A true icon in the world of acoustic instruments, the Gibson Acoustic J-45 quickly earned the title of “The Workhorse” shortly after it was introduced in 1942. This round-shoulder, dreadnought impressed musicians with its full and balanced expression, warm bass, and excellent projection — much of which came through subtle changes to the bracing of its forefather, the J-35. The J-45 Standard features a solid sitka spruce top and mahogany back and sides for a mind-blowing blend of punchy treble, midrange heft, and low-end lushness — a truly unique sonic signature that countless performers have fallen in love with! And when you plug in, the active LR Baggs VTC pickup system delivers amazing pure acoustic tone. Whether you’re strumming on the porch or onstage, the J-45 Standard is a stunning addition to your guitar collection.
Choice tonewoods for incredible tone
Known as “The Workhorse,” the Gibson J-45 body style is among Gibson’s most beloved. This particular workhorse features a superb blend of tonewoods, giving you rich, strong sound — day in, day out. The J-45 Standard features a solid Sitka spruce top for presence, while premium mahogany adorns its back and sides. Other touches include traditional hand-scalloped X-bracing, a compound dovetail neck joint, and multi-ply top and single-ply back body binding.
Eminently playable neck and fingerboard
The Gibson J-45 Standard’s high-grade rosewood fingerboard is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson experts before it enters the company’s factories. It’s a resilient and durable wood, making way for a balanced and stable fingerboard, and giving each chord and note enhanced clarity and bite. The dot inlays on the J-45 are made of genuine mother-of-pearl and are added to the fingerboard using a special Gibson process that eliminates gaps and doesn’t require fillers. What’s more, the J-45 Standard’s fingerboard boasts a rolled edge that’s lightly beveled, which enhances the instrument’s smooth playability.
Robust, natural sound onstage
The Gibson J-45 Standard comes with LR Baggs’s popular VTC acoustic pickup system, a popular choice among acoustic guitarists at Sweetwater. 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 delicate high end. Combined with an onboard preamplifier with an unobtrusive and removable volume control that is mounted just inside the soundhole, the VTC gives your J-45 Standard the amplification you need, with zero compromises for tone or convenience.
- The classic acoustic workhorse delivers incredible playability and unique tone
- Solid Sitka spruce top offers great projection and tone
- Solid mahogany back and sides offer warm, round sound
- LR Baggs VTC electronics transfer every nuance of your tone to your PA or amp
- Softened fingerboard edge adds increased playing comfort
- Mother-of-pearl dot inlays
- Grover Rotomatic tuners