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1996 Gibson J-45 Banner Logo Vintage Reissue Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar w/ Case & Tags, Yamano


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Up for sale, a 1996 Gibson J-45 Banner Logo dreadnought in excellent condition, complete with the original hardshell case and paperwork. The precursor to the Historic Collection (and the True Vintage line), this limited run Banner Logo J-45 model was only available from 1994-96 and endeavored to faithfully reissue an instrument that has the look, feel, and tonal properties of a vintage J-45, complete with a substantial C-shaped neck profile carve. This particular example was ordered for Gibson's Japanese distributor Yamano, and Yamano instruments are often considered a cut above, specifically selected for Gibson's highly discerning Japanese audience.

This is a particularly vibrant and clear-sounding J-45, and as Gibson's most popular dreadnought acoustic guitar since its introduction in 1942, the slope shoulder J-45 design delivers great warmth, excellent projection, and a dynamic response. Featuring an X-braced Sitka spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides, this particular Gibson acoustic has a bold sound with a soft growl in the lower register, balanced by punchy, round trebles. Weighing 4lbs 4oz, this J-45 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 12-53 bronze strings and easy-playing action:

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany
-Shape: Baseball bat C, full shoulders, measuring .890” 1st fret, .980” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Rosewood, dot inay
-Frets: Slender, hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3
-Scale Length: 24 3/4”
-Nut: 1 11/16”
-Headstock: Banner logo
-Tuners: Gibson Deluxe, bolt bushing, greened keystone buttons

Body Specs:

-Wood: Sitka spruce, mahogany
-Bracing: X
-Bridge: Rosewood, belly up, medium height carved bone saddle (replacement)
-Plastics: Tortoise pickguard
-Serialization: Orange oval label (Bozeman, MT factory), 1996 build date

The Vintage Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer finish is 100% original, and there is a singular professionally repaired split on top, located behind the bridge to the bass side of the center seam. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to pick scuffing beyond the edge of the pickguard, a bit of isolated vertical lacquer checking, and a few minor dings and light finish scratches from careful use. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

The original hardshell case is included, along with the Gibson/Yamano paperwork.