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£2200 or part ex for acoustic and cash. Will post or collection from Uckfield, East Sussex.
Gibson J 45 Limited Edition "Brad Paisley" model - Limited run 300 Instruments. Condition is Used but in really, really good condition. No scratches, dings or obvious marks.
US country music sensation Brad Paisley has been a long-time admirer and user of J-45s. Among Paisley's considerable collection is a 1963 J-45, which was retired from touring duties due to being "beat-up too much". At the same time, Gibson approached Paisley with a view to creating a signature model.
Paisley had strong views on what a Gibson bearing his name should feel and sound like. "Trying to recreate the magic of that old sixties guitar was the starting point," recalls Paisley. Six prototypes later, the esteemed luthiers of Bozeman, Montana released the Gibson Brad Paisley J-45.
one of only 300 Brad Paisley J-45s produced by Gibson, and each one comes with its own super-snug luxury hard case complete with plush lining.
Designed and built in the image of the original 1942 Legend models, the Paisley J-45 features the classic tonewood combination of highly prized Adirondack Red spruce for its solid top, coupled with a solid mahogany back and sides.
The one-piece, quarter-sawn modified 'V' neck is also mahogany and has been carved to Paisley's exact specifications. The rosewood fingerboard is home to 20 medium-jumbo sized frets; mother-of-pearl, single-dot inlays are located in the traditional positions, while the 12th fret features dual paisley inlays.
Paisley also stipulated the use of Gibson's 17-degree back-angled headstock, which it is generally agreed, adds to the guitar's overall resonance and sustain. Upon the rich, dark headstock sits the pre-war Gibson logo with the banner 'Only A Gibson Is Good Enough' across its face.
An image of Brad Paisley's signature is etched into the bell-shaped truss-rod cover, while the real thing can be found on the internal label.
"The guitar's greatest tonal strength lies in its rich, plump bass. Without any boom or fluff, it underpins chord work with a solid, defined low-end."
Hand-made, open-gear, vintage-style nickel tuners with cream sculpted buttons match the traditional bridge pins that, in turn, sit within the classic wrong-way-round rosewood bridge. Bone is used for the nut.
The workmanship is excellent throughout and the materials used appear of the highest quality. In short, it fits with Gibson's Custom and TV ranges; guitars that without doubt stand apart from its standard instruments.
While much of the guitar's design brief draws on traditional materials and construction techniques, when it comes to the onboard electronics, Gibson has gone the other way with Fishman's Ellipse Aura system.
Combining an undersaddle Matrix pickup and a sophisticated onboard preamp with imaging technology, Fishman's Aura aims to accurately reproduce the true acoustic tone of the amplified instrument by creating (in this case) four sound images. The results of this can then be blended and matched to the source output.
This guitar sounds and plays like a dream. Superb acoustic and amplified tones. Neck is straight and action is spot on.