1951 Gibson J-45 Spruce and Mahogany ID-4989
1951 Gibson J-45 Spruce and Mahogany
A customer walked into our store with a beat up old Epiphone case, telling us he wanted to have his dad's guitar fixed up. When the case was opened we were pleasantly surprised to find a 1951 Gibson J-45 inside... the classic Slope-Shoulder sunburst model world renowned for it's full, balanced expression, warm bass, and excellent projection, thanks to advanced bracing techniques utilized by Gibson at the time. Gibson nicknamed the J-45 their "workhorse" and players such as Bob Dylan and Buddy Holly helped the guitar live up to the name.
Little did we know, we were looking at one of the best sounding J-45s we have ever heard. When Adam strummed the first G chord our jaws hit the floor. The sound filled the entire shop with classic Gibson tone. The volume produced by this guitar is astonishing, a testament to the wood chosen by Gibson during that era. Balance is maintained no matter how hard you strum it... it just keeps getting louder!
We believe the top is high grade Sitka Spruce, although it plays like vintage Adirondack that has opened up from years of heavy playing. There isn't a hint of breaking up when played hard, heavy and loud.
This guitar shows wear consistent with guitars of it's age. There is finish checking throughout with numerous dents and dings. Some of the bracing has become unglued, which is typical of the era, and contributes to the power this guitar is capable of. We had the bracing inspected by a master technician, and we feel it is not a problem structurally and should be left alone to avoid degrading the massive tone this insrument is capable of. The tuners were replaced at some point.
- Model: Gibson J-45
- Serial: 6572 29
- Year: 1951
- Body Style: Slope Shoulder
- Top: Spruce (plays and has opened up like Adirondack, but we are unsure the exact species)
- Back and Sides: Mahogany
- Scale: 24 3/4"
- Neck Profile: Round
- Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
- Inlay: MOP Dots
- Nut Width: 1.695"
- Bridge: Rosewood
- Lower Bout Width: 16 1/8"
- Body Depth: 4 7/8"
- Body Length: 20 1/4"
- Epiphone Case Included