Up for sale, a 2002 Gibson J-45 Rosewood dreadnought acoustic guitar in exceptional, 100% original condition. A less common, limited run iteration of the J-45 platform, this Gibson boasts solid Indian rosewood back and sides paired with a Sitka spruce top and an ebony bridge and fingerboard. This iteration also features a factory-installed undersaddle pickup and comes complete with the original hardshell case.
As Gibson's most popular dreadnought acoustic guitar since its introduction in 1942, the slope shoulder J-45 design with solid rosewood back and sides delivers Incredible projection and rich, defined muscular tone. The top is nicely worked in with a broad, relaxed sound, and there's smooth bass register growl when you dig in with a flatpick, offering plenty of round, sparkling trebles with just enough punch. The guitar weighs 5lbs 1oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 12-53 phosphor bronze strings and low action.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender C profile carve with modest shoulder and a very easy-playing feel, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .875" at the 9th. The slab ebony fretboard has lightly rolled edges and boasts flawless slender fretwire with perfectly rounded crowns. The guitar plays easily up the neck with a straight neck and optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the scale length is 24 3/4". The headstock boasts a silkscreened gold "Gibson" logo along with original gold Grover Rotomatic tuning machines which show a light dusting of surface patina.
The slope shoulder X braced dreadnought body is in fantastic shape and crack-free, sporting a stately Tobacco Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer finish. The ebony bridge sits flush with the spruce top, which sits nice and flat with sparingly little deflection, and the compensated saddle has ample height for future adjustment. Visible through the soundhole, the orange oval Gibson label notes the J-45 Rosewood designation of the instrument, with a serial number that dates the guitar to 2002. The guitar features its original undersaddle active pickup and endpin jack, with the 9v battery secured to the heel block.
Cosmetic wear on the nitro lacquer finish is limited to a few faint finish scratches central to the back, one tiny nick central to the lower bout on top, and just a few additional microscopic marks on the body as a whole. The neck profile gloss is flawless.
The original hardshell case is included.