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The J-45 Standard: Gibson's "Workhorse"

For this week's blog, I've chosen one of my favorite models, the J-45 Standard.  Introduced in 1942, this simple, non-ornate, slope shouldered dreadnought has captured the hearts of musicians all over the globe.  This 2009 version has many of the same original specifications.  Premium Sitka spruce makes up the top as well as the hidden top and back braces.  Honduras mahogany is used to construct the sides and back of the body as well as the neck.  High quality Indian rosewood is used to create the bridge and the fret board.  In accordance to its simple motif, Mother-of-pearl dots flow down the fret board and a plain, tear-drop shaped pick guard protects the top.  This year we did modify the guitar by installing electronics in it for the added benefit of playing through your favorite amplifier.

But don't let the lack of flowery engravings or exotic inlay patterns fool you, this is definitely a stick of dynamite wrapped in a plain brown wrapper.  Nicknamed the "Workhorse" many years ago, this model is famous for its amazing tone and volume, generating many of the classics and future classics you listen to everyday.  From rock and roll to bluegrass, artists spanning numerous generations has put this fine instrument through its paces, and the J-45 simply keeps shining. 

This, and many more classic Gibson Acoustic models are available at your local Gibson Acoustic dealer, or online at our many Gibson Acoustic authorized websites.  Check one out today and experience what the "Workhorse" has to offer.

Jason Jones, luthier for Gibson Acoustic

Levi Main preparing a J45 body for binding

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