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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


1934 Gibson converted Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe (Partial Batch Number 109 (1091?))

This consignment early 1934 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe (Partial Batch Number 109, possibly 1091) is only the third example with original scalloped braces out of the 30 or so that I have had pass through the shop in the last 10 years. The 1970s era conversion by Randy Wood was most probably inspired […]

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Price: 8500

1941 Gibson B-135 string bass (B-135-741)

I do not usually cross-post string basses in the guitar website, but over the years several serious Gibson collectors have requested that I keep an eye out for one of these prewar Gibson string basses, especially if it is in the “natural” blonde finish with curly maple outer ply back and sides. Here it is! […]

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Price: $3500

1941 Gibson Super Jumbo 200 (Batch Number 3168G XX)

This extremely well preserved consignment 1941 Gibson Super Jumbo 200 (Batch Number 3168G XX) well represents the earlier rosewood version of the top of the line 17″ 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 […]

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1953 Gibson ES-175 (A16526)

This consignment one-owner 1953 Gibson ES-175 (A16526) remains in very clean condition and plays well. Single P-90 pickup, replacement Epiphone Frequensator tailpiece. The pickguard mounting screw has broken away from the mounting block. A new mounting block would allow the pickguard to be re-attached with the original hardware. The pots, especially the tone pot, could […]

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Price: $3750

1998 Gibson ES-350T sunburst (92738007)

This mint condition consignment 1998 Gibson ES-350T (92738007) sunburst comes from the collection of a dedicated amateur jazz player who never took it outside of his home, except for a setup by Rich Hoeg. It plays beautifully. The surfaces are all sparkling clean. The case is also in “as-new” condition.

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Price: Sold

1997 Gibson L-5 CES blonde (90337004)

This gorgeous mint condition Gibson L-5 CES (90337004) in natural finish was owned by a dedicated amateur jazz player who never took it out of the house. All surfaces are sparkling clean. The very fine grain spruce top gives the voice a complex warmth in tone. The original case also remains in “as-new” condition.

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Price: Sold

1977 Gibson L-5 CES sunburst (73477079)

This mint condition consignment 1977 Gibson sunburst L-5 CES (73477079) comes from the collection of a dedicated amateur jazz player who never took it out of the house except for an action tuneup. All surfaces are sparkling clean. The grain of the spruce top is very bold, giving this guitar particularly colorful upper midrange and […]

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Price: On Hold

2003 Gibson Custom L-4C (NAMM Show) (21343004)

This fabulous 2003 Custom NAMM Show Gibson L-4C (21343004) is in nearly new condition and is remarkably subtle in the custom decorations used. Gibson can go quite over the top in NAMM instrument decoration, but this guitar shows elegant restraint. The ivory sparkle finish is not noticeable from a distance until a strong stage light […]

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Price: Sold

1988 Gibson ES-175 (80348533)

This near mint condition tobacco sunburst 1988 Gibson ES-175 (80348533) ably represents the quintessential mid-century electric jazz archtop.  The only real sign of use is a bent G string tuner button. I have adjusted the polepieces on both humbucker pickups to balance the individual outputs of each string in the Thomastik George Benson GB 112 […]

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Price: Sold

Early 1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe conversion FON 64A (FON 64A)

      This “returning champion” very early 1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe conversion (FON 64A)  is a very strong guitar and loves making a big noise with medium gauge strings. Alan Perlman did the original conversion and has now refined the frets with a minor leveling and replaced the original sticky 6:1 Grover tuners with […]

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Price: Sold