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Belly Bridge

Gibson J-45 Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Sunburst, 1948

Gibson J-45 Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Sunburst, 1948

The Gibson J-45 appeared in 1942, displacing a couple of earlier models, and was hit but was itself quickly hit with wartime material restrictions. The straight bridge seen on this example used less material, and was mostly gone by 1947 in favour of the ‘belly bridge’. Some wartime examples did not have adjustable truss rods, depending on whether the shop had received or run out of their allotment of rod material. The gold Gibson decal firmly places this example to 1947 or later.   On the back of the head, there’s a small ‘Made in USA’ stamp, which indicates that this instrument was intended for export from the USA.  

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