1944 Gibson J-45 Banner Acoustic Guitar - Mahogany Top, Original Lifton Case
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1944 Gibson J-45 Banner Acoustic Guitar - Mahogany Top, Original Lifton Case:
Howdy Gibson fans
If you’re 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.
This guitar 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.
The thin 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.
The finish 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.
The small 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.
The original 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.
Here’s 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 destinations.
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.