Gibson G-45 Standard and G-45 Studio review

The Gibson renaissance gathers pace with two brand-new mid-priced acoustics from its Bozeman, Montana factory…

Gibson's Generation series comprises the G45 Standard [right] at $1,299 and the G45 Studio [left] at $999
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Guitar World Verdict

These acoustics represent Gibson’s ability to read the current market and provide guitars filling the gap in the affordable mid-price range; they may well be the workhorses for the next generation of acoustic players. They're superb.


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    The G-45 Studio is a solidly built dread.

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    At this price, they are irresistible.

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    Excellent builds.


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    The Studio's walnut fingerboard is unusual but… why not?

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    The Richlite 'board on the Standard might upset purists.

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Gibson's new Generation series of acoustic guitars is a bold venture for Gibson. The G series is built at Gibson’s renowned Montana plant and given that we have seen some stunning instruments coming out of there, we’re a little bit excited.

The the G-45 Studio is what Gibson calls “a new point of entry into a Gibson acoustic”. It sounds too good to be true; $999 for an all-solid-wood electro-acoustic with ‘Gibson’ on the headstock? And it comes in a posh-looking hard case? The G-45 Standard is a little more upscaled in terms of spec, but is similarly offered at a price to make you do a double take.

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.