Gibson J-45 Legend 1942 Model
Gibson J-45 1942 Legend Model acoustic guitar
Built to the exact specifications of an actual vintage Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar from 1942
Even the most minute details have been painstakingly reproduced
This guitar is used! Just in on trade and in Nice Shape!
The Gibson J-45 is one of the most popular acoustic guitars in history and this J-45 Legend Reissue is hand-crafted by Gibson luthiers using the exact specifications and techniques used on vintage Gibson acoustic guitars from the 1940's. The Legend J-45 is constructed with an Adirondack spruce top and solid Mahogany back and sides to produce authentic, throaty and full-bodied acoustic tone that's pefect for playing blues to bluegrass, folk to pop, and everything in-between.
The luthiers at Gibson's acoustic guitar plant in Bozeman, Montana, approached the J-45 1942 Legend Model from the standpoint of what it would be like if they could go back in time and build a brand new guitar exactly the way they were built in the heyday. So they went out and found the best-sounding, original vintage Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar they could locate and built a limited number of replicas employing the same materials, the same types of tools, same specs, etc...
The guitar went through both X-ray and CAT scans to accurately determine the bracing patterns and wood thickness. The glue and finish were chemically analyzed. To make a long story short, Gibson learned everything about that guitar. The result? The Gibson Legend Series 1942 J-45 Acoustic Guitar.
The Gibson round shoulder body shape is believed by many players to be the best sounding Gibson acoustic guitar ever made. The gently rounded upper bout keeps the highs clean and precise, while the deep lower bout ensures that famous Gibson bottom end. The body is constructed of solid, premium grade Honduran mahogany. The top is solid Adirondack spruce. Both the top and back are gently radiused to provide tension to the wood. This makes the wood vibrate (like a tuned drumhead), and as a result, projection and definition are greatly enhanced. The MASSIVE, hand-shaped neck is one piece of select, premium grade Mahogany. Hot hide glue is used in the construction for the best possible tone.
The lightweight, wide "X" top bracing is exactly like the original, all carved and shaped by hand, just as in 1942. Madagascar rosewood is used for the bridge and fingerboard and both the nut and saddle are bone to maximize string vibrational transfer.
Each 1942 Legend Model J-45 is finished with vintage style McFadden nitrocellulose lacquer in a deep, rich, Vintage Sunburst color
Features and Specs of the Gibson 1942 J-45 Legend Acoustic Guitar:
- Solid, hand-selected Adirondack spruce top
- Solid, premium grade Honduran mahogany back, sides and neck
- Exact 1940s bracing dimensions, down to the saw-blade marks
- 1942 large "V" neck profile (H U G E)
- 24.75" scale
- Madagascar rosewood fingerboard with Mother-of-Pearl inlays
- 1.725" wide bone nut
- Madagascar rosewood bridge with bone saddle
- German "Kluson" nickel-plated tuning machines with white buttons
- 1940's style celluloid "Firestripe" pattern pickgaurd
- Ultra thin "McFadden" nitrocellulose lacquer finish
- Signed certificate of authenticity
This guitar is just in on trade. It's used but in excellent condition. No major dings, dents, wear, etc... It's a well-cared for instrument that shows only minor evidence of having been played. A hardshell case is included. What you see is what you get. This is being sold AS IS. Like all of our used and vintage items this one is priced to move. Please ask any questions before attempting to purchase! This is a spectacular guitar with tone to be reckoned with. The neck is huge- I can't say that enough.