Up for sale, a 1960 Gibson J-45 ADJ in collector-grade condition, with a bold and 100% original Sunburst nitro lacquer finish. An absolutely stunning, golden age example of Gibson's J-45, this guitar features a quintessential slender C-shaped neck profile carve from '60.
Tonewoods include a solid spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides paired with a one-piece mahogany neck capped with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. Crisp, sparkling, and bold, this dreadnought offers detail and warmth in equal measure, with the sweetness and soft growl of mahogany when you dig in hard with a flatpick. The midrange is balanced and textured with a certain bell-like, sweet upper midrange that records very well, while the trebles are bright and bouncy. The guitar weighs 4lbs 8oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 12-53 bronze strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The one-piece Honduran mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .900" at the 9th. The neck profile is silky smooth and free of palm wear, simply one of the cleanest profiles we’ve ever seen on a vintage Gibson dreadnought. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard retains the original medium jumbo fretwire which has plenty of meat and its full factory height, showing light uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-2, extending beneath the plain strings until fret 7. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, ideally adjusted truss rod. The original nylon nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the original Kluson Deluxe single line strip tuners are intact with original white buttons and gleaming plating. These tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should, and the original gold "Gibson" silkscreen logo is present on the headstock face as well.
The R-prefix factory order number is very bold, stamped on the heel block and visible through the soundhole, along with the J-45 ADJ stamp, also intact on the center seam on the back. The Brazilian rosewood bridge sits flush with the top, fitted with the original adjustable ceramic saddle. The neck set is original, and there's ample height on the saddle for decades of future viability. The original pickguard is an extremely dark piece of tortoise, sitting flat on the top and notably thinner than later "syrupy" Gibson guards, allowing the top to have a more dynamic, responsive sound.
The original Sunburst nitro lacquer finish is bold and positively glossy, 100% original with no touchup or overspray. The guitar is crack-free save for one tiny repaired split parallel with the edge of the pickguard between the fretboard extension and soundhole edge. There are a few spots of light lacquer checking on the body, one light finish scratch on the back, some additional minor marks mostly clustered at the waist on the back, and similarly restrained wear on the sides. The neck profile gloss is nigh flawless save for a small finish chip behind the nut central to the carve beyond where the palm makes contact.
A vintage black tolex hardshell case with purple plush interior is included.