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SOLD!!! 1969 Gibson Dove Steel String Acoustic Guitar, Sunburst

Price: CDN $2499
US Price: US $1990.13
*US dollar exchange varies daily
Class: Vintage
S/N: 814671, built during 1969 at the Gibson plant on Parsons Street in Kalamazoo, Michigan USA.
The Gibson Dove was introduced in 1962 as Gibson's second square-shouldered dreadnought and second from the top of the line for flat-top acoustic guitars.

Featuring a full size, squared dreadnought body with spruce top paired with maple for the back and sides, mahogany for the neck, and rosewood, originally Brazilian, for the fingerboard, the Gibson Dove also sported an oversize bridge with a pair of mother of pearl doves, and another mother of pearl dove inlaid on the translucent, hand-painted pickguard. The maple used in the back and sides provide a brighter tone than mahogany or rosewood. In 1968, the bracing was strengthened, which improved reliability but reduced volume. As well, pickguards for the next while were sometimes screwed to the top as is the case on this guitar. These features add, in the words of some Gibson reps, 'natural compression'; and while that term sounds odd, the practical effect can be of significant help in a recording situation.

This example dates to 1969 and was built at the historic Parsons Street Gibson plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This guitar appears to be entirely original, with the addition some time ago of an Ibanez passive pickup added to the interior X-Brace, and fed out through and endpin jack. The frets are original and are fairly low; they appear to have been dressed and crowned at some point so there isn't a lot of visible wear. The tuners are original G-branded Schaller models. The finish is in overall good condition for its age. Being nitrocellulose lacquer, it has naturally checked over time.

The original black hardshell case is included.

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