Gibson J-45 Cutaway
More Than a WorkhorseAll writing about the Gibson J-45 starts with the same general sentiment: it’s The Workhorse. Now, that’s not necessarily a bad place to start when it comes to the J-45, because it fits the definition of “workhorse” to a T: it’s relatively unadorned and has few frills, it can do just about anything an acoustic guitarist might ask of it, and it’s so comfortable that it begs you to play for hours and hours. It also sits comfortably within the grand tradition of classic Gibson acoustics because it’s crafted with equal parts love and elbow grease by skilled artisans using time-consuming, labor-intensive manufacturing practices.
But, calling the J-45 a workhorse only tells half the story. It leaves out the most important part: the fun! Strumming a J-45 puts you in touch with the elemental, visceral joys of making music. It’s a surefire way to put a grin on your face, and it probably will lower your blood pressure if you do it regularly enough (although we have no way to prove this). It manages a truly incredible feat: it’s a utilitarian tool that can do it all AND an exquisite masterwork with an endless capacity to inspire.
|Type||Round Shoulder Body Style|
|Finish Color||Heritage Cherry|
|Finish Type||Nitrocellulose Lacquer|
|Top Wood||Solid Sitka Spruce|
|Bracing||Traditional Hand-Scalloped X-Bracing|
|Back & Sides Wood||Mahogany|
|Neck Joint||Compound Dovetail secured at the 14th fret|
|Neck Shape||Slim Taper|
|Neck Dimensions||.820 1st - .890 9th|
|Fingerboard Inlays||MOP Dots|
|Width at Nut||1.725"|
|Binding||Multi-ply Top, Single-Ply Back|
|Rosette||Multi-ply Single Ring|
|Electronics||L.R. Baggs Element VTC|
|Tuners||Nickel Grover Rotomatics w/Kidney Buttons|
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