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

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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.
What's special about this item?
Feature: What it does:
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
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 read more 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.


- 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
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- Top: Spruce
- Back and Sides: Walnut
- Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer -- Antique Natural
- Electronics: Baggs Element Pickup
- Accessories: Hardshell Case
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: (800) 444-2766

Gibson J-15 Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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.


- 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
(13 ratings)
Submitted August 21, 2017 by Blake R in Edmond, OK
"Love my new J-15"
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I purchased a blemished model from zZounds. I was worried by not knowing what the specific blemish was but decided to roll the dice. I could not be any happier with my purchase. The blemish came in the form of a grain imperfection on the top. It's a ripple similar to a flame maple grain. It spans the full width of the top from top to bottom (as you hold the guitar in playing position). It only stands out at certain angles and does not diminish the beauty of this guitar in any way. The J-15 has a great sound. The bass and mids are fantastic. As compared to my lower-end Seagull S6, the sound is night and day different. The highs are smooth and not shrill like my Seagull. As others have mentioned, the action is higher than most. I am going to run it this way for a few months. I think I may enjoy it. The laminated maple neck is as straight as an arrow. The walnut sides and back look fantastic. I particularly like the walnut fretboard. I like the feel of it as much as the look of it. I know others have shown concern for the durability of a walnut fretboard vs an ebony version but I seriously doubt that will be an issue even with daily playing. The fit and finish are perfect - blemished grain pattern aside. Gibson quality is evident on every inch of this guitar. I will be playing this one for years to come. I realize this is a review of the guitar but I would like to thank zZounds for their great customer service as well. Not only did it ship out insanely fast, but they answered shipping read more Q's in record time as well. For some reason, my email did not receive their confirmation emails. So, I sent their general customer service email a note stating this. Within minutes, I had the tracking number and order confirmation sent to an alternate address. I am just as pleased with zZounds as I am with this beautiful guitar. I will certainly buy from them again. Please note: my reason for the 3 star "wow factor" rating is because this is a pretty basic model. It has very basic binding and bridge and isn't meant to be a show stopper. It's by no means a complaint.

Musical Background:
Closet picker, just play in the house for fun

Musical Style:
country, Christian, rock
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