1963 Gibson J50 - £2499

1963 Gibson J50

NEW ARRIVAL This guitar is a great example of Gibson's classic workhorse guitar - a 60's J50 - and being a pre ’64 example it has the very desirable wider neck. 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. 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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1936 Gibson L30 - £1299

1936 Gibson L30

NEW ARRIVAL 1936 is the first year of issue of the Gibson L30, and this is a beautiful example in a fantastic looking tobacco sunburst, with very desirable script logo. 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 a 82 year old guitar, and lots of great looking lacquer checking. The guitar is in good condition, with two repaired back crack.s and one repaired top crack. 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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1946 Gibson L7 - £1999

1946 Gibson L7

NEW ARRIVAL The 1930s and 40s were a true golden era for Gibson’s archtop line; a period that produced some of the most sought after and famed instruments. Choice maple and spruce was abundant, and this guitar is built with stunning pieces of both. This L-7 is a standing testament to the quality and enchantment of the era. Introduced in 1932, the Gibson L-7 was Gibson's most popular professional sized archtop. Identical in all but cosmetics to the costly L-5, the L-7 was highly prized by working players for it's warmth, projection and playability. It features a hand-carved solid spruce top; solid figured maple back; three-piece maple neck; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with split-parallelogram mother of pearl inlays; and solid bone nut. This example is in great refinished condition, with upgraded Grover tuners, it has a fantastic looking top and back, and several repaired side cracks. The tone and projection of the guitar are very impressive, voiced beautifully for blues, jazz and swing. It has a very comfortable neck with easy 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. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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2004 Gibson J185 - £1799

2004 Gibson J185

NEW ARRIVAL 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 14 years old the tone's starting to mature very nicely, and will only get better in the future. It comes in it's original Gibson embossed hard case.

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1968 Gibson J45 - £2499

1968 Gibson J45

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This is a great example of Gibson's iconic slope shouldered dreadnought, with the great looking sunburst finish still vivid - 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. It's in all original condition, with a couple of tightly repaired top cracks. It comes in a non original hard case.

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1993 Gibson J30 - £999

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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1941 Gibson J100 1941 Reissue - £1599

2014 Gibson J100 1941 Reissue

NEW ARRIVAL The SJ100 is the fitting cousin to the legendary SJ200 - the “King Of The Flat Tops” - based on the same distinctive shape and proportions, but with more modest, historic appointments. Handcrafted from solid tone woods, the Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides produce superb tone, deep bass projection, with a sophisticated look. The unique, vintage Super Jumbo bridge is inspired from the originals from 1941, and only found on a few models from that time. The simple terraced pickguard in firestripe nitrocellulose is a replica of the first SJ100’s from 1939. The guitar comes equipped with an LR Baggs Element pickup which features a volume control mounted inside the soundhole. The guitar is in excellent condition, looks fantastic, and plays like a dream. It comes in it’s original Gibson embossed hard case.

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1997 Gibson ES335 Dot Reissue - £1999

1997 Gibson ES335

ON HOLD During the mid-late 90’s, Gibson entered what a lot of people are now referring to as the second golden age, and the Nashville arm of Gibson were at the top of the tree. These ’59 reissue 335’s were some of the first guitars to roll out of the newly christened Nashville plant, featuring premium Maple that’s now long gone. These guitars are highly consistent and very faithful recreations of the holy grail 1959 ES335 dot neck. This example is in great condition and has the original very early issued Classic 57 PAF pickups which sound incredible. The guitar is all original, very clean and highly flamed, and plays very easily. It comes in it’s original tan hard case with pink lining.

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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

NEW ARRIVAL 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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2011 Gibson J180 Billie Joe Armstrong - £2299

2011 Gibson J180 Billie Joe Armstrong

NEW ARRIVAL Made by their Custom Shop in Montana, Gibson introduced the Billie Joe Armstrong J-180, in a limited run of 300 guitars in 2011. The instrument is styled after the J-180 "Jumbo," a guitar designed as a scaled-down version of the big, rounded SJ-200 "Super Jumbo". Legendary in its own right, the J-180 formed the basis for the distinctive Everly Brothers model of the '60s, and remains one of Gibson's most popular flat-tops. With its big 16"-wide body, the guitar features a Sitka Spruce top with Maple back and sides, hand-sprayed Ebony nitrocellulose finish with custom double tortoiseshell J-180 pickguards, and graduated mother-of-pearl star inlays on its Indian Rosewood fingerboard. The guitar has a big resonant sound, great for strumming but detailed and expressive enough to handle fingerstyle play. The guitar has an active Fishman underside pickup with tone and volume controls mounted inside the soundhole, and comes in it's original hard case with certificate signed by Ren Ferguson.

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1991 Gibson L00 - £1299

1991 Gibson L00

SOLD The L00 was originally only made between 1932 and 1946. This example is a limited edition in a very distinctive Ebony finish, and features historically accurate features such as a Script headstock logo, a V profile neck, and rectangular bridge. The L00 is a 00 size guitar with very desirable X bracing, making the guitar extremely resonant - really versatile, handling both fingerstyle and strumming very well, with plenty of bite when soloing. The guitar is in very good condition, with no cracks or repairs, just some lacquer checking and signs of reasonable playwear. The guitar has an active undersaddle pickup fitted, with volume control mounted inside the soundhole. It comes in it's original, very desirable, tan Gibson embossed hard case with pink lining and shroud.

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2014 Gibson J45 Brown Top - £1799

2014 Gibson J45 Brown Top

NEW ARRIVAL 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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1961 Gibson LG3 - £1799

1961 Gibson LG3

NEW ARRIVAL Only made between 1942 and 1962, the LG3 is essentially a natural topped LG2, which is a 00 size guitar with very desirable X bracing, making the guitar very resonant - a surprisingly big sound for a small bodied guitar. The natural Spruce top has turned a golden honey colour and the contrast against the tortoiseshell pickguard makes the guitar look very eye catching. It’s in excellent, all original condition, with no cracks or repairs. The guitar is beautifully balanced, bright and punchy, has great clarity for fingerstyle, and handles strumming really well - a real joy to play. The guitar looks and plays great, and comes in a non original hard case.

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1963 Epiphone Caballero - £799

1963 Epiphone Caballero

NEW ARRIVAL With Epiphones being built in the Gibson factory from 1960 - 1969 until being transferred to Japan in early 1970, this 1963 Epiphone Caballero is the equivalent of a Gibson LG0 - a small bodied, all Mahogany acoustic. The guitar has a warm, mellow tone, handling fingerstyle playing particularly well, although a brightness comes through when strummed, with good attack for soloing. It’s in very good condition, the Mahogany body really shines, with signs of general playwear, and two tightly repaired back cracks. The neck is comfortable with good playing action. 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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1968 Gibson F25 - £1099

1968 Gibson F25

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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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1947 Gibson LG2 - £1999

1947 Gibson LG2

NEW ARRIVAL 1947 is a very desirable year for Gibson collectors, the only year the block style Gibson logo was bigger and further down the headstock before, by 1948, it shrunk slightly and was placed in the more recognisable position. The other unusual feature of this guitar is that it’s been re-topped even though it has it’s original bridge and pickguard. The LG2 is a 00 size guitar with very desirable X bracing, making the guitar very resonant - it has great single note clarity when playing fingerstyle, quite a punch when soloing, yet very comfortable being strummed with great overall balance. The other noticeable thing is the depth of bass response which is quite unusual for a small bodied guitar. It has a very comfortable feeling neck and is an absolute pleasure to play. The guitar is in very good condition, with just one repaired back crack. It comes in a non original hard case.

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1967 Gibson LG0 - £849

1967 Gibson LG0

NEW ARRIVAL 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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2016 Gibson J29 - £1199

2016 Gibson J29

NEW ARRIVAL The J-29 is a compelling alternative for any player who loves the slope-shoulder style, but prefers the stronger projection of Rosewood, a Gibson to rival the Martin D-28. Featuring a Sitka Spruce top and Mahogany neck, it’s the Rosewood back and sides that mean it sits in an interesting place tonally, so you get a lot of the lower resonance with a bit more bite and high end presence. It has amazing headroom: it can be a very loud guitar if you want it to be - you can positively hammer the thing with a flatpick without generating confused harmonics. You get projection and raw horsepower that rivals any dread. As a two year old guitar it’s beginning to really open up, and is only going to get better. It’s in excellent condition with a very comfortable action. The guitar comes in it's original hard case.

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2017 Gibson L00 Standard - £1749

2017 Gibson L00

NEW ARRIVAL 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

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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1931 Gibson L00 - £2999

1931 Gibson L00

SOLD 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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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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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

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

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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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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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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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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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

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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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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1974 Gibson SJ - £1499

1974 Gibson SJ

ON HOLD 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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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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