability and let it sing its song to you.

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zorzi's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Bewitching"

Gibson J45
See previous opinions.


Broad handle very nice, (well not too late).

The guitar is very light and well balanced. It is very pleasant to take. I love the form "round shoulders".

Access to acute is dangerous beyond the 14th box, but it is not the purpose of this instrument.

The sound is immediately with this instrument. After we love where we do not like. The J45 has a very distinctive sound.


Rather I play Jazz actually. But this guitar is more versatile than you might think, despite its "rural" side. If the game is a treat agreement, the melodic playing is not tamed but still gently.
In fact, I feel that it's very "roots" will probably (and hopefully) take me to unknown paths. It is a true delight. The singing treble, bass pretty amazing.
Given my profile melodic improviser, I tended to just abandon chording but I feel that I will soon return with this guitar.

The amplification is very good, I did not really expect because I bought this first acoustic guitar.


I use it for 3 days, so I will leave a notice hot but I will complete later over my feelings.

I played before on a Jasmine TS-58C Jumbo. I tried many guitars before buying the D45, including Taylor (310, DN-4, 414ce ...) and also the Gibson Hummingbird and J200. It's funny but the "stars" from Gibson (J200 and hummingbird) did not see me as attractive as this J45 tested on the advice of the seller.

I had some reservations with the Taylor 310 (finally taking into account my budget) and much more comfortable to play and handle probably more versatile but I finally opted for the D45 has more personality.
It's a great guitar, a priori opposite my aesthetic orientations. Why I bought it? I do not have the answer to this question. But as soon as I start to play I do not see the time passing. I sound drunk she sings. I am unable to work with as soon as one puts his fingers over it is in pure Jouage, research, pleasure. Finally what is happiness ...

1800 euros new, it's expensive anyway for me because I had never slammed such a sum at once. Almost 20 years I do the guitar (with "shovels" 500 euros max) and I finally bought a "real" comes a point where you can not go back, while sparing as you are. ..

ispagnac3's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a dream"

Gibson J45
manufacturing Boseman Montana


handle type les paul
light well balanced
access to a folk without acute sections cut


for the folk, blues and accompaniment of songs
sounding inimitable soon found the first agreement the sound of folks that we heard in our youth discs.
ok for finishing is a bit shameful to see the way in which people stuck in the gibson pickguard (maybe this is intended to encourage us to buy a model high)
I have the standard model, I tried a secondhand tv-not necessarily better, I also tried a vintage (1942-first year) and frankly I much prefer mine and 4000 euros difference price.
DO NOT BUY THE NET.Une guitar of this price and this quality in CA TRY BEFORE PURCHASE!
I have tried three before I decide, finishes were not identical and the sound either.


Amateur telecaster electric in their character, I find it quite with this D45.
I find it sublimely beautiful and classy and understated finish, which is not always the case with acoustic Gibson.
SHE mesmerized me and I do not go a day without playing.
of course it is expensive but the price is justified by the wood used and mahogany provides a sound SUBLIME.
So just because 9 out of 10 of the plate badly put.
other details to expand and take advantage of these qualities it takes acoustic high-end amplification.

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