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❌ SOLD ❌ Gibson Southern Jumbo Steel String Guitar Sunburst, 2004

❌ SOLD ❌  Gibson Southern Jumbo Steel String Guitar Sunburst, 2004

The Gibson Southern Jumbo is closely related to the classic J-45, and at times the differences have been mostly market driven and cosmetic. Apparently named to appeal to Gibson dealers in the American South – referring to the Mason-Dixon line, the Southern Jumbo or SJ uses slope-shoulder, spruce and mahogany body construction. The key differences are additional binding on the fingerboard and split-parallelogram position markers.

Used
Price: $1750 CAD

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❌ SOLD ❌ C. F. Martin D-41 Dreadnought Steel String Guitar, 2017

❌ SOLD ❌  C. F. Martin D-41 Dreadnought Steel String Guitar, 2017

This is a treat! A nearly new Martin D-41 from 2017, nicely decorated but not overdressed, just the slightest hint of wear and a clean crisp full tone.

Used
Price: $4500 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ Gibson Country Western Model Steel String Guitar, 1957

❌SOLD❌ Gibson Country Western Model Steel String Guitar, 1957

The Gibson Country Western Model made its debut in 1956 as a miracle of rebranding – it is the classic Gibson SJ-N, Southern Jumbo Natural, with a new label! Until 1964, this model – like other Gibson dreadnoughts – was a round shoulder design. At that point, it’s likely that market pressures like the popularity of the Martin style changed the shape to square shoulders.

Vintage
Price: $5750 CAD

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❌ SOLD ❌ Gibson SJ Square Shoulder Dreadnought Guitar, 1972

❌ SOLD ❌  Gibson SJ Square Shoulder Dreadnought Guitar, 1972

Here we have a vintage Gibson SJ from 1972 at the historic plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It features a Spruce top with Mahogany for the back, sides and neck, with Rosewood for the fingerboard and bridge. The SJ is a somewhat more ornamented model, so the fingerboard is bound and has split-parallellogram position markers. It also features a standard adjustable saddle, in Rosewood; some earlier models used a ceramic saddle. The finish is the original sunburst executed in nitrocellulose lacquer. The scale length is longer than many other Gibson models at 25.5 inches. This brightens the tone slightly and brings the feel closer to Gibson’s main competitor, Martin.

Vintage
Price: $1350 CAD

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❌ SOLD ❌ Gibson J-45 Steel String Sunburst with deArmond Pickup, 1970

❌ SOLD ❌  Gibson J-45 Steel String Sunburst with deArmond Pickup, 1970

The Gibson J-45 made its name as a workhorse guitar not long after its introduction in 1942, and they have been used by working musicians in countless gigs. Sometimes the gig needs more volume, and at some points adding a deArmond soundhole pickup was the way to go.

Vintage
Price: $1850 CAD

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1964 Gibson SJN Country Western Dreadnought Steel String Guitar

1964 Gibson SJN Country Western Dreadnought Steel String Guitar

The Gibson SJN appeared in 1956 as a natural top version of the Southern Jumbo, with the model name ‘Country Western’. In 1962 square shoulders arrived.

Vintage
Price: $3850 CAD
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