2007 Gibson Advanced Jumbo - £1849

2007 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 beautiful vintage sunburst finish - is in very good condition, with very little visible playwear. It comes in it’s original Gibson embossed hard case.

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1960 Gibson LG0 - £1199

1960 Gibson LG0

NEW ARRIVAL Only introduced in 1958, this LG0 is an early example, with the desirable rectangular Rosewood bridge before plastic bridges were introduced in 1962. It’s a small bodied, all Mahogany, ladder braced acoustic - like a Mahogany topped LG1. 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 a tightly repaired side crack. The neck is comfortable and the Rosewood fingerboard feels very responsive. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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1937 Kalamazoo KG14 - £1749

1937 Kalamazoo KG14

NEW ARRIVAL 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 improves string tension and so adds clarity and sustain to the tone. It’s in very good condition, with the kind of wear and tear, and lacquer checking you'd expect from an 82 year old guitar, but no cracks or repairs. The chunky neck feels quite substantial in the left hand, allowing the tone to really resonate, and single notes to ring 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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2016 Gibson L00 Keb Mo - £1999

2016 Gibson L00 Keb Mo

NEW ARRIVAL Gibson’s Custom Shop teamed up with three-time Grammy Award Winner Keb' Mo' to produce a modern blues guitar that references the Delta blues music that is the heart of his inspiration. The guitar features a scalloped-X-braced Adirondack Red Spruce top with Mahogany back and sides, quarter-sawn Mahogany neck, bone nut and saddle, and East Indian Rosewood fingerboard and bridge. The guitar packs all the tonal nuance and sweetness you could hope for in a high-end, hand-crafted acoustic guitar. Vintage-spec touches, such as its 12th-fret neck-to-body joint-which positions the bridge right in the body's "sweet spot" for optimum resonance-put it on par with the best of Gibson's acoustics from the late '20s and early '30s. Finished with a Vintage Sunburst nitrocellulose finish (with double antiquing), cream top, back, and fingerboard binding, herringbone trim, mother of pearl inlays, and double-ring soundhole rosette, the guitar looks as sweet as it sounds. The guitar’s in excellent condition, features an L.R. Baggs Element pickup with soundhole mounted volume and tone controls, and comes in it’s original hard case.

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1912 Gibson L-1 - £1749

1912 Gibson L-1

NEW ARRIVAL This guitar is a real beauty, and in amazing condition for a 107 year old guitar. it's a rare example of an arch top guitar with a central sound hole. Tonally it's voiced for blues and jazz - this 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. In fact, very unusually for a guitar of this age, it has no cracks or repairs - just a refinish that was done in 1978, so even that has vintage vibe. Whether you're a collector or a player, this guitar is a true example of an overused expression - it has real Mojo. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.

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1943 Gibson LG2 - £3249

1943 Gibson LG2

ON HOLD 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. There’s also the cool factor and you start to see why they are a collectors dream. 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, and even comes in it's original hard case.

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1950 Gibson Southern Jumbo - £3799

1950 Gibson Southern Jumbo

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

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1968 Gibson J50 - £2499

1968 Gibson J50

NEW ARRIVAL 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 natural top had turned a warm honey colour, contrasting beautifully with tortoise pickguard featuring the Gibson logo only used this year. The neck feels comfortable, and the low action makes the guitar a treat to play. It’s in very good condition, all original with no cracks or repairs, just the usual signs of playwear and lots of cool looking lacquer checking. It comes in a non original hard case.

2014 Gibson L1 1928 Blues Tribute - £1799

2014 Gibson L1 1928 Blues Tribute

SOLD Gibson began offering a replica 1926 Robert Johnson L-1 a number of years back. But in 2014 they issued the orange-label 1928 L-1 Blues Tribute, which is a different creature altogether. It replicates visual and structural elements of the original instrument, but uses modern production techniques - the result is what Gibson calls a “customised” L-1 replica. The guitar sports an Adirondack red Spruce top with X-bracing using hot hide glue. It’s set on a Mahogany body and has a rectangle open-slot bridge, open-back vintage tuners, and ‘The Gibson’ headstock inlay. The finish is a finely faded vintage sunburst. The construction of the guitar is rock solid, and yet it’s amazingly light in weight. 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 guitar is in excellent condition, with no cracks or repairs, and comes in it’s original Gibson embossed hard case.

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2001 Gibson Gothic II - £649

2001 Gibson Gothic II

NEW ARRIVAL The Gibson Gothic II is the second incarnation of the cult-favourite Gothic series. The most noticeable difference is the black gloss finish, which is a little harder wearing, and looks great with some playwear. Then there’s the change to a factory fitted pair of EMG pickups - an 81/85 combo - producing big thick juicy lows, with that signature SG snappy immediate attack and snarl. The Ebony fingerboard feels very responsive under the fingers, combined with jumbo frets making it ideal for fast playing. The Grover machine heads and Tune-o-matic / Stop-tail bridge combo offer great tuning stability; they're as reliable as ever. The guitar is in good condition, with a reasonable amount of playwaer, and very comfortable neck and playing action. It comes in an upgraded, Gibson embossed, tan hard case.

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1972 Gibson J45 - £1499

1972 Gibson J45

SOLD This J45 is a classic example of the 'workhorse' guitar. A square shouldered dreadnought in a beautiful tobacco sunburst finish with a Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides. Tonally the guitar has a big sound, with a prominent bass, balanced mids and sweet trebles, with masses of sustain. The playability is excellent, with a comfortable feeling neck and good action. The guitar is in excellent condition - one of the cleanest examples I’ve seen - all original with no cracks or repairs. It comes in a non original hard case.

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2007 Gibson CJ165 - £1749

2007 Gibson CJ165

NEW ARRIVAL Only produced between 2006 - 2008, the CJ165 provides an alternative to Gibson's big bodied jumbos such as the J200. If you're looking for big tone in an easier to handle package, the Gibson CJ-165 may be the answer - the mini jumbo size and slightly narrower body makes it easy to play while traditional deluxe Gibson appointments make it instantly familiar to look at. The top is solid premium Spruce while the back and sides are solid Indian Rosewood, and 1930’s style, wide scalloped bracing deliver big tone. Only in production for two years, I think Gibson missed a trick - having Rosewood back and sides on a mini jumbo is a great idea. Rosewood back and sides on a jumbo can mean the tone becomes overpowering, but on a mini jumbo it gives more controlled drive and clarity - not just a strumming machine but also a great picker. The guitar is in very good condition, with a pro repaired centre seam crack, and a very comfortable feeling neck. The guitar has an active underside pickup fitted, with volume control mounted inside the soundhole, and comes in it's original Gibson embossed hard case.

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1969 Gibson J45 - £1999

1969 Gibson J45

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

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1992 Gibson J200 - £2499

1992 Gibson J200

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

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2016 Gibson J100 Walnut - £1749

2016 Gibson J100 Walnut

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

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1967 Epiphone Texan - £1999

1967 Epiphone Texan

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

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1969 Gibson J50 - £1599

1969 Gibson J50

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

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1955 Gibson J160 - £2999


1955 Gibson J160

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

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1947 - 51 Gibson L48 - £1499

1947 - 51 Gibson L48

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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2007 Gibson Songwriter Special - £1399

2007 Gibson Songwriter Special

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

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1938 Cromwell L50 - £999

1938 Cromwell L50

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

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2007 Gibson Nick Lucas - £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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1937 Epiphone Olympic - £1749

1937 Epiphone Olympic

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

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1968 Gibson Country Western - £1799

1968 Gibson Country Western

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

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1993 Gibson J60 - £1499

1993 Gibson J60

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

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1956 Epiphone Zephyr - £1699

1956 Epiphone Zephyr

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

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1985 Gibson J45 Celebrity - £2499

1985 Gibson J45 Celebrity

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

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1955 Gibson J50 - £2699

1955 Gibson J50

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

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1936 Kalamazoo KG21 - £1299

1936 Kalamazoo KG21

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

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1961 Gibson LG1 - £1649

1961 Gibson LG1

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

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2015 Gibson L00 Acacia - £1849

2015 Gibson L00 Acacia Custom Shop

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

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2016 Gibson J15 - £999

2016 Gibson J15

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

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1967 Epiphone Texan - £2499

1967 Epiphone Texan

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

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1942 Gibson L-0 - £2499

1942 Gibson L0

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

1931 Gibson L-0 - £2999

1931 Gibson L-0

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

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1993 Gibson J30 - £949

1993 Gibson J30

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

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1937 Gibson L00 - £3899

1937 Gibson L00

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

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

2007 Gibson 68 Reissue J45 Orange

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

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1964 Gibson C-0 - £799

1964 Gibson C-0

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

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2014 Gibson J45 Brown Top - £1799

2014 Gibson J45 Brown Top

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

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2017 Gibson L00 Standard - £1749

2017 Gibson L00

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

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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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1968 Gibson Hummingbird - £2499

1968 Gibson Hummingbird

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

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1940 Kalamazoo KG14 - £1349

1940 Kalamazoo KG14

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

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1930's Gibson Fascinator - £1249

1930's Gibson Fascinator

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

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1968 Gibson Dove - £2499

1968 Gibson Dove

SOLD 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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