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A Look At The Gibson J-45 Rosewood Acoustic Guitar
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The Gibson J-45 Rosewood Acoustic Guitar

The Gibson J-45 is an iconic guitar that was first introduced in 1942. While 1942 was not the best time to be launching a guitar, with a war going on, many resources were scarce, including spruce which was also used for airplane wings, as well as labor. Somehow through all of this, the J-45 survived.

Affectionately known as the Workhorse, the J-45 model can be seen in stage an studio across the globe in the hands of some of the most famous artists on the planet. 

Traditionally built with a mahogany back and sides and a refined look, Gibson decided to dress the J-45 up a bit with the J-45 Rosewood. 

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The Differences

The J-45 Rosewood inherits many of the same traits of its J-45 "standard" counterpart, including a slope shoulder dreadnought design, short 24.75" scale length and a spruce top.

What differentiates the J-45 Rosewood is the wood used for the back and sides (Rosewood) along with many aesthetics that are sure to make your J-45 rosewood the talk of the town.

As with all J-45's, these guitars are cannons. They can easily fill the room with sound and stand out in a band setting. When compared to the mahogany version, the rosewood J-45 has a deeper bass response. 

In addition to the wood difference, the J-45 Rosewood has many touches that add to its appeal. These include a beautiful  "Rosewood burst," herringbone trim, tiger-stripe pickguard and "custom" inlays. These appointments make this guitar really stand out from the crowd.

An LR Baggs Element VTC Pickup system is standard equipment and rounds out the feature set nicely. This system will make sure you sound your best at live gigs.


If you love the slope-shouldered J-45 but want a little more flair, the J-45 Rosewood is the guitar for you. In addition, if you are a J-45 fan, but want a little more low-end presence, this guitar may be just what the doctor ordered. 

If you are in the Bozeman, MT area, come on in and try it out. If you are not in the area give us a call at (406) 587-4761 and we can give you a full in-hand description and demo over the phone.


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