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Gibson J-45 Custom Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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The legendary J-45 guitar clearly defines the storied legacy of Gibson acoustics. Without question, the J-45 is an icon of Gibson's round-shoulder dreadnought acoustic line ever since its introduction in 1942. Today, the guitar stands proudly as Gibson's number one-selling acoustic, and in recognition of this distinguished rank Gibson Acoustic pres...  Click To Read More About This Product

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The legendary J-45 guitar clearly defines the storied legacy of Gibson acoustics. Without question, the J-45 is an icon of Gibson's round-shoulder dreadnought acoustic line ever since its introduction in 1942. Today, the guitar stands proudly as Gibson's number one-selling acoustic, and in recognition of this distinguished rank Gibson Acoustic presents the J-45 Custom guitar one of the most elegant and best-sounding versions of this classic model produced by Gibson Acoustic's master craftsmen in Bozeman, Montana. Combining vintage appointments with several modern features, the Gibson J-45 Custom acoustic electric guitar delivers the model's renowned tone while adding a new, refined appearance that complements its fundamental design, including a gorgeous floral and vine abalone pearl headstock inlay designed by Gibson master luthier Ren Ferguson. The Gibson J-45 Custom guitar is available in the model's original Vintage Sunburst finish and Antique Natural.

Traditional Gibson Logo and Redesigned Headstock Inlay Design

The Gibson name has graced the most innovative and revolutionary acoustic guitars of our time, including the J-45 Custom guitar. There is no mistaking the classic block logo, inlaid in beautiful mother of pearl, representing more than a century of originality and excellence. There is simply no equal. The headstock also features a new flower and vine abalone pearl inlay designed by Gibson Acoustic's longtime master luthier, Ren Ferguson. The elegance and stunning detail of this hand-engraved figured design gives the Gibson J-45 Custom guitar a distinct identity, ensuring its rightful place among the finest Gibson designs of the past.

Gold Grover Rotomatic Tuners

Grover's original Rotomatic tuners are an engineering marvel, with style and performance exactly suited for the Gibson J-45 Custom acoustic electric guitar. With a gear ratio of 14:1, the Rotomatics deliver precision tuning in a durable housing that provides maximum protection for the gear and string post. All moving parts are cut for exact meshing, eliminating the possibility of slippage. A countersunk tension screw lets players regulate the tuning tension to any degree. A special lubricant inside the gear box provides smooth and accurate tuning stability.


The pickguard for the J-45 Custom is Gibson's standard fire stripe tortoise tear drop shape, exactly as it appeared on the very first J-45 in 1942. As with all of Gibson's pickguards, the coloring, inlay, and binding are all done by hand.

L.R. Baggs Element Active Acoustic Pickup System

The Gibson J-45 Custom guitar comes equipped with the popular Element Active Acoustic Pickup System from L.R. Baggs, which features a low-profile undersaddle element”or transducer”that's proven more stable and durable than many standard ribbon-type pickups. Combined with an onboard preamp with an unobtrusive and removable volume control mounted just inside the soundhole, the Element delivers performance not previously attainable from an undersaddle pickup. Its sleek and effective design removes unnecessary internal components to enhance the coupling between the pickup and the guitar and improve the sensitivity of the transducer for a robust, lively and natural acoustic sound with excellent dynamics and delicate high end. The Element works with a standard 9V battery, which is housed inside the guitar in L.R. Bagg's "Battery Bagg."

Tapered Dovetail Neck Joint

The dovetail neck joint is one of the oldest and best ways of securely joining the neck to the body of a guitar. It is also a complex and expensive neck joint to build, but the result is a tight, locking connection that supports the neck at the proper neck-pitch angle, allowing the body and neck of the Gibson guitar to become one solid piece of resonating wood, with no metal to impede vibration. This process is done entirely by hand, requiring patience and skill.

Body Tonewoods

The top of the Gibson J-45 Custom acoustic electric guitar is made from AA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from pattern-grade Indian rosewood, giving the model the same full, balanced expression, warm bass, and excellent projection that earned the original J-45 its much-heralded reputation. Selecting the right wood, and the formula to dry it out, are two of the most central procedures to Gibson's guitar-building process. Beginning with its first catalog in 1903, Gibson has assured its customers that every guitar would be built using woods with "the most durable, elastic, and sonorous qualities," and today's acoustic-electric guitars from Gibson Acoustic are no different.

Abalone Rosette

A rosette is the beautiful, handcrafted circle around the soundhole, and can be one of the most ornamental elements of any acoustic guitar. It is also one of the most subtle and complicated woodworking decorations on any acoustic guitar. The rosette on the J-45 Custom is among Gibson's finest. It is a double-ring rosette with an abalone-filled middle. The main ring consists of seven-ply binding, and the second ring is three-ply binding, adding a stylish, understated elegance to the Gibson J-45 Custom acoustic-electric guitar.


Every acoustic guitar made by Gibson features hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing inside the body, a feature normally found only in limited run, handmade guitars. By scalloping each brace by hand, the natural sound of the acoustic is focused more toward the center of the body, enhancing the instrument's sound projection. The J-45 Custom acoustic guitar features a variation of Gibson's "X" bracing pattern situated behind the soundhole, with a set of tall and thin braces for the back, and scalloped tall and thin braces for the top. This legendary bracing design delivers a balanced expression, with punchy, deep lows, warm mids, and clear, crisp highs. It also projects a natural compression, which helps this Gibson acoustic guitar blend nicely with any accompaniment.

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  • AA-grade Sitka spruce top with custom herringbone top trim
  • Pattern-grade Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Ebony bridge and fingerboard
  • Gold Grover Rotomatic tuners
  • L.R. Baggs Element Active acoustic pickup system
  • Tapered dovetail neck joint
  • Hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing
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A Beautiful J-45

By Lowell Wilkes

from New Bern, NC

Comments about Gibson J-45 Custom Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

This is the most beautiful J-45 I have ever seen. Beautiful woods, hardware and accents make this guitar very easy on the eyes. The abalone pearl headstock inlay and rosette are smooth and a perfect fit. Superior workmanship that accentuates the natural beauty of the Gibson J-45. The gold hardware truely compliments the elegance of this guitar. The tone is incredible. Deep, warm lows and bright sparkley highs; with everything in between. The L.R. Baggs electronics are unobtrusive. The volume control wheel just inside the soundhole is covert and right where it should be. This guitar sounds awesome through a mike, tube amp, or simply acoustic. The Grover Rotomatic tuners are very smooth and tunes up with a touch. The guitar was delivered three weeks earlier than expected and just in time for Christmas (Yay!!). The only complaint I have is that when I broke it out of the box, you couldn't miss the fingerprints all over the tuners. I think whoever tuned it up prior to shipping must have had glue on his fingers. I was having a heck of a time clenaing the tuners without marring the finish. But a little Turtle Wax solved that problem (thank you Guitar Center service staff). Overall, I am as satisfied with this guitar as I have ever been with any purchase I have made. I can not provide a high enough recommendation if you are considering purchasing this guitar.

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Style and function!

By Randy Williams

from Germantown, tn.

Comments about Gibson J-45 Custom Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have had the opportunity to own several custom shop Gibson Guitars. This J45 custom is absolutely, hands down, the best playing J45 i have had in my hands. The sound is incredible. Low bass, great mids and uppers. The finish on the guitar is best yet. The sunburst option has some of the best sunburst spray i have seen and the wood is of great quality. You could pay twice the price for this much quality and looks from other manufactures. Gibson has done a great job combining custom appointments, tradition markings as well as some fine inlay, binding, keys, lr baggs sound, and above all in a affordable and playable package. Hands down, the best J45 i've played and now own! It feels comfortable and plays exceptional and once again, the look and sound of the guitar is remarkable. it just resonates. Check one out, but don't leave without it. these will be gone in a hurry!

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Gibson J45 Custom

By Zac Nelms

from Mustang, OK

Comments about Gibson J-45 Custom Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Overall, the J45 Custom is a phenomenal. I would highly recommend having the guitar set up, but that's pretty much standard with any guitar. The rosewood back and sides definitely "blend" better with the mix. I'm used to playing Taylors (714 Steven Curtis Chapman Model), but this Gibson was a pleasant surprise. The LR BAGGS sound system sounds incredible as well. It's also one of the prettiest guitars that I have ever seen! If you can afford the $3000 price, go get one!

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