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1965 Gibson Country Western (consignment) SOLD

In 1942, Gibson introduced a new model named the SJ, or Southern Jumbo. Basically a replacement for the J-55 and allegedly targeted to Gibson dealers in Southern states, the SJ was originally a slope-shouldered design with sunburst finish like the J-45, but a bit fancier. In 1954, the finish changed to natural with the SJN, and in 1962, the model was renamed Gibson Country Western. The next year, 1963, it shifted to the square shouldered dreadnought design. The Country Western model was discontinued in 1977.

All of these variations use the same woods – a spruce top, mahogany for the back, sides and neck, and rosewood for the fingerboard and bridge. Kluson Deluxe tuners with creme plastic buttons were used. As an ‘upscale’ version of the J-45, there is extra binding around the top and split-parallelogram position markers were used.

This example of the 1965 Gibson Country Western is in good overall and playing condition. It has had its major service – a neck reset – so the neck angle is very good with plenty of saddle for action adjustments. The neck profile is fairly narrow and slim, so it’s very easy to get around on. The finish is the original lacquer, with expected wear, tear and checking.

Tonally, this guitar is full and resonant, with all frequency ranges well represented. It’s warm without being boomy, and the trebles are smooth and well articulated. As the name hints, these guitars are well suited to country style flat-pick strumming.


Serial Number: 344047, built during 1965 at the historic Gibson plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Pricing: $2,600.00 Canadian with newer hardshell, flat top case.

Status: SOLD


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