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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


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: $6500

1989 Gibson L-4CES (81384589)

  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: Sold

1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe (Batch Number 907A)

____________________________________________________________________ This consignment 1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe (Batch Number 907A) is fully converted to standard play by Alan Perlman, crack-free, very clean, and has a lively response to a light touch. Mahogany neck, back, and sides, Adirondack spruce top, Tuners upgraded to a new Waverly set (originals in case pocket), Original pin […]

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Price: $7950

1930 Gibson L-4 (89890)

This trade-in early 1930 Gibson round hole L-4 is clean with no cracks and it retains all of its original parts except for the endpin, bridge saddle, and pickguard. The finish is very clean and bright. The guitar is very responsive and yields a rich and complex voice with the lightest touch.  Chipboard case.  

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Price: Sold

1921 Gibson A-2 Mandolin 63940 (63940)

This consignment 1921 Gibson A-2 mandolin (63940) remains in nearly mint and all-original condition, with just a few signs of play. The sound is throaty and lively, making it a fine choice for classical music or for old-time string band music. The finish, celluloid pickguard, interior label, and tuner finish are remain very clean and […]

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Price: Sold

Recent Gibson L-Century Elvis Costello model (02387005)

This recently made consignment Gibson L-Century Elvis Costello Limited Edition (02387005) remains in nearly new condition and has a solidly projective voice when played with a flat pick. The L-Century guitars were made by Gibson 1933-38 to help celebrate the Chicago centennial celebrations and exhibitions of 1933. Upgrading from the standard L-OO series, the original […]

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Price: $2500

1972 Gibson blonde L-5 (634056)

This trade-in 1972 blonde finish Gibson L-5CES (634056) is in fine working order and has just had a recent refret for “back to new” setup and playability. The features are all standard for the period, except that the original low and wide jumbo frets have been replaced with more conventional fret wire. The price has […]

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Price: Sold

1933 Gibson spruce top 12 fret L-O (Batch Number 37 XX)

This enchanting 1933 Gibson 12 fret spruce top L-O (Batch Number 37 XX) represents my favorite configuration and time period for Gibson small body flat top guitars. The build is not quite as light as the 1930-31 era guitars can be, so it has a little extra bone and muscle structure for a solid presence […]

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Price: Sold

1935 rosewood Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe 65A XX (Batch number 65A XX)

This consignment 1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe (Batch Number 65A XX) is one of a small group of 3 or so known rosewood body versions of the normally Mahogany bodied Stage De Luxe model. The Indian rosewood body comes from a batch of early 1935 Radio Grand models and the neck is a […]

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Price: Sold

1935 converted Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe (Batch Number 366A 4)

This especially fine condition consignment 1935 converted Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe (Batch Number 366A 4) is part of a consistently good sounding batch, many examples of which have passed through the shop in the last 10 years. The conversion process of neck reset, installing new frets to replace the white binding material lines, […]

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Price: Sold