1965 Epiphone Cortez - £1499

1965 Epiphone Cortez

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 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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2013 Gibson J45 Red Spruce - £1799

2013 Gibson J45 Red Spruce

NEW ARRIVAL The J45 has always been one of the most iconic acoustic guitars, and in this Custom Shop model, Gibson have accurately reproduced one of their most famous acoustic guitars and, as a slope shouldered dreadnought, one of their most desirable. Visually the vivid tobacco burst is stunning, with a 50’s style teardrop pickguard, plus open backed Grover tuners and an Abalone Gibson logo which add to this class act. Tonally it's everything you'd hope for in a Custom Shop J45 - the Adirondack Red Spruce top and scalloped bracing add clarity and definition to a well balanced sound with a full and rounded bass response. The guitar's in excellent condition, with very little visible playwear, and an easy playing neck with comfortable action. It has an LR Baggs Element pickup fitted with volume control mounted inside the soundhole, and comes in it's original Gibson embossed hard case.

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1931 Gibson L00 - £2999

1931 Gibson L00

NEW ARRIVAL This is an old warhorse of a guitar - and it 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 and that overused expression mojo. 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, the guitar is structurally sound, and strong enough to go on for another 87 years. The L00 is a 00 size guitar with very desirable X bracing, making the guitar very resonant - very versatile, handling both fingerstyle and strumming very well. This is a great chance to own a piece of Gibson history - it comes in a non original hard case.

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2007 Gibson Nick Lucas - £2299

2007 Gibson Nick Lucas

NEW ARRIVAL 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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2001 Gibson Advanced Jumbo - £1849

2001 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 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 handset 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. It comes in it's original Gibson embossed hard case.

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1943 Epiphone Olympic - £1399

1943 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 unusually features a Poplar top with Mahogany back and sides, compared to their spruce-topped guitars of around the same time, these have a slightly woodier tone to them. The guitar is in excellent condition, and lends itself to blues, jazz, country, bluegrass, old time and swing. It also has the added bonus of a Kent Armstrong floating pickup being fitted, which gives even more tonal variety. The guitar comes with it’s original pickguard and fixings, and could be adapted to fit around the pickup should the next owner choose. It even comes in it’s original, although battered, hard case.

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2012 Gibson J45 Custom - £1999

2012 Gibson J45 Custom

NEW ARRIVAL Ever since its introduction in 1942 the J45 is Gibson’s number one selling acoustic. In recognition of it's distinguished rank, Gibson Acoustic’s master luthiers created the J-45 Custom, combining vintage appointments with several modern features. The J-45 Custom delivers the model’s renowned tone while adding a new, refined appearance that complements its fundamental design, including Herringbone purfling, an Abalone rosette, and a brand new flower and vine Abalone headstock inlay designed by Gibson master luthier Ren Ferguson. The top is made from AA-grade Sitka Spruce, while the back and sides are constructed from pattern-grade Indian Rosewood, giving the guitar a full, balanced tone, warm bass, and excellent projection. Internally, a set of tall and thin braces for the back, and scalloped tall and thin braces for the top allow the guitar to really resonate and notes to sustain beautifully. As finishing touches, the guitar has an Ebony bridge, a bound Ebony fingerboard, and gold Grover Rotomatic tuners with a 14:1 gear ratio. The guitar also has an L.R. Baggs Element Active Acoustic Pickup System installed with a volume control mounted inside the soundhole. Already a future classic the guitar is in excellent condition, with a very comfortable action, and comes in it’s original Gibson embossed hard case.

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1936 Carson J Robison L00 - £1399

1936 Carson J Robison L00

NEW ARRIVAL In the 1930s, Montgomery Ward had guitars made for them with the "Carson J Robison" name, to take advantage of the popularity of that cowboy singing star of the day. In Autumn 1936, Gibson Guitars of Kalamazoo MI were commissioned to make these guitars for Montgomery Wards. The woods, finish, and workmanship of one of America’s finest guitar companies is shown in this guitar. The tone is much like a Prewar Gibson for obvious reasons - it is a Gibson Guitar. The closest example would be a Kalamazoo KG14 - the famous Robert Johnson guitar. Or it could be likened to a Gibson L00 only with ladder bracing. Either way it’s a great sounding guitar in fantastic condition with no cracks or repairs. It has an authentic 30’s blues vibe, fingerpicks really easily, and handles strumming surprisingly well. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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2017 Gibson J100 Walnut - £1749

2017 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 an LR Baggs Anthem pickup fitted, and comes in it's original Gibson embossed hard case.

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1968 Gibson B25-12 - £1399

1968 Gibson B25-12

SOLD This 1968 Gibson B25-12 is one of the few examples where a small bodied guitar makes a great 12 string - the Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides give the guitar and bright, punchy, room filling tone. It's in excellent condition with great looking lacquer checking over the vivid tobacco sunburst finish, and it's in all original condition. It sounds much better than most B25-12's I've played, and has a surprisingly low action for a 12 string making it a very comfortable guitar to play. It's perfect for someone who struggles with traditional big bodied 12 strings, or just for someone who wants a really cool 12 string. It comes in a non original hard case.

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1953 Gibson J45 - £3799

1953 Gibson J45

NEW ARRIVAL 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

NEW ARRIVAL 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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1947-51 Gibson L48 - £1399

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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1934 Gibson L00 - £2999

1934 Gibson L00

NEW ARRIVAL 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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2011 Gibson Dove - £2199

2011 Gibson Dove

NEW ARRIVAL 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 stained crimson, it has a real bite in the mid-range, sparkling trebles, as well as great bass response, making it a very versatile guitar - just as comfortable with delicate fingerstyle right through to heavy strumming. 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 give the guitar a high quality look. Although the guitar is 7 years old, it looks and feels like new, fresh from a pro set up. The neck is very comfortable with a low playing action, making it a joy to play. It has an active underside pickup installed, and comes it it's original hard case.

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1950-53 Gibson J45 - £2999

1950-53 Gibson J45

NEW ARRIVAL If you've always wanted the legendary 50's Gibson J45 tone, but never thought you'd be able to afford it, this could be the guitar for you. Early 50's J45's are amongst the most desirable 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 been refinished, it's far more affordable. It’s difficult to date exactly, but the 19 fret neck, triple bound top and teardrop pickguard make it between 1950 - 1953. 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 is in excellent condition with no cracks or repairs, and comes in a non original hard case.

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2017 Gibson L00 Standard - £1749

2017 Gibson L00

SOLD 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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1968 Gibson Hummingbird - £2499

1968 Gibson Hummingbird

NEW ARRIVAL 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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1971 Gibson B25 - £1399

1971 Gibson B25

ON HOLD 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 47 years of play. The guitar is in all original condition 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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1940 Kalamazoo KG14 - £1749

1940 Kalamazoo KG14 12 Fret

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. This guitar is a 12 fret version, converted from Hawaiian, which increases string tension and so adds bite and clarity to the tone. It’s in very good condition, with the kind of wear and tear you'd expect from an 78 year old guitar, including two repaired cracks - one on the back and and one on the side. 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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2014 Gibson J180 Cherry - £2199

2014 Gibson J180 Cherry

SOLD Since it’s release in 1962, Gibson’s J180 has been re-issued in a few different versions, but never before in a vivid Cherry finish, in a limited run of only 65 worldwide. It has slightly smaller body dimensions than the J200, and produces a powerful sound with a more controlled volume and tonal range than its larger cousin. The Sitka Spruce top with Flame Maple back & sides generate a clean, bright tone and powerful projection from the wide lower bout. Made in Gibson’s Custom Shop the guitar features a double pickguard and a custom hand-applied cherry nitrocellulose lacquer finish, and the Mahogany neck attached to the body with a traditional compound dovetail neck joint using old world hide glue. The guitar is in excellent condition, and had an active LR Baggs underside pickup fitted with tone and volume controls mounted inside the soundhole. It comes in it's original Gibson embossed hard case with certificate.

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1959 Gibson LG2 - £2199

1959 Gibson LG2

Often called the mini J45, the LG2 is a 00 size guitar with very desirable X bracing, making the guitar extremely resonant - and really versatile for a small bodied guitar. It features a Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides which give the guitar real warmth and depth, and the X bracing gives sustain. The guitar is in well played condition, and the tone has only benefited from this - what a sound..... the guitar practically plays itself, it just oozes character, very mellow and smooth - a real joy to play. All original, in a beautifully vibrant sunburst, with a few tightly repaired cracks, the guitar looks and plays great and comes in a very cool vintage hard case.

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1968 Gibson Country Western - £1799

1968 Gibson Country Western

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 guitar 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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1966 Epiphone Texan - £2499

1966 Epiphone Texan

SOLD 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 that iconic sound, a deep bass with balanced mids and trebles, and is in excellent, all original condition, with lots of beautiful lacquer checking, and 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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2000 Gibson J185-12 - £1599

2000 Gibson J185-12

The J185-12 is the ideal 12 string guitar for someone who finds big bodied 12 strings too big and bulky to play. Not only is the J185-12 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 Gibson J200, with AAA grade Sitka Spruce top, and AAA grade Flamed Maple back and sides. The guitar also features a 50's style tortoise pickguard, split parallelogram fingerboard inlays, and the iconic Maltese Cross bridge inlays. It’s in excellent condition, with only light playwear, the neck is very comfortable and the playing action is easy. At 17 years old the tone's starting to mature very nicely, and will only get better in the future. The guitar comes in it's original Gibson embossed 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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2014 Gibson J100 1941 Reissue - £1599

2014 Gibson J100 1941 Reissue

The SJ100 1941 Reissue has to be one of the best looking jumbos ever made by Gibson. The beautiful vintage tobacco sunburst is set of by a firestripe nitrocellulose pickguard which is a replica of the first SJ100’s from 1939, and a vintage Super Jumbo bridge inspired from the originals from 1941. Add to that the Script headstock logo in Abalone, and you have a really classy instrument. The Spruce top with Mahogany back and sides give the guitar a warm, rich feel - fantastic when strummed yet articulate when picked. The guitar is in good condition, with some visible playwear, and has a Fishman Matrix Infinity active undersaddle pickup installed. It comes in it’s original Gibson embossed hard case.

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1951 Gibson LG1 - £1799

1951 Gibson LG1

It’s a real treat to have such an early LG1. The first thing you notice when picking up this 1951 example is the neck, it really fills your left hand and gives you the feeling your playing something really substantial. The next thing you notice is the volume the guitar creates, with a deep bass not usually associated with smaller bodied guitars, it really is a match for some LG2's I've played. Then of course there's the look of the guitar, it has a really dark tobacco burst - something early 50's Gibsons are famous for - and a beautiful looking teardrop pickguard. Tonally it's far more versatile than most LG1's - not just a blues machine, but capable of all playing styles. The guitar is in good, well played condition, with one tightly repaired crack just below the soundhole, 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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2003 Gibson L1 Robert Johnson - £1649

2003 Gibson L1 Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson is one of the most influential guitarists of all time, and with this tribute, Gibson have accurately recreated his iconic guitar. It features a AA Spruce top with Mahogany back and sides, which gives the smaller body design exceptional warmth and clarity, with great projection. Played with a pick, you access more of the high end mids for a great attack, played fingerstyle, the L-1 responds beautifully - you engage all of that sweet Mahogany tone for warm, round notes. The look is classic - aged vintage sunburst finish, fully bound body, Ebony fingerboard / pyramid bridge, “Robert Johnson" / "The Gibson" Abalone inlays, and Gotoh white button tuning machines. The guitar is in excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs, and comes fitted with an underside pickup, in it’s original Gibson embossed hard case.

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1950's Gibson ES150 - £1499

1950's Gibson ES150

This guitar dates from 1950 - 1956, but with no serial number I can't be exact. 1950 Is when the ES150 had the deluxe features of a bound fingerboard with trapezoid inlays, until the model was discontinued in 1956. It has great volume when played acoustically, and plugged in on the front P90 sounds rich and warm - lending itself to blues, jazz and swing - and on the back P90 much more rocky with plenty of bite. The neck feels great, with a nice low playing action. There is a label inside one of the F holes confirming that the guitar was restored in May 1987, which is when I believe it was refinished and the hardwear was modernised. This means you get the best of both worlds - a 50's Gibson archtop electric with fantastic character and vibe, but no problems with dodgy wiring or strings slipping out of tune. It's a seriously cool guitar and 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

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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1969 Gibson SJ - £2199

1969 Gibson SJ

For me this is one of the most iconic looking Gibson acoustic guitars - a square shouldered dreadnought with a three point tortoiseshell pickguard, a dark honey coloured top, and eye catching pearl split parallelogram fingerboard inlays. Also it's unusual to see such a beautifully figured Mahogany back. This guitar has all the unmistakable characteristics of a 60's Gibson dreadnought which makes them sound so familiar, when you start playing your mind starts racing as it sounds like so many of the great 60's recordings - mellow, smooth, warm and rich. The bound neck makes it feel very easy to play, not as slim as some of the late 60's Gibsons, and the action is set just right. The guitar is in excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs, just a few dings and light scratches and good honest playwear. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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1942 Gibson LG2 - £2999

1942 Gibson LG2

SOLD The LG2 was made from 1942 - 1962, but a Banner logo LG2 is a rare find, only available from 1942 - 1945, and is one of the most desirable Gibson models available. During the war they were only made in small numbers, and this is a very unusual example, first year of issue meaning it has a Mahogany top as Spruce was unavailable, and the very desirable ‘skunk stripe’ Maple neck. The main difference of the 40's LG2's is the neck - it's fat and chunky - meaning the string spacing is easier for fingerstyle play, and it carries fuller tone and more sustain than it's 50's equivalents. It’s had the original sunburst finish stripped so you can see the beautiful Mahogany grain, and the entire guitar has been oversprayed. So it has the look and feel of a modern guitar, but the unmistakable vintage tone - and what a sound..... very mellow and smooth - a real joy to play. The guitar looks and plays great and comes in it's 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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1967 Gibson LG0 - £849

1967 Gibson LG0

ON HOLD The Gibson LG0 is a small bodied, all Mahogany acoustic. 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 50 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 good condition, with the right amount of playwear and lacquer checking for a vintage guitar of this age, and the neck feels great, with a comfortable playing action. The guitar is in all original condition, with the addition of a bridge doctor, which was installed to prevent the top from bellying - this could easily be removed. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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1944 Gibson LG2 - £2999

1944 Gibson LG2

SOLD Back in the 40’s, before mass production, the trees used to make guitars would have been around 300 years old. These naturally slow grown trees had a greater density to them than, say, trees used in the 60’s that would have been 100 - 150 years old. The tonal characteristic of this is depth and warmth. Add to that the fat necks used on the Banner guitars, which carry fuller tone and greater sustain, and you realise why these guitars are so desirable. No other era of Gibsons feel or sound like the Banners. Add to that the cool factor and you start to see why they are a collectors dream. I tend to look for players grade equivalents, which have all the hallmarks of the most desirable Gibsons at a more affordable price. The guitar is in well played condition, quite scruffy in places, and the tone has only benefited from this - what a sound..... the guitar practically plays itself, it just oozes character, very mellow and smooth - a real joy to play. The guitar looks and plays great, has a K and K pickup installed, and comes in it's 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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1968 Gibson F25 - £1399

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 49 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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1931 Gibson L0 - £2999

1931 Gibson L0

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 L0 is a 00 size, X braced all Mahogany guitar, and only 12 frets to the body adding to the string tension and therefore the resonance. In fact this is probably the most resonant guitar I currently have in stock, 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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1964 Epiphone Bard - £1199

1964 Epiphone Bard 12

Famously played by Roy Orbison on 'Pretty Woman' , the Epiphone Bard is probably the best known acoustic 12 string. Made in the Gibson Kalamazoo factory in the early 60's before Gibson made Epiphone their budget brand, it is the equivalent to a similar period Gibson B-45-12. Tonally it has a rich sound, plenty of bass balancing out the sweet mids and trebles - a real room filling sound. The guitar is in all original condition, with only minor play wear, and has a very playable neck and easy action. It comes in a non original hard case.

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1974 Gibson SJ - £1499

1974 Gibson SJ

This is a great example of a vintage Gibson square shouldered dreadnought. It has an iconic look with a natural Spruce top which has turned a dark honey colour, beautifully complimented by a 3 point tortoiseshell pickguard. 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 very good condition, very clean for a 43 year old guitar with one small repaired top crack next to the sound hole. The guitar has an LR Baggs active under saddle pickup installed, with a volume control mounted inside the soundhole, which sound very natural plugged in, and comes in a non original hard case.

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1934 Kalamazoo KG11 - £1499

1934 Kalamazoo KG11

Gibson's Depression era Kalamazoo line of guitars are gaining respect in the vintage guitar world, and provide great intrinsic value considering the relative cost. While built as a less expensive alternative to the "Only A Gibson Is Good Enough" flat-tops during the Great Depression, Kalamazoos were constructed by the same factory workers that built the standard Gibson line of guitars. Built very light, the Kalamazoo flat tops are punchy and resonant, and this one is a great example. The KG-11 body shape is the only Gibson-made instrument to sport this particular form, with a lower bout echoing L-00's of the period, and a unique, truncated upper bout dimension. This example is from 1934, the first year of production, and has the rarest sunburst finish, with a small amber centre. It’s also one of the cleanest Kalamazoo’s I’ve had - the sunburst is vivid - with no cracks or repairs. The Adirondack top gives the guitar surprising volume, and the Brazilian fingerboard feels very responsive. Acknowledged by both players and collectors (and Tommy Emmanuel) as one of the best depression era finger picking guitars ever made. The guitar comes in a non 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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