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Gibson J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar (with Case)

Hand-made in Montana, the J15 is a short-scale, round-shouldered acoustic. Its walnut back and spruce top create a woody tone that stands out in any setting. (6) Read 6 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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What's special about this product?
Features: What it does for you:
Spruce top Articulate tone, projects well, resists scratches
Walnut back and sides Balanced tone with a bit of growl in lower mids
Antique Natural finish Preserves natural grain, enhanced resonance
LR Baggs Element pickup system Natural sonic reproduction and feel

A Genuine USA-Made Gibson Acoustic-Electric for a Great Price

The Gibson J-15 acoustic-electric guitar gives you all the workmanship of a genuine USA-made Gibson acoustic for a more musician-friendly price. Gibson's J Series round-shouldered dreadnought body style resonates a big sound, and with a spruce top and walnut back and sides, your pickings and strums will consistently cut through the mix with warmth and overall tonal appeal. This American-made guitar features a walnut fingerboard, 20 frets with close and comfortable action, and Baggs Element electronics to capture and accurately replicate the natural tonal dimensions of your playing style. This acoustic-electric is great for large stages, small intimate performances, the studio, your bedroom, or pretty much any setting.

Intriguing Round-Shoulder Dreadnought Shape

Dreadnought body shapes usually feature broad shoulders and a somewhat larger size. Your Gibson J-15 has a slightly more petite rounded-shoulder shape that's instantly recognizable to Gibson acoustic guitar fans -- it's the same shape as Gibson's most popular acoustic, the J-45. In fact, your J-15 boasts the same bracing pattern as the J-45. As you'd expect from a Gibson acoustic, the J-15's dreadnought body brings out a large and powerful sound, so when you hit this axe hard, anyone within earshot hears it loud and clear.

Spruce and Walnut -- Bright and Tight

Spruce is an overwhelmingly popular tonewood choice for the tops of acoustic-electric guitars. It features an appealing linear grain pattern that's easy on the eyes, and it can handle scratches and dings better than other woods can. Sonically, walnut brings in an additional helping of brightness without neglecting the midrange. Overall, it's somewhere between mahogany and rosewood, though not quite as dark-sounding. It all adds up to a solid tonewood combination for the Gibson J-15 acoustic-electric.

Baggs Element Pickup System

The Baggs Element pickup system on your Gibson J-15 delivers a warm and well-balanced sound for the PA or your amplifier. A well-hidden under-saddle transducer holds up well to atmospheric changes, and remains stable and secure if you like to move around a lot while you play. This Baggs pickup delivers clean and consistently well-articulated output, strum after strum. A removable and unobtrusive volume control rests snugly inside the soundhole for easy access.

Walnut and Maple Neck for Smooth Melodic Sailing

Maple and walnut are a great tonewood pairing, bringing brightness and crispness to the game. Your fingers are in for hours of smooth sonic sailing as they navigate their way along the J-15's smooth walnut 20-fret fingerboard. Whether you're going for intimate folk-sounding chord changes, or looking to fly around the fretboard, this neck will always play with a welcoming and satisfying feel.

Features:

- Acoustic-electric guitar with hardshell case
- Round-shouldered dreadnought shape
- J-45 bracing for a midrange boost
- Dovetail neck joint and hide-glue construction for smooth transfer of sound
- Spruce top with walnut back and sides
- Dot fingerboard position inlays
- Baggs Element pickup for accurate capture and natural reproduction
- Maple neck with walnut stinger
- 20 frets with close action
- Smooth and buttery walnut fingerboard
- Scale length of 24.75"
- Mini Grover tuners

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Gibson products.
- Top: Spruce
- Back and Sides: Walnut
- Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer -- Antique Natural
- Electronics: Baggs Element Pickup
- Accessories: Hardshell Case
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 20 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 49 x 20 x 8 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): RS15ANNH1
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON

Product Description

Gibson has combined their expert craftsmanship, remarkable tonewoods and a short scale design that is big on sound in the J-15. This instrument features a Spruce top that is matched with Walnut back and sides. Walnut imparts a tone that many players describe as a blend of rosewood's clarity and mahogany's 'woodiness'. The short scale design of the J-15 offers great playability for any player.

Features:

- 100% American Made in Bozeman, Montana
- Baggs Element Pickup
- Short Scale for easy playing
- All Solid Wood
- Spruce Top
- Walnut Back and Sides
- Nitrocellulose Lacquer
- Antique Natural Finish
- Hardshell Case
zZounds Expert Review
Fresh out of Bozeman, Montana, Gibson's J-15 acoustic is the real deal, with all of the hand-craftsmanship and detailing of an amazing USA-made Gibson acoustic. This model makes it easier than ever to get a heirloom-quality Gibson acoustic that you'll be proud to play and show off for years.

Nitrocellulose lacquer, dovetail neck joint, premium woods and impeccable finish work all combine in a historic J Series acoustic shape -- at an unheard-of price for a guitar of this caliber. The solid spruce top and super-thin walnut back and sides deliver a gorgeous warm tone with a truly great punch that you have to feel.
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (6 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "Gibson J-15: The Search Is Over!"
Sound: I agree with others who have commented that the J-15 tone fits in between mahogany's brightness and rosewood's darkness. There is a richness in the tone that I can't get enough of. I've tried a few different string choices, and I most enjoy the Pearse PB lights on this guitar. Feature: The maple neck is a bit unusual, but I was confident I would like it because Seagulls also use maple. The feel is smooth, and the notes vibrate all the way up the neck! I appreciate the simplicity of the design and find it elegant, rather than plain. The walnut on my guitar is just gorgeous, and I appreciate the quality nitro finish. Ease of Use: More so than other guitars I tried, the J-15 has quite a tonal range depending on where it's strummed. Mute it and strum near the bridge, and there's a bluesy thump. Strum it over the soundhole, and you've got volume with a bit of growl. Fingerpick it near the end of the fretboard, and the notes are sweet and complex. Quality: It's built to last and guaranteed by Gibson. I hope to list it in my will! Value: If "you get what you pay for" then this instrument hits the perfect balance. The quality is excellent, yet the cost is very affordable for a member of the Gibson family. Let me repeat, I tried a J-35 and prefer this model, which is less expensive. Manufacturer Support: I have not had to contact Gibson. The Wow Factor: I had been obsessively scouring the market for a slope shoulder dreadnought in all solid woods with a 24.75" scale. The top Asian builder charges nearly this much, but I went with Gibson because it's got history, attitude, and I just love that my guitar came from Montana! Overall: Over the past 3 years I've been performing in a small worship music group, and I've been searching for just the right combination of tone, volume, ergonomics, build quality, playing comfort, and value. (Who isn't?) The Gibson J-15 hits that overall "sweet spot" for me in all of these areas. I need a full-size rhythm acoustic that is a "player." I feel compelled to pick up this guitar and play it every time I am in the room with it, which is several times a day. I've only had it a month, but the tone keeps growing sweeter to my senses.
Style of Music: Folk, country, blues, & hymns.
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Overall: If you're like me, I wanted that Gibson look and sound at a very competitive price. Thats exactly what I got! But don't let that fool you, this guitar really is a strong competitor in Gibson's acoustic lineup. Has a great low range (not quite J45 sound, but close!), mids are strong and the highs are nice and tight. I love the sound of this guitar. It ships in a sweet Gibson hard-shell case that fits the guitar perfectly. No room for movement, perfect! It also comes with a set of Gibson strings (light), a sticker, a genuine leather pick holder key chain and more information on buying more Gibson accessories. But lets get back to the guitar. The guitar is a solid build and I have had it for more than a month now and I still haven't found any fit/finish problems or blemishes. It's great! I have heard rumors about the possibility of the walnut fretboard wearing out prematurely, but after a month of steady play I really don't see that happening (obviously this would take a very long time, but I don't see it being a problem). The guitar sounds and plays great straight out of the box. I use it to play for my church's worship band and it's perfect for that (fingerpicking or strumming) it sits well in the mix. I also do a little singing/songwriting on the side and this guitar does the drop D rock extraordinarily well! The installed pickup is nice too! No issues with that at all. Only thing I notice about it is that while the setup is fine out of the box, it is a bit high for my personal taste, so I will get that professionally setup a little later on. Also, if you use a strap beware that unless you want to install another strap button, you'll have to tie the strap to the headstock. Im not a huge fan of doing that, but it works just fine. All in all you get a great gibson at an unbelievable price! And if you're concerned about trees and whatnot, this guitar is made from 100% sustainable woods! I would buy it again and I would definitely recommend this to a friend. Homerun of a guitar.
Style of Music: Rock, contemporary worship (Christian), bluegrass, singer-songwriterish stuff, reggae (rarely)
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