Introduced in the '30s to compete with big-bodied Martin guitars, Gibson slope-shoulder dreadnoughts have left an indelible mark on the acoustic world. Unlike traditional square shoulder designs, sloped shoulders diffuse the dreadnought's sometimes overwhelming bass response, which adds clarity and balance, and they also subtly increases the dynamic range. Because of their warm, balanced sound, Gibson slope-shoulders are suitable for a wide range of styles and genres.
The G-45 Studio was introduced to bring the classic slope-shoulder sound at a more affordable price point compared to other Gibson models. This G-45 Studio was made in 2020, and it features a Sitka Spruce top and Walnut back and sides. Because Walnut grows plentifully in North America, it's a great selection to keep costs low, and Walnut is also a great choice for tone. This guitar is tricked out with Walnut; in addition to the back and sides, the fingerboard, bridge, peghead overlay, and truss rod cover are also all Walnut.
This G-45 packs bell-like highs and balanced midrange with tight bass response that remains present without overpowering. The G-45 has a slimmer depth than a lot of dreadnoughts, which is a huge advantage for comfort and maneuverability around the couch. But it also keeps the bass focused and not overly boomy. True to classic Gibson slope shoulders, this guitar has no lack of harmonic richness and overtones in the top end and plenty of midrange projection, making it a solid choice as an all-purpose acoustic.
This 2020 Gibson G-45 Studio Walnut shows some minor play wear here and there (see photos), but it is free of any severe dings, scratches, or cosmetic blemishes. The previous owner upgraded the cheap Tusq plastic saddle to a proper unbleached bone saddle. The original Fishman electronics function 100% as they should, so with a strap button on the heel, this one is ready for the stage. With the original hardshell case as part of the package, this 2020 G-45 Studio is one of the best values in the shop.