Gibson J-45 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1951)

Gibson  J-45 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1951)

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Item # 8036
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Gibson J-45 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1951), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 9103-29 (FON), sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, original black chipboard case.

Gibson's slope-shouldered Jumbo guitars have been very popular since their introduction with folk, blues, and pop players, and as always picking this one up it's easy to see why. This very early 1950s J-45 is a superbly comfortable player with a surprisingly slim-profile neck, much sleeker than the chunky wartime spec that was continued up through the late 1940s. These early 1950s Gibson jumbos are generally great-sounding instruments, with a big, warm sound that can still cut through the mix when pushed.

This example shows some fairly light wear and remains in original and fine-playing shape, with typical period features including the "top belly" rosewood bridge, small tortoise celluloid pickguard, early Kluson Deluxe strip tuners, and gold decal Gibson script logo. We always love J-45s from this period, they are true classics in looks and sound and really exemplify the best of Gibson's "workingman's jumbo" with no frills but plenty of splendid tone.
Overall length is 40 3/4 in. (103.5 cm.), 16 1/4 in. (41.3 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This lovely and very original guitar shows some typical playing wear but no major damage or repair. The top finish shows moderate pickwear around the sound hole rim and below the pickguard. The top and back center seams have both been resealed, but we can find no other cracks. The original rosewood bridge has been reglued (nearly all have by now!) with very little residual evidence.

The back of the neck shows some capo wear and dings and there is a spot on the heel where an added strap button was removed. The original small frets show some light wear, but this does not affect play. The original early-pattern Kluson Deluxe tuners are present but the plastic buttons have been replaced, as the originals no doubt crumbled away. Overall a very fine-playing example of an early '50s Gibson Jumbo, with a very comfortable neck and action and a crisp but still sweet sound. Excellent Condition.