2002 Gibson Advanced Jumbo - £1849

2002 Gibson Advanced Jumbo

NEW ARRIVAL 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 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 very rare natural finish - is in excellent condition, with very little visible playwear, just some light lacquer checking. It has a K and K pickup installed, and comes in it's original Gibson embossed hard case.

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1931 Gibson L-0 - £2999

1931 Gibson L-0

NEW ARRIVAL 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

NEW ARRIVAL 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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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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1936 Gibson L7 - £2499

1936 Gibson L7

SOLD The L-7 was Gibson's most popular 17" guitar, with the same size, scale and materials as the more expensive L-5, yet interestingly the L-7 of this era had much more ornate inlays. The guitar features a handcarved bookmatched solid spruce top; solid handcarved maple back, sides and neck; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and compensated bridge, ornate mother of pearl "picture frame" fingerboard inlays; older script Gibson peghead logo with "vase and curlicue" inlay; and bound body, fingerboard and headstock. During the mid to late 30's Gibson used an X-brace support system for the first time in their professional archtop guitars, this gives a warm woody tone, with greater sustain and bass response. This is a beautiful and hard to find example of a 30's Gibson archtop, in a great looking tobacco burst finish. The tone is voiced beautifully for blues, jazz and swing, has a very comfortable neck with low action all the way up the neck, making it a dream to play, and has the kind of vintage vibe that is impossible to replicate in a reissue. It's in excellent condition for a 83 year old guitar, all original other than exact replacement Grover open back tuners, with no cracks or repairs. It also has a K and K archtop pickup fitted with volume and tone controls mounted underneath the pickguard - this can easily be removed if the next owner wants the guitar to return to it’s original condition. The guitar even comes in it's original hard case.

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Gibson 1959 ES175 VOS Reissue - £2699

Gibson 1959 ES175 VOS Reissue

NEW ARRIVAL From the esteemed Memphis factory, the Gibson 1959 ES-175D reissue feels every bit as good as the genuine vintage articles and has a tone reminiscent of one of the most famous archtop electric guitars. No detail went overlooked in recreating this guitar, from the tip of the headstock packed with Kluson tulip tuners to the very base of the zig-zag tailpiece. A pair of Memphis Historic Spec humbuckers nail the sound of original PAF pickups and perfectly transmit the warm, wide sound of this famous hollow body. In a stunning Vintage Burst, the 1959 ES-175D gets the "VOS" treatment to subtly age the guitar and give it the look of a well cared-for instrument from the golden era of Gibson. This guitar is in excellent condition and comes in it’s original Custom Shop Gibson hard case.

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2016 Gibson J45 Standard - £1249

2016 Gibson J45 Standard

NEW ARRIVAL The J45 has always been one of the most iconic acoustic guitars, and in this Standard reissue Gibson have accurately reproduced one of their most famous models and, as a slope shouldered dreadnought, one of their most desirable. Tonally it's everything you'd hope for in a modern J45, bright and punchy, with lots of attack, and a well rounded bass response. The guitar's in excellent condition, with very little visible playwear, and a very easy playing neck with comfortable action. It has a factory fitted active undersaddle pickup installed, with volume and tone controls mounted inside the soundhole. It comes in it's original Gibson embossed 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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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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2010 Gibson ES165 Herb Ellis - £1899

2010 Gibson ES165 Herb Ellis

NEW ARRIVAL The Gibson ES165 Herb Ellis is a stunning signature model based on Herb's classic ES175 which he modified to incorporate a floating pickup in the neck position. The signature model has an upgraded Lollar Charlie Christian pickup which gives a full sound with rounded highs and long sustain - an ultimate jazz voice. This is a high end guitar, with all the deluxe features you'd expect, from the bound neck with parallelogram fretboard inlays, to the crown headstock inlay, triple bound top, gold plated hardwear and bound bevelled pickguard - it really is a classy instrument. This example is finished in a custom order, highly flamed, Autumn Burst, and looks fantastic. The guitar’s in excellent condition, other than an extra side pickguard screw hole, with a very comfortable feeling neck and easy playing action. The guitar comes in it's original Gibson tan 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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1919 Gibson L Jr - £1749

1919 Gibson L Jr

SOLD Only produced between 1919 - 1925, this as a very desirable first year of issue L Jr, and 100 years old. The most noticeable difference between this and later examples is ‘The Gibson’ headstock logo - later versions had no logo at all. Also it's a rare example of an arch top guitar with a central sound hole. It’s essentially a stripped down L-1 with no body binding - which is the predecessor to the flat top L1 that Robert Johnson famously played - and if you want to recreate that Robert Johnson or Leadbelly growl then this guitar gets you close. The feel of the guitar is just great - it really is like holding a piece of history, yet it plays superbly well, and it's still structurally very strong so you don't feel like you have to handle it with kid gloves. It has two tightly repaired top cracks, and has been oversprayed. Whether you're a collector or a player, this guitar is a true example of an overused expression - it has real Mojo. It comes in a non original hard case.

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2004 Gibson SG Special - £449

2004 Gibson SG Special

NEW ARRIVAL The SG Special has to be the best value Gibson electric guitar model on the market, based on the better known SG Standard, and with all the key features, but no frills. The solid Mahogany body features the trademark bevels and devil horn shape. The one piece mahogany neck features a dot inlaid Rosewood fingerboard. Dual 490 Alnico magnet pickups give you big rock tone. An adjustable bridge, Stopbar tailpiece and Deluxe Kluson tuners keep it solid. Tonally it’s everything you’d hope for in such an iconic guitar, smooth and bluesy on the neck pickup, and fuller with a huge rock tone on the bridge pickup, and loads of sustain. For a 15 year old guitar, it’s in very good condition and comes in it’s original Gibson embossed deluxe gig bag.

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1964 Gibson LG1 - £1499

1964 Gibson LG1

NEW ARRIVAL This 1964 Gibson LG1 is a great example of an affordable 60’s Gibson, with authentic tone that no modern guitar can come close to. Visually it’s just what you’d want from a 60’s Gibson, a vivid tobacco sunburst and striking pickguard. Tonally it’s bright and punchy, but with added depth in the bass. The guitar’s is in great condition, with a very playable neck and easy action, and no cracks or repairs, just an upgraded Rosewood bridge (the original would have been plastic) to improve tone. It comes in a non original hard case.

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2008 Gibson Songwriter Deluxe 12 - £1499

2008 Gibson Songwriter Deluxe 12

NEW ARRIVAL The Gibson Songwriter Deluxe 12 features a Sitka Spruce top with Indian Rosewood back and sides and a dreadnought body size - quite an unusual mix for a 12 string but it really works well. This combination gives a sparkling tone, with rich, detailed overtones - really quite dynamic. The guitar has such deluxe features as an Ebony fingerboard and bridge with Abalone inlays and rosette, a multiple bound body with chequerboard back stripe, and gold hardwear. It’s in very good condition, and at 11 years old it’s beginning to mature really well. There’s also an active underside pickup fitted with volume control mounted inside the soundhole. The guitar comes in it’s original Gibson embossed hard case.

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1967 Gibson J160E - £2799

1967 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. The guitar feels very comfortable to play, with an easy action. It’s in good, condition for a 52 year old guitar, all original, and comes in it’s 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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1966 Gibson ES330 TD - £2999

1962 Gibson ES330

By 1966 the ES330 had block fingerboard inlays and chrome pickup covers. It’s personal taste, but this is my favourite look. The guitar is the hollow body equivalent to the more famous ES335 which features a centre block, and it has smoother sounding P90’s rather than humbuckers. It’s also the Gibson equivalent to the Epiphone Casino. Used by countless players over the years, it has to be one of the best looking Gibson electrics of all time and, if like me you prefer P90’s, one of the coolest. This guitar is in excellent condition, with changed Seymour Duncan Antiquity pickups. The wear on the back of the neck shows it’s been well played, but the rest of the guitar shows it’s been really looked after. The tobacco sunburst is still vivid, with beautiful looking lacquer checking. The back of the guitar shows signs of light buckle wear, but nothing to take away from the highly figured finish. Tonally it’s hugely versatile, taking you from smooth jazz tones, through biting blues, to driving rock. The neck is very comfortable with easy playing action. The guitar comes in a custom fitted Hiscox flight case.

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1953 Gibson LG2 - £1999

1953 Gibson LG2

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

2007 Gibson 68 Reissue J45 Orange

SOLD 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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2007 Gibson Nick Lucas - £2199

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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1968 Gibson F25 - £1199

1968 Gibson F25

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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1979 Gibson Hummingbird - £1849

1979 Gibson Hummingbird

A Hummingbird in a Wine Red finish is a first for me, not only visually striking but also very rare. With a Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides, this guitar’s a great all rounder, capable of all playing styles, with a warm, mellow tone, and lots of sustain. It’s in very good condition, with no cracks or repairs, just a few lacquer chips in the finish. The neck feels very comfortable and the action low. The other unusual thing to mention is that, back in the factory, Gobson put a Dove label inside instead of a Hummingbird one. It comes in it’s original Gibson embossed hard case.

1967 Gibson J45 - £2499

1967 Gibson J45

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 excellent, very clean condition, all original with no cracks or repairs, 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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1975 Gibson SJ - £1499

1975 Gibson SJ

ON HOLD This is a great example of a vintage Gibson square shouldered dreadnought. It has an iconic look with a vivid dark sunburst Spruce top, beautifully complimented by a 3 point tortoiseshell pickguard, and well figured Mahogany back and sides. The SJ is like a deluxe J45 with a bound body and neck, a crown headstock inlay and block fingerboard inlays. Tonally it has a full sound from deep bass through rich mids to sparkling trebles - very versatile handling both strumming and fingerstyle equally well. The guitar is in good condition for a 43 year old guitar with one small repaired top crack next to the sound hole. There is a Fishman Ellipse blend pickup installed, which features an undersaddle pickup and condenser mic, and the ability to blend between the two from a control panel mounted inside the soundhole, which sounds very natural plugged in. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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1974 Gibson Dove - £1799

1973 Gibson Dove

SOLD With 60’s Doves fetching big money, a 70’s Dove is a more affordable way of getting one of Gibson’s flagship models. Visually the guitar is striking with the unique pickguard and bridge, as well as the deluxe touches such as split parallelogram inlays, crown headstock and multiple binding. It features a Spruce top which has turned a lovely honey colour, and Maple back and sides stained a vibrant cherry colour, which produce sparkling mids and trebles with warm bass and huge sustain. The guitar plays very easily, and quickly conjures up a very familiar Gibson sound. For a 44 year old guitar it's in good, well played condition, has one repaired pickguard crack, and a few wear patches that have worn through the lacquer finish. It comes in a non original 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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1993 Gibson J60 - £1499

1993 Gibson J60

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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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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1953 Gibson J45 - £3799

1953 Gibson J45

The J45 is known as the workhorse guitar, and this example really is a workhorse, with all the bumps and bruises to prove it - and the kind of mature tone that only comes with years and years of play. This example plays just as well and sounds just as good as it's more expensive, cleaner equivalents - only because it's clearly been played hard, and has several repaired top and back cracks, it's far more affordable. A diamond in the rough would be a good way to describe it. 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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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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1974 Gibson J200 Artist - £2999

1974 Gibson J200

SOLD They call the J200 King Of The Flat Tops, and with 60’s examples fetching serious money, a 70’s example is a great way of getting vintage vibe, and 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 well grained 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. It's a joy to play, with a very comfortable feeling neck. For a 44 year old guitar it's in excellent condition with no cracks or repairs. It comes in a non 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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1966 Gibson LG1 - £1249

1966 Gibson LG1 Nat

It’s very unusual to find a natural topped LG1, and this 1966 model is a great example - very distinctive looking. Tonally, it has a rich sound, lending itself to bluesy fingerpicking although it's very versatile, handling strumming very well, and has plenty of punch when soloing. It has great vintage vibe, although for a 51 year old guitar it has just light signs of playwear. The guitar has a great feeling neck, very comfortable action, and is an absolute pleasure to play. It has professionally repaired top and back cracks, and 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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1938 Kalamazoo KG11 - £1499

1938 Kalamazoo KG11

SOLD From the Gibson factory, Kalamazoos are their depression era guitars, and have become highly collectible in their own right. Built more lightly than their Gibson cousins, these guitars are lightweight and resonant, really punchy with a dry, woody tone. The KG11 is an unusual example, the only Gibson made guitar with this body shape, similar to an L00 but with squared off shoulders. It’s one of the best looking examples I've seen, although the lacquer checking gives away it's 79 years, the burst is still vibrant, and the Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard is beautifully figured. It’s in all original condition, with just one top crack repair by the pickguard. 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 interesting, super clean, and significantly more affordable than a Gibson L00. It comes in a non original hard case.

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1966 Gibson LG1 - £1499

1966 Gibson LG1

LG1's are one of my favourite Gibson models - proof that you can get a 60's Gibson acoustic for under £1500. This example is a beauty, with a wonderfully faded cherry sunburst top. Tonally it has a bluesy tone, with a rich bass but well balanced through the mids and trebles. It works perfectly for fingerstyle play, with plenty of grit when soloing, and resonant enough to handle light strumming. The guitar is in excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs and comes in a non original hard case.

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1942 Gibson L00 - £2999

1942 Gibson L00

SOLD Banner logo Gibsons - only made between 1942 and 1945 - are always very good, and usually better than their non Banner equivalents. This example of an L00 is especially impressive, fuller and richer sounding than most L00's I've played, a deeper bass than you'd associate with a small bodied guitar - so much so that it's as good a strummer as it is a fingerpicker. Made in 1942 it's the first year of the Banner logo, and is the only year Gibson used a Mahogany top rather than Spruce, maybe that's why the tone is so warm. Also it has a chunkier neck which allows the guitar to resonate more and therefore produce more sustain. This example is clearly battle worn, and has many scars which indicate a well gigged guitar, it also has a replaced back probably done sometime in the 60's. Structurally the guitar is strong and good to go for another 70 plus years, the playing experience is an absolute joy. It comes in it's original hard case.

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1969 Gibson J50 - £1499

1969 Gibson J50

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 47 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 upgraded Grover tuners, a replaced pickguard, and an underside pickup installed. It comes in a non original hard case.

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