1942 Gibson J-45

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$18,342

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Stunning 1st year Banner Gibson guitar - this is the finest example you could possibly fine, a true investment piece. Serial # 7721H

Everything is original, the neck has never been off. The setup is perfect with huge tone. Sports an interesting factory original 2 ply bridge, perhaps form scarcity of materials or more likely an attempt at rigidity.

This time period is the most collectible of the production years. Often called "Banner Era" guitar, Gibson's from this time period have a golden banner on the headstock with "Only a Gibson is Good Enough." Wartime production numbers are a fraction of what they were in 1950s and 1960s so these guitars are very rare. Collectors report that these guitars are more lightly built and therefore more resonant. . 

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TOP: Solid Adirondack Spruce
BACK AND SIDES: Solid Mahogany 
BRACING PATTERN: X-Brace
BRACING SHAPE: Scalloped
FINISH: Gloss
SCALE LENGTH: 24 3/4"
NUT WIDTH: 1 3/4"
NUT MATERIAL: Bone
NECK: Mahogany
NECK SHAPE: Vintage C
FINGERBOARD: Rosewood
BRIDGE: Rosewood
SADDLE: Bone
TUNERS: Original 
CASE: OHSC

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David Inglefield
1943 Gibson Southern jumbo

Everyone at Studio 1 is so amazing, they are so understanding and helpful. They helped me find the perfect guitar for me. I wish more dealers in the US were as outstanding as this crew is. And it’s pretty obvious their website is one of the best in the business. Just because you are not in NZ, do not hesitate, they know what they are doing!

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Paul
Dana, I’ve been waiting for this guitar for many years, Thank You!!!

Well Garrick you’ve delivered once again mate. This “0” size “Country Boy” by Dana Bourgeois is just incredible. Very elegant in design,nothing superfluous just master grade materials and a deep appreciation of all possibilities resulting in a strong, clean and uncluttered sound from a very user friendly instrument. Tight but loose at the same time, wonderful.
Thanks Garrick and Co.
Thanks Studio 1 Vintage Guitar’s.
Paul, Sydney.

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Dave Ritchie Smith
Guild D50

Communication was great, delivery was super quick and packed so well. The guitar is everything I thought it would be. I have a 74 D50R which is quite a chunky neck, still lovely to play though, this one has a slimmer neck which suits my hands much better. Love the feel, sound and the look of this guitar. I would buy from these guys again if anything came up that tickled my fancy. I'm a very keen Guild collector, so I'm super happy I have this one now.

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Brent
Martin 0042k rr

Wow probably the best guitar I have ever played. Garrick found this for me after some lengthy conversations and he delivered and some. This is second guitar from these guys and they rock for sure. Always so helpful and quick to answer any questions. Words can’t express how impressive these guys are. Lifetime customer.

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Paul
Studio 1 Vintage are simply the best….!!!!!

Well you guy’s have done it again, the Pre War HD Brazilian is a dream come true for me.Living in Sydney and dealing with companies overseas can sometimes be difficult but not with you guy’s, not to forget the wonderful Betsie who is just a gem and so helpful.Garrick, Nick and Betsie combine to create a quick, reliable and friendly service. An absolute pleasure to deal with and what amazing instruments you have in stock, a real blessing for guitar enthusiast’s worldwide. I look forward to to my next purchase from you and yes I do have my eye on another guitar already.
Kindest regards,
Paul, Sydney Australia.

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