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1949 Gibson J-45

We acquired this classic Post-War J-45 spruce top from the estate of the long-time owner, a professional musician from Lakeview, Texas, and will pass on the history privately to the new owner. He played this gorgeous slope-shouldered dreadnought in various local bands over many years.

The factory order number in the low 2000 range reveals this must be one of the first J-45’s to feature a belly bridge, which is undoubtedly original to this guitar. The beautifully scalloped braces and original small maple bridge plate are consummate Gibson work from the period and responsible for the amazing voice of this J-45. The nut measures 1 11/16″ and the C profile carve of the single piece mahogany neck is 0.925″ deep at the first fret. The feel is full but not overwhelming, just one of the many reasons these Post-War guitars are so sought after.

Our inspection revealed a structurally intact guitar with a subtle radius to the top with no belly, and no loose braces. A short crack on the back had been previously repaired. After years of play, the frets became worn, so luthier Ross Teigen performed a refret and neck reset. The action measures¬†4/32″ on the low E and 3/32″ at the high e at the 12th fret and the guitar plays effortlessly.

Original Kluson tuners with German Antique Acoustics buttons are on the guitar. The sunburst finish is original with plenty of the expected lacquer checking and play wear from jamming all over Texas.

This guitar is setup to please any accomplished player.

Please watch all the cool demonstration videos by Richard Bastar III.

  • Year: circa 1948-49
  • Manufacturer: Gibson
  • Model: J-45
  • Case: New Proper fitting Hard
  • Color: Sun Burst
  • Condition: Texas Mojo