1974 Gibson J-45 Deluxe in very good condition featuring square shouldered dreadnought body, solid Sitka spruce top with tobacco sunburst finish, solid mahogany back and sides, multi bound tortoiseshell grain and white top edges and single bound tortoiseshell grain back edges, decorative soundhole rosette, elongated tortoiseshell grain pickguard, rosewood belly bridge with original rosewood bridge pins and bone saddle, three piece mahogany neck, Indian rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl dot inlays starting at the third fret, bone nut, enlarged Gibson open book peghead shape, black peghead face with Gibson gold block logo, single ply bell shaped truss rod cover, three per side Kluson Gibson Deluxe tuning machines with metal tulip buttons, serial number and Made in USA impressed into the back of the peghead, professionally installed LR Baggs pickup with endpin jack and original hard shell case.
This 1974 Gibson J-45 Deluxe is in very good to excellent vintage cosmetic condition. The serial number reads B300238 and dates it to 1974. There are some signs of play wear throughout including a few pick scratches here and there. There is a small repaired pickguard crack at the soundhole which is very common for these guitars to have due to pickguard shrinkage.
The neck profile is very comfortable and the action on this guitar is very low and very easy to play. This J-45 has been set up and plays fantastic up and down the fingerboard. The frets are in good shape.
This J-45 has an LR Baggs pickup system installed and it sounds great plugged in. The acoustic tone of this instrument is very warm, dry and thumpy with plenty of volume and articulation. It’s a very balanced sounding acoustic guitar with strong lows and great mids and highs. This guitar will record like a dream.
Gibson J-45 Deluxe guitars are really great to get into the world of vintage guitars. And this is a great and affordable example. If you’re searching for a vintage Gibson flat top for live use or for in the studio, this is a tremendous sounding and playing guitar that will surely become a favorite for years to come.