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Gibson / Banner J-45 / 1942 / Sunburst / Guitar For Sale

Here is a vintage Gibson we don't see everyday, a Banner Gibson J-45

The Gibson J-45 model acoustic guitar was introduced in the summer of 1942 as an update for the J-35. It sported Gibson’s new gold script logo and a flashy banner on the front of the headstock that reads “Only a Gibson is Good Enough.” This banner was mysteriously discontinued right at the end of the war. For more information on banner era Gibson guitars, please check out John Thomas’ book, Kalamazoo Gals. Working songwriters and performers have been using the J-45 model for decades.

This 1942 Gibson J-45 is an exceptionally fine instrument for both the collector and player.

The FON has faded away.

We love the tone of this guitar ! It's as you expect it to be: loud, dry, woody and articulate.

Stunning sunburst finish with beautiful crazing (top)

Adirondac top and Mahogany back and sides.

Very chunky and comfortable mahogany neck. The guitar had a neck reset and a pro refret in the past. Has a truss rod. Action is low. Neck is straight.

The guitar has some play ware ivging it its charm and mojo

The tuners and pickguard are original. The bridge is a newer one (nicely done!)

Comes with its original croco style vintage guitar case.

MojoGuitar, Belgium  

Contact name:
Simon Rees
Martin and Gibson
English, Dutch, French, German
Used and vintage Acoustic Guitars
Opening hours:
The Mojo Guitar shop is open on appointment only

Mojo Guitar is Belgium's online vintage guitar specialist , with:

• Specific interest in vintage, rare and used guitars (mainly of the brands Martin and Gibson)
• Focus on buying, selling, trading, appraising and of course …. playing the guitar!
• Worldwide shipping

We are located in Belgium, in Sint-Martens-Latem (near Ghent).

The shop is open on appointment only.

Contact Simon: 

Mobile: +32/479/28.85.00

Email :


We prefer payment by bank transfer. Paypal upon request. 


If local pick-up is not possible, we ship your guitar. We usually ship with FedEx.
With the high quality of instruments that we offer, we recommend you to use this safe and reliable method of shipping. On special request, we will try to accommodate all special shipping requests.


Merchandise is sold as seen. Please ask all questions and view all pictures thoroughly before purchasing. We do not negotiate price after the sale. 
If you have bought through mail order or via website sale which requires the item to be shipped and you are not absolutely happy with your purchase you may return it to the shop, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund less all applicable shipping charges.
The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left the shop. 
Mojo Guitar will not be held responsible for any issues with shipping agency (loss or damage) in returns.


Once we have received the returned item, you will be reimbursed with the total amount you paid for it (minus the shipping fees and a 10 % restocking fee may be applied) 

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