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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


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: 5500

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

This consignment early 1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe (Batch Number 1011) has been partially converted and is very responsive, with a lively and musical voice. Spruce top with the early 3 3/4″ soundhole diameter, Honduras rosewood back, sides, and neck, Replacement Waverly G-98 style tuners, Painted headstock from with script “Gibson” logo and […]

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Price: 7500

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

2013 Gibson Custom Shop J-200 Quilt (13535013)

This consignment 2013 Custom Shop J-200 Quilt features nice materials in the quilted maple back and sides and the gorgeous Sitka spruce top with even cross-grain silting figure. The sunburst finish on this guitar is especially beautiful. There is only one small finish mar on the back of the neck about the 3rd fret position, […]

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Price: $3900

2007 Gibson Custom Shop J-200 Mini (00727004)

This consignment 2007 Gibson Custom Shop J-200 Mini has nice upgrade materials in the Quilted maple back and sides and abalone crown inlays and soundhole rosette. The guitar shape is a 14 7/8″ version of the J-200, with similar appointments. This guitar was hand selected by the consigning owner for the lively and rich response. […]

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Price: $3500

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: $8950

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: $75,000

1970 Gibson Johnny Smith (104821)

Temporary Photo Set ________________________________________________________ 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: $7500