Item #1600548 Model #ECJ4542VSVNH1

Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Custom 1942 Banner J-45 Acoustic-Electric Guitar Vintage Burst


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Recreate the vintage vibe of Gibson's legendary "Workhorse" acoustic.

The Epiphone Inspired by Gibson Custom 1942 Banner J-45 acoustic-electric guitar provides you with a stunning recreation of Gibson's legendary J-45, the "Workhorse" model from 1942. This exceptional guitar features a thermally aged solid red spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and a mahogany neck for balanced tone and smooth playability. The custom J-45 puts a modern twist on a vintage classic with its built-in L.R. Baggs VTC preamp and under-saddle piezo pickup, allowing you to plug in for live performance.

Thermally Aged Solid Spruce Top

The thermally aged solid spruce top on this J-45 provides the projection, balance and detail you expect from a high-quality acoustic guitar. Through thermal aging, the spruce top achieves the resonance and warmth of wood that has been curing for decades. Paired with solid mahogany back and sides, the spruce top gives you a full, nuanced tone with shimmering highs, rich midrange and tight low end.

Smooth, Comfortable Playability

The Inspired by Gibson Custom 1942 Banner J-45 boasts a mahogany neck with a comfortable V-shaped profile and laurel fingerboard for a familiar, easy-playing feel. The neck construction provides stability to handle changes in tonewood resonance, while the fingerboard allows smooth barre chords and single-note runs. Dot inlays help guide you to each fret position with a vintage-correct aesthetic. Overall, this guitar is built for playing comfort so you can focus on your performance.

Modern Electronics and Vintage Styling

While the 1942 Banner J-45 conjures the styling of Gibson's original acoustic workhorse, it also provides modern performance capabilities. The built-in L.R. Baggs VTC preamp and under-saddle piezo pickup allow you to plug in for live shows or recording. You'll appreciate the onboard volume and tone controls for dialing in your amplified sound. The pickguard, fingerboard inlays and headstock banner also pay homage to the original J-45 for authentic vintage-inspired aesthetics.

Hardshell Case Included

To keep your 1942 Banner J-45 safe for the stage and studio, Epiphone includes a hardshell case. The case features the Inspired by Gibson Custom logo and plush lining to protect your guitar from bumps, scratches and environmental damage. When you're ready to play, you'll appreciate how the case helps keep your J-45 in tune until it's time to plug in.

  • Body type: J-45
  • Top wood: Solid spruce
  • Back & sides: Solid mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Neck shape: V
  • Nut width: 1.73" (44 mm)
  • Neck wood: 1-piece mahogany
  • Material: Laurel
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Number of frets: 19
  • Inlay: Mother-of-pearl dot
  • Pickup: L.R. Baggs VTC
  • Controls: Soundhole-mounted volume and tone
  • Tuner: No
  • Bridge: Laurel
  • Tuning machines: Open-back with cream buttons
  • Plating: nickel
  • Orientation: Right Handed
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Country of origin: China


  • Thermally aged solid red spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides
  • One-piece mahogany neck with laurel fingerboard, V-shaped profile
  • Built-in L.R. Baggs VTC preamp and under-saddle piezo pickup system
  • Gibson open book headstock with Inspired by Gibson Custom double diamond logo