This consignment 1953 Gibson J-45 is an especially fine sounding example of this scallop-voiced model. The stamped batch number is a little smeary, but seems to read Y1698 18. There is a small list of repair or replacement procedures that keeps the retail price attractive. Honduras mahogany back and sides, Sitka spruce top, Honduras mahogany neck, Brazilian rosewood bridge and fingerboard, Older replacement Kluson Deluxe strip tuners (originals with crumbled buttons in case), Original plastic nut, Original frets with a little wear on the open position chord areas, Replacement pins, Original turtle-oid pickguard. Repairs include: Glued slight back center seam separation, Bolts in bridge feet removed and bridge reglued, Strap button installed on treble side of the heel. The medium size neck profile from this period is very comfortable to play. The top is nicely responsive and tuneful. With original hardshell case that has some duct tape repairs to worn edges.
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