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Gibson J-45 Sunburst Steel String Guitar, 1948 (REDUCED)


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Right after WW2, manufacturing in the US exploded, with returning servicemen and women driving demand for consumer goods like the Gibson J-45 and seeking the type of accessible entertainment that acoustic guitars can provide.

The J-45 was orignally introduced in 1942 but production slowed almost immediately as the war effort ramped up and consumed most available resources. Its sister, the natural top J-50, was discontinued but the feature that let the J-45 stay in production was its sunburst finish. The shading covers all kinds of irregularities in the wood grain around the edges – in many cases, the irregularity may look odd yet not detract from the tone the wood can produce. Straighter grain woods used in natural finishes were diverted to the war. Wartime production J-45’s also tend to not have adjustable truss rods – the metal went to the war effort.

This Gibson J-45 dates to 1948 and was built at Gibson’s historic plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It is in largely original condition, though its pickguard is a replacement and the tuners, while period, may not be original. It has definitely been played as was intended, and some touchups have been done in the areas with the heaviest finish wear.   The top has pretty heavy pick and finger wear in the area between the treble end of the bridge and the pickguard.  There is a crack on the top center seam which hasn’t been cleated but which looks stable.  A strap pin has been added to the heel, and a non-original hardshell case is included.   


Price: $4250.00 CAD
  • Model: J-45
  • Year: 1948
  • Finish Sunburst
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: 130520
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Fair
  • Date Posted: 31/10/2017

  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITIES documentation
  • Including Hard case
  • Scale Length: 628mm 24.75in
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