Gibson J-45 'Banner' c. 1944-1946


Product Code: GF5450

$ 15,000.00
$ 15,000.00

Introduced in 1942 to replace the inexpensive Great Depression-era flattop J-35, the J-45 standardized the company's approach to the dreadnought guitar. This is a wartime era 'Banner' J-45 with the classic words "Only A Gibson Is Good Enough" inscribed on the headstock. We can tell you that this example is much more than 'Good Enough.' It is a phenomenal sounding guitar with mojo to spare. Clear highs, forward mids and balanced bass - just ringing with that classic J-45 sound you've heard on countless records.

It has had a bit of work done with a neck reset and heel crack repair, bridge re-glue, cleated pickguard crack, and repaired top and back seams on the upper bass side bout. Nonetheless, it plays great and sounds timeless. 

Includes a non-original hard case.


  • Top: Spruce
  • Back and sides: Mahogany    
  • Finish: Original Sunburst
  • Neck/Fingerboard: Mahogany / Brazilian Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
  • Brace pattern: X-bracing
  • Tuners: Original 3-on-a-plate
  • Bridge: Brazilian Rosewood Rectangle 
  • Scale length: 24 3/4"
  • Nut width: 1 49/64" (1.773")
  • String spacing at saddle: 2 3/32" (2.096")

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