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Gibson J-45 Slope Shoulder Steel String Sunburst, 1967

Gibson J-45 Slope Shoulder Steel String Sunburst, 1967

Regarded as a workhorse guitar since 1942 when it replaced the natural top J-35, the slope-shouldered Gibson J-45 has been used by countless artists in innumberable performances.

Price: $2000 CAD
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Gibson J-160E Steel String Acoustic Electric Sunburst, 1966

Gibson J-160E Steel String Acoustic Electric Sunburst, 1966

The Gibson J-160E is one of the most recognisable steel string guitars, due largely to a series of recordings and performances during the early 1960s by The Beatles. Both John Lennon and George Harrison had J-160E models, while McCartney used an Epiphone Texan strung as left handed. Though it looks a lot like the traditional classic J-45 round shoulder dreadnought, the Gibson J-160E has major structural differences. First, because the design goal was to reduce feedback at high stage volumes, the guitar body is entirely laminate, including the top. Rather than X-braced, the top is strongly Ladder braced.

Price: $3999.99 CAD
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Gibson Northern Jumbo Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Sunburst, 2007

Gibson Northern Jumbo Slope Shoulder Dreadnought Sunburst, 2007

Like a Southern Jumbo, the Gibson Northern Jumbo features a slope-shouldered dreadnought body, with a Sitka Spruce top and Mahogany for the back, sides and neck. The fingerboard and bridge are Rosewood, with Mother of Pearl used for the inlays. A Firestripe type pickguard was stock. The top has a sunburst finish, on some promotional materials referred to as ‘Maple BUrst’, and the body has a dark tint. The rear of the headstock carries a decal of a Maple Leaf and ‘Limited Edition’ below. The truss rod cover is engraved ‘NORTHERN JUMBO’. As typical of Gibson acoustics of the period, an L R Baggs pickup system is discreetly installed, and the tuners are Grover Roto-Matics with nickel finish. 

Price: $2600 CAD
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❌ SOLD ❌ Gibson B25-12 12 String Acoustic Guitar with Pickup, 1965

❌ SOLD ❌  Gibson B25-12 12 String Acoustic Guitar with Pickup, 1965

In the 1960’s, 12-strings like the Gibson B25-12 were very popular, and the 12 was found on many recordings, in Canada especially Gordon Lightfoot’s.

Price: $1150 CAD

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Collings CJ-35 Slope Shouldered Dreadnought Guitar Sunburst, 2014

Collings CJ-35 Slope Shouldered Dreadnought Guitar Sunburst, 2014

The Slope Shouldered Dreadnought appeared early in the development of the steel string guitar, and the Collings CJ-35 is an expression of just how good this design can be when built by a master.

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