Making the step to a premium, handcrafted acoustic has never been easier on the wallet. The Gibson Acoustic J-15 acoustic-electric guitar is a round-shoulder dreadnought from the ever-growing J-45 family. Featuring a beautiful solid Sitka spruce top, solid walnut back and sides, and an unflinching 2-piece maple neck topped with walnut, the J-15 offers premium materials and craftsmanship. In addition, the exquisite tonewoods of the J-15 are brought to life with an LR Baggs Element system. It's the perfect marriage of handcrafted tonewoods and electronics, a blending that many acoustic players here at Guitar World have fallen in love with.
Introduced in 2014, the J-15 acoustic-electric guitar represents a new direction for Gibson Acoustic's round-shoulder dreadnought body style. From its initial concept, the designers at Gibson wanted the J-15 to feature a unique combination of North American tonewoods, including walnut back and sides topped by Sitka spruce. The outcome was a classic full-bodied tone with a slightly different sonic result — a result that players of the new J-15 agree is warm, resonant, and full. Paired with Gibson's scalloped X-bracing and two-piece maple neck, the J-15 rewards you with an easy-playing feel and a phenomenal amount of natural acoustic projection.
The Gibson Acoustic J-15 comes with LR Baggs's popular Element active acoustic pickup system, a popular choice among acoustic guitarists at Guitar World. This system features a low-profile under-saddle transducer that's proven more stable and durable than many standard ribbon-type pickups. Its sleek and effective design removes unnecessary internal components to enhance the coupling between the pickup and the guitar and improves the sensitivity of the transducer for a robust, lively, and natural acoustic sound with excellent dynamics and delicate high end. Combined with an onboard preamplifier with an unobtrusive and removable volume control mounted just inside the soundhole, the Element gives your J-15 the amplification you need with zero compromises for tone or convenience.
Descending from Gibson's classic J-45 acoustic guitar, round-shoulder dreadnoughts are steeped in Gibson tradition and lauded for their pure, rich tones and impressive volume. With smooth lines and a curvy shape, round-shoulder-style guitars invite a close relationship with their respective guitarists: their body shape makes these guitars easier to hold whether standing or sitting. The Gibson J-15 acoustic-electric brings all of these classic qualities and more together in a workhorse guitar.