1955 Gibson J-45 Guitar
(FON W9753 22) Made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, sunburst top, dark back and sides, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and upper belly bridge, dark tortoise pickguard, and original Kluson tuners. This is the classic 1950s J-45 slope shoulder dreadnaught. These 1950s Gibson Jumbos are generally great sounding instruments with a strong midrange and a big, warm sound that will cut through the mix when pushed. The mahogany neck has a big round profile shape that has plenty of heft while still being shy of the massive profiles seen in the 40s. The original nut measures 1 11/16 inch in width and the headstock has the original gold block Gibson logo. The guitar has the original Kluson tuning machines (with replaced buttons) which still turn smoothly. The neck was just reset, the frets dressed and a few braces reglued by luthier Jack Dillen in Ashville. This is a guitar that can deliver a burly growl when you dig in and a surprising amount of top end sparkle for fingerpicking. There are no structural repairs but it does show the usual nicks and dings of an instrument used to make music. Frets are good, neck set is fine and it has good volume with a nice low action. Click here for a video clip of this guitar, and click here for another video clip, as played by Nathan Beaumont of the Duck Wallow Band, Brandon FL. Comes with the original gator print cardboard case.
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