1946 Gibson Southern Jumbo

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St. John's, Canada
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Played and owned a lot of Gibson's in my day, but nothing like this...Nothing that even comes close to sounding as good as this...

Traditional Gibson thump but with a balanced mid-range and a tremendous high end sparkle that is not typical of new Gibson's. If this old beauty does not impress you and make you smile with every chord, then there is no hope for you.

old girl has had some hefty repairs, but everything has now been completed. No current issues that need attention. It's all been done for you.

From the Luthier who did the repairs:

The last owner of this guitar dated this to '46 and I concur on all the details: no factory order number, old-style Gibson decal, no "banner" decal, and the (before
replacement) original Martin-shaped belly bridge all add up to that 40s slope-dread Gibsons have been thebest ones I've heard -- with a combination of that J-45 "rounder dreadnought" sound but a tighter, more flatpick-friendly big-sounding bass and trebles that are punchier and fuller (read: more like a D-18). It's a winning combination. The finish on this guitar is entirelyoriginal -- and so is the wear and tear. 

The truss works flawlessly and is barely engaged even for 54w-12 strings. Part of that stability is the biggerC-shaped neck with nut width just a hair under 1 3/4" -- consider it 1 3/4" if you're pondering as that's how it feels.
This guitar had Grover Rotomatics installed on it at one point (I removed them) and that's why there are somemarks around the ferrules at the headstock. The neck itself is one-piece mahogany.The new tuners are StewMac repros of the originals ("Golden Age" units) and they work great and look right. The new nut is bone.
The frets are the original lower, smallish ones -- but they have plenty of life left. Some "wonderful repairman" had reglued a number of the pearloid inlays very poorly withKrazyGlue (ergh!) but I remedied that. There's general use-wear on the board with some wear in the first position of the board itself.
I'm pretty sure that pickguard is original.
This new parts-bin rosewood bridge is obviously not an original but it seemed the most-suited from my box of bits for the guitar. Its spacing is also almost exactly the same as the original and the drop-in saddle makes for easy on-the-fly setup adjustment.

The heel was cracked and repaired a while back. It's stable and good to go. You can also see that the sides were hairline-split and reglued on the upper bout areas, too. All good. My neck reset popped the angle back to keep this guitar going for a long while (hopefully -- indefinitely). The fretboard extension dips down slightly past the joint but if you play above the 15th fret you're missing the point, anyhow...
There is a bass-side repaired hairline crack (note excess glue marks -- these are long-ago repairs) and a treble-side one. The back has a couple hairlines(glued) here at the lower bout...and 3 tiny-ish smaller ones up here at the upper bout. The top upper bout has two repaired cracks to the treble side of the pickguard and one next to the fretboard extension. They were all cleated where necessary long ago and are holding well.The three tiny ones at the waist bass-side are glued and also either cleated or over braces so aren't an issue.Note also the hairline extending from the bridge to the soundhole. All good.
Action is perfect at 3/32" bass and 1/16" treble with a drop-in saddle that can be shimmed or shaved easily.
Includes a very old Hard Shell Case
Please look at all pictures. No returns on vintage instruments. She has mojo because this one has been played over the years, hence the great and unbelievable tone.

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Listed4 years ago
ConditionGood (Used)
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