Question about 2018 J45 authenticity

Discussion in 'Gibson Acoustic Forum' started by ThomF, Jan 9, 2018.

  1. ThomF

    ThomF New Member

    So I just bought a J45. My dream guitar and very expensive here in Brazil because of the taxes.

    I researched a lot about fakes and already own a legit gibby( a j-35 from 2016). Everything about the guitar seems legit and order. Documentation, fit, finish, etc etc. 99% sure it is a legit gibson and it sounds better than my j35 too.

    Except for one thing: The serial number and "made in USA" markings on the back of the headstock are barely legible. As if they were either not stamped in the wood with enough strenght or oversprayed/overfinished.

    Is this normal on this type of guitar? Seems almost like a blemish or finishing flaw to me. In my j35 the markings are quite legible and clear but then again the nitro finish is transparent. The j45 neck and back/sides are in a very dark/near black finish.

    I hope the picture shows it well enough. The serial number matches the factory checklist and checks out in the gibson serial code search.

    I want to know if this is normal on these guitars or if I caught a badly finished one.



    It is not normal, but I've seen it more than you might imagine. There are databases on-line that allow you to verify those numbers, but from what I see, even with new guitars, it's not unusual and you are most likely good to go.
  3. Infant

    Infant Active Member

    Hi Thom and welcome to Gibson Talk. If you have any concerns as to the authenticity, contact Gibson customer service. Take some good quality photos of the front, back, headstock (front and back), soundhole label etc. and send them off to Gibson with the same question you asked us. They will tell you whether the guitar is legit or not.

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  4. Infant

    Infant Active Member

    Did you buy it from a Gibson dealer?
  5. johnreardon

    johnreardon Active Member

    Hi as Robs says, contact Gibson Support. They will need to see pics of the guitar including serial no.

    I would ignore those online dating sites. They are never that accurate. I always go to the source, i.e. the manufacture, when asking questions about guitars.
  6. SAguitar

    SAguitar Active Member

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  7. johnreardon

    johnreardon Active Member



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