This is my favorite guitar in the whole world. That's a pretty bold statement I know, but I'm in love with vintage Gibson J-45 guitars. I especially love tobacco sunburst, adjustable bridge J-45 guitars. Here we have a 1960 Gibson J-45 ADJ in tobacco sunburst, ceramic adjustable bridge with a newer, non-original chipboard case. Serial number #R5835-19. It's a one-owner guitar, and it's been played a lot. There is pickwear around the soundhole, and pickguard cracks. That's fairly standard for models from this era. The original owner put his initials with mailbox letter on the headstock and front of the guitar. They are small and unobtrusive, I would leave them there, It adds character and history in my humble opinion, but they can be removed. The neck has a 1-11/16" nut width. The bridge has a slight lift at the edges on the treble and bass sides...it hasn't moved in 30 years, so it should be fine for many more years to come. The overall condition is very good. Some nicks, dings and scratches, and some pick wear, as mentioned earlier. Action is a respectable .100" at the 12th frets of the low E string and .070" at the 12th fret of the high E string. This is a solid, well loved guitar that sounds like a million dollars. It's awesome, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. To find a one-owner vintage guitar doesn't happen that often these days. The gentleman we got it from is 96, and he bought it new. That is so cool.Learn More
Regular Price: $7,500.00
Special Price $6,500.00
I've been aware of this instrument since 1983 when I read an article in Guitar Player magazine by George Gruhn about a 7 string Dobro made by Gibson. I was quite intrigued, as I played Dobro a bit as well. It was a marvel to behold. Now for a little history: CMI was a conglomerate that from 1944 until the mid fifties, owned Gibson and the National Guitar Company. There was a bit of an incestuous relationship between the two companies. It was not uncommon for National to use Gibson bodies, and then use their own necks, hardware, etc. I've seen Gibson J-45 bodies and ES-175 bodies with National parts. The point of this is that there was some intermingling of the two companies. After WWII, National stopped making resonator instruments. However, there was still a demand from traditional Dobro players. Even back then they were searching the pawn shops for used instruments. That brings us back to our Gibson Dobro. It exists, and we have it in our shop. It was possibly a prototype made by Gibson with a vintage National/Dobro resonator. National had a stash of those, and used them in the sixties on some models. So, this guitar was either made as a special order, or as an experimental model. I tend to think it was made for a customer because most prototypes I've seen are somewhat crude - this is not. It is a finished instrument. It is seven strings with four resonator screens. The body is a Gibson Southern Jumbo guitar body. It's bigger than any traditional style Dobro that I've seen. Bigger body, bigger sound; that's how it works. So as just a musical instrument, it's the best sounding Dobro I've ever heard. It's the only one my friends. There is a rumor that two more were made, but it is unsubstantiated. This is about the rarest Gibson on the planet and that is including the elusive, never seen "MODERNE". I've never seen a Moderne in person, but I can look at this guitar anytime I want to. It's clean and nice, showing some light wear, but overall condition is excellent. It's really something. A piece of history - and it can be yours! Comes with vintage hard case.Learn More
We are offering a 1959 Gibson LG-1. Now remember folks, this is a Memphis guitar. Elvis was from Memphis and Elvis played a Gibson LG-1. So, keep that in mind. This is really cool one, serial number S 820102. It's all original with single line Kluson tuners and sunburst finish. It sounds really good, and plays fine. The frets are original, and are in good shape. Overall condition is very good. There are numerous dings and scratches, but it has a great vintage vibe, and beautiful patina. This is a vintage Gibson that will not break the bank, but will continue to rise in value. Comes with non original chipboard case.Learn More
Gibson L-12. Made in 1939. Serial number 96569 white oval label. Original finish. Gorgeous patina. 17" lower bout. Sunburst finish. Handcarved bookmatched solid spruce top. 14-fret 2-piece maple neck with dark center stripe. Solid bubble maple back. Solid maple sides. Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. Art-deco peghead mother of pearl inlay and double parallelogram fingerboard inlay. Bound fingerboard, peghead and body. Bone nut. Replacement pickguard. Fishman Archtop pickup professionally installed - there's an old bridge included inside the case - we are not sure if it is original or not. Had a refret at some point and the frets still have many years of life in them. This guitar is ready to play right now! Comes with original tweed case that is in excellent condition. I'm blown away by the flame maple back. It has the original gold plated Kluson sealed tuners. It's art deco heaven, a really gorgeous guitar. It's a great sounding archtop, I would put it up against any archtop guitar.
Original case with replacement handle - original handle is included in the case.Learn More