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Epiphone by Gibson Sheraton II Vintage Sunburst, 1988

Epiphone by Gibson Sheraton II Vintage Sunburst, 1988

The Epiphone by Gibson Sheraton II appeared with the ‘by Gibson’ logo for only two years or so, ending around 1988; these were built in the Samick shops in Korea and are excellent instruments. The original Epiphone Sheraton was built from 1958 to 1970, and Gibson had purchased the remains of Epiphone 1957. Their introduction was concurrent with the launch of Gibson’s new ES-3×5 line, a revolutionary design that added a solid center block to a thin-body electric archtop.

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Price: $1,400.00 CAD
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Gibson ES-350T Thinline Archtop Electric Wine Red, 1978

Gibson ES-350T Thinline Archtop Electric Wine Red, 1978

The Gibson ES-350T (or ES-350TD to the early 1960s) is a thin-bodied, single cutaway fully hollow archtop electric built from 1955 to 1963 with a 23.5 inch scale length, and from 1977 to 1993 with a 25.5 inch scale. It started as the full-bodied, single-cutaway, 25.5 inch scale length single P-90 ES-350 Premiere in 1947. The ES-350 models were used by a number of top artists in the 1950s, most notably Chuck Berry. At introduction in 1955, the Gibson ES-350T shared several things with the also-new Byrdland, particularly the 23.5 inch scale length.

Vintage
Price: $4,500.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Gibson Country Western Model Natural, 1957

⚌Reduced‼ Gibson Country Western Model Natural, 1957

The Gibson Country Western Model debuted in 1955 as a miracle of rebranding – it is the classic Gibson SJ-N, Southern Jumbo Natural, with a new label! The SJ-N appeared in 1942, became the Country Western in 1955,  was again renamed the SJ-N in 1960,  and  finally dubbed the SJ Country Western in 1962.   The model was discontinued in 1977. The Gibson Country Western model, like the SJ-N, pairs a Sitka Spruce top with Mahogany for the sides, back, body blocks and neck.

Vintage
Price: $5,999.99 CAD
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Gibson LG1 Steel String Guitar Sunburst, 1950

Gibson LG1 Steel String Guitar Sunburst, 1950

The Gibson LG1 was introduced during 1942 along with the LG-2 and LG-3 as entry level models – and with the US entry into WW2, but after about 100 of each were built, both the LG-1 and LG-3 were discontinued for the duration of the war. While the LG-2 was built throughout WW2, the LG-1  and LG-3 were not built from 1943 to 1945.  In 1958, the LG-0 was introduced. 

Vintage
Price: $2,850.00 CAD
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Gibson Les Paul Standard Cherry Sunburst, 1980

Gibson Les Paul Standard Cherry Sunburst, 1980

Here’s a Gibson Les Paul Standard Cherry Sunburst dating to October 17, 1980, sporting a Cherry Sunburst finish and a non-weight relieved, non-pancake body! The Les Paul model was introduced in 1952 as Gibson’s entry into the then-new soldibody ‘Spanish’ electric guitar field, where ‘Spanish’ refers to the way the guitar is held. Solidbody Hawaiian models had been available for some time, and Gibson had been producing electrified archtop guitars since the 1936 ES-150.

Vintage
Price: $4,250.00 CAD
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Gibson Explorer 76 Reissue Natural, 1998

Gibson Explorer 76 Reissue Natural, 1998

The Gibson Explorer 76 Reissue is a re-build of the Explorer version built between 1975 and 1982 with Mahogany replacing the ”Korina’ or African Limba wood used on the original Explorers from 1958, 1959 and 1963.  The Gibson Explorer is one of the most radical designs produced under the leadership of Ted McCarty, and when introduced was met with very little interest.

Used
Price: $2,899.99 CAD
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