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Brad Paisley J-45
Body and Finish
Neck and Headstock
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Neck and Headstock
The neck of the Brad Paisley Model is constructed from one solid piece of quarter-sawn, lightweight mahogany. The luthiers in Gibson’s Montana plant carefully select the grain orientation of the mahogany used for necks to optimize tone and sustain.
The wood, construction, and headstock pitch all contribute greatly to the superior resonance, sustain, and overall tone of the Brad Paisley Model.
The custom neck of the Brad Paisley Model is carved to a modified “V” profile, as specified by the artist himself.
When fitting the neck and body together, we take advantage of our precise measuring equipment so that all angles, pitches and alignments maintain a tolerance within .005 of an inch. Not only does this help to keep your guitar in tune but it also maintains proper string alignment relative to the fingerboard.
Gibson uses a compound dovetail joint fixed with hot-hide glue to attach the neck of the Brad Paisley Model to the body at the 14th fret. This technique, traditional in cabinet making and high-end luthiery, creates a joint with superior strength to that of a single piece of wood.
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Headstock Angle (Pitch)
Just like the original J-45, and many other classic Gibson models, the Brad Paisley Model’s headstock is carefully angled at Gibson’s traditional 17 degrees. This subtle yet crucial element of the guitar’s design increases pressure on the strings and helps them stay in the nut slots. An increase in string pressure also means there is no loss of string vibration between the nut and the tuners, which equals better sustain.
Gibson’s traditional truss rod, found in nearly all of our guitars, is highly responsive to the individual adjustments you’ll want to make to personalize and optimize string action and sustain.
A pre-War Gibson logo across the top of a traditional advanced jumbo-style headstock, accompanied by a mother-of-pearl “banner” emblem across the center of the headstock’s face.
Fingerboard and Nut
The Brad Paisley Model’s bound fingerboard is made from a choice piece of rosewood, the traditional wood used for this model.
The frets are made from Gibson Montana’s standard fret wire, a medium-jumbo wire made from a nickel alloy for excellent tonal clarity.
Rosewood fingerboards have been a favorite for more than a century and are legendary for their rich, round tone, attributes that blend beautifully with the depth and dimension of the Brad Paisley Model’s voice.
Gibson’s traditional 12” fingerboard radius is used for this guitar, which offers excellent comfort for both chording and single-note runs, and avoids any “choked-out” notes when strings are bent for blues, country, and rock playing.
The fingerboard of the Brad Paisley Model carries custom mother-of-pearl dot inlays in the traditional positions, with dual mother-of-pearl paisley inlays at the 12th fret.
The nut on the Brad Paisley Model is approximately 1.625” wide, a comfortable width selected by Paisley himself. This custom width gives this model the feel of many classic Gibson acoustics of the 1960s, and will be welcomed by players who spend an equal amount of time playing their prized electric guitar. This custom width is currently used on only one other Gibson Acoustic, the Custom Shop Dove In Flight.
The Brad Paisley Model carries a bone nut, a traditional component of quality flat-top acoustic guitars.