2002 Gibson J-45 Sitka Spruce and Mahogany ID-5364
2002 Gibson J-45 Sitka Spruce and Mahogany
The J-45 has been Gibson’s top-selling acoustic guitar for years. Nicknamed “The Workhorse” and first introduced in 1942, Gibson’s most popular acoustic is now the icon of its round-shoulder, dreadnought line, world renowned for its full, balanced expression, warm bass, and excellent projection. Subtle changes to the bracing of its predecessor—the J-35—made the Gibson J-45 one of most technically advanced guitars of its time.
The top of the J-45 is made from AA-grade Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from pattern grade Honduras mahogany, giving the J-45 its world renowned full, balanced expression, warm bass, and excellent projection. Selecting the right wood, and the formula to dry it out, are two of the most central procedures to Gibson’s guitar-building process. Beginning with its first catalog in 1903, Gibson has assured its customers that every guitar would be built using woods with “the most durable, elastic, and sonorous qualities,” and today’s guitars from Gibson Acoustic are no different.
The fingerboard of Gibson’s J-45 is constructed from the highest grade rosewood on earth, which is personally inspected and qualified by Gibson’s team of skilled experts before it enters the Gibson factories. The resilience of this durable wood makes the fingerboard extremely balanced and stable, and gives each chord and note unparalleled clarity and bite. The J-45’s dot inlays are made of genuine mother of pearl, measuring approximately ¼-inch in diameter, and are inserted into the fingerboard using a process that eliminates gaps. The fingerboard also sports a rolled edge—instead of the usual right angle where the fingerboard surface meets the neck, Gibson Acoustic’s rolled edges are slightly beveled for an extremely smooth and comfortable feel, enhancing the playability of the J-45.
Every acoustic guitar made by Gibson features hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing inside the body, a feature normally found only in limited run, hand-made guitars. By scalloping each brace by hand, the natural sound of the acoustic is focused more toward the center of the body, enhancing the instrument’s sound projection. The J-45 features a variation of Gibson’s “X” bracing pattern situated behind the soundhole, with a set of tall and thin braces for the back, and scalloped tall and thin braces for the top. This legendary bracing design delivers a balanced expression, with punchy, deep lows, warm mids, and clear, crisp highs. When pushed for more volume, the J-45 projects a natural compression, which helps it blend nicely with any accompaniment.
This guitar shows some wear. There are dents and scratches, as the pictures will show. There are a few finish cracks on the top of the upper bout bass side near the neck, as shown in the detail photographs, upon inspection these do not go through the wood. There is a chip on the corner of the headstock. The tuners were replaced with gold Grovers. Original hardshell case included.
- Top: Sitka Spruce
- Back and Sides: Mahogany
- Binding: Multi-Ply Top, Single Ply Back
- Bracing: X Bracing
- Rosette: Multi-ply Single Ring
- Bridge: Rosewood Belly Up
- Bridge Pins: White
- MOP Dots
- Gold Grover Tuners
- Pickguard: Tortoise Teardrop
- Comfort Contour Neck Profile
- Peghead Inlay: Gibson Logo
- Nut: Tusq
- Rosewood Fretboard
- Fishman Pickup
- Nut Width: 1 11/16"
- Scale: 24 3/4"