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More Than a Workhorse

All 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.


ModelJ-45 Cutaway
TypeRound Shoulder Body Style
Finish ColorHeritage Cherry
Finish TypeNitrocellulose Lacquer
Top WoodSolid Sitka Spruce
BracingTraditional Hand-Scalloped X-Bracing
Back & Sides WoodMahogany
Neck WoodMahogany
Neck JointCompound Dovetail secured at the 14th fret
Neck ShapeSlim Taper
Neck Dimensions.820 1st - .890 9th
Fretboard MaterialRosewood
Fingerboard InlaysMOP Dots
Scale Length24-3/4"
Width at Nut1.725"
Nut MaterialTusq
BindingMulti-ply Top, Single-Ply Back
RosetteMulti-ply Single Ring
ElectronicsL.R. Baggs Element VTC
TunersNickel Grover Rotomatics w/Kidney Buttons
BridgeRosewood Belly-Up
PickguardTortoise Teardrop
CaseHardshell Case

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