Instrument Details

1942 Gibson J-45 Banner, All-Mahogany
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Status
Sold
Brand
Gibson
Product Year
1942
Model
J-45
Serial #
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP278
Condition
New tuners, nut, and saddle. Refret, bridge reglue, and several cracks cleated and stabilized by Joe Wilson, brace reglue by Joe Glaser. Typical finish crazing, some finish marring on headstock.
Body Type(s)
Large, Slope Dreadnought
Back & Sides
Mahogany
Top
Mahogany
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Neck Profile
C
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
Ivoroid
Top Trim
None
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
Dots
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
None
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Instrument Finish
Lacquer
Body Bindings
Ivoroid
Tuner Finish
Nickel with Ivoroid Buttons
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
Tortoise Style
Pickup
L.R. Baggs Lyric
Pickup (y/n)
Yes
Body Length
20.25 in
Upper Bout
11.5 in
Lower Bout
16.125 in
Body Depth Heel
3.75 in
Body Depth Tail
4.875 in
Scale Length
24.75 in
Scale Length (mm)
628.7 mm
Nut Width
1.75 in
Nut Width (mm)
44.5 mm
String Spacing
2.125 in
String Spacing (mm)
54 mm
Weight
4 lb. 8 oz.
Case
Hardshell Case
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Description

You gotta love that vintage guitar smell--decades of good tunes under the hood mixed with a little blood, sweat, and tears. This 1942 Gibson Mahogany J-45 is a beast from yesterday! One of the loudest Banner J-45s we've had in the shop, this Gibson has the iconic Louisville Slugger neck and a killer woody tone that really speaks to its impressive age.


There's more vintage mojo at work here than you can swing a baseball bat, or this Gibson Banner neck, at. By all appearances, the neck has never been reset, but there's still lots of life left to the saddle height and it's set up as a loud strummer right now. For such a big body, the weight is surprisingly light. The singer songwriter will love the volume and woody response, especially if you like to croon Townes Van Zandt or Steve Earl tunes. Outfitted with an L.R. Baggs Lyric pickup, this vintage Banner J works further miracles on stage, too!

Lots of mojo in this one. I love the vintage character of Banner Gibsons, and this J-45's got all that and an opened up voice to match.
 
One of the best-sounding Banner J-45s I've played. It has a "baseball bat" neck that is surprisingly comfortable and the tone is perfect. One of the good ones.
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SCALE LENGTH 24.75 in
NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
STRING SPACING 2.125 in
WOODS MAHOGANY,
MAHOGANY

You gotta love that vintage guitar smell--decades of good tunes under the hood mixed with a little blood, sweat, and tears. This 1942 Gibson Mahogany J-45 is a beast from yesterday!
 

Lots of mojo in this one. I love the vintage character of Banner Gibsons, and this J-45's got all that and an opened up voice to match.
 
One of the best-sounding Banner J-45s I've played. It has a "baseball bat" neck that is surprisingly comfortable and the tone is perfect.
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