Gibson J-45 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1944)

Gibson  J-45 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1944)

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Gibson J-45 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1944), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 2682, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, mahogany body, laminated maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

This is a nice examples of a "typical" wartime J-45; like all of these, the specific construction features were dictated primarily by Gibson's heavy involvement in the war effort. The top on this guitar is made of mahogany (like the back and sides) due to the depletion of the supply of the Adirondack spruce normally used, but then prioritized for aircraft needs.

The neck is a three-piece maple laminate with the standard Gibson truss rod...also concurrently used in a more belligerent application as the "guide rod" in the body of the M3 submachine gun! This guitar has the famous deep round neck, affectionately called the "baseball bat". This very chunky profile is a favorite of many players, while slightly daunting to others. It is unlike any other Gibson pattern, and once one gets used to the feel, it can be hard to go back!

The sunburst top and dark mahogany back are single-bound, the sound hole ring one multiple laminate, and the pickguard the new-in-1942 tortoise celluloid teardrop shape. Tuners are the typical wartime strip Klusons with plastic buttons and thin riveted gears. The gold script "Gibson" logo and "Only a Gibson is Good Enough" banner adorn the headstock face. With its mahogany top and maple neck, this is a big, barking jumbo, with a powerful high-mid attack that never gets thin-sounding.
 
Overall length is 40 3/16 in. (102.1 cm.), 16 1/16 in. (40.8 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 13/16 in. (46 mm.).

This guitar is in nicely original and fine structural and playing condition, but does have some repairs. There is an old crack through the lower part of the heel, lightly touched up but still visible. The finish overall has checking and small dings and dents but remains cleaner than many, with a good preserved shine. The D-string tuner shaft is quite bent, but still does its job.

The top finish in particular is quite clean overall with none of the heavy pick wear often seen. It is marred just with one deep scrape between bridge and sound hole that has some topical touch up. The bridge itself has been reglued and recontoured somewhat. The neck has been very nicely reset and the guitar is an excellent player with a big, powerful sound. Housed in a newer HSC, but we have the original wartime chipboard case as well if desired. Excellent - Condition.