J-45

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Epiphone EJ-45 Label
2006 Epiphone J-45 Label
Epiphone EJ-45 Label
2006 Epiphone EJ-45S Label
(Refurbished model with MIRC serial number label)

The Epiphone Limited Edition 1963 AJ-45 Round Shoulder Dreadnought is modeled after the Gibson J-45. The J-45 is generally regarded as Gibson's most famous and widely used acoustic guitar model. Introduced in 1942 with a list price of $45, it was conceived as a replacement for the earlier J-35 model, which was an inexpensive, Great Depression-era flattop guitar. Favored by finger style and folk artists since the 1940s it has become known as "The Workhorse." It features classic materials such as a solid spruce top with mahogany back and sides, rosewood fingerboard and bridge, with a round shoulder dreadnought style body.


Sharing similarities with both the EJ-160 and AJ-45, this guitar is often labeled as part of the AJ-Series or EJ-Series guitars on retailer websites with either an "E" or "A" preceeding the "J" prefix. Early runs of this model have been labeled as both "J-45" and EJ-45" by Epiphone on the sound hole label or truss rod cover. The first run of the Epiphone J-45 was a 25.5" scale guitar, while later releases saw this guitar in a 24.75" scale. The J-45 has been released as several limited edition runs, including an Elitist model between 2002-2006 and shares visual similarities to the AJ-45 model.

See Also: AJ-45




Contents

Models


1963 J-45/EJ-45

Epiphone EJ-45
Epiphone J-45 with AJ-style pickguard
Epiphone EJ-45
Epiphone J-45 Lake Placid Blue - normal pickguard
Epiphone J-45 with "EJ" truss cover Epiphone J-45 Headstock Back
Epiphone J-45 with "EJ" truss cover
Epiphone J-45 Headstock Back
  • 2006 Limited Edition
  • Round Shoulder Dreadnought body
  • Modeled after the Gibson J-45
  • Labeled as either J-45 or EJ-45 on soundhole label

Body:

  • Solid spruce top
  • Mahogany body
  • Scalloped X-bracing

Neck:

  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Epiphone "E" or "EJ" insignia on truss cover
  • Gold silkscreen Epiphone logo on headstock
  • No inlay at the 3rd fret
  • 25.5" scale
  • 1.72" nut width

Binding:

  • 4-ply body binding
  • Single-ply neck binding
  • Multi-ply 3-ring rosette

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Black, white or tortoise pickguard
  • Rosewood reverse belly bridge with compensated saddle

Tuner Variations:

  • Grover diecast tuners
  • Grover Vintage-style tuners
  • Wilkinson Vintage-style tuners

Pickguard Shape Variations:

  • Stylized J-45 pickguard (black or white)
  • AJ-style teardrop pickguard
  • DR-style teardrop pickguard

Colors:

  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)
  • Ebony (EB)
  • Cherry (CH)
  • Lake Placid Blue (LB)



1963 J-45S

Epiphone EJ-45
Epiphone J-45
Epiphone EJ-45
Epiphone J-45 with Aged binding
  • 2010 Limited Edition
  • Round Shoulder Dreadnought body
  • Modeled after the Gibson J-45
  • Made in Idonesia

Body:

  • Solid spruce top
  • Mahogany body
  • Scalloped X-bracing

'Neck:

  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.72" nut width

Binding:

  • 3-ply body binding
  • Single-ply neck binding (vintage-aged model only)
  • Multi-ply 3-ring rosette

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Stylized black or white pickguard
  • Rosewood reverse bellybridge
  • Grover tuners

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)
  • Ebony (EB) with aged binding, rosette & logo inlay
  • Cherry (CH)
  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)



1963 J-45

Epiphone J-45
Epiphone J-45 2014 Limited Edition
  • 2014 Limited Edition
  • Round Shoulder Dreadnought body
  • Modeled after the Gibson J-45

Body:

  • Select spruce top
  • Select mahogany body
  • Scalloped X-bracing

Neck:

  • Set mahogany neck with 1960's SlimTaper profile
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • 14" fingerboard radius
  • 20 medium frets
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.72" nut width

Binding:

  • 3-ply body binding
  • 3-ply back binding

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Stylized tortoise or white pickguard
  • Compensated artificial bone sadle
  • Rosewood reverse belly bridge
  • Wilkinson Deluxe inline tuners

Colors:

  • Ebony (EB)
  • Wine Red (WR)
  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)
  • Vintage Cherry SunBurst (VCBS)



Elitist J-45

Epiphone Elitist J-45
Epiphone Elitist J-45
Epiphone Elitist Headstock
Epiphone Elitist J-45 Headstock
  • 2003-2005
  • Sloped shoulder dreadnought body style

Body:

  • Solid spruce top
  • Solid mahogany back & sides

Neck:

  • 1-piece set set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Tombstone headstock with pearl holly inlay
  • 2-ply Elitist truss rod cover
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 3-ply body binding
  • 3-ply 1-ring rosette

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Rosewood bridge with pearl dot inlays & reverse belly
  • White bridge pins
  • Plastic tortoise pickguard
  • Bone nut & saddle
  • Die-cast Grover tuners

Colors:

  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)

See Also: Elitist Acoustics



Elitist J-45 (Japan)

Epiphone Elite J-45
Epiphone Elitist J-45 (Japan)
  • 2003-2005
  • Sloped shoulder dreadnought body style

Body:

  • Solid spruce top
  • Solid mahogany back & sides

Neck:

  • 1-piece set set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Open-book headstock with pearl holly inlay
  • 2-ply Elitist truss rod cover
  • 24.75" scale
  • 1.68" nut width

Binding:

  • 3-ply body binding
  • 3-ply 1-ring rosette

Hardware:

  • Nickel hardware
  • Rosewood bridge with pearl dot inlays & reverse belly
  • White bridge pins
  • Plastic tortoise pickguard
  • Bone nut & saddle
  • Die-cast Grover tuners

Colors:

  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)

See Also: Elitist Acoustics (Japan)



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