Gibson's Five Star Dealer Series continues as the acclaimed luthiers of Bozeman, Montana, pay tribute to a great pre-war "round shouldered" dreadnought with the J-45 Custom Mystic Rosewood. Introduced in 1942, the J-45 was an instant success, favored by country, folk and blues artists for its rich tone and bold voice. Original examples are highly-prized today and sell for upwards of $7,000 or more on today's vintage market—when you can find them. Now the J-45 Custom Mystic Rosewood makes the full potential of this legendary acoustic guitar available today while celebrating the original with custom appointments and exotic tonewoods. The J-45 Custom Mystic Rosewood has an exotic appearance and an exquisite voice. This guitar is part of a limited run of only 50 guitars supplied exclusively to Gibson's Five Star Dealerships. Five Star Dealers are the experts on Gibson Acoustics. All have trained and certified Gibson Acoustic Specialists on staff to ensure the finest experience and service to players and collectors looking for premium Gibson acoustic guitars.
In keeping with the status of this run of instruments, the J-45 Custom Mystic Rosewood is crafted from the finest traditional tonewoods, including a solid top made from Adirondack red spruce, a rare and highly prized wood that harkens back to the golden age of Gibson acoustic guitars. The back and sides are made from luthier-selected Mystic Indian Rosewood, which offers both an elegant, exotic appearance and a sweet, rich tone. The top is supported by an X-brace made from scalloped spruce for superior resonance and dressed in a hand-sprayed nitrocellulose finish in Vintage Sunburst. Bound by a classic cream body binding with herringbone trim on top, the J-45 is finished with an abalone soundhole rosette, and a traditional tortoise pickguard. The neck is carved from solid mahogany to a comfortable modified "V" profile, attached with a compound dovetail joint and secured with hot hide glue. The select ebony fingerboard is inlaid with mother-of-pearl dots, and finished with the mother-of-pearl Gibson headstock logo. Offering the superb playing feel to which Gibson lovers are accustomed, the guitar is built to the popular 24-3/4" scale length, with a neck width of 1.725" across the nut. A black truss-rod cover engraved with the word "Custom" is a subtle reminder of this special guitar's unique status.
The J-45 Custom Mystic Rosewood comes equipped with an L.R. Baggs™ Element® pickup with end-pin jack to accurately amplify the acoustic tone, making this exotic and exclusive guitar a stage-ready performer. Gold vintage-style Rover™ Rotomatic® tuners ensure smooth action and an efficient performance, while a traditional belly-up rosewood bridge with a Tusq™ saddle provides optimum resonance at the body end. All in all, the J-45 Custom Mystic Rosewood is a gorgeous recreation of one of Gibson's most prized acoustics, perfect for the 21st century player and collector.