1963 Gibson J-45

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Posted on August 08 2019

Gibson introduced the J-45 in the summer of 1942 as the newest version in its Jumbo line preceded by the Jumbo-35. In Gibson nomenclature, “Jumbo” refers to a 16″ wide lower bout while the 17″ lower bout is known as the Super Jumbo. The J-45 featured a Spruce top, Mahogany back and sides a 24 3/4″ scale length. These guitars are lightly built and very resonant as a result. 1963 Gibson J-45-001-2This 1963 Gibson J-45 in its original case came to me via the son of the original owner with the salesman's card from Birmingham's Forbes Music Company stapled to the inside of the case. Forbes was the largest Gibson dealer in Alabama in the early 1960s. 1963 was the year that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested in Birmingham for "parading without a permit" which lead to his famous "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." This guitar is a relic of a time period that witnessed the hard work of so many that made this country what it is today. This original owner Gibson J-45 needed nothing but a simple clean and setup to be back in to top playing condition. It has never had any modifications or repairs. It is crack free and set up just right. The tone is dry and loud with a light enough top to fingerpick as well as strum. Call the number at the top of the screen or use the contact form on the right to speak to me directly about this uncirculated 1963 Gibson J-45.

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