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#1 User is offline   Bläss 

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 02:29 PM

Hi Guys, does anyone knows how many of this limited edition J45's are made?
custom, granadillo, bilwara, vintage,...

Someone told me once it was between 50 and 150 from each model. Is it so?

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 07:21 PM

View PostBläss, on 10 October 2017 - 02:29 PM, said:

Hi Guys, does anyone knows how many of this limited edition J45's are made?
custom, granadillo, bilwara, vintage,...

Someone told me once it was between 50 and 150 from each model. Is it so?

Thnks!


Short answer - 'yes'.
Long answer - there have been in recent memory - over 50 'versions' of the J45. One could argue any that are not the 'standard' are 'limited edition' or 'custom'. Some are made for Gibson's Five Star Dealers - based on their specs. Usually in batches of 50. The size isn't widely publicized. The run might be repeated later. Or repeated with small changes. I would guess the overall objective of this "Limited Edition"concept is not to create rare, collectible examples of the J45, but to sell more guitars, based the nearly infinite range of possible variations - by pushing the right buttons for as many possible customers as they can.
So - if you are very interested in a particular J45, it really doesn't matter whether it's a standard model, or a different version produced in large numbers or 'limited' numbers - if you like it - go for it, regardless of how many others like it might be out there worldwide.
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Posted 10 October 2017 - 08:02 PM

HiBack Bläss - Welcome. You came to the right place.
The Board is lucky enough to have its own list - put on the shades


The J-45 library

1. Gibson J-45 Modern Classic
2. Gibson J-45 Historic Collection
3. Gibson J-45 Standard

4. Gibson J-45 True Vintage
5. Gibson J-45 Pro
6. Gibson J-45 Artist
7. Gibson J-45 New Vintage
8. Gibson J-45 American
9. Gibson J-45 Legend
10. Gibson J-45 Studio
11. Gibson J-45 Pre-war
12. Gibson J-45 Deluxe
13. Gibson J-45 Limited
14. Gibson J-45 Custom
15. Gibson J-45 Studio reissue
16. Gibson J-45 Custom Koa
17. Gibson J-45 Custom Maple
18. Gibson J-45 Custom Rosewood
19. Gibson J-45 Long scale
20. Gibson J-45 Antique Natural
21. Gibson J-45 Ltd. 1960'S Ebony Black
22. Gibson J-45 Ltd. 1968 Cherry Red Finish
23. Gibson J-45 Wine Red
24. Gibson J-45 Vintage Sunburst
25. Gibson J-45 Cobraburst
26. Gibson J-45 Amberburst
27. Gibson J-45 Red Spruce Sunsetburst
28. Gibson J-45 Mystic Rosewood
29. Gibson J-45 Brad Paisley Signature
30. Gibson J-45 John Hiatt Signature
31. Gibson J-45 Celebrity
32. Gibson J-45 Reissue
33. Gibson J-45 Dwight Yoakam Honky Tonk Deuce
34. Gibson J-45 Custom Vine Rosewood
35. Gibson J-45 Reissue Historic
36. Gibson J-45 V.O.S.
37. Gibson J-45 Pure voice
38. Gibson J-45 Koa Maui Wowie
39. Gibson J-45 Standard CST Madagascar Rosewood
40. Gibson J-45 Western
41. Gibson J-45 Buddy Holly
42. Gibson J-45 Gold top
43. Gibson J-45 Brazilian
44. Gibson J-45 Flamed Maple LTD
45. Gibson J-45 Pelham Blue
46. Gibson J-45 Kazuyoshi Saito signature
47. Gibson J-45 Banner WWII
48. Gibson J-45 Donovan
49. Gibson J-45 Northern
50. Gibson J-45 Brown Top
51. Gibson J-45 Ltd.White
52. Gibson J-45 Zebra Wood
53. Gibson J-45 Early
54. Gibson J-45 Mellow Yellow

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 08:17 PM

Ouh, , , we need to add this fellow.

55. Gibson J-45 Progressive
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Posted 10 October 2017 - 10:13 PM

You can also add "Gibson J-45 Iced Tea" to that list. Great compilation by the way!
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:09 AM

Also add the new J-45 cutaway...

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 05:53 AM

View Postfortyearspickn, on 10 October 2017 - 07:21 PM, said:

Short answer - 'yes'.
Long answer - there have been in recent memory - over 50 'versions' of the J45. One could argue any that are not the 'standard' are 'limited edition' or 'custom'. Some are made for Gibson's Five Star Dealers - based on their specs. Usually in batches of 50. The size isn't widely publicized. The run might be repeated later. Or repeated with small changes. I would guess the overall objective of this "Limited Edition"concept is not to create rare, collectible examples of the J45, but to sell more guitars, based the nearly infinite range of possible variations - by pushing the right buttons for as many possible customers as they can.
So - if you are very interested in a particular J45, it really doesn't matter whether it's a standard model, or a different version produced in large numbers or 'limited' numbers - if you like it - go for it, regardless of how many others like it might be out there worldwide.


Amen Brother. Gibson's marketing team never sleeps. Gibson LEs rarely hold their value any better than any other J-45. As far as I can recall, about the only recent Gibson LE that quickly soared in value were those first McCartney Texans which today are going for more than twice what they originally sold for. If only I had a crystal ball.

I have never heard of those woods. I wonder if Gibson is testing the waters to see how folks take to guitars made of alternative lumber.

But if you like the guitar because of the way it sounds, feels or looks, then go for it and do not look back.
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 11:28 AM

I think mine was just called a "Rosewood", but it was ebony board and bridge.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 11:56 AM

Em7-add my Custom Shop 1964 J-45 Reissue.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 01:41 PM

View PostQuestionMark, on 11 October 2017 - 11:56 AM, said:

Em7-add my Custom Shop 1964 J-45 Reissue.

Okay, Jeff - wonder if it's the same as this one, which says 1963 -

http://www.ebay.com/...gkAAOSwb3NZuRf0

But here are a few more -

56. Gibson J-45 with unique Granadillo tonewood
57. Gibson J-45 1963 reissue (cherryburst but normal bridge/saddle)
58. Gibson J-45 ''The 59'' (Custom Shop) triburst w. adj. bridge/saddle


And let's not forget it was Wily who started this list - I'm only the stand-in-moderator.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 02:14 PM

The cherry burst looks the same, but my CS 1964 J-45 Reissue has an adjustable bridge.

Mine seems to be like the 1965 Donovan J-45 Reissue, from what I can tell, except mine has no electronics in it like the Donovan model does.

I bought mine new from Fuller Guitars.

At the time there was also a 1960s icon J-45 that was a proprietary model at Musicians Friend. I asked Jeremy Fuller if my CS 1964 J-45 Reissue was the same as the 1960's icon J-45 and he told me it was similar, except the version Fullers was selling had thinner bracing like the original 60s J-45s, plus the CS 1964 J-45 Reissue had a nitro finish that had a different treatment on it that was more similar to the original than the 1960s icon J-45 model that Musicians Friend was selling.

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 02:29 PM

View PostQuestionMark, on 11 October 2017 - 02:14 PM, said:

The cherry burst looks the same, but my CS 1964 J-45 Reissue has an adjustable bridge.

Mine seems to be like the 1965 Donovan J-45 Reissue, from what I can tell, except mine has no electronics in it like the Donovan model does.

I bought mine new from Fuller Guitars.

At the time there was also a 1960s icon J-45 that was a proprietary model at Musicians Friend. I asked Jeremy Fuller if my CS 1964 J-45 Reissue was the same as the 1960's icon J-45 and he told me it was similar, except the version Fullers was selling had thinner bracing like the original 60s J-45s, plus the CS 1964 J-45 Reissue had a nitro finish that had a different treatment on it that was more similar to the original than the 1960s icon J-45 model that Musicians Friend was selling.

QM aka Jazzman Jeff


Fuller's does custom Gibson runs to their own specs, often fine-tuning specifications to more accurately reflect the period the guitar represents, compared to "stock" versions. My 2006 Fuller's '43 SJ re-issue, for example, has a slot-through belly-down bridge, 5-ply top binding, dark centerline back stripe, 19-fret neck, serial number ink-stamped on neck block, firestripe guard, etc. The two "non-period" characteristics are bound fretboard (post-war), and the Luthier's Choice (wide modern) neck profile.

They do a nice job.
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 06:06 AM

View PostMurph, on 11 October 2017 - 11:28 AM, said:

I think mine was just called a "Rosewood", but it was ebony board and bridge.

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I remember when you got that one - it was my first realization that there were 'variations' on the standard J45 model. I was saving my nickels and dimes to get one - I was really lusting after the addition of the ebony, but they stopped making them long before I had gotten my Guitar Fund up to snuff.
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 06:17 AM

Didn't that Goober actor that stars in the Disney Pirates of the Caribbean movies get a J45 custom built with skulls and crossbones and pirate ships all over it? i think it had abalone Seagull shyte too. Johnny Depp/Edward Scissor Hands/Captain Jack Sparrow... 'Better Living Through Chemistry". Maybe he inspired that Gibson Sparrow model that lasted one year.
The Pirate Guitar may be what caused Bozeman to realize they needed to stop making one-off customs and only do Custom LTE Runs for their 5Star Dealers.
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 09:27 AM

Awhile ago there was a video and discussion here about a 1967 J-45 reissue. I thought it was interesting because it had a skinny neck and ADJ bridge.
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