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Gibson Johnny A Signature Custom Shop Sunburst, 2012

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The Gibson Johnny A Signature model was built from 2004 to 2013, using a heavily routed one piece Mahogany Back / Side unit and Maple top, similar in construction and size to the CS-336. It’s not completely hollow, but has supports under the bridge and Bigsby B7.

Johnny A has been a highly respected guitarist since the 1970s and has played and led many prominent bands – some his own, others not, like the J. Geils Band and in 2015, joined the Yardbirds.

Drawing from concepts and basic body dimensions used in the Gibson CS-336, the Gibson Johnny A Signature model starts with a block of Mahogany, cut and internally routed to create sides and supports for a carved figured Maple top with distinctive not-quite-F-holes. Visually distinct from the CS-336, the pointed ‘Florentine’ cutaways on the Johnny A are much closer to the Gibson Barney Kessel or Trini Lopez Custom (but not Standard!) models. The neck is Mahogany, with a bound Ebony fingerboard and distinctive three-piece inlays that are carried onto the bound headstock. All the hardware is gold-plated, including the Bigsby B7 and Kluson Deluxe style tuners. The scale length is often listed as being 25.5 inches or 647.7mm, but this one measures to 25.35 inches, 644mm.

This example dates to 2012, though dating takes a little effort. The serial numbers start with JA and sequential numbers; this one is JA 1070 and a known 2013 model is JA 1147. Built at Gibson Nashville, this guitar is in very good, clean condition with almost no wear – the Bigsby still has its protective plastic sleeve on the end of the arm!

Sold with its original hard shell case.


 

Price: $6,000.00 CAD
  • Model: Johnny A Signature
  • Year: 2012
  • Finish Sunburst
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: JA 1070, built during 2012 in Nashville TN
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 03/08/2022

  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 6.776lbs 3.08kg
  • Scale Length: 25.35in 644mm
  • Nut Width: 1.698in 43.12mm
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