Gibson J-45 (1946)


Killer-sounding 1946 Gibson J-45 just into the shop! This guitar has been gigged heavily over its lifetime, and bears the scattered dings and lacquer checking you'd expect from a life on the road. Small, well-repaired back crack (see photos). In original condition, save new tuner buttons, nut, saddle and K&K pickup. This is a very lightweight J-45, with a supremely comfortable medium-depth rounded neck and 1 3/4" nut width. Good saddle height and neck angle, setup right at 3/32" with light gauge strings (you won't need mediums on this guitar, that's for sure!). Effortless playability, and tone to die for ~ a hugely powerful low end, and that great, present-and-honky midrange jangle that any good Gibson dreadnought should deliver. If you're looking for that lifetime companion J-45 and you don't mind a few bumps and bruises, give us a call. Priced with non-original hard case.

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Exclusions: Certain products are excluded from our free shipping offer due to manufacturer restrictions. Also, oversized items or large amplifiers weighing more than 75 lbs may incur extra shipping charges.

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The Music Emporium has been shipping guitars around the world for 40+ years. Your instrument will be expertly packed and shipped via FedEx, UPS, or US Priority Mail, depending on the destination and level of service. If you have a preferred method not listed here, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate.

**There are instances where the approval period does not apply. If you've played the instrument in our store and we then ship it to you, there is no approval period. If the item is a Sale Item (special discounted price, an item listed on our Specials Page), there is no approval period. There are no returns accepted on electronics (amps, pickups, pedals, etc.) unless the product is received in damaged or defective condition.

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