1940s VINTAGE GIBSON J 45 JUMBO GUITAR w/ Martin string
This guitar is no longer for sale (sold on 2006-01-19)
Price : US $1,731
Here is a wonderful sounding old Gibson J-45 guitar. Best I can tell it was made between 1947 and 1948. A 1946 or earlier would have had a different decal on the peghead. A 1949 would have the larger belly bridge. Sounds as good as any I have played. You should be able to get this player J-45 for at least half what most are going for.
This particular guitar had a near complete overspray job. The back and sides are still in the overspray state with the original finish checking lines showing just under the overspray. The top was in the same overspray condition when I got it. A very noble attempt to remove just the overspray on the top was unsuccessful, and if it had not been so ugly I would have left it alone.(i have a picture i can send) So it was found that if the finish was heated with a lamp that it would easily lift off with a good paint scraper. Of course the original finish came off along with the top coat. The good news is that there was no sanding in this operation, leaving the top wood at its original thickness. This was much more important to me than sanding out all the little imperfections. Ultimately this ended up sounding as good as any old J-45 or J-35 I have owned.
The guitar is otherwise all original. There are no cracks in the neck. The back has a rather ugly long crack that is stable and has been glued. You can see it in the pictures. There is several cracks repaired on the sides and a few repaired on the top. On the side lower bout there is a small crack/bashed area that seems stable but has not had any attention. Has not spread and I have been using this guitar daily.
The sound is simply outstanding. It has all the vintage qualities that are desired including ridiculous loud volume and presence. These old 1940s Gibson J models have a bass that is like no other guitar...
This guitar is sold (sold on 2006-01-19)
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