Dubbed “The Workhorse,” Gibson’s J-45 is one of the best-known acoustic guitars on the planet. Now, this Limited-Edition Gibson Acoustic J-45 12-String gives you all of the coveted traditional attributes of this legendary round-shoulder dreadnought, along with glorious 12-string shimmer that will bring your tracks to life. The Gibson Acoustic J-45 12-String is handcrafted from the finest solid tonewoods (mahogany, Sitka spruce, and rosewood) in Boseman, Montana, by Gibson’s world-class luthiers. This guitar delivers expressive, balanced tone with tight, punchy bass, powerful dynamic range, and excellent projection — ideal for solo work as well as doubling other guitars and layering in full arrangements. And, for unbelievable onstage tone, it comes loaded with an LR Baggs VTC pickup system. Whether you’re a singer/songwriter or an acoustic rocker, the Gibson Acoustic J-45 12-String is a must-have for your guitar collection.
Choice tonewoods for incredible tone
The Gibson J-45 body style is among Gibson’s most beloved. This limited-edition 12-string version of “The Workhorse” features a traditional tonewood combination for acoustic guitars: mahogany back and sides, and a Sitka spruce top. As a top tonewood, Sitka spruce offers a combination of strength and elasticity that delivers a broad dynamic range with crisp articulation that’s ideal for a wide range of playing styles — from delicate fingerpicking to aggressive flatpicked strumming. As a back and side material, mahogany exhibits a natural compression, punchy midrange bloom, and a strongly focused, earthy, and somewhat dry fundamental without a preponderance of ringing overtones. An acoustic guitar with mahogany back and sides sits nicely in a track without requiring excessive processing, which is why engineers and studio guitarists tend to prefer “hogs” for tracking.
Plek’d to perfection for optimized playability
The Gibson J-45 12-String’s fingerboard comprises high-grade rosewood, which is inspected and qualified by Gibson experts before it enters the company’s factories. It’s a resilient and durable wood, making for a balanced and stable fingerboard while giving each chord and note enhanced clarity and definition. Polished and beveled with rolled edges, the fretboard is given the Plek Pro treatment for fret consistency and smoothness. Plek Pro is a state-of-the-art, computer-guided process that scans, levels, and dresses your guitar’s frets to a microscopic level of accuracy for ideal action with no loss of sustain, minimized fret buzz, and no fretting out when bending strings — whether you’re playing low or high on the neck. The J-45 12-String’s Plek’d frets ensure that every note in every position rings loud and clear with unblemished tone.
Amazing amplified sound onstage
The Gibson Acoustic J-45 12-String comes with LR Baggs’s popular VTC acoustic pickup system. This system features a low-profile under-saddle transducer that enhances the coupling between the pickup and the guitar for a robust, lively, and natural acoustic sound with excellent dynamics and nuanced high end. Combined with an onboard preamplifier with an unobtrusive and removable volume control mounted just inside the soundhole, the VTC system gives your J-45 12-String the natural-sounding amplification you want, with zero compromises on tone or convenience.
Classic Gibson craftsmanship for impeccable sound, looks, and playability
Gibson’s reputation as a fine guitar builder dates back to the late 1800s. Handcrafted since day one by some of the most skilled luthiers around, Gibson acoustic guitars have inspired countless players around the world. When you pick up a Gibson acoustic, you know you’re getting the finest tonewoods, quality hardware, and incredible attention to detail. These instruments are built to sound great and stand the test of time. After moving from Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Nashville, Tennessee (where Gibson electric guitars continue to be made), Gibson finally settled their acoustic operation in Bozeman, Montana, where they continue to handcraft some of the finest guitars on the planet.
- Sitka spruce top; mahogany back and sides
- Mahogany neck with Compound Dovetail joint
- Rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl dot inlays
- Belly up rosewood 12-string bridge
- LR Baggs VTC electronics
- Bone nut; nickel Mini Grover tuners
- Vintage nitrocellulose lacquer finish
- Handcrafted in Bozeman, Montana
- Hardshell case included
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