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Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar Antique Natural

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The 2016 J-15 features the same round-shoulder body shape of Gibson's J-45, aka "The Workhorse", an incredibly popular acoustic that has been one of Gibson's best-selling guitars since it's introducti... Click To Read More About This Product

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The 2016 J-15 features the same round-shoulder body shape of Gibson's J-45, aka "The Workhorse", an incredibly popular acoustic that has been one of Gibson's best-selling guitars since it's introduction in 1942. With it's electronics and high-quality body construction, the 2016 J-15 can easily become your new workhorse as it can handle the demands of both intimate settings and larger venues.

Handcrafted exclusively at Gibson's Bozeman, Montana facility, this J-15 is all about North American sustainable tonewoods, with a Sitka spruce top which provides you with ample velocity, and sustainable American walnut back and sides which possesses some of the warmth of rosewood while adding a dash of mahogany's presence, all without the extra weight. This 24.75 in. scale acoustic-electric also features a neck-to-body dovetail joint secured with hide glue to ensure the resonance transfer from strings to body stays at a premium level throughout the life of the guitar. The 2016 J-15's radiused body with scalloped X-bracing provides the kind of projection and clarity that you expect in a more expensive model. The hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer finish not only lets the tone of the J-15 to mature with age, but also allows the unique character and beauty of the guitar's woods to shine through.

When it's time to plug in, the 2016 J-15 will spoil your amp and ears even more thanks to L.R. Baggs Element electronics. Unlike typical undersaddle acoustic guitar pickups that are dependent on string compression for their sound, the Element was engineered to mirror the soundboard's actual movement as you play. At the heart of the pickup, a flexible film sensor only .002 thick picks up the guitar's most delicate nuances. Tracking the motion of the top rather than a direct string attack suppresses "quack" caused by compression and unlocks the Element's unrivaled dynamic range. The pickup's minimalist construction lessens any influence on the acoustic properties and creates an intimate coupling between the pickup and guitar for the highest fidelity possible.

Other appointments of the 2016 J-15 include an abalone rosette, a rectangular walnut bridge, a walnut fingerboard with mother-of-pearl dot inlays, Mini Grover tuners (nickel), a teardrop tortoise pickguard, a 1.725" tusq nut, and a traditional AJ headstock. You also receive a Gibson Standard hardshell case with black Tolex exterior and a blue fabric interior and Gibson's Gold Warranty (covers the guitar from defects in material and workmanship for the life of the original purchase, subject to limitations).

Whether you're about to embark on a tour or just want to step up your game with a high-quality USA-made instrument, you'd be hard-pressed to find better deals or better guitars, than the J-15.

FEATURES

  • Body Style: J-45 round-shoulder
  • Wood: Sitka spruce top, walnut back & sides
  • Binding: Mutli-ply top, single-ply back, abalone rosette
  • Finish: Antique natural cure textured high-gloss
  • Neck: Maple, 1.725" tusq nut
  • Neck-to-body: Compound dovetail secured with hide glue at the 14th fret
  • Bracing: Gibson Standard X
  • Fingerboard: 12" radius walnut with 1/4" mother-of-pearl dot inlay
  • Scale: 24-3/4"
  • Bridge: Rectangular walnut
  • Pickguard: Teardrop tortoise
  • Tuning Machines: Mini Grovers 14:1
  • Strings: Gibson light gauge .012 - .053
  • Electronics: L.R. Baggs Element
  • 100% American-made, handcrafted in Bozeman, Montana
  • Includes case
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Gibson2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

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    (10)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Good audio (7)
  • Stays in tune (7)
  • Consistent (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (8)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Impressive features at this price

Gibson has really done a great job with the J-35 and now the J-15 in making their acoustics more accessible, price wise. I also applaud their use of sustainable woods. While...Read complete review

Gibson has really done a great job with the J-35 and now the J-15 in making their acoustics more accessible, price wise. I also applaud their use of sustainable woods. While this guitar's walnut back, sides and fingerboard and maple neck are non-traditional by Gibson's standards, these materials have been used in stringed instruments for hundreds of years. Walnut is a great tone wood. The Gibson J-45 slope shoulder shape is iconic in that it produces that unmistakable Gibson sound. Even in walnut, the J-15 definitely produces the Gibson sound - woody and warm. I find this guitar strong in the midrange and low end. The highs are not quite as complex as is produced by a J-45, but they are focused and articulate nonetheless. This guitar really thumps when driven hard and does not go muddy at all. It seems there is a tremendous amount of headroom built in. I really like that in a dreadnaught. The J-15 sounds great as a flat picker and also finger style. It is very well rounded and versatile. I was very impressed with the tone and playability of this guitar. I had the opportunity to play a J-15 back to back with 2 J-35s, a J-45 and a J-29 and the J-15 more than holds its own against its higher priced counterparts in tone as well as looks. I was prepared to spend more than the J-15's $1499.00 list price when shopping for a Gibson acoustic, but I kept coming back to the J-15 because it just sounds great. The guitar is also stunning to look at. The 3 piece maple neck on walnut and spruce makes for a unique and beautiful instrument. The lacquer finish was just about flawless on mine save for a couple very small fisheyes on the back of the glossy neck. The fingerboard on mine had a couple of very minor rough spots around the 17th fret, but these were barely noticeable. I removed them, but that was more from my own OCD than anything. Overall, I am very pleased with the fit and finish on my guitar. The set-up out of the box was close to the way I like it. I lowered the action a bit, but that was simply my personal preference. The guitar was very playable as is. I typically don't play plugged in, so I am very happy with the unobtrusive electronics. If you didn't know the guitar has a pickup, you wouldn't even notice. I would have purchased a purely acoustic J-15 if offered, but this arrangement is perfect - I can't see the electronics and yet they are there if I ever want it. I would definitely recommend this guitar to anyone looking for a round shoulder Gibson. If you don't mind Gibson straying from their traditional mahogany/spruce formula, you would be well served to give the J-15 a try. I did and I walked home with one.

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Horrible guitar

These guitars are horrible. The first one I bought had serious finish issues. Returned it for another one and and that had frets issues, the body of the guitar was bowed and the...Read complete review

These guitars are horrible. The first one I bought had serious finish issues. Returned it for another one and and that had frets issues, the body of the guitar was bowed and the pick guard was falling off. No quality control at all. I ended up with a Taylor that was perfect in every way.

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(20 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Impressive features at this price

By Christopher Davis

from Newington, CT

Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Gibson has really done a great job with the J-35 and now the J-15 in making their acoustics more accessible, price wise. I also applaud their use of sustainable woods. While this guitar's walnut back, sides and fingerboard and maple neck are non-traditional by Gibson's standards, these materials have been used in stringed instruments for hundreds of years. Walnut is a great tone wood. The Gibson J-45 slope shoulder shape is iconic in that it produces that unmistakable Gibson sound. Even in walnut, the J-15 definitely produces the Gibson sound - woody and warm. I find this guitar strong in the midrange and low end. The highs are not quite as complex as is produced by a J-45, but they are focused and articulate nonetheless. This guitar really thumps when driven hard and does not go muddy at all. It seems there is a tremendous amount of headroom built in. I really like that in a dreadnaught. The J-15 sounds great as a flat picker and also finger style. It is very well rounded and versatile. I was very impressed with the tone and playability of this guitar. I had the opportunity to play a J-15 back to back with 2 J-35s, a J-45 and a J-29 and the J-15 more than holds its own against its higher priced counterparts in tone as well as looks. I was prepared to spend more than the J-15's $1499.00 list price when shopping for a Gibson acoustic, but I kept coming back to the J-15 because it just sounds great. The guitar is also stunning to look at. The 3 piece maple neck on walnut and spruce makes for a unique and beautiful instrument. The lacquer finish was just about flawless on mine save for a couple very small fisheyes on the back of the glossy neck. The fingerboard on mine had a couple of very minor rough spots around the 17th fret, but these were barely noticeable. I removed them, but that was more from my own OCD than anything. Overall, I am very pleased with the fit and finish on my guitar. The set-up out of the box was close to the way I like it. I lowered the action a bit, but that was simply my personal preference. The guitar was very playable as is. I typically don't play plugged in, so I am very happy with the unobtrusive electronics. If you didn't know the guitar has a pickup, you wouldn't even notice. I would have purchased a purely acoustic J-15 if offered, but this arrangement is perfect - I can't see the electronics and yet they are there if I ever want it. I would definitely recommend this guitar to anyone looking for a round shoulder Gibson. If you don't mind Gibson straying from their traditional mahogany/spruce formula, you would be well served to give the J-15 a try. I did and I walked home with one.

(19 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Remarkable Gibson Quality You Would Expect

By PHIL WOLPERS

from Minneapolis, MN

Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

A few months back I decided it was time to step up my 20 year old all laminate acoustic to something made in America of all solid wood. I've got a Gibson Les Paul Traditional that I loved, but I figured a Gibson acoustic was out of my budget this time around. I began looking at Taylors and Martins, assuming I would just end up with a Taylor. On my first trip into GC I saw this beauty on the wall and had to try it. I was intrigued, but also incredible skeptical because of the lack of rosewood and mahogany. The first G chord changed all of that. I was amazed!!! To be sure of myself I played a J-35 and a Hummingbird, as well as several Taylors and Martins. 5 GC trips later I still kept coming back to this specific J-15, even over a used J-35 and Hummingbird that were in my budget. I was in love, and of course I brought it home. Features: You may be skeptical of the Walnut as I was, but what I found is that it feels and looks great on the fretboard and back and gives the guitar a wonderfully balanced tone that has excellent not definition and brightness while still retaining a good low end. Quality: Amazing handcrafted Gibson quality, just as you would expect from a higher end model that came from the same skilled hands in Bozeman, MT. Look & Feel: This guitar settles into your lap and arms naturally. At first glance its an understated but classic acoustic guitar. Look deeper and you'll see beautiful pearl inlays, an abalone rosette and binding around the body. 5 stars, no question. Gibson has set a new bar with this guitar.

(12 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

First Gibson Acoustic and just love it!

By Michael

from Livonia, MI

Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I've had my J-15 for just over 2 months now. I got mine at the GC store in Canton, MI. Martin helped me and he was just great. He set me up with all I was looking for. Gibson's new J-15 is just awesome. It came very playable out of the box. I've now changed the stings to a set of D'Addario's EJ26 11's. I do think I'll take it to a tech to have the action lowered some. The walnut back and sides are beautiful, and just love the spruce top. The tone and sound is bright and warm. This guitar just looks and feels great. It came with a great Gibson Acoustic case that is very nice. The only thing I don't like is the heads on the mini Grover tuners. Their a little small, would prefer the large style knobs, but that's very minor issue overall. I would recommend this guitar to anyone who is looking for a higher end model without having to spend $2500 or more. Gibson knocked this one out of the park.

(8 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Real Sweet Guitar

By The Missouripicker

from Missouri

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    An excellent instrument. I've had my J15 for over a year now and it's superb. Great quality, tone, sound. A "top shelf" guitar. The contrast of the walnut back-and-sides with the maple neck is really cool. Lots of nice comments on this guitar's sound and looks. I use mine at a lot of my folk music gigs. It came with a great setup for fingerpicking. Very comfortable me and it certainly is a good fit for my folk/alternative music. ...........I've currently got seven Gibson acoustics and looking for anither. All are monster guitars. Don't believe all this garbage and Gibson bashing you hear on some internet sites. These are awesome instruments....Also, Guitar Center has always treated me right, and you can't go wrong with their Return Policy.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Gibson J15…..how to get the vintage tone from it

    By gui

    from Seattle

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • great tone with the right strings
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      This is an addendum to my previous review…I bought my J15 used. The strings on it were well-played and amazingly brought a vintage Gibson tone to this guitar! Just to experiment, I put on new Gibson 'Masterbuilt Premium' 80/20 Bronze strings on it….the tone was totally changed----but not for the better!

      The older used guitar strings brought out the true tone of the J15..the new strings were way too bright and I changed them back to the old ones right away.

      What I would recommend is this: Put a set of GHS 'Vintage' strings or the Martin 'Retro' series on this guitar(they are not as bright and can be described as 'mellow'; it will bring out the real tone that sounds like a Gibson 50 years old. Newer strings were too harsh and bright. I would not recommend this for every guitar, but for the Gibson J15 it really made a difference to me.

      (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Go first class all the way

      By L.V.

      from Monroe, La

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        PLAY IT AND ENJOY

        (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Horrible guitar

        By Bill

        from NJ

        Pros

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Not Consistent
          • Poor Construction
          • Requires Constant Tuning

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            These guitars are horrible. The first one I bought had serious finish issues. Returned it for another one and and that had frets issues, the body of the guitar was bowed and the pick guard was falling off. No quality control at all. I ended up with a Taylor that was perfect in every way.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Gibson J15 -has that vintage tone

            By gui

            from Seattle

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Figured walnut on the back/sides
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • reminiscent of a vintage J45 tone
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

              This guitar is not for everyone in these days of people wanting acoustics with complex ringing overtones….BUT it is a guitar whose voice(at least to me) sounds like an old vintage Gibson----that 'dry' tone that some of the old J45's have---and the 'thuddy' bass balanced with crisp highs. Some have said that the walnut fretboard does not affect the tone as much as a rosewood one does, but the walnut transfers more of the tone to the Sitka spruce top in projecting more of the sound. If you can find one used, it's a great buy for the price you'd pay; I don't think I'd want to pay a new price for this. I would not say that this guitar is a 'cannon', but it's dry, distinctive tones would record well and also sound great through a PA with the right tonal adjustments. The Baggs element p.u. it has seems a bit harsh by itself, so I run it through an Xvive 'Mike' pedal(which I highly recommend); it greatly improves the p.u. sound and makes the J15 sound more natural when run through an amp. If you want to expand your tonal 'toolbox' from what you have now, this guitar is worthy of a test drive.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              My dream guitar

              By Tbird

              from Southern Michigan

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Rich Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                Love the native American woods of this guitar and the slope shoulder design. The short scale and narrow nut are perfect for my shorter arms and smallish hands. Build quality is fantastic. Sound quality is rich and even and very responsive to dynamics. Loves to be played hard. Price point is incredible for a Gibson (you should be able to find this model for a couple hundred less than advertised). Only wish is that the tuners would be a little bigger. The guitar needed a lot of adjustment and set up to play well.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Outstanding

                By Amps

                from Dixon

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Rich Sound
                • Stays In Tune
                • Very comfortable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  Had many guitars ....Many that cost a lot...this a winner....the perfect sound...try one. The Gibson J 15.....is the real deal at a fraction of the cost...

                   
                  5.0

                  Just Unbelievable

                  By Carlos

                  from Atlanta

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good punch
                  • Rich Sound
                  • Tons of bass with no muddiness
                  • Tons of headroom to play hard and loud
                  • Very balanced tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts

                    Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    I almost felt bad even considering this guitar because it doesn't have the traditional tonewoods. Will the resale value be bad because of that? Will people look down on me because of the alternative wood?

                    I no longer care about any of that stuff. This thing sounds so beautiful and rich, so deep and loud, so perfect that I hope I never have to figure out the resale value. I love everything about this guitar. The bass response is so deep you can "feel" the pick when playing individual strings, even across the room. Just, incredible.

                    I'm not gonna sit here and say "I compared it to this $4k guitar" or "that $4k guitar". I compared it to a Martin DCPA4 Rosewood and a J-45. This guitar sounded uniquely amazing and tremendous all on its own. It deserves it's been own space in the acoustic guitar world. It is amazing.

                     
                    4.0

                    Very impressed

                    By Classic Rock Strummer

                    from Cincinnati, OH

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Rich Sound
                    • Stays In Tune

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                      First time I have ever written a review - so I hope I do not mess it up to much. I chose the J15 over the Taylor 314ce and 310ce which seemed to be comparably close in price range. All three guitars sound amazing and the 314 to me is iconic. The J15 felt more more comfortable the craftsmanship was amazing similar to what you would get from a Taylor. I did like that the Gibson was fully gloss finish versus the Taylors are only Gloss top. The neck on the Gibson felt better for some reason and I really like the alternative woods. I thought the Gibson had a little fatter tone for the music that I play and when I decided to purchase the J15 just sounded a tad better to me.

                       
                      5.0

                      Very nice and affordable

                      By Donovan S.

                      from Little Rock, AR

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Rich Sound
                      • Stays In Tune

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Gibson 2016 J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        I went into GC in Little Rock, AR hoping to get finally purchase my first Gibson acoustic. I've had many guitars over the years (Alvarez, Fender, Epiphone, Martin) but I've been looking for a guitar that puts a total package together. I have an EJ-200 that is one of the easiest playing guitars I've ever played, but it came at a cost Bc the instrument didn't project sound very well. Had a Martin that sounded very good and project sound better, but not as easy to play. So, I decided I wanted to get my hands on a solid wood, American made Gibson guitar. I was a little disappointed when I got there and there were only a couple of Gibson acoustics in stock. I tried the classic hummingbird and it just felt like something was missing and I just wasn't a big fan of the cutaway songwriter they had in stock. I had just about settled on the Taylor 210e deluxe when the one of the sales associates came in and told me they had just got a J-15 on their truck. So, of course I wanted to try it out. After trying it and comparing it with all the high end Taylors and Martins they had in stock I was sold on this J-15. It feels great in your hands, the bass notes are very punchy and gave me that kick in sound projection I was looking for without compromising playability. The action is very good on it, but I may tweak it a little and lower it slightly. It is a very basic looking guitar, but it is still beautiful in its simplicity. I know most guitars I've played in the past and really like had spruce tops and rosewood back and sides, but the walnut back and sides on this guitar still creates a great sound. I'm not a fan of Gibson guitar strings, so I'll be changing those out, and the Grover tuners are nice, but I'm a big fan of the bone knob tuners on a lot of the Grover engines. But, those couple of things are more about preference than it being a problem in any way. I will say, that for the price and what you're getting, you'd be hard pressed to find a better guitar.

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