1944 Gibson J-45 Bannerhead. SOLD!
This is what I believe to be a 1945 J-45 "banner head" model. Built by the women of Kalamazoo while the men were at war in Europe. It has a pretty decent overall lustre to the original lacquer still. It boasts a good neck angle and that boomy, warm, but clear sound of the old good jumbos. Mahogany back and sides, two piece tight grained spruce top, small rectangular bridge with good saddle height. It has the one piece neck with truss rod, but the neck is still pretty chunky and also what appears to be the original nut. Frets 1-3 have been replaced professionally, the rest of the frets are original. It has new buttons on the treble side tuning machines and someone must have replaced the bass side tuners at one point with the exact same matching style, however the posts are nickel plated, instead of brass like to treble ones. It has had a headstock repair, it's clean and professional, hard to tell, but there is no overspray over the original finish. On the back there is a wear mark in the centre of the back, nothing too bad, but worth noting. It has no FON stamping. This guitar is in overall good shape, much better than a lot that I've seen online, but not mint. The neck has capo marks on it, someone must have lost their felt backing pad, but when I play it, I can barely tell. I figure it may be safe to leave it as is, unless you request I refinish it. I will if necessary, but the neatest thing with this guitar is that it's ORIGINAL. There is a tiny crack between the pickguard and the bridge, but it's properly cleated. There are not other cracks on the body. Sold!