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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


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

1976 Gibson L-5 CES (00204565)

This very clean consignment 1976 Gibson L-5 CES (00204565) is a fine example of what has been a workhorse gigging 17″ archtop model for jazz musicians for several decades. Sitka spruce top, Maple back, sides, and neck, Gold plated hardware, Ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlay, Ebony adjustable bridge, strung with flat wound strings for […]

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Price: On Hold

1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe (Batch Number 1011)

This consignment early 1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe (Batch Number 1011) is unconverted except for the addition of frets and is very responsive, with a lively and musical voice. Spruce top with the early 3 3/4″ soundhole diameter, Honduras mahogany back, sides, and neck, Replacement Waverly G-98 style tuners, Painted headstock from with […]

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Price: 6000

1932 Gibson L-7 (90691)

This consignment 1932 Gibson L-7 (90691) has a rich, even voice and an especially beautiful flame figured maple back. Still a 16″ size in 1932, this L-7 has Maple back and sides, Mahogany neck Grover G-98 tuners, Bound headstock overlay, 1 3/4″ nut width, Bound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with Nick Lucas style inlays, Deteriorating pickguard […]

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Price: 4500

Early 1935 converted Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe (Batch Number 64A 16)

This consignment very early 1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe (Batch Number 64A 16) well represents one of my favorite batches of the early examples of this model from its first 12 months of production. Specifications from these early production guitars include the smaller 3 3/4″ soundhole diameter and significantly lighter, which promotes a […]

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Price: $7950

1941 Gibson rosewood SJ 200 (3168 G XX)

___________________________________ This extremely well preserved consignment 1941 Gibson SJ 200 (Batch number 3186 G XX) well represents the top of the line 17″ Super Jumbo size “King of the Flat Tops”. The consigning owner wishes to keep the exact batch number confidential until the sale is completed. The features are standard for this year and […]

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Price: Sold

1970 Gibson Johnny Smith (104821)

This very clean and fine sounding consignment 1970 Gibson Johnny Smith (104821) has had a replacement pickguard made as the only repair procedure. The fast action profile neck and 24 3/4″ string scale make even the most fleet fingered passages a breeze to play. With the original hardshell case.

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Price: $7000

1989 Gibson L-4CES (81384589)

Temporary Photo Set ___________________________ This consignment 1989 Gibson L-4 CES (81384589) remains in near mint condition with just a hint of corrosion on the pickup cover edges. Well maintained for traditional jazz play and strung with flat wound strings. Nice tone and feel. With the original hardshell case.

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Price: $3750