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Gibson

Gibson really started to put together nice flat top guitars around 1930. My favorite Gibson guitars are from the 1930-35 period when the build style was quite light, making the guitars exceptionally responsive. I’ll feature all flat top Gibson models made during this period, particularly the magical 12 fret L-1, L-2, and Roy Smeck jumbo hawaiian models. From 1936 until the wartime years, the build grew steadily heavier, with sharper clearer tone and great volume when pushed. I’ll feature all flat top jumbo models from this period as well as L-OOs, L-Os, and HG-OOs. Some of my favorite Gibson flat top guitars were made during the “Bannerhead” wartime and just postwar years of 1942-46. Some of these guitars have Mahogany tops that ring with more of a midrange tone than Adirondack or Sitka Spruce from this time. The 1947-54 era post-bannerhead flat top guitars all have scalloped brace voicing except for the ladder braced LG-1. I like the flat top guitars from the era quite a bit and try to stock them when they are available. Gibson guitars made after 1955 can be hit or miss, so I have to audition them before I will take them in. Archtops are kind of a hard sell for me, so from now on I will only take super clean archtops from any era.

Coming soon: 1937 Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe, 1946 J-45, 1939 J-3, 1935 Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe


1930 Gibson L-1 (Batch Number 9756)

This consignment 1930 L-1 (Batch Number 9756) is a very lively example of the then new 14 3/4″ shape that defined the middle size Gibson models all through the 1930s. These guitars were at their very lightest during 1930 and they are celebrated for both the modern slim neck profile and extremely responsive voice. The […]

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Price: On Hold

1953 Gibson J-45 (Batch Number Y6824 33)

This consignment 1953 Gibson J-45 (Batch Number Y6824 33) is a well played and great sounding example from near the end of the scallop-voiced era for Gibson. The medium grain width Sitka spruce top helps to provide a rich and resonant voice and has only a single repaired crack at the extreme bass-side edge of […]

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Price: $4500

1934 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe (Batch Number 1010)

Memory is a funny thing. My previous all-time favorite converted Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe was also a 1934 scallop-voiced model from this same batch, 1010. Though I sold that one 4-5 years ago, the strong emotional impressions that it made on me were vivid and lasting. I think that I like this one […]

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Price: Sold

Early 1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe (No Batch Number)

This early 1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe has no readable Batch Number, but the characteristic small sunburst pattern and 3 3/4″ soundhole diameter date it to the early part of the year. The consigning owner purchased this guitar in 1978 from Vintage Instruments of Philadephia and has played it ever since then. After […]

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Price: $8500

1939 Recording King Ray Whitley rosewood Model 1027 (EW-314)

This very powerful sounding consignment Gibson-made Recording King Ray Whitley rosewood Model 1027 (EW-314) is one of only 171 guitars made in 1939, with the remaining production run of 9 shipped in early 1940. We can think of this guitar as a Montgomery Wards distributed rosewood version of the Gibson J-55 model, with the wide […]

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Price: $18,000

1932 Trujo style A plectrum banjo (3072-A)

This consignment 1932 Gibson-made Trujo style A plectrum banjo shows a little wear, but no abuse, and all-original parts except for plastic head. The metal surfaces are clean and bright. Mahogany neck and resonator, Page tuners, Adjustable truss rod, Pearl “Trujo” inlay on rear of headstock, Chrome plated parts, Special deep 3 1/4″ body construction […]

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Price: $2500

1953 Gibson J-45 (Batch Number Y1698 18)

This consignment 1953 Gibson J-45 is an especially fine sounding example of this scallop-voiced model. The stamped batch number is a little smeary, but seems to read Y1698 18. There is a small list of repair or replacement procedures that keeps the retail price attractive. Honduras mahogany back and sides, Sitka spruce top, Honduras mahogany […]

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Price: On Hold

1916 Gibson F4 (25579)

This finely preserved consignment 1916 Gibson F4 mandolin has been in the care of the current owner since the early 1970s and remains in nice original condition with a minimum of handling wear. The voice is rich and complex, making it a fine melody instrument. Fine grain Adirondack spruce top, Figured Maple back and sides, […]

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Price: 5950

1998 Gibson Super 400 CES (92958011)

This consignment 1998 Gibson Super 400 CES remains in mint condition and is a fine example of Gibson’s top-of-the-line 18″ jazz archtop model, with the natural finish clearly showing the fine wood selection. Fine grain Sitka Spruce top, Flame figured Maple back, sides, and neck, Gold plated hardware, Ebony fingerboard with pearl Super 400 inlay, […]

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Price: $11,000

1983 Gibson Super 400 CES (80013021)

This consignment 1983 Gibson Super 400 CES (80013021) remains in her mint condition, with slightly worn gold plating on the strap button being the primary evidence of any play wear. Fine grain Sitka Spruce top, Flame figured maple back and sides, Gold plated hardware, Ebony fingerboard with pearl 400 style inlay, Strung with flat wound […]

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Price: 7000