Up for sale, a 1996 Gibson J-45 1962 vintage reissue model dreadnought acoustic guitar in excellent condition, complete with a hardshell case. A limited run model that predated Gibson's acoustic instrument Historic Division by a number of years, this J-45 was a model ordered by Gibson's Japanese distributor Yamano, offered only to the Japanese domestic market. Recently imported from Tokyo, this USA-made Gibson was crafted at their Bozeman, Montana factory and has a traditional 1962 look and feel with a large tortoise pickguard and warm two-tone Vintage Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer finish.
Featuring a traditional slope shoulder dreadnought shape, X bracing, solid Sitka spruce top, and solid mahogany back and sides, this J-45 delivers the smooth growl of mahogany when you dig in hard while retaining definition in the bass register. A single strum yields exquisite projection with plenty of bold muscle and punch, the trebles are sweet and punchy, and the midrange character is balanced and complex. Truly a no-nonsense powerhouse dreadnought, it's one of the more impressive Gibson acoustics we’ve had through the shop in some time, with a tonal breadth that befits a vintage instrument. This J-45 weighs 4lbs 8oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 12-53 strings and easy-playing action.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders, measuring .855" deep at the 1st fret and .945" at the 9th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features the original slender frets which have their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing virtually no wear. The guitar conforms to traditional Gibson spec with a 24 3/4" scale length, and the nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock retains the original individual double line Gibson Deluxe tuning machines with white buttons and push-in bushings. There are a couple small finish chips on the top headstock edges and light lacquer checking on the back of the headstock, particularly on the edge of the bass-side wing at the seam.
The body features a rosewood bridge, and the stock saddle has good height. Both the bridge and thin transparent tortoise pickguard sit flush with the top on all edges, accenting the Vintage Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer finish. The guitar exhibits broad lacquer checking on top and one scratch on the treble-side lower bout, along with a few additional scattered dings. The instrument is crack-free, and there are just a few light finish scratches and minor marks on the back and sides. The gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh flawless.
A black tolex hardshell case is included.