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Gibson J-45 Standard Review

This Gibson J-45 Standard review will introduce you to one of the most famous models, nicknamed the “Workhorse,” and was introduced back in 1942. This classical acoustic guitar is capable of a lot, which is why it has earned respect among connoisseurs and is the top-selling of all Gibson guitars. In today’s world, it sounds just as traditional, but yet in a modern electronic frame. So it’s worth taking a closer look at it, don’t you think?


Gibson J-45 Standard

The Gibson J-45 of the Jambo line of round-shouldered Dreadnoughts is built with beautiful tonal woods that make it sound rich and powerful. The solid Sitka Spruce top is multi-layered, and the side and back are made of high-quality Mahogany that will last and promote hard playing if you like it. Balance and stability are guaranteed thanks to the traditional hand-scalloped X-bracing system. The body itself is very comfortable, with smooth lines, and thanks to the Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer coating is pleasant to the hand and durable.

Neck, fingerboard, headstock

The Slim Taper neck with Compound’s Mahogany Dovetail mount has a 12 in radius and Scale Length of 24.75 in, making it more likely to be comfortable for small hands and fingers. It’s just easier for them to maneuver over the frets. The fingerboard is made of Rosewood and has 20 standard frets and Mother-of-pearl Dots inlays. The use of such high-quality woods makes the fingerboard stable and durable, as well as affects the great ringing sound overall. In general, as always with Gibson, expensive popular guitars have roughly the same features that make them so. Grover Rotomatics w/kidney buttons tuners are no exception. They’re reliable, soft, and easy to operate.

Pickup system

The Gibson Acoustic J-45 Standard has LR Baggs’ VTC pickup system, which is quite popular among musicians. With its discreet interface, this Under Saddle Pickup does a great job and is attached inside the sound hole as a Preamp and Volume/Tone controls. The whole system provides a lively acoustic sound with excellent dynamics and timbre. As with other popular Gibson models, nothing interferes with your playing, either visually or actually. Standard and classic, in this case, are undeniable advantages for connoisseurs of elegance, restraint, and comfort.

Sound quality

Gibson J-45 Standard photo

So, the Gibson Acoustic J-45 Standard is made to sound amazing. It really can do a lot, whether you play rock, pop, country, or blues, the range is wide and bright. The instrument emphasizes the treble; the midrange sounds balanced and thick, while the bass is warm and soft. You may not get the clearest acoustic conversion with electronics if you need it. In that case, you should use an external microphone – it solves all the issues. The guitar is expressive and definitely will not leave you indifferent.

Key specs

  • Scale, in/cm: 24.7/62.8.
  • Frets: 20.
  • Fretboard radius, in/cm: 12/30.4.
  • Type: acoustic.
  • Body material: mahogany.
  • Neck material: rosewood.
  • Neck joint: glued-in.
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