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❌SOLD❌ Gibson J-45 Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Guitar Sunburst, 1962


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The Gibson J-45 has been a workhorse guitar since its introduction in 1942 as a replacement for the J-35. It has always featured a sunburst spruce top, mahogany body and neck, and rosewood fingerboard.

Today we’re looking at a very nice Gibson J-45 slope  ‘Adjustable Bridge’ model built around 1962 at the Kalamazoo, Michigan plant. On this example, the bridge is Rosewood and uses the ceramic saddle. At some later points, a plastic bridge was used and the saddle insert was sometimes rosewood. The two Mother of Pearl dots on the bridge cover locating bolts, which also help prevent the bridge lifting over time.

This Gibson J-45 Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Guitar Sunburst is in clean condition and plays quite well. It appears to have been recently refretted, which included cleaning up the rosewood fingerboard. There are a few minor spot touch ups on the neck to fill dents. These were done competently and probably at the same time as the refret. There is also a colour touchp on the top at the lower treble bout edge, a bit of fill on a finger wear area between the pickguard edge and the bridge, and a touchup of some pick marks below the bass side soundhole.

It sounds great, and the neck set is near perfect. These guitars often had fairly high neck sets because of the adjustable saddle, and over time that has worked in its favour. The action height is 4.5/64ths treble and 6/64ths bass.

A non-original fibre case is included.


Price: $2,999.99 CAD
  • Model: J-45
  • Year: 1962
  • Finish Sunburst
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: 79979
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Good
  • Date Posted: 17/05/2018

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITES documentation
  • Including Soft case
  • Instrument Weight: 4.36lbs 1.98kg
  • Scale Length: 24.75in 628.6mm
  • Nut Width: 1.69in 43mm
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