This is a fantastic example of an early '60s Gibson J-45, with an open, punchy tone and nicely aged Cherry Sunburst finish. This 1961 J-45 is in great condition, with a tone and feel found only on the best Gibson Flat tops of this period. Constructed from Spruce and Mahogany with a set Mahogany neck, this guitar sports plenty of lacquer checking and play wear, although the cherry sunburst finish has retained a great deal of its vibrance and colour. As with many Gibson acoustic of this period, it has a full bodied and focused sound, and responds beautifully to open chord and fingerstyle playing alike. The neck has the kind of shallow, comfortable playing feel found on Gibson guitars until late 1963 before the necks get fuller feeling again. The original single line Kluson tuners are present and correct, as is the thinner celluloid pick guard found on guitars this period. The original rosewood bridge features the adjustable nylon saddle that was made standard on the model from 1961.
This guitar is in very good, original condition, with a minor amount of play wear and patina as discussed above. It is internally and externally original, although there has been a high E string crack repair that has been cleated internally and is stable. The bridge also appears to have been reseated, with a small shadow visible from its previous position.
This guitar has been given a full service and appraisal by our luthiers at the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty. This guitar also includes a period case.