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1955 Gibson Southern Jumbo

FON W930 10. We're guessing that it would be pretty hard to find a small-guard Gibson Southern Jumbo that's much finer than this one.

The guitar was bought in 1957 by the fellow who brought it to Folkway, but it hadn't been used for decades. It is in remarkably good condition, with no cracks or damage, it shows very little finish and fret wear, and it's intact and original. The neck has been reset by us, and the saddle, nut, and tuner buttons have been replaced with vintage/aged replicas. It is a particularly attractive Gibson - SJs tend to be that way -- but the beautifully aged crackled lacquer, dark sunburst, lush Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, multilayered bindings, and all that pearl(oid) in the neck really add up to something special.

Scalloped braced spruce top, South American mahogany back, sides, and neck; bound fingerboard with pearloid inlays, belly-up bridge with original pins, original Kluson tuning machines with new Antique Acoustic buttons, bone nut and saddle. Tobacco sunburst top, teardrop pickguard.

The guitar is set up with light strings and enjoys an action of 5-to 7-64ths. Classic mid-50's round Gibson neck carve, with a 1-11/16" nut and 24.75" scale.

Tone is round and warm, with lots of that low-end thump post-war Gibsons are all about. It's a sweet sounding instrument with good volume and headroom available when called for.

With original chipboard case.

Interested in this guitar but live outside of Canada? CITES documentation is simple for us to acquire, and the guitar can legally ship anywhere in the world.

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