Vintage Instruments: Gibson Guitars

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1964 Gibson F-25

Gibson’s F-25 was designed to appeal to the folk musicians of the early 1960s. Similar to Martin’s New Yorker models, the F-25 (and larger sibling the FJ-N) featured hybrid classical/steel string design, with X-braced bodies and larger classical-feeling necks. The string spacing at the bridge was quite wide to accommodate nylon strings, however the guitar was designed to accommodate steel stings if the player desired.

This example is something of a time capsule, having been with its first owner since it was new. The guitar is in excellent condition and is completely original. There are no cracks or damage; its only repair was to a small crack in a back brace end. Strung with nylon strings throughout its life fret wear and playwear have been minimized, and its neck angle remains excellent.

We’ve set the guitar up with Nylon strings and low fingerstyle action. It could easily be strung with regular light steel strings if a buyer prefers. With classical strings the guitar is intimate and expressive, and has a mellow warmth that’s perfect for solo jazz, or just strumming folk tunes.

LG-3 (B-25) Classical-sized body with X-braced spruce top, mahogany back and sides and factory original white Golpeadores (Flamenco tap plates, aka pickguards), white bindings and gloss finish. Rosewood belly-up bridge with straight saddle and 2-1/4” string spread at the bridge. Wide neck with classical taper, 2” nut width, and 24.75” scale. Flat fingerboard, paddle headstock, 3-on-a-strip Kluson tuning machines.

With period hardshell case

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