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This is a list of previously sold instruments for archive use. Please visit our instruments in stock pages by following the links on the left.

Here is a listing of instruments that have passed through our hands. Please browse and gain an idea of what we stock regularly. Instruments Models marked "Available to Order" can be ordered through the House of Fine instruments. Other instruments are one of a kind. However if one catches your eye feel free to contact us and we'll see if we can't track another one down.




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Gibson 1933 L-Century Reissue 1
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1994 Gibson 1933 L-Century Reissue Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc.(-) Condition. Limited Edition re-issue of the old "Century of Progress" guitars from 1933 to about 1941. This body style is in between a "Nick Lucas" and an L-00 body with a 1930's era vee neck and pearloid fingerboard with rosewood picture-frame inlays. Headstock is also pearloid with "picture frame" inlay of 1930's Gibson script logo and florish below, inset into Rosewood. silver metal-plaque on back of peghead says "Centennial Special " February, 1994. Almost no fret-wear, a few lines of finish checking.
   1 3/4" width of fingerboard at nut. Gibson long scale (25 1/2"). Multiple white/black/white bindings around top and back of body, along fingerboard and around headstock, even on the heelcap. Solid pearl truss-rod cover. 1930's style fire-stripe pickguard. Simple white/black/white rosette at soundhole. Simple 1930's style rectangular Rosewood bridge with "cut-thru" saddle. Nickel Waverly tuners, silver-plated metal plaque on back of headstock.
     This guitar is #34 of a limited run of 100 that were handbuilt at the Gibson custom shop in Bozeman, MT, and signed by Ren Ferguson. The guitar is quite a piece to look at, but has really a very nice tone as well. Certainly not just a collector piece, but one to play as well.

w/ OHC

 
Gibson Advanced Jumbo 1
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2001 Gibson Advanced Jumbo Handmade Custom by Kevin Kopp Guitar 'Sold'

Exc(-) condition. Very high-grade quarter-sawn Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. Adirondack Red Spruce top. Multiple wood bindings on top edge and back of guitar, with mother of pearl purflings on top, back, and center strip in back. End pin wedge is same Rosewood as outer body bindings, and is beautifully mitered-in with the multiple binding strips. Ebony fingerboard is bound with Rosewood. Rosewood bridge. Peghead and fingerboard are inlaid with a very nice engraved pearl pattern. Waverly tuners. Pre-war style 3-color sunburst.
    This custom Advanced Jumbo was hand built in its entirety by Kevin Kopp during his last months of working for Gibson, and it shows off its true handmade pedigree when you examine it's exterior, or interior, or just listen to it's superb voice.
    There are some small dings on the upper bout of top on bass side, probably from a case latch, or a stray pick mark. The lacquer on the sunburst top shows finish checks all over. Because of the trick of light, at some angles these are not so apparent, while at other angles they appear easily. This guitar sounds absolutely great.
w/ OHC

 
Gibson Advanced Jumbo 1
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Unknown Gibson Advanced Jumbo Brazilian Rosewood Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. This great guitar shows light evidence of playing wear on frets, a few lines of finish checking and very few dings or marks.
     This is a special guitar. It is a rare Brazilian Rosewood "AJ" from Gibson, which means it was probably built in the Custom Shop. This guitar was built some years ago and sent to a dealer... when it arrived to dealer, the neck was broken. The guitar was returned to Gibson to have a new neck put on it. It lingered for quite some time in Gibson's repair area. Then Gibson decided to announce unilaterally that they would sell no more Brazilian Rosewood guitars. This guitar was sold to our friend, Bill Gonder, a longtime "inside" dealer rep for Gibson in Bozeman, MT. He also bought a new neck that had a "wrong" serial number stamped on it, and had it attached by Marcus Engstrom, a Bozeman luthier.
     The end result is a perfectly great "player's" guitar - full, fast, powerful, with lots of commanding presence. It is a dream guitar for a flatpicker or a western swing player. The western swing barre chords will knock the horns off the cattle!
     * Included is a letter of authenticity from Bill Gonder, the original Gibson employee owner of this guitar.
 

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Gibson B-25 1
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1966 Gibson B-25 Guitar 'Sold'

     VG condition.
     Similar to an LG-2, this B-25 is a nice smaller body guitar with X-bracing. Cherry sunburst Spruce top with brown Mahogany back, sides and neck. Original pickguard and bridge. Tuners have been changed to old collectible Grover "Pat. Pending" Rotomatic tuners. Bridge is original Rosewood with adjustable Rosewood saddle. Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. Top and back edge have white/black/white bindings.
     Back shows some missing lacquer, as well as a large patch where someone scraped on the finish as if to strip it away, but they stopped halfway through the lacquer - See Photos.
     Playability and tone are very good. The tone has lots of presence and color. Width at nut is 1 9/16". This guitar comes with a recent new excellent Gibson case.

w/ newer Gibson case

 
Gibson B-25 1
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c.1965 Gibson B-25 X-Braced Top Guitar 'Sold'

    Exc(-) condition. Small body X-braced guitar. All original except new vintage repro tuners. Mahogany back, sides, and neck, with Spruce top. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Original adjustable bridge has original rosewood saddle. This guitar is pretty nice. It looks great, it feels great, and is a perfect authentic vintage Gibson for a serious starter. Fingerboard width at nut is narrow - about 1 9/16", which makes it perfect for a young player. It has the normal 24 3/4" Gibson "short scale" length. There is one repaired pickguard crack along upper inside edge of pickguard and one small crack repaired in top at treble end of bridge. All original finish does show some checking in large areas, especially in the back.
    Again... this is a perfect guitar for a young player. It was owned and used by Greg Boyd's son, Joey, for several years, but now that he is turning 16 his hands require 1 11/16" nut width.
w/ OHC

 
Gibson Banner LG-2 1
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c1942 Gibson Banner LG-2 w/ Maple back, sides and neck Guitar 'Sold'

     Good condition. Several professionally repaired top cracks. One repaired back crack. Heavy signs of wear on body and neck of guitar. The finish is checked and dinged. The finish on the neck is almost completely worn through, but the frets are in great shape. The banner headstock is in good condition, although dinged up a little. Remnants of artwork on the pickguard.
     Spruce Top. Maple back, sides and neck. Three piece neck with Rosewood stringers. Newer copy Rosewood bridge. Single binding on top and back of body. Rosewood fretboard with pearl dot inlays. Peghead with original tuners - "D" string tuner has bent shaft, but still tunes well. "Only A Gibson Is Good Enough" banner in headstock. 24 3/4" scale length, 1 3/4" width at nut.
     This is a great guitar if you look past the few flaws in it's appearance. The sound is gorgeous, with more openness and less of the boxiness that this style of Gibson is known for. Recent professional neck reset, fret job, bridge, braces glued, etc. In short, it's set-up wonderfully and has a great sound.

w/ newer HC


 
Gibson Country Western 1
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1967 Gibson Country Western Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. Three repaired cracks in the top - one parallel to center seam from bass side of bridge to the lower binding, and two that are along the Spruce grain between soundhole and waist on bass side. Original parts and original finish. Finish shows finish checking throughout. Peghead shows some lacquer chips at edge and some wear from leaning against walls.
     Mahogany back, sides and neck, with Spruce top. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. 1 5/8" width at nut. Multiple bindings on top and back. single binding along fingerboard. "B-band" pickup installed professionally in guitar.
     This is a very good sounding guitar. It has a strong bold attack, good tonal development. Lots of depth and good balance.

w/ newer HC

 
Gibson Country Western 1
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1966 Gibson Country Western Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc. Condition. One small professionally repaired top crack on the top. There are a couple marks, but no glaring aesthetic problems. Back shows random marks and 'worm trails'. One top crack repaired at extreme treble side of lower bout on top. Frets are in great shape having been recently milled. Minor lacquer checking, frets are in great shape.
     Choice Sitka top. Mahogany back and sides with beautiful red hue. 7-ply top binding. 5-ply back binding. Fingerboard is bound. Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Parallelogram inlays in fingerboard. Original adjustable brdige with ceramic saddle. Original Kluson tuners. All-original finish in good shape with some finish checking here and there.
     The guitar plays nice, and sounds very nice.

w/ newer hard case

 
Gibson Country Western, Sheryl Crow Model 1
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2012 Gibson Country Western, Sheryl Crow Model Guitar 'Sold'

     New condition. Never played. Open warranty card, inspection card and owner's manual included. No dings, no marks, no wear, no repairs.
     Square-shoulder dreadnaut "Country Western" model endorsed by Sheryl Crow. Mahogany back, sides and neck. Natural select Sitka Spruce top. Parallelogram mother-of-pearl inlays in Rosewood fingerboard. Gibson logo and "crown" florish inlaid in peghead overlay.
     Ivoroid bindings around body and fingerboard, with 6-ply multiple bindings seen around top edge, 4-ply multiple bindings around back of body and single ivoroid binding along fingerboard. 15:1 ratio Gotoh tuners that are faithful copy of old Kluson DeLuxe tuners, but with improved function. Large pickguard. Reverse belly bridge.
     Comes with factory installed Baggs "Element Active" acoustic pickup system, with battery pack mounted on headblock inside soundhole, volume wheel mounted just under bass side lip of soundhole, and endpin jack.

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Gibson CSR 1
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2009 Gibson CSR Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc.(-) Condition. Really clean all around. There are just a couple of light touches on the top and some very minor fret wear. There is one repaired side crack near the jack area.
     Heavily bear-clawed Sitka top. Rosewood back and sides. 4-ply white binding on the top, and single binding on the back and fretboard. Mahogany neck. Ebony bridge and fretboard with Pearl dot inlays. Fishman Matrix Infinity pickup installed.  Newer hand-made bone nut. Strap button professionally installed in heel.
     This is a really nice playing Gibson at a low price.

w/ OHC

 
Gibson ES-150 1
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c1938 Gibson ES-150 w/ Orig Charlie Christian pickup Guitar 'Sold'

     VG condition. Lots of player wear all around, and some repairs... but it has original pickup and original finish.
     This is truly a 'player's guitar', because it has a great mojo going for sound and has a very good set-up.
     * Please call for more information and an in-hand description.

w/ newer HC

 
Gibson Everly Brothers 1
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1963 Gibson Everly Brothers Guitar 'Sold'

    Exc(-) condition. All original. No work, no repairs. It is increasingly rare to find these original Everly Brother guitars. Beautiful "concept" guitar from Gibson, with the ebony finish, double tortoise celluloid pickguards, "pinless" bridge with ceramic adjustable saddle, and star inlays in fingerboard and headstock. Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Original "Everly" truss-rod cover.
    Original finish is all intact with no overspray. The finish does show prolific finish checking all over. There are 2 top cracks repaired below bridge and one pickguard crack repaired between soundhole and bridge. There are a couple of other "surface checks" in the wood that show in the finish that are not "cracked-thru" wood.
    Recent professional fret work, with fingerboard divots filled in first position, then milled. Original tuners, original nut.
    This guitar has great recent set-up, with nice moderately low action. It plays very easily and sounds fabulous. It truly has that perfect authentic acoustic rock & roll sound from the '60's. Lots of depth and presence. 
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Gibson HG-00 1
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c1940 Gibson HG-00 Original Hawaiian Style Neck Guitar 'Sold'

Exc. (+) condition. Spruce top, Mahogany back and sides. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge (Brazilian) Unaltered original Hawaiian style neck, High nut that measures 1 7/8" wide. Replacment "Golden Age" tuners. Original tuners are included with replacment knobs. Comes with the original softshell case that is in fine condition. All the latches work, but one hinge is in need of repair. Truly one of the best examples we've seen.

w/ Original SC


 
Gibson Hummingbird 1
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1986 Gibson Hummingbird Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc(+) condition. Only has a few minor touch marks here and there and very little fret wear. All original parts - no repairs.
     This is the famous Mahogany Dreadnaut from Gibson that seems to have universal appeal across a broad range of players. Select Englemann Spruce top. Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Parallelogram inlays in fingerboard. Gibson logo inlaid in headstock along with a "crown" inlay below the logo.
     Multiple bound top and back of body. Single binding along fingerboard. Traditional "Hummingbird" pickguard is in great shape.
     This is a very full sounding guitar that is very evenly balanced across the fingerboard. It has a quick attack and strong resonance.
     * Remember that these "Nashville period" Gibson acoustics were NOT over-built like the ones from the 1970's. These are much more lightly built and have much better sound in my opinion.

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Gibson J-15 1
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New Gibson J-15 Guitar 'Sold'

     New.
     Wow - this is basically a Walnut J-45 with Maple neck and abalone soundhole rosette.
     Nice Spruce top with multiple cream bindings. Walnut back and sides also with cream binding. Maple neck with Rosewood 'stringer'. Radiused Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. Nickel Grover Gibson tuners. Rosewood bridge. Abalone soundhole rosette. L.R. Baggs under-saddle pickup factory installed.
     Sound is very nice and crisp, and more open and full than we expected to hear from a brand-new Walnut guitar. Great action. Its a very nice instrument for all levels of players.
     This instrument is brand new, and has a open warranty card.
 

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Gibson J-160E 1
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1967 Gibson J-160E Guitar 'Sold'

     VG(+) Condition. The top has some lacquer checking, and a moderate amount of knicks, but nothing major. The back and sides also have some lacquer checks and a number of small marks. The neck is in nice condition with just a couple of light marks. There is a moderate amount of fret wear on the fingerboard.
     Spruce top with red sunburst. Mahogany back, sides and neck. Top has multiple cream bindings. Back and fretboard have single cream bindings. Radiused Rosewood fretboard with pearl "Trapezoid" inlays. Original Kluson tuners. Ebony peghead overlay with Gibson logo and "Crown" inlays. Adjustable Rosewood bridge. Original pickup is installed with volume and tone knobs. All-original parts & hardware except for one bridge pin and a newer "Les Paul Custom" truss rod cover. No strap button installed.
      Nice sound with lots of character.

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Gibson J-200 Koa 1
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1990 Gibson J-200 Koa Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc.(+) Condition. This guitar is in great shape. There is one tiny lacquer check by the bridge on the top, just a couple of light belt scratches in the back and some lacquer checking in the peghead.
     Spruce top. Beautiful Koa back, sides and neck. 7-ply binding on top, 5-ply on back. Radiused Rosewood fingerboard with "Crown" inlays. Single binding on fretboard and peghead. Pickguard engraved with flowers and pearl dot inlays. Gold Gibson tuners. Ebony peghead overlay with Gibson logo inlaid and pearl truss rod cover.
     This is one of the first, and one of the finest Koa J-200's ever made. It has a very nice open tone and great playability.

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Gibson J-200 VS 1
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1989 Gibson J-200 VS Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc.(-) Condition. Fullerplast finish. No cracks, no repairs. Just a few lines of finish checking here and there on the top.
     Beautiful traditional tobacco sunburst finish. High-grade Sitka spruce top. Maple back, sides and neck. Top is bound with 7-ply binding, 5-ply back binding. Fingerboard is single bound. Peghead has 5-ply binding. Heel cap is bound with 3-ply binding. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Pearl crown inlays in fingerboard. Original pickguard in great shape. Decorative wooden strip down center of back. gold "Kluson-style" tuners with antique tulip buttons.
     Guitar is branded "workshop" in the back strip next to the label inside soundhole. We think the incidental finish checking is the reason that this guitar has been marked with the "workshop" label.
     The guitar has a great, full tone. Very balanced and meaty, and we haven't even put new strings on it yet.

w/ OHC


 
Gibson J-30 1
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1990 Gibson J-30 Guitar 'Sold'

     VG+ condition. This guitar is in nice playing condition. It has some button marks on the back, some moderate fret wear, one nick in center of back of neck, and a very small bubble, or rumple, in the top just below bridge. This small bump has been thoroughly checked out and it is very stable. We tried to take a close-up of the spot, so you could see it, but it is difficult to even get a good photo of it - that's how slight it is...
     Mahogany back, sides and neck with select Sitka Spruce top. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Long scale. 1 11/16" width at nut. Rounded "V" neck profile.
     This guitar has very good sound. We've just installed a new bone intonated saddle in the bridge and the guitar was immediately 20% better sound than with the factory "fake bone" saddle. It is strong, with good depth and balance.
     In all seriousness... this instrument is a great flatpicking guitar, especially for the price. It has lots of power and presence, with good balance. It would be the perfect guitar to take to festivals or to buy for a young serious flatpicker.

w/ HC

 
Gibson J-35 1
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1995 Gibson J-35 Guitar 'Sold'

Exceptional Condition. Handmade by John Walker in the old Gibson Custom Shop. High grade Honduran Mahogany back, sides and neck. Gabon Ebony fingerboard and bridge. Special aged Adirondack Red Spruce top. Waverly tuners. Beautiful traditional sunburst. This is a wonderful guitar, and quite rare. Only a handful of truly handmade J-35 were produced by Gibson Master Luthier John Walker, while he was head of the Gibson Custom shop in Bozeman, Montana, between 1992 and 1996. These guitars differ in many ways from 1998 and later Gibson production guitars that simply have a "custom shop" label attached to them. 
w/ OHC


 
Gibson J-35 1
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2013 Gibson J-35 Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc.(+) Condition. Top has some pick scratches, but is relatively ding-free otherwise. Some minor belt scratching on the back. Neck is in great shape with no marks or fret wear.
     Spruce top with multiple cream bindings. Mahogany back, sides and neck. Back has single cream binding. Mahogany neck, radiused Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. Strap button installed in correct position in heel. Ebony peghead overlay with Gibson logo.
     Nice, even sound across the board. Sounds great fingerpicked or flatpicked.

w/ OHC

 
Gibson J-45 1
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1951 Gibson J-45 Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. Some repairs... One side crack repaired in bass side upper bout. Back center seam reglued. Two worn areas in upper center of back have been cosmetically touched up with lacquer. One worn area in back is not touched up. NO top cracks.
     This is a very nice playing and sounding J-45 that has been recently professionally set-up. Frets are in great shape with no wear. Original bridge and pickguard. Tuners have been replaced with "Kluson DeLuxe" vintage re-issue tuners that look so great its hard to say they are replacements.
     This guitar plays like butter. It is wide open, has a great balance and just sounds like 60-year old wood is resonating in your hands.

w/ newer hard case

 
Gibson J-45 PH
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c1941 Gibson J-45 Pre-Banner Transition from J-35 Guitar 'Sold'

     Good(+) Condition. This guitar has been played. There are a lot scratches and areas where finish has worn off. The top, back and sides all have cracks that have been repaired, please call us for more information. The neck just has a few small marks and an area wear finish has been worn through. There is no fret wear, playability is very nice.
     Sitka Spruce top, Mahogany back, sides and neck. Top and back are single bound. Radiused Rosewood fretboard with Pearl dot inlays. Original Kluson Deluxe tuners.
     This is a player's guitar. The sound is wide open, very clean and crisp with big, strong bass. Plays great. It has that "old dried wood" sound that is a quick attack with very satisfying growl with clear singing trebles.
     * Some people will insist that the first J-45's were the "Banner" models... but those of us who have seen thousands of old Gibsons understand that there were a significant number of these 'transition' guitars produced BEFORE they were listed in catalogs and BEFORE the 1942 start of the Banner Logo.

w/ Older HC

 
Gibson J-45 1
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c.1947 Gibson J-45 Guitar 'Sold'

     VG(+) condition (refinished). The top and back both have several repaired cracks. The guitar has been completely refinished, and the serial number has been covered up. Newer bridge and pickguard. Strap button installed professionally in the heel.
     Nice, wide-grained Adirondack Spruce top. Mahogany back, sides and neck. Radiused Rosewood fretboard with pearl dot inlays. Ebony peghead overlay with Gibson logo. Original tuners.
     Because of the refinish, this guitar looks more like a "J-50", better know as the 'blonde version' of the J-45.
     It plays very nice with good set-up and sounds very balanced and strong. It has that old cured wood Gibson sound. Great fingerpicked or flatpicked.
 

w/ HC

 
Gibson J-45 1
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1962 Gibson J-45 Guitar 'Sold'

Exc(++) condition. Has original advanced bracing. 1 11/16" fingerboard width at nut. Only slight amount of work has ever been done to this guitar. Original adjustable bridge is replaced with a professional copy bridge with straight bone saddle. One short top crack repaired at, and below, bridge. One repaired slight pickguard crack under B/E strings. NO Cracks on sides or back. Original tuners and pickguard. This is a great sounding guitar that plays very good.
w/ HC

 
Gibson J-45  PH
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1966 Gibson J-45 Guitar 'Sold'

     Good+ condition. 1 11/16" width at nut. This guitar has a 1951 Gibson medium "C" profile neck. Neck has a few dings and is not a body-matched color (see photos), but is now tremendously different. Neck has a fresh milling, fresh fret job and new nut. Center seam on top has been re-glued, as well as five other top cracks. Back has two repaired cracks. Sides are crack free.
     Sitka Spruce top with cherry red sunburst, Mahogany back, sides and neck. Ebony fretboard with pearl dot inlays. Ebony peghead venner with replacement Kluson "Deluxe" tuners. Body is bound with multiple bindings on top. The original adjustable bridge has been replaced with matching Rosewood grafts where the poles used to be. New saddle as well. Strap button installed correctly on heel.
     Good setup and good action, overall a very nice guitar for a player.

w/ newer HC

 
Gibson J-45 1
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New Gibson J-45 Contest Prize Guitar Guitar 'Sold'

     New Guitar. This guitar is a fresh, brand new Gibson J-45 that was awarded as Grand Prize at this summer's Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival and Contest. While the winner greatly appreciates this guitar as a prize, he is selling it because he mainly plays square-shoulder dreadnauts. He is 14 years old...
     This is a fine example of a J-45, with choice Spruce top and Mahogany back, sides and neck. Sunburst finish. Factory installed pickup system with volume control at inside edge of soundhole.
     It sounds good enough to have been awarded the top prize at one of the top 5 or 6 contests in the Western U.S.
     It is indeed a brand new guitar, made in late July 2009, but because it was awarded as a prize, Gibson didn't bother to include a warranty card with the guitar.
w/ OHC

 
Gibson J-45 1
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1966 Gibson J-45 Guitar 'Sold'

Refinished top. 1 9/16" width of fingerboard at nut. New copy Brazilian Rosewood bridge. Very good sounding guitar! Originally an "adj" (adjustable saddle height) model, but sounds much better with a normal bridge and bone saddle.
w/ HC

 
Gibson J-45 1
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2004 Gibson J-45 Guitar 'Sold'

     Excellent condition. Mahogany back, sides and neck with nice Sitka Spruce top. Tobacco sunburst finish. Original Kluson copy tuners. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge.
     There is some evidence of prior ownership, but it is only a few stray light scratches and a few small dings here and there, mainly on the back. The top is very clean. Recently set-up with Ivory nut and Bone intonated saddle, and fitted with bone bridge pins. Frets are in great condition.
     It has an active pickup, with battery pack on headblock inside guitar (possibly original Gibson factory installation).
        This is a fine sounding guitar that plays great. Whenever we get recent Gibsons like this in stock we are proud of our friends over in Bozeman that make them. So... here is a "good" J-45, ready for acoustic playing or plugged-in on stage, and at a great price, too.
w/ OHC

 
Gibson J-45 - "True Vintage" 1
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2007 Gibson J-45 - "True Vintage" Guitar 'Sold'

New condition with open warranty papers. Part of the Gibson "True Vintage" series. Mahogany sides and back. Sunburst top. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Banner ("Only a Gibson Is Good Enough") logo on headstock. 24 3/4" scale.
Deluxe Gibson hardshell case

 
Gibson J-45 1942 Legend 1
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2007 Gibson J-45 1942 Legend Hide Glue Guitar 'Sold'

     Exceptional Original Condition. This guitar is Gibson's counterpoint to the Martin D-18 Authentic.
     These guitar are built in limited quantities, with a serious eye on replicating the original "Banner J-45's" of 1942.
     Honduran Mahogany back, sides and neck and Adirondack Red Spruce top. Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. Firestripe pickguard. Tuners are replicas of the old original Klusons. Peghead is also faithfully replicated with the correct old-looking gold Logo, with the historic banner beneath that states, "Only A Gibson is Good Enough".
     The old original versions of these guitars were made with sharper, thinner braces than most Gibsons today, and... were also made using hide glue in certain applications, like the bridgeplate. Today these "re-issue" 1942 J-45 Legend guitars also have hide glue in the same areas as in the 1940's. Likewise, the braces are shaped close to the early more knife-like originals, as well as having braces and tonebars positioned in same placement as the original guitars had.
     The finish looks a little bit "used" or "unfinished". This is because Gibson has used Nitro-Cellulose lacquer, but has stopped before the final sanding and buffing. This way the finish is not like a mirror, but appears softer, more hand-applied.
     The set-up, playability, and the overall sound are all very good on this J-45 Legend.
w/ OHC

 
Gibson J-45 Legend  1
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2007 Gibson J-45 Legend Guitar 'Sold'

     Exceptional original condition. Owned and enjoyed but never mistreated. In other words, it is "Clean as a Whistle".
     Choice Mahogany back, sides and neck with Adirondack Red Spruce top. Beautiful early '40's style sunburst. 5-ply top bindings with 3-ply back bindings. Bindings are antique'd. The finish is very light and finely applied to give an older feel to the guitar. This instrument was constructed faithfully to the early J-45's, using old style glues and bracing patterns, etc. In other words, hide glue was used wherever it was used in about 1940-1943 construction. Neck width at nut is 1 3/4", with big full neck profile. Pin spacing at bridge is 2 3/16". Tuners are 3-on-a-plate pre-war style openback, with beautiful small antique cream buttons. Rosewood fingerboard and straight bridge. 'Cut-thru' bone saddle. Ebony bridge pins and endpin. Traditional firestripe pickguard.
     This is a very nice guitar. If you like J-45's and are a fan of the big full necks, then here is the guitar for you. Great sound along with great workmanship. This is Gibson's counterpart to the Martin D-18 Authentic, and it holds up well in comparison.
     The sound is very good. It is clearly better than most newer production J-45's and is truly reminiscent of the old original Banner J-45's. Big sound!
    
w/ OHC


 
Gibson J-45 Rosewood 1
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2008 Gibson J-45 Rosewood w/ Pickup and Open Warranty card Guitar 'Sold'

Original new condition. This guitar is practically brand new and has only been out of the store for a couple of weeks when we took it in on a trade. No evidence of player wear - no dings, no dents, no scratches. It comes with open waranty card and owners manual. Select Rosewood back and sides with Sitka Spruce top. Beautiful traditional sunburst. This guitar still smells like recently cut spruce! It plays well, sounds good, has good set-up. Comes with factory under-saddle active pickup. Also comes with 2 bridge saddles - original plastic Gibson saddle and new Bone intonated saddle from us.
w/ OHC

 
Gibson J-45 Rosewood 1
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2000 Gibson J-45 Rosewood w/ factory installed p/u Guitar 'Sold'

Exc(+) original condition. This is a great sounding J-45! Very smooth and full of tone and with great response. Select Rosewood back and sides with Sitka Spruce top. Beautiful traditional sunburst. We installed a bone intonated saddle in this guitar, which is a big upgrade for sound from the original plastic saddle. Comes with under-saddle active pickup - we're not sure if it was factory installed, or professionally installed later. This is a great guitar in great condition with great tone...
w/ OHC

 
Gibson J-45 True Vintage 1
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2012 Gibson J-45 True Vintage Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc.(+) Condition. There are just a few small indications of player wear on the guitar. The top and back have very minor scratches. There is a small amount of fret wear.
     Adirondack Spruce top with vintage sunburst finish and multiple bindings. Mahogany back, sides and neck. Radiused Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. Nickel Kluson tuners with cream buttons.
     Sound is very balanced with strong presence all around.

w/ OHC

 
Gibson J-50 1
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1952 Gibson J-50 Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc (+) condition. This guitar has never had any trauma and is in amazing condition. Appears to be original frets with hardly any wear. 1 11/16" width at nut.
     Very high grade spruce top with natural finish. Gorgeous cuban mahogany back, sides, and neck. Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Blackened peghead overlay. Multiple antique'd cream bindings around top edge of guitar. Single antique'd cream binding on back edge. Original nut. Saddle is low to bridge. Action at 12th fret under low E string: 3.5/32". High E string is 2.8/32". Pearl dot position markers in fingerboard. Original 3-on-a-plate Kluson tuners in good shape with buttons in good shape as well.
     Tone is very rich and full, balanced across the board. Normal usual light signs of play, including light touches and dings, but overall this is in amazing condition. Finish shows polite checking but is all intact and original. Original pickguard. This is a wonderfuly crack-free guitar... except for the barest hint of an "outside" pickguard crack...Action is high but playable.

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1957 Gibson J-50 Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition.  1 11/16" width of fingerboard at nut. This is a great 'working' J-50 that has spent quite a few years in our area being played by accomplished musicians and recorded on their albums.
     Spruce top with wonderful character. Mahogany back and sides. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Cream binding visible along the sides of body and back, with 3-ply showing on top. Batwing style pickguard is original. Rosewood bridgepins. Tuners have been replaced with newer replica tuners but the original tuners are available upon request.
     Cosmetically, there is only one thing you have to get used to - pickup control knobs were previously mounted into the Spruce top below the pickguard and a jack hole was cut into the side. The two top holes were professionally filled about 20-25 years ago. There are other cosmetic issues on the guitar, all related to player wear. Many incidental dings and scratches, areas of bare wood including on back of neck and soundhole, and several repaired cracks. The prior owner of this guitar invested many hundreds of dollars in its maintenance and upgrades, including bridgework to move the saddle back and replace with a fully intonated saddle, making this one of the more accurate vintage Gibsons you will find, even as you capo up the neck. The guitar looks like it has told many stories over its 60 year lifespan and has the marks to show for it. The reason this guitar got played so much is that it sounds so good. The prior owner, a regional professional musician, kept it in fine playing condition with nice low action and it is currently set up and ready to play. There is also a recent active L.R. Baggs pickup installed with volume control in the soundhole.
     As far as sound goes, this one is a 'good one'. Some J-50's tend to favor the treble. This guitar is warm and well-balanced, with a deep character for robust rhythm playing. Fiddle backup players have commented on how great of a rhythm guitar it is, though we have found its voice is suited to many other styles of music as well.
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c.1946 Gibson J-50 Guitar 'Sold'

     Good(+) condition. 1 3/4" width at nut. Excellent player's instrument. Structurally and tone-wise, this instrument is in great shape, although it shows evidence of many rodeo gigs and late night bar gigs.
     Mahogany back, sides and neck. Adirondack Red Spruce top. Original Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Original Kluson DeLuxe 3-on-a-plate tuners with original cream buttons. Original teardrop pickguard. Original bell truss-rod cover.
     The top is heavily worn, but not cracked. Top has W.E. Manley expertly painted in gold leaf on the top. Perhaps the same excellent artist painted the gold leaf Gibson logo on the peghead
     Original finish on the top, but not much original finish left on the rest of this guitar! I think a previous owner literally "played the finish off" the guitar... Back, sides, peghead and back of neck appear to be lightly finished with a brushed-on or padded-on shellac finish.
     White bindings on top and back of body. Dot inlays in fingerboard. No back cracks. A couple of side cracks repaired. Small "football patch" jack hole repair in lower treble side. Old white paint on wood inside soundhole rosette and at top end of peghead. Endpin jack currently installed in guitar.
     Ok... sounds pretty rough... but this is a very good guitar, especially for a serious player. Because there are no serial numbers or factory order codes, and because the logo on headstock seems to have been "restored", we struggled a bit with dating this guitar.
     Recent neck reset, new saddle, fingerboard milling and fret job.
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Gibson J-50 1
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1968 Gibson J-50 Guitar 'Sold'

     VG.(+) Condition. There is moderate lacquer checking throughout the guitar in addition to several dents and dings on the top, back, sides and neck. There is a moderate amount of fret wear. Strap button installed in the middle of the heel. Original pickguard is cracked in the upper area.
     Spruce top with multiple bindings. Mahogany back, sides and neck. Radiused Rosewood fretboard with pearl dot inlays. Original, adjustable Rosewood bridge. Ebony peghead overlay with Gibson logo. Nickel Kluson tuners. 1 5/8" width at nut.
     The Bridge has just been converted to a non-adjustable style for better sound.
     Sound and playability are very nice, this is definitely a player's guitar. Nice full bottom end...

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Gibson J-50 1
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2007 Gibson J-50 w/ Baggs Pickup Guitar 'Sold'

    Exc(++) original condition. Mahogany back, sides and neck, with select Sitka Spruce top. The Mahogany is so rich with colors that I'm pretty sure it is 'Amazon' mahogany, which can look very beautiful, with color similar to Koa wood.
     This guitar is in very nice condition, showing almost no signs of previous ownership. The pickup is a Baggs soundhole model that can easily jack in or out of the inner wire to the end pin output jack. Everything is working fine on this guitar. 
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Gibson J-50 DeLuxe 1
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1973 Gibson J-50 DeLuxe Guitar 'Sold'

     Very good (+) condition (stage-ready).
     Don't be distracted by this guitar having square shoulders and built in the 1970s. This guitar is coming to us on a direct trade from professional touring musicians. It is set up to play, plays well, and sounds great. 1 11/16" width at nut. 2 1/8 pin spacing. High-grade Engelmann Spruce top. Beautiful Honduran mahogany back, sides, and neck. Original parts, including tulip-button Kluson Deluxe tuners. Rosewood bridge and fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. Tortoise pickguard and tortoise bindings on top and back of body. Multiple wood purfling on inside of top edge.
     Very little wear. Only a small amount on the top. Fingerboard and frets show moderate wear. Peghead repair (see photos). Strap button installed on body to the side of heel. Body has a crunched area repaired along binding along the bottom treble side of back. Currently has vintage DeArmand pickup installed in soundhole with side jack.
     This is a serious working guitar. Don't be afraid of the neck breakage; it was repaired wonderfully. This guitar also does play and sound better than similar guitars of its vintage, making it an excellent player's guitar.

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Gibson J-55 1
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1941 Gibson J-55 Guitar 'Sold'

Exc(-) condition. Original bridge, original pickguard, original finish. One small repaired area on back, one long repaired side crack on bass side. Old 50's era output jack hole in side. Tuners changed years ago to late '40's Kluson Deluxe. Superior tone and projection. This is definitely one of the strongest war era Gibson's I've been around in years, with excellent tone.
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Gibson J-60 "CM" -  1
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1993 Gibson J-60 "CM" - Curly Maple Guitar 'Sold'

Exc. condition. Very slight lacquer lifting around tuner bushings. Spruce top maple back and sides. Square shouldered dreadnought body with 25.5 inch scale length. Ebony fingerboard and bridge Multiple tortoise bound body. Very nice guitar made in Bozeman, Montana.
 
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Gibson J-60 12 String Cutaway 1
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1992 Gibson J-60 12 String Cutaway Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc.(++) Condition. There are hardly any signs of wear on this guitar. Just a couple of light scratches in the top and back prevent it from being in "like-new" condition.
     Spruce top. Beautiful old-growth, straight-grained Brazilian Rosewood back and sides. Top has 7-ply binding, back has 5-ply. Mahogany neck, blank radiused Ebony fingerboard. Gold Gibson mini-tuners. Rosewood peghead overlay with pre-war style Gibson logo inlaid in pearl.
     This is a one of a kind Gibson custom shop guitar. Explosive sound and excellent playability.

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Gibson J-60 Number 1 1
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1991 Gibson J-60 Number 1 Prototype Guitar 'Sold'

     Excellent condition. Yes, this is the truly handmade prototype of the Gibson "J-60" model. The marking on label states "J-60  #1".
     Beautiful square-shouldered Rosewood dreadnaut guitar from Gibson, with hand-scalloped, hand-tuned advanced bracing.
     In 1990 and 1991 Gibson Purchasing Agent and noted Montana guitarist, John Lowell, paid some attention to the fact that Martin Co was beating Gibson Co with sales of Martin's HD-28 series. John Lowell knew that Gibson had just as powerful (or even more powerful), a guitar in their "Advanced Jumbo", but it had always enjoyed only moderate popularity among players. John thought that if the guitar was re-designed into a "Square-Shoulder" dreadnaut guitar that still retained the advanced, scalloped, hand-tuned bracing, that players would get excited about it.
     Gibson, however, didn't seem to want to devote any time to the project. John Lowell already had the right to build a personal guitar a year at Gibson, so he decided to build this concept model on his "off" time at Gibson for his own.
     He completed the guitar late in 1991. Gibson examined the guitar closely and decided to start producing them in the factory... and thats how the J-60 model was born.
     Rosewood back and sides. High-grade Sitka Spruce top. Rosewood peghead overlay and bridge. Gabon Ebony fingerboard with no inlays. Bone nut and bone cut-thru saddle. Antique'd white bindings around top and back of body and along fingerboard. Multiple blk/iv/blk purflings inside binding on top and back edges. Firestripe pickguard. Originally had Kluson Copy tuners. Those were replaced with nickel Waverly open-back tuners.
     This guitar is a fine flatpicking guitar. It is a "proven" guitar, having travelled and performed and recorded and practiced with John Lowell in the "Kane's River" band and other music endeavors. It sounds very good with a full voice. It comes with a DeLuxe Calton flight case that was built for this guitar.

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Gibson L-00 1
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c.1937 Gibson L-00 Exceptional Condition Guitar 'Sold'

     Exceptional original condition. 14-fret neck joint. NO cracks, no repairs! Beautiful sunburst. All original. Original finish still vibrant, but has normal finish checking. Tuners work well. Original Ebony nut and Rosewood bridge. Frets are in fine playing condition, showing only a little wear.
     Mahogany back, sides and neck, with Spruce top. Straight bridge with cut-thru saddle. Original firestripe pickguard.
     This guitar is as clean inside as it is outside. Someone did write 2 letters onto the inside spruce backing strip with a pen, but other than that the inside is so clean it looks like a 5-year old guitar.
     This is a wonderful guitar. It is light as a feather and sounds great with lots of immediate resonance.
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Gibson L-00 1
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c.1936 Gibson L-00 Great Condition Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc(+) condition. Sunburst. 14-fret neck joint. It is rare to find these old original guitars that are in such nice original condition. Mahogany back, sides and neck, with Spruce top. Original Rosewood fingerboard. Bridge may be a newer excellent copy bridge. Original tuners. Original finish. One repaired pickguard crack that is hard to find.
     This guitar has good set-up, with nice low action and full tone. Its great for fingerstyle playing, but also for playing with a pick. It has that old dry wood sound that so many players love.
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Gibson L-00 1
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1938 Gibson L-00 Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc. Condition. Top braces have been reglued, the top still shows a little rumpling from when they were loose. One top crack repaired, straight up from pickguard. Two top cracks on extreme bass side of lower bout. One side crack repaired adjacent to the two top cracks. Another two inch side crack off to treble side of end pin. No back cracks, no neck cracks.1 3/4" width at nut. All-original lacquer. 
     Mahogany back, sides and neck. Bound Sitka top. Rosewood fretboard with Pearl dot inlays. Original nut and truss rod cover. Original 3 on a plate tuners.
     Great sounding guitar with true old-time Gibson tone!

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Gibson L-00 1
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ca.1932 Gibson L-00 Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. This is a nice classic example of an early L-00 from Gibson. Mahogany back, sides and neck, with an uncracked Adirondack Red Spruce top.
     Beautiful original sunburst top finish. The finish shows honest player wear and finish checks. The wear is through finish to the wood in several places, but the overall effect is quite pleasing when you see it being played onstage... It has the right authentic look.
     Original parts: Bridge, Pickguard, Tuners, etc. Neck has full profile.
     This instrument is set up to play, and is in good playing condition. Frets are good, nut and saddle and bridge are good, etc. There are one or two repaired back cracks, but no top repairs. Very dry and woody tone.
    
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Gibson L-00 1
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1930's Gibson L-00 Guitar 'Sold'

     Good(+) condition. *Excellent "player's" guitar. 12-fret neck joint. 1 3/4" width of fingerboard at nut. 24 3/4" scale length. Appears to be Adirondack Red Spruce top. Mahogany back, sides and neck. Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Original bridge and tuners. D-string tuner post is bent, but works fine. Black body with white pickguard. Dot inlays in fingerboard. Gibson silkscreen script logo.
     Four repaired top cracks, three repaired back cracks. Two repaired side cracks. Ridge down center of back of neck shows wear from leaning against rough surface. Two small holes in top below pickguard from former volume and tone knob installation. Jack hole in bottom side.
     Guitar currently has endpin jack professionally installed with cable inside with 1/8" jack for soundhole pickups to plug into.
    Recently set-up professionally with very clean neck reset, new bone saddle, milled fingerboard and recent full fret job.
     This guitar is a serious machine for playing. It's all set-up and ready to go and it sounds great. Quick response and good balance. The wear along center of back of neck doesn't seem to affect playability at all.



 
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2001 Gibson L-00 Deep Body - Long Scale Guitar 'Sold'

     Excellent condition. Sunburst. Comes with factory installed active pickup. Minor evidence of player wear - mostly just light surface scratches, with one ding on top. Some normal fret wear, but no big "v" dents in frets. Overall it is in nice shape.
     1 11/16" width at nut. 25 1/2" scale length. Body is deeper than standard L-00. Upper bout is 4 3/8" depth and lower bout is 4 3/4" depth. Newer bone saddle and nut.
     This guitar is set with light strings and low action. It plays real easy.
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Gibson L-00 Pro 1
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2011 Gibson L-00 Pro Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc.(+) Condition. The top is very clean. The back and sides have a couple of light scratches. No wear on the frets, no marks on the back of the neck.
     Sitka Spruce top with multiple cream bindings. Mahogany back, sides and neck. Back has single cream binding. Radiused Rosewood fretboard with pearl dot inlays. Nickel Grover tuners.
     Sounds great fingerpicked. Nice, bright tone.
 



 
Gibson L-2 1
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1931 Gibson L-2 w/ Gold Sparkle Binding & Argentine Grey Sunbu Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc.(-) Condition. Rare version with Mahogany back and sides, Spruce top, Gold Sparkle bindings and "Argentine Grey" sunburst finish. The top, back and sides all have moderate lacquer checking and some small dings. There is one large and one smaller repaired crack on the side of the lower bass bout; The repair is clean, stable and level, but cosmetic was not done at time of crack repair.  Neck has lacquer checking but no big marks. Minor fret wear.
     Original bridge and tuners. Appears to be original nut. Call for more details and "in-hand" description.
     Spruce top with "Argentine Grey" finish and gold sparkle purfling around top edge and soundhole rosette. Mahogany back, sides and neck. Back and fretboard are also multiple bound. Radiused Rosewood fretboard with Pearl dot inlays. Nickel tuners with Ivoroid buttons. Ebony peghead overlay with The Gibson logo and "Court Jester" inlay in Pearl.
     1 11/16" nut width. Sound is very nice. Quick and crisp attack with ringing highs and a good bass. It is rare for a guitar to have all of the ammenities that this L-2 has including: The Gibson logo, Mahogany back and sides, the Argentine Grey finish and the gold purfling.
     * NOTE: This sale of this guitar can no longer be discussed "as is", as it is undergoing cosmetic touch-up from our local expert, George Weisel.
     Call us and we can discuss this guitar in more detail - 406/327-9925.
 

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Gibson L-48 1
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c. 1946 Gibson L-48 Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc. Original Condition. The top has some light pick scratches and marks, and the back and sides show mild-moderate lacquer checking. There are some marks on the edge of the fingerboard on the bass side around the the first and second fret. Edges of peghead show some chipping as well. There are a few minor dings on the sides. Original finish in great shape. Original tuners, tailpiece, bridge and pickguard. No cracks to speak of, very slight fret wear. Comes with '60s hard case.
     Spruce top with sunburst finish. Maple back and sides, Mahogany fingerboard. Radiused Brazilian Rosewood fretboard with pearl dot inlays. Brazilian Rosewood bridge. Top and back have single cream binding.
Note: The neck shows the guitar to be post-war, but the factory order code of 3976, would place it in the earlier 40's. It is possible that the body was made in 1942, and the neck not attached until 1946 or so.

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Gibson L-50 1
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c. 1942 Gibson L-50 Guitar 'Sold'

     VG. Condition. There are 4 repaired cracks in the top, and some scratches including pick scratches that have worn through the finish near the soundhole. The pickguard has been removed and there is a small hole near the fretboard where it was screwed in. The back and sides have moderate scratches but are in good shape with no cracks. Finish has been worn away on much of the neck, but it is smooth and comfortable to play on. Frets are in great shape.
     Spruce top with original sunburst finish. Bird's Eye Maple back and sides. 2-pc. adjustable rosewood bridge. Mhogany neck with radiused rosewood fretboard and pearl dot inlays. Ebony peghead overlay with Gibson logo inlaid in pearl. End pin installed but no strap button. All original parts and hardware except for Kluson Deluxe replica tuners.
     Good, strong sound.



 
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c.1947 Gibson L-50 Guitar 'Sold'

     VG+ condition. Sunburst archtop. All original, except newer Kluson style tuners with white buttons.
     Solid 16" archtop guitar, with Maple back and sides, Excellent Spruce top and Mahogany neck. Black peghead overlay with Gibson decal logo. Brazilian Rosewood radiused fingerboard with phenolic trapezoidal inlays. Original Brazilian Rosewood adjustable bridge with intonated saddle. Original nickel trapeze tailpiece with raised diamond in front cross-bar. Beveled multi-laminate pickguard.
     There is wear thru the finish on the top, on both sides of fingerboard extension, and 3 cracks repaired around bass side f-hole. Frets have only light wear. Everything works fine and the guitar has a good, robust voice.

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Gibson L-7 1
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1944 Gibson L-7 Guitar 'Sold'

Fine condition. Typical Gibson crackle finish. Parallelograms fret markers. Very rare wartime model. Has truss rod in neck. Includes custom Lindy Frailin floating pickup mounted on the pickguard.
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Gibson LG-0 1
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1967 Gibson LG-0 Guitar 'Sold'

     VG(+) condition. Pretty nice shape and set-up to play well. One small crescent of replaced wood in the back at edge of lower bout. Mild fret wear. Two top cracks repaired. Bridge recently re-glued.
     All Mahogany construction (top, back, sides and neck). Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Bridge is adjustable, with original Rosewood saddle. Tortoise binding on top edge only. 1 9/16" width at nut. Original tuners and pickguard and frets.
     This guitar has been recently set-up to play well. It has "ladder braces" under the Mahogany top, so you get that authentic "ponk" sound when playing.
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Gibson LG-0 1
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c.1963 Gibson LG-0 Guitar 'Sold'

     VG Condition. A few scratches and dents here and there on the top. Normal wear and tear on the back and sides. There is a little lacquer checking but no cracks. Neck has been reset and re-fretted and is in nice condition, there is very little player wear. 
     All Mahogany body and neck with Rosewood fingerboard. Single tortoise-shell binding on top. "Screw-in" pickguard. Radiused fret board with Pearl dot inlays. Ebony peghead veneer with "Gibson" logo. Original Gibson tuners.
     This is a very nice guitar with original Gibson tone at a generous price.
    

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Gibson LG-2 1
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c.1943 Gibson LG-2 Banner Headstock Guitar 'Sold'

     Exceptional condition. Mahogany top, back, sides and neck. Brazilian Rosewood bridge and fingerboard. X-braced top. All original. This is a pretty rare version of an LG-2, having a Mahogany top and the Banner Gibson logo.
     1 3/4" width of fingerboard at nut. 24 3/4" scale length. This guitar is in very nice condition. It does have finish checks throughout, but it looks better for having them. The color is more of a 'Sienna' sunburst, not tobacco.
     It is set up to play, with recent attention to frets and action.
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Gibson LG-2
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1946 Gibson LG-2 Guitar 'Sold'

     VG. Condition. The top has one repaired crack, in addition to heavy lacquer checking and player wear throughout. The soundhole has a lot of pick wear on the treble side. The back and sides have no cracks, but have several dents and dings. Moderate fret wear.  Tuners have been replaced. End pin has been replaced. Strap button installed in correct position on the heel.
     Sitka top with sunburst. Top has single white binding. Mahogany back, sides and neck. Back has single white binding. Radiused Rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays. Rosewood bridge. Ebony peghead overlay with Gibson logo. Ebony bridge pins with Abalone dots.
     Guitar is currently strung in "Nashville Tuning," with light gauge strings. The guitar is very good sounding, and playing.



 
Gibson LG-2 Banner 1
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c.1942 Gibson LG-2 Banner Guitar 'Sold'

     VG+ condition. All Mahogany. 1 3/4" width at nut. Big full neck profile. This guitar has had some various work performed on it, but is in very good shape for playing and has real good sound.
     Repaired grain crack in neck heel. Several back cracks repaired. Side repair "football" patch - probably where a jack had been installed. Center-seam in top has been re-glued from bridge down to binding. Another long top crack on bass side of top was repaired. Original bridge has been radically thinned. Top shows history of "bellying" around and below bridge, but has been stabilized with extra brace under the top. Mahogany bridgeplate. Tuners replaced. Neck reset. Overspray finish on sides and back. Some marring of finish around fingerboard extension from heating fingerboard.
     Ok, I know this sounds like a shopping list of things that have been done on this guitar... But all-in-all, its pretty nice to look at and very nice to play.
     The belly in the top seems to be quite stable and the finish on the top is pretty nice. It plays fine and sounds great, with lots of character and expression.
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Gibson LG-3 1
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1958 Gibson LG-3 Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. One small triangular patch in Mahogany back, in lower bout, against binding. Frets appear to be original and have been milled once. There are some "V" dents in the frets in first position. Guitar has some normal lacquer checking, and has some random dings here and there. Schaller tuners were on the guitar for a period of time, but now it has vintage re-issue 3-on-a-plate Kluson copy tuners professionally installed.
     Solid Mahogany back, sides and neck with blonde Spruce top. Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. Original Rosewood bridge and tortoise pickguard. 1 11/16" width at nut.
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Gibson LG3 1
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1959 Gibson LG3 Guitar 'Sold'

One of the rarest of the small-body Gibson acoustic guitars! Mahogany back, sides and neck, Spruce top. These guitars sound great, having very good construction and true X-bracing design. This one is pretty remarkable to be in this nice condition. NO TOP CRACKS. There are 4 repaired back cracks, but in person they seem less important overall. Original tuners, pickguard and bridge.  The original faux alligator chipboard case is in good shape. This guitar is set up to play and has no problems.

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Gibson Nick Lucas 1
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1992 Gibson Nick Lucas Handmade Custom Guitar 'Sold'

     Exceptional original condition. Rare handmade short scale prototype. Highly figured Maple with Adirondack Red Spruce top. Short scale - 24 3/4". Width at nut 1 23/32". Vintage rounded "V" neck profile.
     Highly figured Maple back and sides. Mahogany neck. Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Waverly pre-war style open-back tuners. Firestriped pickguard. Bone saddle and nut. Beautiful vivid traditional sunburst.
     In about 1992, Gibson announced that it would re-issue the famous Nick Lucas guitar model. These were designed around an L-00, but with deeper upper and lower bouts, multiple bindings and unique inlays in headstock and fingerboard. Eldon Whitford, Dave Vinopal and Dan Erlewine were at this time working on the "Gibson's Fabulous Flattop Guitars" book that showcased not only the original vintage Gibson models, but also dedicated lots of information about the new factory in Montana and their re-issuing of these classics as well as spotlighting their handmade custom shop. These 3 men were very excited to get early examples of these Nick Lucas guitars, but had heard that the factory intended to build them as long scale versions. They booked several of the first guitars to be handbuilt by John Walker - Gibson Master Luthier and head of the Custom Shop, and to be made with 24 3/4" short scale, like the original Nick Lucas guitars.
     So... while the Gibson factory was manufacturing their run of long scale Nick Lucas guitars, there were several examples handmade by John Walker in the newly-formed Custom Shop. Some of these were made to the even earlier L-1 shaped Nick Lucas, while most were made to the L-00 shape. Only about 4 were handmade with short scale. This guitar is numbered #004/100.
     This is a great guitar with nice full, open sound. The set-up is great. It is clearly heads above the factory Nick Lucas models.
    
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Gibson Nick Lucas - Plectrum 1
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c1928 Gibson Nick Lucas - Plectrum Guitar 'Sold'

    Exc(-) condition. This is a very rare guitar. First, it is a very early Nick Lucas and shows the Sienna Sunburst finish, and its a Plectrum, more rare than a Tenor version. There are variations between Peghead and Fingerboard inlays of different periods and different models (6-str, tenor, plectrum). This one has Banjo inlay in peghead and dot position markers in fingerboard.
     Beautiful vintage museum look! Multiple white/blk/wh bindings on top and back edge and white binding along fingerboard. Bound inside soundhole. The sunburst is wonderful. The finish itself could be the last of the Shellac era or early Nitro-Cellulose era. The finish is robust. It does show numerous touch marks and nicks here and there, as well as significant wear around the soundhole and along fingerboard extension.
     There are some long repaired cracks - 5 in the top and 1 1/4 in the back. There is easy to see player wear, down thru the finish in some places. This guitar enjoyed being owned by an avid, experienced player most of its life. This is one of those guitars that went to all the gigs, jams, rehearsals, etc.
     And... It has a very incredible voice. It has a beautifully rich and sonorous tone that has lots of strength... It would be a main attention getter in a room full of guitars being played.

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Gibson Nick Lucas - Prototype A 1
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1992 Gibson Nick Lucas - Prototype A Handbuilt by John Walker Guitar 'Sold'

     VG+ condition. Sunburst. No Repairs. Guitar shows lots of lacquer checking and has some lacquer chipped off of binding along fingerboard.
     14-fret neck joint. 25 1/2" scale length. Figured Maple back and sides. Mahogany neck Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Gibson logo and Fleur d' Lis inlaid in MOP in peghead. "Nick Lucas" inlay pattern in fingerboard.
     This very guitar is really and truly "Prototype A", as it is the first Gibson Nick Lucas guitar built since about 1939. John Walker, who was head of Gibson Custom shop built this guitar entirely by hand. John handbuilt the first NINE re-issued Nick Lucas guitars from Gibson in 1992. Almost all of them were varying versions of the Nick Lucas, with some having Rosewood or Mahogany backs and sides, some having 12-fret neck joints,some with short scale, and some built with the earlier "L-1" body size. * Gibson collectors take note of the above information. This may be the only place you'll ever see this specific information.
     This guitar was awarded to a noted musician in Montana for his work in encouraging Gibson to re-issue the Nick Lucas model. It was used at festivals, jams, and other performances. This very guitar is seen and recorded in the picnic scene in "A River Runs Through It".
     This is quite a rare piece, and would be priced around $5,000+, except that it has heavy finish checking.
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Gibson Nick Lucas Custom 1
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1992 Gibson Nick Lucas Custom Handmade Guitar 'Sold'

    Exc(+) condition. This is a very rare guitar. Handbuilt by John Walker during the earliest establishment of the Gibson Montana "Custom Shop". Only a very small number of the first 100 Nick Lucas guitars were handbuilt by Walker... perhaps 6-10 guitars. This one the original label with John Walker's and Ren Ferguson's initials, as well as John Walker's name signed underneath the top.
    While most of the Nick Lucas guitars produced by Gibson in Montana have long scale length, this one has the traditional SHORT SCALE that the original Nick Lucas models had.
    Flamed Maple back and sides. Honduran Mahogany neck. Appears to be Adirondack Red Spruce top. Beautiful full-body sunburst. Multiple white/black/white bindings on body and fingerboard. Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Firestriped pickguard. Nickel Waverly tuners.
    The action is set nice and low. Very crisp attack and full sound.
   
w/ OHC

 
Gibson SJ-200 1
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1952 Gibson SJ-200 Guitar 'Sold'

Exc(-) condition. Sunburst. This is the "real thing" - an old Super Jumbo 200 that was used on stage many times by very good players, yet never abused. All original parts. Nicely figured Maple back, sides, and neck. Spruce top. Heavy wear just around pickguard-bridge-soundhole area through the finish. Center seam has been reglued between bridge and binding. Some repaired top cracks - one on base side waist and downward; 2 from outer edge of pickguard. Small areas of sunburst touchup out from bass side of soundhole. Small area of wear on back center of guitar, and area of thumb wear on back of neck.
    This guitar sounds great and has been on stage in working country bands as well as used at high levels of national fiddle contests. It will be a great addition to any collection, or could be used out on tour.
 
w/ Period HC

 
Gibson SJ-200 1
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2000 Gibson SJ-200 Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc(-) condition. Some finish checking in lines on top, back, and top of peghead. No strap button has ever been installed.
     High-grade select Sitka Spruce top. Very high-grade book-matched flamed maple back, sides, and neck. Center seam of back is attractive wood marketry strip. Back of neck has rosewood stringer down the length. Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. Fingerboard has traditional pearl crown inlays. Bridge has traditional super jumbo inlays which are four blocks of pearl, two above the pins, two below the pins, and pearl dots at the end of the bridge pins. Snakewood bridge pins. Bone saddle and nut. Peghead overlay has Gibson name in pearl and normal J-200-style flourish in center of peghead. Traditional (bell) truss rod cover with white outside border like original 1930s. Five-ply binding on top edge of guitar. 3-ply binding on back. Fingerboard and peghead bound with single ply. Three-ply heel cap. Hand-cut, hand-engraved, hand-painted pickguard. Tuners are gold Kluson copies with typical tulip buttons.
     Wonderful tone with good balance across the range.

w/ OHC

 
Gibson Southerner Jumbo 1
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1950 Gibson Southerner Jumbo Guitar 'Sold'

     Excellent condition. One repaired 2" side crack and one filled small jack hole 2" from endpin.
     This guitar is in very nice condition, is all set-up to play well, and has original parts.
     Mahogany back, sides, and neck. Sunburst Spruce top. Rosewood fingerboard with paralellogram inlays. Original Kluson tuners. Multiple 7-ply bindings around top edge, with 5-ply bindings around back edge of body. Bound fingerboard. Original Rosewood bridge and pickguard.
     This is just one of those guitars that was never played a lot. The lacquer has lots of lustre and life to it. Has a deep woody resonance without the bass overpowering. All set-up to play with recent neck reset and fret job.

w/ newer TKL Tweed Case


 
Gibson Southerner Jumbo 1
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1953 Gibson Southerner Jumbo Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc. Condition. There is an oversized pickguard that was installed by the original owner because the guitar was being played a lot. There has also been a recent neck reset and new Brazilian Rosewood bridge installed. Tuners are newer vintage Kluson copy tuners. Recent fret work with frets showing almost no wear. Back of neck has overspray. Plays with medium-high action currently, but there is lots of saddle left and action can be lowered easily.
     Spruce top with tobacco sunburst and multiple bindings. Mahogany back, sides and neck. Back has 3-ply binding, fretboard is single bound. Radiused Rosewood fretboard with "parallelogram" inlays. New Brazilian Rosewood bridge.
     Very nice, big sound. Wide open and ready to play.

w/ HC

 
Gibson Southerner Jumbo (SJ) 1
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1953 Gibson Southerner Jumbo (SJ) Guitar 'Sold'

     Exc. Condition. There is an oversized pickguard that was installed by the original owner because the guitar was being played a lot. There has also been a recent neck reset and new Brazilian Rosewood bridge installed. Tuners are newer vintage Kluson copy tuners. Recent fret work with frets showing almost no wear. Back of neck has overspray. Plays with medium-high action currently, but there is lots of saddle left and action can be lowered easily.
     Spruce top with tobacco sunburst and multiple bindings. Mahogany back, sides and neck. Back has 3-ply binding, fretboard is single bound. Radiused Rosewood fretboard with "parallelogram" inlays. New Brazilian Rosewood bridge.
     Very nice, big sound. Wide open and ready to play.

w/ HC

 
Gibson TG-L4 Tenor 1
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c.1929 Gibson TG-L4 Tenor Guitar 'Sold'

Exc(-) condition. Beautiful big-bodied Tenor guitar. 23" scale length, with 12-fret body joint. Original Grover Patent "2-band" banjo tuners. Beautiful sunburst. Top has had several cracks repaired - 2 short repaired cracks on treble side of fingerboard extension, and 3 longer grain cracks at center area of top. All are repaired and tight. Back is very nicely figured Maple, like a perfect L-7. Trapeze tailpiece appears original, but has mandolin tailpiece stuck at the end of the trapeze!
w/ Newer plastic molded