1969 Gibson J45 - £2499

1969 Gibson J45

NEW ARRIVAL This is a great example of Gibson's iconic slope shouldered dreadnought, with one of the best looking faded cherry sunburst finishes I’ve seen. When you start playing it you realise why 60's slope shouldered dreadnoughts are among the most collectable acoustics around. It has a big sound, a rounded bass yet the subtlety to handle the most delicate playing styles, with a fantastic playing action it's a dream to play. It feels like it's been played every day of it's 50 years, has great looking lacquer checking, and just oozes character. This example must be from mid to late ’69 as it has a wider neck than the notoriously slim necks of the late 60’s Gibsons. It comes in a non original hard case.

1936 Gibson L30 - £1499

1936 Gibson L30

NEW ARRIVAL Introduced in 1935, and only available in a black finish until 1936, this 1936 Gibson L30 is a striking looking example in very good condition. It’s quite rare to find an example with it’s original tortoise pickguard, and the guitar also features a 1936 Liberty nickel set into the headstock below the script logo, which is a classy touch. The tone is voiced beautifully for blues, jazz and swing, has a very comfortable neck - quite chunky - and a great playing action all the way up the neck. It has the kind of playwear you'd expect from an 83 year old guitar, and lots of great looking lacquer checking. The guitar is in very good condition, with a repaired back crack. It looks, feels and sounds fantastic, and has the kind of vintage vibe that is impossible to replicate in a reissue. The guitar has an active LR Baggs pickup fitted, with the battery pack mounted next to the end pin, and comes in a non original hard case.

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1992 Gibson J200 - £2499

1992 Gibson J200

NEW ARRIVAL They call the J200 King Of The Flat Tops, and it has to be one of the most famous acoustic guitars in the world. This is a great example, visually it's stunning, with the iconic scratchplate contrasting beautifully with the honey coloured top. With a Spruce top and a flamed Maple back and sides, this guitar has a bright shimmering tone, which is huge yet balanced, and feels like your producing a wall of sound. Early 90’s example are considered by many to be one of the best post 60’s eras in Gibson acoustics, and this has to be one of the best modern examples I’ve played. It's a joy to play, with a very comfortable feeling neck, and for a 27 year old guitar it's in very good condition with no cracks or repairs, just one wear patch on the back that’s worn through the lacquer but not scratched the wood below. It comes in the very desirable original tan hard case with pink lining.

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2016 Gibson J100 Walnut - £1749

2016 Gibson J100 Walnut

NEW ARRIVAL The Gibson SJ-100 is one of the largest bodied flat top acoustics that you can buy today. With a long history dating back all the way to 1941 it’s been reissued in a number of different formats, but never with Walnut back and sides. Topped with Sitka Spruce, the tone sits somewhere between Mahogany and Rosewood, meaning you get a full sounding guitar that has a particular midrange punch that you don't hear very often. The guitar also features a Honeyburst finish, and Granadillo fingerboard and moustache bridge, further adding to the unique appearance. Visually the figured Walnut is beautiful, the headstock veneer is also Walnut, and the pickguard has a very cool vintage style trim. Altogether a very classy act, the neck feels very comfortable and the action is great. The guitar has a Fishman Matrix soundhole pickup fitted, and comes in it's original Gibson embossed hard case.

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1967 Epiphone Texan - £1999

1967 Epiphone Texan

NEW ARRIVAL This guitar is a great example of a Gibson made Epiphone, during the time when Gibson had bought Epiphone and both brands were made under the same roof in Kalamazoo Michigan. It’s arguably Epiphone’s most famous flat top model thanks to it’s association with the Beatles. It’s also a classic 60’s workhorse guitar. The Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides give the guitar a rich warm sound, and the slope shoulders give a wonderful rounded bass, yet well balanced in the mids and trebles making it a very versatile guitar. Visually the dark cherry sunburst top is still vivid, contrasting beautifully with it’s amber centre. The neck feels comfortable, and the low action makes the guitar a treat to play. It’s in very good condition, with lots of light playwear and lacquer checking, all original with one repair on the back of the headstock - it looks like a scratch but may once have been a crack, it’s been done so well it’s difficult to tell. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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1969 Gibson J50 - £1599

1969 Gibson J50

NEW ARRIVAL This J50 is a real find, 1969 was the transitional year when Gibson changed from slope shouldered J50’s, so this is the only year you can get a 60's square shouldered J50. It's a classic example of the 'workhorse' guitar, and one of Gibson's most iconic models. The square shouldered dreadnought, with dark honey coloured Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides, simply oozes character. It has a warm, rich bass, yet balanced trebles and detailed mids - this guitar is a great all rounder. As you'd expect from a 50 year old guitar it has wonderful looking lacquer checking, and the neck feels great to play, with a very easy playing action, making it a very difficult guitar to put down. The guitar has an LR Baggs M1 soundhole pickup fitted which sounds very natural, and comes in a non original hard case.

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1955 Gibson J160 - £2999


1955 Gibson J160

SOLD In 1954 Gibson launched the now world famous J160E. They made the guitar with a solid Spruce top, not realising that it would cause the pickup to feedback. So in 1955 they changed the spec to a laminate Spruce top, and it’s stayed that way ever since. In early 1955, a few J160’s were produced with a solid Spruce top, so Gibson made the decision not to fit a pickup or tone and volume knobs, and call it a J160. This model has become a thing of myth, as few people have ever seen one in the flesh….. Well here’s one, and it’s the only solid topped Gibson dreadnought acoustic I’m aware of to feature ladder bracing. What this does is reduce resonance and sustain, but add a dry, woody thump to the bass. It really is a unique sounding guitar. Rarity aside, it’s in good, played condition, with no cracks or repairs, although the area just below the pickguard has been filled. The neck feels great, and the action is just right. It comes in a later Gibson hard case.

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1947 - 51 Gibson L48 - £1499

1947 - 51 Gibson L48

NEW ARRIVAL This is a great example of a late 40's / early 50’s Gibson archtop - difficult to date exactly but the Mahogany top, back and sides dates it to 1947 - 51. The guitar has a beautifully faded tobacco sunburst finish, some of which has peeled off through countless years of play (but which make the woods easier to identify). The tone is voiced beautifully for blues, jazz and swing, has a very comfortable neck and a good playing action - even beyond the 12th fret which is unusual on old archtops. It has a couple of sound posts fitted to provide stability and keep the arched top is good shape. As late 40's / early 50’s archtops go, this example looks, feels and sounds fantastic. It comes in a non original hard case.

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1994 Gibson Blues King 100th Anniversary - £1399

1994 Gibson Blues King 100th Anniversary

ON HOLD Made in 1994 as part of Gibson’s 100th anniversary, only 100 Blues Kings were made, making this example particularly desirable. It’s a reissue of one of the most iconic blues guitars ever - the Gibson L-00. A great example to Gibson's attention to detail, from the script Gibson headstock logo and the rectangular bridge, to the tortoiseshell pickguard, and a simply stunning sunburst, this guitar really looks the part. With Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides, plus the old style narrow shouldered 00 size body, this guitar is made to play the blues, although the X bracing adds to the guitar’s versatility. The guitar has a warm, mellow tone, suited for both fingerstyle and soloing, as well as light strumming, with a very comfortable playing action. As a 25 year old guitar it's in very good condition, with no cracks or repairs, just some signs of light playwear. It comes in it’s original Gibson embossed tan hard case.

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1950 Gibson Southern Jumbo - £3799

1950 Gibson Southern Jumbo

SOLD If you've always wanted the legendary early 50's Gibson dreadnought tone, but never thought you'd be able to afford it, this could be the guitar for you. Definitely for the player not the collector - but what a sound; the tone, the feel and the playing experience make this guitar something really special. The bass is deep and mellow, the mids are strong, and the trebles are rich. The neck is chunky and the whole guitar resonates when you play it. Clearly this is a player grade guitar with lots of wear on the top, although surprisingly the rest of the guitar is in very good condition, with just a couple of repaired back cracks and one side crack.  This really is a piece of Gibson history. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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2007 Gibson Songwriter Special - £1399

2007 Gibson Songwriter Special

NEW ARRIVAL The Gibson Songwriter Special features a Sitka Spruce top with Mahogany back and sides and a dreadnought body size with cutaway. This combination gives a sparkling tone, with rich, detailed overtones - really quite dynamic. The guitar has a Rosewood fingerboard and bridge with very striking Abalone inlays and rosette, Grover tuners and an Ebony finish. It’s in very good condition, and at 12 years old it’s beginning to mature really well. There’s also an L.R. Baggs under-saddle pickup fitted with volume control mounted inside the soundhole. The guitar comes in it’s original Gibson embossed hard case.

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1938 Cromwell L50 - £999

1938 Cromwell L50

NEW ARRIVAL During the Great Depression, Gibson realised that most people couldn’t afford their guitars, so they made more affordable versions under different names - Kalamazoo being the best known, but also Cromwell, Recording King, Fascinator and Carson Robison. These guitars were built to a slightly lower specification using lesser quality tone woods and lighter bracing. Now skip forward 80 years and a lot of these guitars are just fantastic, because the lighter build allows them to resonate more than their Gibson equivalent. This Cromwell archtop is the equivalent of a Gibson L50, with a Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides, and 14 1/2” wide body. The tone is voiced beautifully for blues, jazz and swing, has a very comfortable V profile neck, and a great playing action all the way up the neck. For an 80 year old guitar, it’s in excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs. This guitar looks, feels and sounds great, and has the kind of vintage vibe that is impossible to replicate in a reissue. It has a transducer pickup fitted which works well, and comes in a non original hard case.

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2007 Gibson Nick Lucas - £2299

2007 Gibson Nick Lucas

SOLD Gibson’s collaboration with Nick Lucas gave birth to one of the most desirable models ever. A traditional 00 shape body, but deeper than normal, with Flamed Maple back and sides - this gives a full bass, crisp, sparkling top-end, and exceptional tonal balance. Reissued in a few different formats in very limited numbers, this is the only version with the reproduction Nick Lucas label. Very true to the original the fingerboard has the classic Nick Lucas inlays, a Fleur De Lis inlay on the headstock plus script logo, a beuatiful Firestripe pickguard and butterbean tuners.. The guitar is in excellent condition, plays like a dream, and comes complete with it’s Gibson embossed hardshell case.

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1990 Gibson Advanced Jumbo - £1849

1990 Gibson Advanced Jumbo

SOLD In the mid '30s, Gibson luthiers decided to build the best-sounding, most powerful flat-top acoustic ever. The result was the Advanced Jumbo. What Gibson’s luthiers discovered was a resonance-enhancing, advanced X-bracing pattern that had not been used before. The results were a deeper bass and increased projection. During the three years the AJ was in its first production run, Gibson made about 300 of them. It wasn't until 1990 that Gibson reintroduced the AJ - making this guitar from the first year - and their value as a vintage-tone time capsule was recognised. The AJ offers rich harmonics with excellent punch and presence. The Spruce top and Rosewood back & sides are finished with a simple, single-ply binding. A traditional sound hole rosette, mother-of-pearl diamond and arrow inlays are inlayed in the Rosewood fingerboard and the classic MOP script logo with MOP vertical diamond and arrow inlay make this instantly recognisable as a classic. This example - in a beautiful vintage sunburst finish - is in very good condition, with just the right amount of small nicks and dings to tell you it’s been played and loved for the last 29 years. It has an active underside pickup installed, and comes in an upgraded Hiscox flight case.

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1953 Gibson LG2 - £2199

1953 Gibson LG2

NEW ARRIVAL The LG2 was made from 1942 - 1962, possibly the most desirable small bodied post war Gibson model available. The LG2 is a 00 size guitar with very desirable X bracing, making the guitar extremely resonant - a surprisingly big sound for a small bodied guitar. The most obvious difference of the early 50's LG2's is the neck - it's fat and chunky - meaning it carries fuller tone and greater sustain than it's later 50's equivalents. Despite having several repaired cracks, the guitar is in good playing condition, and the tobacco burst is simply stunning. Tonally it’s one of those guitars that just makes you want to play and play, reminiscent of so many old blues recordings. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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1937 Epiphone Olympic - £1749

1937 Epiphone Olympic

NEW ARRIVAL This guitar is from Epiphone’s golden archtop age, when the company was still based in New York before they were bought by Gibson in 1957. 30’s and 40’s Epiphone archtops have long been considered among the best of their kind, and the Epiphone Olympic is now famous in it’s own right as the guitar of choice of David Rawlings. The guitar features a Spruce top with Mahogany back and sides, and has a bright, punchy tone with plenty of volume. The guitar is in very good, all original condition, and lends itself to blues, jazz, country, bluegrass, old time and swing. It even comes in it’s original, although battered, hard case.

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1968 Gibson Country Western - £1799

1968 Gibson Country Western

NEW ARRIVAL The Country Western is a very hard to find model, only available as a square shoulder dreadnought from 1962 - 1978. It has a Spruce top with Mahogany back and sides, and features beautiful pearl split parallelogram fingerboard inlays, a classic tortoiseshell scratchplate, and multiple bound top and back binding - all the hallmarks of a deluxe Gibson guitar. This guitar is a real diamond in the rough, clearly played a lot, and because a lot of the lacquer finish is missing, it allows the body to move more, making this a very resonant guitar. The warmth and depth of tone are the first things you notice, but as you keep playing there's a real shimmer around the trebles, add that together with the great sustain and you've got a real all rounder - capable of any playing style. The guitar is in all original condition and, despite all the bumps and bruises, there are no cracks or repairs. The action is a little on the high side, but the tone makes it worth the extra effort. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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1993 Gibson J60 - £1499

1993 Gibson J60

NEW ARRIVAL The J60 was only produced between 1992 and 1998 (although later reissued in 2013) and was nicknamed the ‘Bone Crusher’ due to its powerful square shouldered dreadnought design with Sitka Spruce top and Rosewood back and sides. The guitar featured Gibson’s advanced 1930’s-style bracing, resulting in a deeper bass and increased projection, giving rich harmonics with excellent punch and presence. Visually the guitar is interesting as it features a Script Gibson headstock logo and teardrop pickguard, and as signs of quality it has an Ebony fingerboard and bridge. The guitar is in excellent condition, with just a few signs of playwear, feels very comfortable to play, and has an underside pickup fitted. It comes in the very desirable original tan hard case with pink lining and shroud.

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1956 Epiphone Zephyr - £1699

1956 Epiphone Zephyr

NEW ARRIVAL Introduced in 1950, the Zephyr Regent was Epiphone's most popular electric cutaway guitar. Epi's journeyman 17" instrument, the Zephyr Regent was positioned against its main competitor, the Gibson ES-350. Featuring a deeper cutaway than its Gibson rival, the Zephyr Regent facilitates upper fingerboard access by two to three frets. This example was made in 1956 in Manhattan, New York, the year before Gibson bought the company. The full-depth maple laminate body provides warm, classic tone with superior feedback resistance. The Dearmond dynasonic pickup, which was fitted to Zephrys in that year, is clear and detailed. As well as being a classic jazzer, it also works well for blues, swing and rock ’n’ roll. The guitar is in excellent condition, with a very comfortable neck and easy playing action. It comes in a non original hard case.

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1985 Gibson J45 Celebrity - £2499

1985 Gibson J45 Celebrity

SOLD As 1 of only 90 of a limited run of 90th anniversary J45’s, the Celebrity model is one of the most ornate and striking J45’s I’ve seen. Natural topped with Rosewood back and sides, plus an Ebony fingerboard and bridge is unusual. The pickguard is a shape I haven’t seen before. Then there’s the fingerboard inlays and beautiful headstock inlay with ‘The Gibson’ script logo. It really is a special guitar. As a slope shouldered dreadnought it has a big resonant sound with a tight focused bass response, well balanced mids and trebles, and excellent projection. The playability is fantastic, and the tone has only improved over the last 34 years. The guitar’s in excellent condition and comes in it’s original Gibson embossed deluxe hard case.

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1954 Gibson J160E - £2499

1954 Gibson J160E

NEW ARRIVAL Possibly the most recognisable of all Gibson acoustics, the J160E was made famous by the Beatles, and as such if you want to recreate that unique sound - this is the only guitar that gets you there. There have been various modern reissues by Gibson that have the look, but only a genuine vintage example will have the true sound, character, vibe and feel. Both acoustic and plugged in, it has 'that' sound. To add to the rarity of this particular guitar, it was made in 1954, the year this model was first introduced. The guitar feels very comfortable to play, with an easy action. It’s in good condition for a 65 year old guitar, with a refinished top and several tightly repaired back cracks. It comes in a non original hard case.

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1955 Gibson J50 - £2699

1955 Gibson J50

NEW ARRIVAL If you've always wanted the legendary 50's Gibson J50 tone, but never thought you'd be able to afford it, this could be the guitar for you. Early - mid 50's J50’s are amongst the most desirable post war acoustics around, and usually fetch upwards of £5000, making them beyond most peoples budget. This example plays just as well and sounds just as good as it's more expensive equivalents - only because it’s had an overspray, a few crack repairs, and a shoulder mounted Artec pickup fitted, it's far more affordable. It has a depth and warmth to the tone that make it truly inspirational to play, you can hit it hard and it will respond, yet it will handle the most delicate finger picking, it really is a superb all rounder. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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1936 Kalamazoo KG21 - £1299

1936 Kalamazoo KG21

NEW ARRIVAL Depression era Gibsons, made on a tighter budget and branded Kalamazoos, are one of the best ways to get 30’s Gibson tone without the high price tag. Then there’s the cool factor of having a Gibson made guitar that only those in the know will understand. The KG21 is a lighter braced equivalent of a Gibson L30, and this is a fine example in a beautiful looking faded tobacco sunburst. The tone is voiced just right for blues, jazz and swing, has a very comfortable neck - quite chunky - and a great playing action all the way up the neck. It has the kind of playwear you'd expect from a 83 year old guitar, and lots of great looking lacquer checking. The guitar is in very good condition, all original with no cracks or repairs. This guitar looks, feels and sounds fantastic, and has the kind of vintage vibe that is impossible to replicate in a reissue. It comes in a non original hard case.

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2004 Gibson J185 - £1699

2004 Gibson J185

SOLD The J185 is the ideal guitar for someone who wants a J200 but finds them too big and bulky to play. The J185 is 16 1/4" wide with a scale length of 24 3/4" rather than a J200 which is 16 7/8" wide and has a scale length of 25 1/2". Not only is the J185 more comfortable to play, but because of it's smaller dimensions the guitar packs more of a punch in the mids and trebles allowing it to cut through more in a band situation, working very well for both strumming and fingerstyle. Other than it's size, the spec is very similar to a J200, with AAA grade Sitka Spruce top, and AAA grade Flamed Maple back and sides. The guitar also features a beautiful historic tobacco sunburst, a 50's style tortoise pickguard, split parallelogram fingerboard inlays, and the iconic Maltese Cross bridge inlays. This guitar is in excellent condition, with just light signs of playwear, and some lacquer checking on the sides. The neck is very comfortable and the playing action is excellent. At 15 years old the tone's starting to mature very nicely, and will only get better in the future. It has an active underside pickup fitted, and comes in it's original Gibson embossed hard case.

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1961 Gibson LG1 - £1649

1961 Gibson LG1

NEW ARRIVAL This 1961 Gibson LG1 is a great example of an affordable 60’s Gibson, with authentic tone that no modern guitar can come close to. 1961 was the last year Gibson used the very desirable rectangular bridge, and a wider neck than on later 60’s examples. Visually it’s just what you’d want from a 60’s Gibson, a vivid cherry sunburst and striking pickguard. Tonally it’s bright and punchy, but with added depth in the bass. The guitar’s is in very good condition condition, with a very playable neck and easy action. There’s a repaired crack by the soundhole, and two long grooves that run along the back but don’t go through the wood. It has an LR Baggs dual source pickup with volume control mounted inside the soundhole, and comes in a non original hard case.

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1966 Gibson J45 - £2499

1966 Gibson J45

SOLD This guitar is a great example of Gibson's classic workhorse guitar - a 60's J50. The Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides give the guitar a rich warm sound, and the slope shoulders give a wonderful rounded bass, yet well balanced in the mids and trebles making it a very versatile guitar. Visually the cherry sunburst top is still vivid, contrasting beautifully with it’s amber centre. The neck feels comfortable, and the low action makes the guitar a treat to play. It’s in very good condition, with lots of playwear and lacquer checking, all original with no cracks or repairs, It comes in a non original hard case.

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2015 Gibson L00 Acacia - £1849

2015 Gibson L00 Acacia Custom Shop

NEW ARRIVAL In 2015 Gibson’s Custom Shop produced a limited run of L00’s with Acacia back and sides - one of the most spectacular looking tone woods, similar in tone and appearance to Koa. The guitar bears all the hallmarks of the sought after vintage L-00’s. The compact design, deeper body, traditional scalloped X-bracing and hide glue construction exude a feel and sound that only an L-00 can. Add to that the Custom Shop touches such as Abalone snowflake fretboard inlays, an Abalone rosette and headstock logo, and a set of gold Grover open-back tuners, and the guitar has a really classy look and feel. Tonally Acacia has a bright, complex sound with plenty of mid range. Add this to the Sitka Spruce top and you have a strong, clear sound with warmth and sparkle. The playability is excellent and action is just right. It features an LR Baggs VTC pickup with volume and tone controls mounted inside the soundhole, and comes in it’s original Gibson embossed hard case.

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2016 Gibson J15 - £999

2016 Gibson J15

NEW ARRIVAL At first glance, the Gibson J15 is a stripped down J45 / J50, a classic slope shouldered dreadnought. But on closer inspection, the Walnut back and sides, Maple neck, rectangular bridge, Abalone rosette and scalloped bracing reveals something quite different. The Walnut back and sides deliver a darker, moodier tone than traditional Mahogany, coupled with a Maple neck and scalloped bracing, the guitar is very resonant, and particularly allows the bass and mids to ring through. The treble response is there, but understated. As you’d expect from a modern Gibson, the playability is very good and the feel of the neck is great. Tonally it’s a very versatile guitar, a real all rounder, and it’s in excellent condition. It features an LR Baggs element pickup with volume control mounted inside the soundhole, and comes in it’s original Gibson embossed hard case.

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1967 Epiphone Texan - £2499

1967 Epiphone Texan

NEW ARRIVAL Gibson bought Epiphone in 1957, and moved it to the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1960. Epiphones were then built in the Gibson factory from 1960 - 1969 until being transfered to Japan in early 1970. So buying a 60's Epiphone gets you a USA made, Gibson produced guitar. With that said, the Texan is probably the best known Epiphone model, famously played by Paul McCartney. This example has one of the best looking sunburst finishes I’ve seen, and also features the hallmark tortoiseshell pickguard, and diamond fingerboard inlays. The guitar has that iconic sound, a deep bass with balanced mids and trebles, and is in very good condition, with lots of beautiful lacquer checking, and just one repaired back crack. The original adjustable saddle has been replaced by a bone saddle, but comes with the guitar should the next owner ever want to reinstall it. It has an active underside pickup fitted and comes in a non original hard case.

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1972 Gibson Hummingbird - £1849

1972 Gibson Hummingbird

SOLD 70's Hummingbirds are becoming more and more desirable as their 60's equivalents are getting more expensive - and natural models are quite difficult to find. This example has clearly been played a lot - several repaired top and side cracks - but through being played so much the tone and feel have really benefited - it has depth, richness and a really mature tone. Visually the top has beautifully darkened to a deep honey colour with fantastic looking lacquer checking, and the Mahogany back and sides are richly figured. The neck feels comfortable in the left hand with a good playing action. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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1942 Gibson L-0 - £2499

1942 Gibson L0

NEW ARRIVAL Between 1942 and 1945 Gibson made guitars featuring the Banner logo ‘Only A Gibson Is Good Enough’, which are now amongst the most desirable acoustics around. This particular example has been restored by luthier Graham Parker, and it really was a project for him. The guitar has had a neck reset, a refret, repaired bracing and a replaced bridge and bridge plate. Internally there was filler on the lower treble bout which Graham decided not to remove as it could affect the structural integrity of the guitar, and because of this the rims have been painted a reddish brown. But now all the work’s done it looks amazing and plays great. There is added weight to the guitar because of the filler, making the guitar a little bottom heavy, and this makes the guitar a little less resonant than other Banner Gibsons I’ve had, but the tone is balanced with quite a punch, and still an unmistakable vintage Gibson sound. It comes in a non original hard case.

1936 Kalamazoo KG14 - £1749

1936 Kalamazoo KG14

SOLD There are few acoustic guitars more wrapped up in music history than the Kalamazoo KG14. It's the model that Robert Johnson played in his first studio session in November 1936 before getting arrested for a bar room brawl and losing his guitar. When he returned to the studio without a guitar he was given the studio's Gibson L1, a guitar Johnson could never have afforded. There is a quality to the Kalamazoo that equivalent Gibsons don't have - a rawness which produces a real bark, like a honky tonk tone - and it makes them a real playing experience. This example has all the hallmark sounds that hark back to those history making 30's recordings, and it feels like you're stepping back in time - a real treat for any blues player. It’s in very good condition, with the kind of wear and tear you'd expect from an 83 year old guitar, but no cracks or repairs. The chunky neck feels quite substantial in the left hand, allowing the tone to really resonate, and single notes to sustain beautifully. This is a seriously cool guitar, and far more affordable than an equivalent Gibson L1. It comes in a non original hard case.

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1931 Gibson L-0 - £2999

1931 Gibson L-0

SOLD Only made between 1926 - 1933, and only in this body shape from 1931, this has to be one of the rarest Gibson models around. The L-0 is a 00 size, X braced all Mahogany guitar, and only 12 frets to the body which changes the string tension and therefore the resonance. In fact this is one of the most resonant guitars I’ve played, and a fingerpicker's dream. The volume for such a small guitar is quite amazing, and the balance is very even. The guitar has been restored by luthier Graham Parker, and he has done a fantastic job - his attention to detail, and sensitivity are very impressive. This is a great example of a guitar that you just don't want to put down, it has warmth and depth in it's tone, and a great feeling neck. It comes in a non original hard case.

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1946 Gibson Southern Jumbo - £3799

1946 Gibson Southern Jumbo

SOLD If you've always wanted the legendary 40's Gibson dreadnought tone, but never thought you'd be able to afford it, this could be the guitar for you. Definitely for the player not the collector - but what a sound; the tone, the feel and the playing experience make this guitar one of a kind. The bass is deep and mellow, the mids are strong, and the trebles are rich. The neck is chunky and the whole guitar resonates when you play it. Clearly this is a player grade guitar with wear, dings, checking, and repaired cracks. But this was the most expensive guitar of the line at the time and probably the rarest of all the Southern Jumbo variations; the Script Logo SJ. Made in 1946, the only year that the Southern Jumbo Script was made without neck binding. Along with that it has tall, scalloped bracing, giving it a sound that makes 40's jumbos among the most desirable around. This really is a piece of Gibson history. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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1993 Gibson J30 - £949

1993 Gibson J30

NEW ARRIVAL Only available between 1985-1997, the J30 was originally designed to be a budget version of a J45, and is a classic example of the 'workhorse' guitar. The square shouldered dreadnought, with natural finish Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides with distinctive teardrop pickguard, it really has a classic look. As a 25 year old guitar it’s in excellent condition, all original with no cracks or repairs. Yet it has the mature tone to suggest it’s been played but clearly looked after. A great open sounding strummer, with enough clarity to handle fingerstyle play really well. The neck feels comfortable and the action is very playable. It comes in a non original hard case.

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1937 Gibson L00 - £3899

1937 Gibson L00

SOLD This is the rarest example of an L00 - an Ebony finish with red tortoiseshell pickguard. It’s an old warhorse of a guitar - and has the scars to prove it - but it's survived to become one of the best sounding blues guitars I've played, full of character. When you pick the guitar up you soon realise why it's been played so much, the single note clarity is excellent and the sustain is really impressive. Also it's very comfortable to play - after years and years of gigging, the V profile neck feels great. Despite all the bumps and bruises, it’s just back from a neck reset and a refret, so it plays like a dream and is strong enough to go on for another 82 years. This is a great chance to own a piece of Gibson history - it comes in a non original hard case.

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1969 Gibson B25 - £1499

1969 Gibson B25

The B25 is a hugely collectable model as it features the very desirable X bracing, and with a sunburst top it replaced the LG2 in 1962, and as LG2’s fetch big money, this represents a much more affordable way of buying an X braced 00 size vintage Gibson. With this example the cherry burst is still vivid, has lots of beautiful lacquer checking and a few minor nicks and dings that you'd expect from 49 years of play. The guitar is in all original condition with one professional top crack repair. Tonally it's fantastic, with surprisingly full bass response for a small bodied guitar, thanks to the X bracing, which also makes the guitar more resonant than the more common ladder braced examples. Basically this means the guitar is more dynamic when strummed, very well balanced when playing fingerstyle, but still packs a punch when soloing. It comes in a non original hard case.

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2007 Gibson 1968 J-45 ADJ Reissue Translucent Orange - £1799

2007 Gibson 68 Reissue J45 Orange

This rare guitar is a very limited edition Gibson Montana Custom Shop built J-45 - a '68 Reissue in a vibrant Translucent Orange finish. This stunning guitar boasts some late '60s inspired features, such as the reverse belly Rosewood bridge, adjustable ceramic saddle, J-45 ADJ stamp on the back centre brace, and multi-point white pickguard with Gibson logo. Standard features include solid Sitka Spruce and Honduras Mahogany construction, a Mahogany neck with Rosewood fingerboard, and vintage style 3 on a strip tuners with white buttons. Tonally it's everything you'd hope for in a Custom Shop J45 - superb clarity and definition, a well balanced sound with a full and rounded bass response. The guitar's in excellent condition, with only minor visible playwear, and an easy playing neck with comfortable action. It comes in it's original Gibson embossed hard case.

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1968 Gibson F25 - £1199

1968 Gibson F25

SOLD The F25 is essentially a B25 with a wider nut, and a neck join at the 12th fret, designed for fingerstyle play with wider string spacing. It’s quite a rare model, particularly without the double white pickguards. It features very desirable X bracing, and with a natural top it replaced the LG3 in 1962, and as LG3’s fetch big money, this represents a much more affordable way of buying an X braced 00 size vintage Gibson. With this example the top has turned a dark honey colour, it has lots of beautiful lacquer checking and a few minor nicks and dings that you'd expect from 50 years of play, with no cracks or repairs. Tonally it's fantastic, with surprisingly full bass response for a small bodied guitar, thanks to the X bracing, which also makes the guitar more resonant than the more common ladder braced examples. Basically this means the guitar is more dynamic when strummed, very well balanced when playing fingerstyle, but still packs a punch when soloing. It comes in a non original hard case.

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1919 Gibson L4 - £1999

1919 Gibson L-4

SOLD Introduced in 1912, the L-4 was Gibson's finest guitar offering until Lloyd Loar's signed L-5 arrived ten years later. The L-4 originally featured a 16" body, carved top and back, oval soundhole, and lavish trimmings. The guitar has an incredibly unique tone amongst archtops. What is most surprising about the L-4 is its flattop-like bass response adjacent to its full and bloomy mid-range pop. It has an open depth and amazing volume -- almost a 3 dimensional tone -- and sounds, not surprisingly, like the popular music of the 1920's and early 1930's. Think Lonnie Johnson, Eddie Lang and the like. This particular example has clearly had quite a life, but then at 99 years old that’s not a huge surprise….. What’s really interesting to me, though, is the original pickguard with it’s tortoiseshell supports are still intact, together with the metal side bars and leather protective pads - it really is a piece of engineering. Then there’s the beautiful plum sunburst, oval soundhole with lovely rosette, tortoiseshell tailpiece cross bar, ‘The Gibson’ headstock logo, and fossilised bone tuners. It’s like playing a piece of history, yet it feels strong enough to gig, has a very comfortable feeling V profile neck, and comfortable playing action. The fingerboard binding is missing on the first 4 1/2 frets on the bass side, but isn’t really noticeable when playing. There are also a few crack repairs, all of which are stable. This really is a chance to own a piece of Gibson history - the guitar even comes in it’s original deluxe hard case.

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1964 Gibson C-0 - £799

1964 Gibson C-0

In the 60’s Gibson made a run of classical guitars, the C-0 was available from 1962 - 1970. They’re not particularly well known as Gibson are so famous for their steel string guitars, however this guitar has been converted to a steel string. The internal bracing has been reinforced, the neck has been narrowed, it has a larger bridge with compensated saddle, the classical rosette has been removed, and it now has a Gibson pickguard fitted. The work carried out has been done very professionally, the guitar plays really well, and now the neck has been slimmed down it feels very comfortable to play. Tonally it’s bright and clear, the single note separation is good and the sustain is impressive - a really great fingerpicker. Altogether a quirky, but very good example of a 60’s Gibson. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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2014 Gibson J45 Brown Top - £1799

2014 Gibson J45 Brown Top

Known as "The Workhorse," the Gibson J-45 body style is among Gibson's most beloved. This particular Custom Shop example sits at the top of Gibson's J-45 line, and features a superb blend of tonewoods, giving a rich, strong sound, with plenty of bite. The AA-grade Sitka spruce top and pattern-grade Honduras mahogany body gives a fantastic tone, and onstage that is superbly amplified by the  LR Baggs's popular Element Active Acoustic Pickup System. Using new finish techniques the Custom Shop Brown Top J-45, starkly contrasted with a white pickguard, is a modern representation of a classic standard. The guitar's in very good condition, with just a few visible signs of playwear, and an easy playing neck with comfortable action. It comes in it's original Gibson embossed hard case.

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2017 Gibson L00 Standard - £1749

2017 Gibson L00

The Gibson L-00 Standard was originally developed in the 30's and for years was classed as an industry standard. The new and improved 2017 L-00 Standard offers the characteristics and superb tonal quality of those early models, with a Sitka Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides, the guitar projects plenty of rich, warm and resonant sounds blended with the versatility and broad dynamic range of its stunning Sitka Spruce top. This model offers improved playability, thanks to the softened fingerboard edge which makes it comfortably fit the contour of the player's hand. The guitar has an improved high gloss finish, using new finishing oils that penetrate to the wood to maximise the instrument's natural resonance. The final touch of class is the Mother-of-pearl Gibson block inlay on the headstock. It has an LR Baggs Element pickup fitted with volume and tone controls mounted inside the soundhole, and comes in it's original Gibson embossed hard case.

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1965 Epiphone Cortez - £1499

1965 Epiphone Cortez

Gibson bought Epiphone in 1957, and moved it to the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1960. Epiphones were then built in the Gibson factory from 1960 - 1969 until being transfered to Japan in early 1970. So buying a 60's Epiphone gets you a USA made, Gibson produced guitar. With this in mind, this 1965 Epiphone Cortez is the equivalent of a Gibson B25 (formerly an LG2) - a small bodied, Spruce / Mahogany acoustic with X bracing. It's a very warm sounding guitar, well balanced, with a rich sounding mid range. Although this guitar would be considered to be a great bluesy fingerpicker, the 53 year old Mahogany giving the guitar warmth and depth, it's actually quite versatile, working well for light strumming, with plenty of attack when soloing. The guitar is in excellent condition, with a beautifully faded cherry burst top, the right amount of playwear for a vintage guitar of this age, and the neck feels great, with a comfortable playing action. It's in all original condition with no cracks or repairs. The guitar comes in a correct period Gibson hard case.

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1963 Epiphone Frontier - £2999

1963 Epiphone Frontier

SOLD When Gibson purchased Epiphone in 1957 there was already a line of great flat-top guitars in place. The FT-110 featured Maple back and sides and Gibson gave it the name “Frontier”. They changed the entire body shape to a square shouldered 16 1/4″ wide dreadnought – the first Gibson had ever made. In 1962 they introduced the Gibson version of this guitar and called it the Dove because of the pickguard design. The Dove was made from this exact template but with a different bridge design and headstock shape. In 1963, the Frontier received a really distinctive pickguard with a lariat and cactus motif. The Frontier was produced with the cacti and lariat pickguard and the wide nut for a very short time period in 1963 – this is one of those guitars. Together with the short headstock, this 1963 Epiphone Frontier is the most desirable FT-110. This example is in a natural finish, also a rare find. The guitar is in good, well played condition with a couple of repaired top cracks. The neck feels easy in the hand and the action is very comfortable. Tonally is has a distinctive thump to the bass with a real sparkle in the mids and trebles. It’s a joy to play. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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1934 Gibson L00 - £2999

1934 Gibson L00

Here’s a chance to own a piece of Gibson history but without spending upwards of £5000. Only made between 1932 and 1946, the L00 is probably Gibson’s most famous blues guitar. This example has been professionally refinished, but done in such a way that the guitar still really resonates, and still has a classic vintage tone - quite a warm bass with great attack in the mids and trebles, really versatile, handling both fingerstyle and strumming very well, with plenty of bite when soloing. The neck is full with a soft V profile, and feels very comfortable. Very unusually for a guitar of this age, there are no cracks or repairs. It comes in a non original hard case.

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1968 Gibson Hummingbird - £2499

1968 Gibson Hummingbird

A cherry sunburst Hummingbird is probably my favourite Gibson model, and probably the most iconic looking. This example from 1968 is visually stunning - the cherry sunburst is still vivid, and the quilted Mahogany back and sides are quite stunning, plus there’s lots of cool looking lacquer checking all over. The tone is everything you'd want from such an iconic guitar, it really is reminiscent of so many great 60's recordings. The bass is full and warm, the mids are rich and the trebles are sweet. The guitar is in good condition with some professionally repaired top cracks, and a modern Gibson headstock grafted on. The guitar has a really solid feel to it, the neck is snug feeling, and the action is comfortable. The guitar comes in it’s original hard case.

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1940 Kalamazoo KG14 - £1349

1940 Kalamazoo KG14

This is a very unusual example of a Kalamazoo KG14 - a natural finish which is quite a rare find, professionally re-lacquered so it feels like a modern guitar but sounds like a vintage guitar, with a Gibson logo on the headstock. Tonally it's everything you'd hope for in one of the most important guitars in blues history, effortlessly recreating the famous Robert Johnson tone. Although it's capable of playing any style, it's most at home with fingerpicked blues - it has a honk to it's voice that conjures up bar rooms of the 30's and 40's, if you shut your eyes your mind starts playing tricks. So, a seriously cool guitar, historically very important, with no cracks or repairs, and significantly more affordable than a Gibson L00 or L1. It comes in a non original hard case.

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1930's Gibson Fascinator - £1249

1930's Gibson Fascinator

This is a very interesting small-body acoustic guitar from the 1930's. It has no maker’s mark or serial number, but has all of the hallmarks of a Gibson private-branded guitar made in Kalamazoo, MI, USA. There are various clues as to the guitar’s identity, predominantly the build quality and styling - it has premium construction with a tightly grained solid Spruce top, highly flamed book-matched solid Maple back - the amazing flame even shows from the inside - Maple sides and Maple neck with pointed dome headstock often seen on Kalamazoo models. The headstock on this one is identical to Gibson's Fascinator brand which were made with premium materials, but no known flat-top models just archtops. It has a very rare suspension-style wooden bridge made of solid rosewood with hanging rosewood saddle, Brazilian rosewood fretboard, rosewood nut with Kluson strip tuners, and a beautiful firestripe pick guard. The body size, tone and feel reminds me of a Kalamazoo KG12 Oriole, with bright punchy trebles, warm mids and a full bass. It’s a very quirky guitar, with a classy feel, and an unmistakable vintage tone. The guitar appears to be all original, with no cracks or repairs, and a comfortable V profile neck. It's comes in a non original hard case.

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1968 Gibson Dove - £2499

1968 Gibson Dove

60's Gibson Dove's are becoming more of a rarity these days, and this guitar is a great example of one of Gibson's most famous acoustics. With it's Spruce top and highly flamed Maple back and sides, the iconic dove inlaid pick guard and bridge make it a unique model, and the multiple bound top and back, crown inlay on the peghead and split parallelogram fingerboard inlays are indications of it's deluxe quality. Tonally it’s mellower than other Doves I’ve owned, a little darker in the bass, and warmer in the mids and trebles. For a 49 year old guitar it's in excellent condition, with signs of light playwear, beautiful looking lacquer checking, and a professionally repaired top crack. The neck is very comfortable, not as slim as many late 60’s necks, with a low playing action, making it a joy to play. It comes in a non original hard case.

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