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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 Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe (FON 1010 xx) (FON 1010 XX)

     This converted mid-1934 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De luxe (FON 1010-xx) is the finest example of the 25 that have ever passed through my shop. It has the most sought-after features of: Very light build, original scallop-voiced top braces, no pickguard, unbolted bridge, smaller two-color sunburst top finish treatment, 3 3/4″ sound hole size, and […]

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Price: Sold

1951 Gibson ES-125 (FON 7841 25) (FON 7841 25)

This exceptionally clean 1951 Gibson ES-125 (FON 7841 25) is fine playing condition, with bright and clean lacquer surfaces and metal finishes. A real closet case, this guitar comes with the original hang tags and chipboard case. The neck angle is nice and high, permitting any kind of playing setup. The medium-full neck profile is […]

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Price: sold

1924 Gibson F-5 Mandolin (76547)

This consignment 1924 Gibson F-5 mandolin (76547) remains in fine original condition, reportedly having only come to public sale from the original owner’s family for the first time about 20 years ago or so. Showing some signs of play wear and a single common repair, it remains in very nice shape, rewarding the player with […]

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Price: Sold

1962 Gibson ES-335 (53123)

This magnificent sounding consignment cherry red 1962 Gibson ES-335 plays very well and shows a few finish flaws from having lived in a humid environment. The keystone buttons on two of the original Kluson Deluxe tuners (high E and B strings) have deteriorated, so a drop-in replacement set is installed for daily use. The top […]

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Price: $16,000

ca. 1939 Gibson TB-18 (No FON or serial number)

This consignment ca. 1939 Gibson TB-18 tenor banjo comes to us in all-original excellent+ condition. The late 1930s top tension flathead model 18, with maple woods and engraved gold metal parts was Gibson’s successor to the Granada model. This banjo has its original skin head and the custom upgrade ebony bridge with ivory cap. Showing […]

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Price: Sold

1944 Gibson J-45 (no FON or serial number) (No FON or serial number)

This incredibly loud and bright 1944 Gibson J-45 has a lot of the power and cutting quality of some of the 1945 examples. This guitar is from what is probably the only batch of 1944 J-45s to get a single piece maple neck with a truss rod. Gorgeous fine grain Sitka spruce top with lots […]

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Price: Sold

Early 1934 Gibson L-4 archtop (91461)

This especially fine sounding example of Gibson’s round soundhole L-4 arch top dates from early 1934 (91461) has had a few small repairs and an upgrade TKL hardshell case. Fine grain Adirondack spruce top, Maple back and sides, Healthy turtle-oid elevated finger rest, Bound fingerboard, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard inlay, Dots fingerboard inlay, Pearl script “Gibson” […]

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Price: Sold

1916 Gibson Style U Harp Guitar (53313)

This exceptionally clean 1916 Gibson Style U Harp Guitar (53313) is an especially beautiful example of this iconic model. Medium to fine grain carved spruce top, plain figure birch sides, Stunningly borgeous ribbon figuring in the birch back, original Waverly tuners, bright clean finish, 24 3/4″ string length, 10 bass strings. All original hardware except […]

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Price: Sold

1935 Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe (FON 307A)

This early 1935 fully converted Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe (FON 307A) is a very responsive exmple with a complex voice a good volume. Fine grain Adirondack spruce top, Mahogany back, sides, and neck, Grover tuners with cream tuners, Black painted headstock front with script stenciled “Gibson” logo and block print “Roy Smeck Stage […]

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Price: Sold