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1956 Gibson SJ Acoustic (consignment) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

1956 Gibson SJ Acoustic  (consignment) NO LONGER AVAILABLE

The Gibson SJ, or Southern Jumbo, was Gibson’s slope-shoulder answer to the Martin square-shoulder dreadnought. It was introduced in 1942 with Sunburst as the available finish until 1954. This example of the 1956 Gibson SJ is in good playing condition, with lots of wear. This guitar has been used as intended!

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1972 Gibson ES-345TD Sunburst (consignment) SOLD

1972 Gibson ES-345TD Sunburst (consignment) SOLD

This example of the Gibson ES-345TD (the TD standing for Thinline body, Double pickups) is in good physical condition with no breaks, little scratching and one small chip at the top of the back of the head. It’s in good playing condition; it was professionally refretted and there isn’t a lot of wear on the frets.

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1974 Guild Starfire II Walnut (consignment) SOLD

1974 Guild Starfire II Walnut (consignment)  SOLD

This 1974 Guild Starfire II Walnut is in good shape and is a good example of the quality of Guild instruments. The Starfire II is a fully hollow, 17 inch mahogany guitar with floating rosewood bridge and a florentine cutaway. The lacquer finish is lightly checked and there are just a few dings and scratches. It plays quite well and is set up with a moderately low action.

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1988 Ibanez George Benson GB-10 (consignment) SOLD

1988 Ibanez George Benson GB-10 (consignment) SOLD

This example of the Ibanez George Benson GB-10 is in very good condition, with light play wear; with a good clean it could look near mint but aged. The binding has yellowed very nicely, perhaps to the tone of a 1950’s guitar.

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1977 Guild X-175 Blonde Manhattan Archtop (consignment) SOLD

1977 Guild X-175 Blonde Manhattan Archtop (consignment) SOLD

Here is a very nice 1977 Guild X-175 Blonde Manhattan Archtop. Guild archtops are not extremely common, but are highly valued. Originally drawing from the heritage of the Epiphone workforce, Guild has produced many extremely good instruments over the years. They feature solid, practical designs, excellent wood selection, and top level craftsmanship.

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1944 Gibson J-45 (SOLD)

1944 Gibson J-45 (SOLD)

Here’s a great early piece – a 1944 Gibson J-45, built during the third year of production. Drawing heavily on the design of the just-discontinued J-35, the J-45 mostly differs with stiffer X bracing, tall, thin and scalloped top bracing, a fatter, non-V neck profile, and only being available with a sunburst finish.

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