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Gibson J-45 Guitar (1942-2021)
When guitar players think of Gibson electric guitars automatically Gibson Les Paul guitars come to mind, because it became a Gibson trademark, just like Fender Stratocasters and Telecasters. When people think of Gibson acoustic guitars its the Gibson J-45 that seems to stand out.
Both guitars sound awesome warm fat tone however, the gibson j-45 became a huge success because they were not expensive and they sounded really good, that explains why they are still in production 'til this day.
In 1942 the Gibson J-45 were dreadnought flat top guitars, made with mahogany wood (back and sides), they had a teardrop fire-stripe pick guard unlike the J-35 which had a pick guard that followed the body contours.
In 1943 they replaced the pick guard with a tortoise shell celluloid teardrop pick guard, several J-45 models were made also in maple wood back and sides, and some guitars had no truss rods,
in 1945 truss rods were implemented in all J-45 guitars .
In late 1946 the "only a Gibson is good enough" banner is gone, belly bridge was added. In 1947 they made a blonde version (natural) and called it the Gibson J-50 ( same guitar but with a different finish).
1949-50 an upper belly bridge was added with a triple bound top, in 1955 a larger pick guard was added with an extra fret making it a 20 fret fingerboard.
From 1956 to 1968 the J-45 went through some minor changes such as various similar sunburst colors , slightly larger frets in 1959. Gibson logos were added to the pick guards in 1966 and rosewood bridges were used on and off.
In 1968 some J-45 guitars had white pick guards (screwed-down).
In 1969 the J-45 guitars were made with square shoulders and black teardrop pick guards with no logo. Very minor changes were made until they were discontinued in 1982 .
In 1983 the Gibson J-45 celebrity acoustic guitar was introduced to commemorate Gibson's 90th anniversary (only 90 were made).
In 1984 Gibson reintroduced the original model of the J45 with round shoulders, tortoise shell teardrop pick guard, triple bound top, single bound back, unbound fingerboard (rosewood) with dot inlays, and were made in sunburst, natural and ebony finish .
Throughout the 90s Gibson continued production on gibson j-45 guitars with different related names such as the J-45 Western, J-45 Yamano, J-45 Custom, J-45 Rosewood and the Gibson J-45 Buddy Holly limited edition.