This one’s ready to get back in the saddle. If you’re looking for some boutique African snake-oil wood guitar that’s as sterile as a eunuch then keep on moving. This is a tried and true Sitka Spruce and Honduran Mahogany round shoulder dreadnought. Gibson got it right in 1942 with the J-45 and it’s been in production ever since. Working songwriters and performers have been using the J-45 model for decades.
“Ken” bought this guitar back in ’64 to play his favorite Country/Western tunes. It’s still in great shape with no cracks or breaks. The only repairs are a few reglued back braces and a reglued bridge. Everything is original to the guitar except for two bridge pins and the strings. The fretboard shows moderate wear in the cowboy chord area (he said he played country!) but the frets are still in very good shape. It plays great up and down the fretboard and will not need a refret. Ken etched his name in the lower corner of the pickguard about an inch long and the initial K on the truss rod cover. This J-45 needs nothing and will be a solid workhorse for years to come.
Most 1964 and some 1965 Gibson J-45s had the wider, 1 11/16th inch nut width including this guitar. The neck profile is a comfortable width with a bit shallower depth than a 50s J-45. This neck feels very similar to the modern Gibson acoustic neck profile. The light build of these J-45s makes for both a great fingerpicker or strummer.
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