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❌ SOLD ❌ Gibson J-45 Sunburst Steel String Guitar, 1952


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The Gibson J-45 has been a guitarist’s choice almost since its introduction. Though its tonal representation isn’t always the most harmonically complete, it has a warm, enveloping sound that works extremely well accompanying a singer.

This Gibson J-45 dates to 1952, and has clearly been used as intended. There’s lots of play wear to the finish, earned over the years. Its action is 8/64ths treble to 10/64ths bass, fine for bluegrass, but lower actions would be possible via a neck reset.

The Kluson tuners are original, but with replaced buttons- the celluloid originals often degraded badly. There is some pretty heavy pick wear on the top, the bridge has been shaved and the pickguard replaced. The top has been tinted to mask the raw spruce on either side of the fingerboard ‘tag’.

This guitar sounds great. It’s got that traditional J-45 tone, and it has the look that comes only from long experience making music.


Price: $4,650.00 CAD
  • Model: J-45
  • Year: 1952
  • Finish Sunburst
  • Class: Vintage
  • Serial Number: Z 688 11
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Fair
  • Date Posted: 31/10/2017

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Required CITES documentation
  • Including Hard case
  • Scale Length: 24.75in
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