Gibson 1938 J-35 Sunburst ( This is a nice one, needs nothing)

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Gibson J-35 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1938), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan,  sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard.  We love the original Gibson J-35 in any form; this 1938 example is one sweet-playing and fantastic-sounding pre-war Gibson Jumbo! Built 1938, this is an example of an "early" style J-35 with the dark sunburst top that would be supplanted by a natural top finish option first cataloged in 1939. The neck still carries the fairly chunky 1930s V profile with a large heel, replaced within a year by a slimmer "C" neck. Other original features include the "firestripe" tortoise celluloid pickguard and silkscreen white script Gibson logo on the headstock. The tuners are new  Kluson strip units with celluloid buttons. The J-35 was Gibson's "working man's" Jumbo flat-top in the 1930s and early '40s. Selling on introduction for under forty dollars, it was intended as a direct competitor to Martin's D-18, and has since been similarly recognized as one of the all time classic flat-top designs. This is a guitar to be reckoned with, extremely light and very responsive -- a good flat-picker and a very nice finger-picking guitar as well. This particular J-35 has a powerful but very even sound, perfect for those 1940s honky-tonk nights, but for today's player an excellent recording or performance guitar. Overall length is 40 3/8 in. (102.6 cm.), 16 in. (40.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.).  The finish shows some checking overall and  dings, dents, and scrapes overall, the 2 light areas are just enough to exposé the wood. . There are some repaired cracks , but the mahogany back has a number of tightly repaired grain splits, mostly centered towards the bottom edge. The bridge and small maple bridge plate are original;  The guitar has likely had a neck reset some time ago, cleanly done with very little evidence left behind besides an excellent playing angle. It has recently been refretted with period correct wire, with a new nut and saddle. The fingerboard is in great shape. This is an extremely fine-playing and sounding guitar, having a truss rod!  One of the GREAT-sounding old Gibson. It has a nice hard shell case, thanks dale

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Listeda month ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
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