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1964 Gibson J-200

Serial # 67438. A beautiful, completely original sunburst J-200. No cracks, no internal repairs, and no modifications. Gorgeous sunburst lacquer finish, Sitka spruce top, figured maple back and sides, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, pearl inlays, multi-layer bindings, and gold Kluson waffleback tuners.

There's an area of finish wear on the top's edge right where a player's arm would contact, and some very localized overspray along the worn area. It's not particularly noticeable. The guitar has a second endpin hole that's been fitted with a 1960s style wire-holder; if it's not factory work, it sure looks like it could be. Finally, keen eyes will notice a small 2 on the back of the headstock near the serial number. This indicates that the guitar was sold as a second -- possibly explaining the small finish touchup on the top's lower bass edge.

Three-piece curly maple neck, 1-11/16" nut width, 25-1/2" scale. Original gold Tune-O-Matic bridge. Original frets show very little wear.

The guitar has an astoundingly loud voice. It's the consummate strummer, with a beautiful thump, plenty of sub-bass, and perfect mid-range for vocal accompaniment.

With original hardshell case

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