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Gibson SG Custom 1964 SOLD

Gibson SG Custom 1964 SOLD

Here’s a wonderful Gibson SG Custom from 1964. This was the top of the line for electric solidbodies in 1964!

The SG was originally introduced in 1961 as a complete re-design of the Les Paul guitar, which was not selling. However, Les Paul was not entirely thrilled with the design and towards 1963 the Les Paul name started to come off these instruments – partly as Gibson used up their stock of Les Paul branded truss rod covers and decals. By the end of 1963, the instument was known as the SG.

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Gibson Les Paul VOS 1957 Left Handed, 2010 SOLD

Gibson Les Paul VOS 1957 Left Handed,  2010 SOLD

Gibson Les Paul VOS 1957 Left Handed, 2010

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Gibson Custom Shop Firebird Non-Reverse, 2003 SOLD

Gibson Custom Shop Firebird Non-Reverse, 2003   SOLD

Here’s a very cool Gibson Custom Shop Firebird Non-Reverse from 2003, in a ‘TV White’ or ‘Limed Mahogany’ finish.

The Firebird was introduced in 1963 in the ‘Reverse’ form, where the lower cutaway is longer than the top. However, due to poor sales and some complaints from Fender, Gibson essentialy flipped the body and head to this ‘Non-Reverse’ form. Additionally, the ‘Non-Reverse’ models use a set neck, rather than a through-neck, construction.

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Gibson L5 CES 1983 SOLD

Gibson L5 CES 1983  SOLD

The Gibson L5 CES is a classic, beautiful guitar and is the direct descendant of the big archtops of the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. The CES designation stands for “Cutaway Electric Spanish”.

The original L-5 was designed by Lloyd Loar, first produced in 1922 and electrified in 1951. For most of that time, the L-5 has been the top of the heap for jazz guitars.

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Gibson F-2 Mandolin 1919 No Longer Available

Gibson F-2 Mandolin 1919 No Longer Available

Here is a very good condition Gibson F-2 Mandolin, built during 1919.

Gibson began producing non-traditional mandolins – that is, not using the European bowl-back, flat-top design – in the late part of the 19th Century, basing this radically new design on another traditoinal instrument – the violin. The F series features the ‘scroll’ on the upper bout, and the fancier headstock than the teardrop-shaped A series.

Orville Gibson died on August 21, 1918 of endocarditis. Not long after, the Gibson company hired Lloyd Loar to revamp the designs, and his first models started appearing around 1922. This fine example of Gibson instrument production falls between those two points.

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Gibson Les Paul Standard 1980 SOLD

Gibson Les Paul Standard 1980 SOLD

The Gibson Les Paul Standard, this one from 1980 is — well, it’s been a standard benchmark guitar since people started needing solidbody electric guitars.

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