A Legendary Acoustic, Recreated for Today J-45 New Vintage
J-45 New Vintage
With a pedigree that reaches to the roots of the flat-top guitar, the J-45 is Gibson’s prince of “round-shoulder dreadnoughts.” This elegant workhorse debuted in 1942, and became an instant favorite for its rich, warm tone and excellent projection. Highly prized original examples sell for upwards of $7,000 and more on today’s vintage market—when you can find them. The Gibson J-45 New Vintage recreates the best of this legendary model in an instrument available to players and collectors today. Crafted for superb tone and playing feel right out of the case, and available only at Wildwood Guitars. Constructed by the acclaimed luthiers at the Gibson Acoustic facility in Bozeman, Montana, the J-45 is one of five models in a stunning New Vintage series, each of which represents an exhaustive recreation of a great Gibson flat-top acoustic.
Like all others in the series—the Hummingbird, SJ-200, Southern Jumbo and J-185—the Gibson J-45 New Vintage is available in three different editions, each of which strictly follows the specs of original vintage models, but represents different levels of constructional finish and wood selection. All three share historic details such as a prized solid Adirondack Spruce top, advanced X-brace, belly-up rosewood bridge with aged bone saddle, and solid one-piece mahogany neck with soft “V” profile. The Standard model uses hot hide glue for its dovetailed neck joint, while the Hide Glue model uses this traditional adhesive for other elements of its construction, such as the attachment of its scalloped spruce braces. The Exotic Rosewood model uses the same degree of hide glue construction, but adds Exotic Rosewood back and sides selected by Gibson Acoustic’s master luthier, Ren Ferguson, for an exotic appearance and a sublimely rich, deep voice.
The Gibson J-45 New Vintage presents a reincarnation of the original in the looks department, too. Its hand-sprayed Vintage Sunburst finish in nitrocellulose lacquer is buffed to a high gloss, and enhanced by a teardrop tortoise pickguard, four-ply top binding, and single-ply back binding. The unbound rosewood fingerboard carries subtly elegant mother-of-pearl dot inlays, partnered with a period-correct gold logo and banner, and vintage-style three-in-line tuners with cream plastic buttons. From look to feel to tone, the J-45 New Vintage totally embodies one of Gibson’s most legendary acoustic creations, and it is only available from Wildwood Guitars.
Each instrument includes a True Vintage hardshell case with brown exterior and pink plush-lined interior, a Certificate of Authenticity, an owner’s manual, and Gibson’s Gold Warranty, along with Gibson’s 24/7/365 Customer Service. Check it out now, only at Wildwood Guitars.