The J-45 made its debut in 1942 and has been a top-seller for Gibson ever sense its introduction. This guitar is commonly known as a "round shouldered dreadnought" and has also be nicknamed "The Workhorse". Many top recording artists have made this one of their guitars of choice due to its appealing tone and balance and will be a favorite for you too, if you decide to build one of these great guitars.
Traditional woods used for the J45 are Sitka Spruce top and Ribbon-Cut Honduras Mahogany back and sides. Most often these guitars sport an amber to dark brown sunburst finish.
This plan features our newest bracing pattern. The V Brace. This is a completely different patterns as compared to the standard X-Brace pattern that has been around since C.F. Martin introduced it on their Dreadnought series of guitars in the 1920's. The V-Brace balances the tone better and drives the sound toward the soundhole much more directly. Also the top will vibrate more freely due to the fact the only brace tied to the sides is the lateral brace.
Structural support is enhanced by the enlarged bridge plate being tied not only to the top, but to the twin V-Braces as well.
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The following tabs detail what you will receive from our J45 V Brace Guitar Plans.
Total Instrument Length: 1040mm (40.94”)
Upper Bout: 300.9mm (11.85”)
Lower Bout: 408.5mm (16.08”)
Waist: 270mm (10.63”)
Body Length: 512.8mm (20.19”)
Depth At Heel: 98mm (3.86”)
Depth At Butt: 122.8mm (4.83”)
Neck Width @ Nut: 44.4mm (1.75”)
Neck Width @ Body: 54.5mm (2.15”)
Fretboard Radius: 406.4mm (16.0”)
Scale Length: 645.2mm (25.4”)
Classic Jumbo Shape
14-Fret Neck - Standard Width
Neck Connection: Bolt-On, Dovetail, or Mortise
Fretboard Radius & Neck Profile Sections
Closed Pegged w/3L & 3R Tuners Larger Bodied Guitar
Adjustable Truss Rod in Neck
Mustache Bridge, & One Optional Shape
Ideal for Flatpicking & Rhythm
Overall guitar plan with notes and dimensions
Details of Complicated Construction Areas & supplemental Photographs of Key Construction Items + Descriptions
Longitudinal and Lateral Sections Through The Guitar.
Top Bracing Layouts Top and Side Views
Three Neck/Body Connection Options: Bolt-on, Dovetail, Mortise & Tenon.
Mustache Bridge and Belly Bridge Shape Options
Enlarged Purfling Details
Back layout and Back Brace layouts
Complete Template Sets Including: Top, Side Contour, Neck Contour, Bender Form Insert, Headpiece Layout, Back Arch Template & Top Layout Template
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