Gear Talk Gibson J-45

GEAR TALK – Gibson J-45

What does Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Jeff Tweedy, Elvis Costello, Jeff Bridges, New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen and yours truly all have in common? The answers is simple and self evident: Gibson J-45

It is not by accident. It is generally regarded as the most popular acoustic guitar Gibson has to offer, if not the most popular of all acoustic guitars. This model saw daylight in 1942, and has largely stayed intact since then. The J-45 has a rounded, “baseball bat” style neck, with sported modest dot-shaped mother of pearl fretboard position markers.

The J-45 was constructed of solid spruce wood for the top, while solid mahogany was used for the back and sides. Apart from a small batch of natural-finish J-45s produced in 1942, the model was offered only in the sunburst finish.

The J-45 is absolutely my go-to-acoustic guitar and I love it for the rich bass and the durability throughout a gig. The neck is “big” or wide and gives you resistance, and it responds great to a little harder strumming as well as fine fingerpicking. It truly deserves the label “workhorse”. It is extremely reliable and plays great summers as well and winters. I have taken this guitar half around the world already.Once tuned I very seldom have to tune it again during a show.

How it got started


THE STORY OF THE GIBSON is interesting!

Imagine launching a guitar in 1942. Us had just joined WWII and

parts were hard to come by because of government imposed rations

 on the commercial use of timber and metal. Designers had to use up

to four pieces of spruce for the J-45’s top. This lead to Gibson

choosing the sunburst finish simply because a sunburst finish would

better disguise any join in the timbers 


Why did they give it the name 45? Original idea was to ask $45 for it.

In other words: a simple, cheaper reliable guitar.

J-45 sales remained strong after the war. In the ’50s it easily outsold every other flat-top. In the ’60s it was surpassed only by the even lower-priced all-mahogany LG-0. In the ’70s and up until to day it is one of Gibson’s best selling guitars

Shameless Promotion

Here is a little thing I recorded on my Gibson J-45. It is also an ode to a hero of mine: Chris Cornell. AND it happens to be a song that me and my wife consider as “our song”. Enjoy!

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How to survive as a dad in the music indusrty

How to survive as a dad in the Music Industry

So many of my friends and acquaintances in the music industry will confirm the challenging position of being a parent and a full time artist at the same time.


IMG_1741They seem like an oxymoron. Fatherhood and an artist career. I can contribute to the notion. It wasn’t until I lost my first marriage and contact with my children that my musical career took off. Why that was the case can be manyfold. More time on my hands, less distractions, the opportunity to take up any incoming possibility at will, any tome of the day and week, was a great contributions to my success. Although be it smaller in the larger picture of things.


And I say that because 20 years later one can ask the question: “was it worth it”.

The simple  answer would be no. Or yes.


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No because I will admit that I seriously lost all contact with them and as we speak (I write and you read) I DO NOT have any contact with my two older children, now 20 and 18. That is one of the big pains in my life at this present moment.


Yes, because I simply would not be where I am today without that experience.


It is therefore not a simple matter of yes vs no. It is complex. And we want it all, don’t we? We want relationship(s), we want that career. So here we are, how do we make it all work.


In this blog I will explore that topic from all sides I can think of.