The Flagship Round Shoulder Dreadnought
Classic styling and modern components come together in the 2016 Gibson J-45 Standard, a "workhorse" of an acoustic-electric guitar that, since its introduction in 1942, has set a standard for Gibson's line of round-shoulder, dreadnought guitars. As one of the company's best-selling acoustics, the J-45 Standard is highly regarded for its full and balanced expression, warm bass, and excellent projection. With Rotomatic tuners, beautiful tonewoods, and an L.R. Baggs Element VTCpickup, Gibson's J-45 Standard begs to be played.
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Tonewoods of the Highest Caliber for This Workhorse
Top-quality tonewoods and craftsmanship give the J-45 Standard its expressive sound, projection, and superior feel. The guitar's top is constructed of AA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are made from pattern-grade Honduras mahogany. Simple yet sweet, the rosette on the J-45 Standard is a single ring consisting of three-ply binding. Rounding out the instrument is a fingerboard made of high-grade rosewood, along with dot inlays made of pretty mother-of-pearl.
Grover Tuners at Your Service
The J-45 is equipped with nickel Grover Rotomatic tuners for precision tuning and performance. To prevent slippage, all moving parts are cut for exact meshing, and a countersunk tension screw lets you control the tuning tension to any degree. The Rotomatics get their smooth, accurate tuning stability from a special lubricant inside the gear box.
X-Braced for Great Acoustic Projection
Slightly different than other Gibson acoustic guitars, the J-45 Standard has a variation of the company's X bracing design situated behind the sound hole, with a set of thin, tall braces for the back and scalloped thin, tall braces for the top. Thanks to this bracing pattern, you get a guitar that delivers a balanced expression with punchy, deep lows, warm mids, and clear, crisp highs. This instrument is ideal for any guitarist wanting a natural, open, musically robust sound.
Baggs Active Acoustic Pickup System
The J-45 Standard comes standard with the L.R. Baggs Element active acoustic pickup system featuring a solid, low-profile undersaddle element (or transducer) that many say are more stable than most ribbon-type pickups. To deliver unrivaled performance from an undersaddle pickup, the Element works alongside an onboard preamp with a removable volume control mounted just inside the sound hole. According to Gibson, the system's sleek and effective design removes unnecessary internal components to enhance the coupling between the pickup and the guitar, as well as improve the sensitivity of the transducer for a robust, lively, and natural acoustic sound with excellent dynamics and delicate high end. It's powered by a standard 9V battery housed inside the J-45 Standard in L.R. Baggs' Battery Bagg.
- 2016 engraved truss rod cover
- Fingerboard edge is softened to comfortably fit the contour of the player's hand
- Comprehensive Plek assisted setup for perfect action a superior performance
- Penetrating and finishing oil last longer and maximizes woods natural vibrancy
- Upgraded with LR Baggs Element VTC pickup system with Volume, Tone, and Compression
- Hardshell Case
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LR Baggs Element VTC- Strings:
Gibson light gauge .012 - .053- Tuning Machines:
Nickel Grover Rotomatics- Pickguard:
Traditional tortoise tear drop- Bridge:
Belly up, rosewood , MOP dots- Scale:
24 3/4"- Fingerboard:
12" radius, rosewood with MOP dot inlay- Bracing:
Traditional scalloped x-bracing- Neck-to-body:
Compound dovetail secured with hide glue at the 14th fret- Neck:
Mahogany, with 1.725" black Graph Tech Tusq nut- Finish:
Vintage Sunburst, nitrocellulose lacquer- Binding:
Multi-ply top, single-ply back, multi-ply single ring rosette- Wood:
Sitka spruce top, mahogany back & sides- Body Style:
Round shoulder J-45
- Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
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