Gibson announces the Keb Mo 3.0 12-Fret J-45

The Gibson J-45 is a classic acoustic guitar with a lot of attitude and the new incarnation of the 12-fret Dreadnought capitalizes on the guitar’s long and storied history. Gibson launched the J-45 in 1942 and they’ve been making a version of the guitar for decades. Now, however, you can get a model co-created with the guitarist and singer Keb Mo.

Gibson is proud to announce the third artist model made in collaboration with multi-talented guitarist, singer, songwriter, and five-time Grammy® award winner Keb’ Mo’ – the Keb’ Mo’ “3.0” 12-Fret J-45™. This new core model is ideal for a wide variety of musical compositions and playing styles and features a thermally aged Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and a 25” scale mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard, custom Keb’ Mo’ profile, and open-back Grover tuners. The neck joins the body at the 12th fret, giving this guitar the rounder, more full-bodied tone and exceptional playing comfort that only a 12-fret neck can provide. Equipped with L.R. Baggs electronics, it’s studio and stage-ready, the moment you take it out of the included hardshell case.

The guitar comes in a vintage sunburst and features a mahogany body and neck. The guitar is priced at a crisp $4,299 but the pedigree and workmanship are going to be unparalleled on this beauty. Considering classic J-45s can go way past that $4K mark, it might be an interesting investment in a timeless guitar.

John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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