Comparing the Gibson J-45, J-35, and J-15 Acoustic Guitars
Since 1942 Gibson has been making the slope-shouldered J-45 (it is worth noting the body shape originated in 1934 with the "Jumbo" as it was the largest acoustic guitar in the Gibson lineup at the time). Since it's release, the J-45 has been Gibson's top-selling acoustic guitar.
With the popularity of the J-45 slope shoulder, Gibson has released some variations including the J-35 and the J-15, each their own unique character. Let's take a look at all three of these guitars.
Gibson J-45 Acoustic Guitar
The J-45 is nicknamed "The Workhorse" for good reason. Since 1942 this has been the flagship of Gibson Acoustic guitars.
Built with a solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides, the J-45 is known for its full balanced tone and warm bass.
Gibson J-35 Acoustic Guitar
The J-35 is known as a bit of a throwback with a few more vintage details than other guitars in the "J" line, including a script and banner logo on the headstock reminiscent of guitars from the 1940's.
Built with a spruce top and mahogany back and sides, the J-35 also features a more rounded vintage profile neck than the other J's, a fire trip pickguard and Advanced Bracing, which is a slightly wider X brace allowing for a little more punch and bass.
Gibson J-15 Acoustic Guitar
The J-15 represents a special effort from Gibson to create a guitar with all North American tone woods.
A beautiful instrument with walnut back and sides, spruce top and a maple neck, which in most cases is an upgrade, but with the desire to make the J-15 with all North American woods, Gibson decided it was worth the addition.
This guitar has power and projection in what could be one of the best values in the Gibson Acoustic lineup.
All three of these guitars are ready for the live stage with built-in electronics and ship with a Gibson hardshell case.
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