1969 Gibson Johnny Smith.  Sunburst finish.  SN 538685. This guitar is in amazingly excellent condition. No dings, one small finish scratch under the pickguard, and no finish checking.  Gold plating on pickup, tailpiece, and pickguard mount is tarnished and bare in places. See photos.  It’s always kept clean in a climate controlled non-smoking environment. Never gigged.  All electronics operate as they should. Plays great. Sounds great. To me, it's a work of art.

Prior to my acquiring it in 2016, this was a one-owner guitar who bought it new in 1969.  It’s all original; however, as is common the nitrocellulose pickguard was disintegrating and has been replaced (the original will be included) and the pickup’s braided wire under the pickguard was similarly replaced (original wire also to be included). 

Other than as stated above, this guitar is unmodified and is in its original form and in perfect working order. It clearly was just rarely played. Original frets look almost new.  It retains the original mini output jack under the pickguard and the original mini cable is included (I’ve found that I must press the ¼” plug-end firmly into the amp for a good connection).   

The original hardshell case looks great; however, a 3" x 6" area of the case directly above the pickguard was affected by the original pickguard’s outgassing and is bare.  And, although hard to believe, this guitar also comes with its original soft canvas zipper cover which is in similarly great condition.   The zipper cover fits over the hardcase to protect it.  Go figure.

From the 1969 Gibson Catalog: “The Gibson Artist (Johnny Smith) model offers the finest in acoustical response and electronic amplification. Humbucking pickups and electronic controls are specially mounted to produce pure tones without restricting acoustic response.  FEATURES: Carved spruce top with bound “f” holes and matched figured maple rims, neck, and carved back.  Slim, fast, low action neck joins body at 14thfret.  Five piece curly maple neck with adjustable truss rod.  Ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlays and nickel silver frets.  Special ebony bridge with slanted ebony saddle.  Volume control and instrument jack mounted on pickguard.  Gold plated metal parts and machine heads.  17” wide, 20 ½” long, 3 1/8” deep; 25” scale, 20 frets.” 

I don’t know how you’ll feel, but when I opened the case for the first time I felt like it was 1969 all over again and I had just bought my dream guitar.

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Condition:
Very Good (Used)
Brand
Gibson
Model
Johnny Smith
Finish
Sunburst
Categories
Hollow Body
Year
1969
Made In
United States
Body Type
Hollow Body
Number of Strings
6 String
Right / Left Handed
Right Handed
Body Shape
Single Cutaway

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1969 Gibson Johnny Smith - ALL ORIGINAL - $ REDUCED
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