Gibson J-45, '64
Cherry Sunburst, Serial # 215778
This J-45 has the features common to others produced in 1964. It has the adjustable bridge (introduced in 1956), large frets (1959), cherry sunburst (1962), and mahogany back and sides with spruce top (standard since the end of WW II).
The red tint of the cherry sunburst has faded to an almost golden color, which is common on J-45s made from ’64 through ’66.
The slim comfortable neck of this example has the somewhat rare and interesting feature called a “Stinger”. The back of the headstock is painted black to hide a flaw in the wood. The black paint ends in an attractive point at the bottom of the headstock while rest of the neck continues on in the usual see-through cherry.