The Gibson J-45 was first introduced in 1942 as the companies flagship, affordable dreadnought guitar, and remained so for many decades to follow. This 1958 Gibson J-45 ADJ is a fantastic example with plenty of play wear and vintage mojo!
Constructed from a Spruce top with Mahogany back and sides, this J-45 features the shorter, uncscalloped bracing introduced in 1955. Although not as lightly braced as earlier examples, this J-45 still really sings, with a punchy, well balanced tone that excels with both finger style and flat picked playing. The neck profile is a comfortable, more rounded '58 style profile, with a chunky yet playable feel, and an 1 11/16ths nut width. The original belly up bridge is present and correct, and features an early example of the adjustable bridge that would become more commonplace in the 1960s, first offered as a special order option in 1956. Elsewhere the single line 3 on a plate tuners, larger celluloid pickguard and gold silk screened Gibson headstock logo are present and correct.
This guitar is in good condition for an instrument of its age, and sports many years of play wear and patina accumulated over its life. There are obvious patches of play wear around the sound hole and bottom of the pickguard, and plenty of lacquer checking to top, sides and back of the body. This guitar is in original condition and free of structural repairs, although our luthiers corrected some minor bridge lifting. This guitar also includes a non original hard case.