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1944 Gibson J-45 Banner Acoustic Guitar - Mahogany Top, Original Lifton Case For Sale
looking at this ad you already understand the tremendous power and high
collectable value of these guitars – and this one is absolutely no exception! An exciting chance to snag a killer guitar on a good old fashioned sale. The last one of these went for $7920.
sounds fantastic! It has incredible power, is super light and very well
balanced. I wish I could afford to keep it, however something has to go.
mahogany top is the secret sauce. It has a repaired pick guard crack, and no
other issues or repairs on the top, back or sides; pretty remarkable for such
an old guitar. The top has a typical belly, certainly not excessive.
on the body and headstock is 100% original with no overspray. The tuners are
original and work perfectly. The frets and fingerboard are also original and in
very fine condition. Minimal fingerboard wear in the first position, and the
frets have been dressed and polished and are perfect.
maple bridge plate is original, and all braces are intact and unmolested.
Poplar neck block reads 2684-7. The bridge is likely a well-crafted replacement
with an aged bone saddle that is nice and tall.
The neck has
been professionally reset, which is not an easy task on these three piece
laminated maple/mahogany/maple necks. The neck angle is perfect and will serve
this guitar for many more decades. While the neck was off it was slightly
reshaped to make it more comfortable. As you know, these old 45s can have necks
like telephone poles. The neck was then refinished with a proper nitro
cellulose lacquer and was then very nicely antiqued. It matches the guitar very
nicely. The truss rod (which is also somewhat rare) works too.
Lifton case is built like a tank and is also very rare for this model. The
Lifton Fortress case was a very expensive option in 1944 costing not much less
than the guitar itself. The brown alligator print is super cool, and the deep
burgundy lining is in nice condition with no trace of mould or mildew. All
hinges and latches work perfectly.
some addition info found online regarding dating this as a 1944.
1944 J-45 specs: most J-45s now have a truss rod, still some J-45s
made with mahogany top. Tuners change again with the cogs getting slightly
thicker and with beveled edges. Also the tuners cogs are peened on the the
shafts (not screwed, and the peening sometimes has a "waffle"
design). Around May 1944 CMI was now Gibson's new owners, and they had some
financial pull to get the new materials for guitars by mid-1944. Hence by mid
1944 two piece bookmatched Sitka spruce tops appear. Factory Order Numbers (FON)
in the 2600s to 2700s now seen. In very mid to late 1944 the neck block
switches back to mahogany, though poplar is still seen.
This guitar will be shipped from Winnipeg, Canada and will be
professionally packed in a good strong box. Shipping will be $90 to most US
Let me know what questions you have and good luck. This guitar is for sale locally and I reserve the right to end the sale early.