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Gibson J185 12 String Guitar Maple Natural, 2001

Gibson J185 12 String Guitar Maple Natural, 2001

The Gibson J185 12 String was built in Bozeman Montana from 2001 to 2004 and as the name suggests puts the classic J-185 into a 12 string configuration. The J-185 model was originally built from 1951 to 1959 and featured a smaller body than the J-200, but also used Maple sides and back with Sitka Spruce top. The neck is Mahogany with Rosewood used for the bridge and bound fingerboard.

Used
Price: $2,750.00 CAD
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Gibson ES350 Electric Archtop Sunburst 1951

Gibson ES350 Electric Archtop Sunburst 1951

Here’s a real beauty – a Gibson ES350 Electric Archtop built during 1951 at the historic Parsons Street shop in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The ES-350 was built from 1947 to 1956, and for 1957 received a thinner body and new name – the ES-350T, the T standing for Thinline.   This model was played extensively by top artists like Barney Kessel, Chuck Berry, B B King and Tal Farlow. At its 1947 introduction, the Gibson ES350 was named the ‘ES-350 Premiere’ and was a full body, single cutaway archtop with a single P-90 pickup in the neck position. For 1949, it received a second pickup. Construction was typical of Gibson’s electric archtop production, with Laminate Maple for the top, sides and back, part of an attempt to reduce feedback at stage volumes.

Vintage
Price: $8,995.00 CAD
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Gibson J185 Custom Quilt Natural, 2015

Gibson J185 Custom Quilt Natural, 2015

Here’s a lovely Gibson J185 Custom Quilt, one of a run of 65 instruments built with sides and back of a fantastic AAA grade Quilted Maple set. Gibson introduced the J-185 in 1951 and was built until 1958, and production resumed again with updated specs in 1990. During 1962, a new Everly Brothers J-180 was designed. Based on the J-185, that model featured an adjustable bridge, star inlays, and top and bottom pickguards, and that was built till 1972.

Used
Price: $3,399.00 CAD
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Gibson CF100E Tamio Okuda Electric Acoustic, 2014

Gibson CF100E Tamio Okuda Electric Acoustic, 2014

Here we have another fairly rare guitar, at least for North America – a Gibson CF100E Tamio Okuda model, cutaway with P90 and in very good condition. For those in Japan, Tamio needs no introduction. One of Japan’s most popular guitarist/singer/producer/songwriters, Tamio Okuda has had an almost 30-year career in the Japanese scene. The Gibson Custom Shop CF100E Tamio Okuda  model was built as a limited edition model during 2014, based on Tamio Okuda’s own 1950’s guitar.  The top is solid Sitka Spruce, the back, sides and neck are mahogany (the profile copies Tamio’s guitar) with a rosewood fingerboard. 

Used
Price: $3,500.00 CAD
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Gibson ES 275 P90 Thinline Archtop Electric, 2017

Gibson ES 275 P90 Thinline Archtop Electric, 2017

Here’s a very nice, discontinued and rare Gibson ES 275 P90 model from the now-closed Memphis Gibson shop, featuring a fully hollow body and a pair of MHS P90 pickups. Built like a traditional archtop but with a thin body and the appearance of a vintage model, the Gibson ES 275 P90 uses a Maple Laminate body with Mahogany for the body blocks and neck, Indian Rosewood for the fingerboard and pinned bridge base, vintage style 3-diamond tailpiece and knobs, and a Script Gibson logo.

Used
Price: $4,500.00 CAD
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Gibson SJ200 Jumbo Steel String Sunburst, 1951

Gibson SJ200 Jumbo Steel String Sunburst, 1951

Introduced in 1938 and in constant production since then, the Gibson SJ200 is one of the largest and most recognisable steel string models. Here we’re looking at a very nicely preserved Gibson SJ200 dating to 1951 and built at the Parsons Street plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It is in overall rather good condition with some wear, but less than we often see on guitars approaching the 70 year old mark.

Vintage
Price: $16,500.00 CAD
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