Vintage Guitar Library: Book suggestion for Gibson acoustic guitar enthusiasts

Vintage Guitar Library: Book suggestion for Gibson acoustic guitar enthusiasts

Dating a vintage Gibson acoustic guitar can be a difficult process but most of the time it can be done. Many Gibson acoustic guitars made from June of 1942 until late 1945 or early 1946 bore a golden banner on the headstock that reads, "Only a Gibson is good enough." The banner era Gibson guitars are especially difficult to date since the factory order numbers jumped around and the shipping ledgers are largely undocumented. We don't know when the last banner applied guitar left the factory but it seems to die out around…Read more
Seth Lover’s Humbucking pickups

Seth Lover’s Humbucking pickups

Seth Lover's love of electronics lead to along and very productive career at both Gibson and Fender. While at each company, Lover designed a pickup that change the sound of the electric guitar forever. His most revolutionary design, the Humbucking Pickup, was designed while at Gibson in 1955 but it wouldn't go into standard production until 1957. His patent for the Humbucker wasn't approved until a few years later so they affixed a "PATENT APPLIED FOR" sticker on the bottom. The initial run of the PAF pickup is likely the most collectible pickup ever made and…Read more
SG or Les Paul?

SG or Les Paul?

We posted this graphic on our Facebook page to highlight a little known fact about the transition from "Les Paul" to "SG". Gibson Special model was the first in the line of Junior, Special, Standard, and Custom to lose the Les Paul model name and signature on the headstock. It happened in mid-1959 and coincided with the neck pickup position shift to increase neck strength. The Standard model however didn't become the SG until 1963. https://www.facebook.com/truevintageguitar/posts/1857689250923325Read more
c. 1945 Gibson J-45 Banner

c. 1945 Gibson J-45 Banner

We made it through the move and now we're back up and running. This dusty banner Gibson J-45 has just landed here at the shop. The banner era Gibson guitars (1942-1945) are regarded as some of the finest ever ever made for their fine construction, materials, and player friendly specifications. I purchased this guitar from the son of the original owner. He said that his dad played the guitar all his life but passed decades ago. It sat in a closet unplayed since that time. I can't wait to get this one up and…Read more
Enjoying every minute with this 1957 Gibson Les Paul Jr!

Enjoying every minute with this 1957 Gibson Les Paul Jr!

  This is another one that I'm so tempted to keep! This 1957 Gibson Les Paul Jr has just come out of retirement and is ready for another life in music. I'm amazed how these old gems were so well made back in 1957 that a simple cleaning and set up can bring them right back to being a coveted professional instrument. We're just waiting on some replacement tuners and a case to list it for sale. Enquire for details.   Do you have a vintage Gibson Les Paul Junior? We're always looking…Read more
Coming Soon: 1957 Gibson Les Paul Jr!

Coming Soon: 1957 Gibson Les Paul Jr!

This 1957 Gibson Les Paul Jr has just emerged from a storage unit in the north west US after decades of neglect. It's possible that the broken jack plate and bent G tuner were the only things that led to its neglect. Those are common problems with Les Pauls and easily remedied today. This guitar shows plenty of wear from being stored without a case for so long but retains all the necessary components for a well playing vintage guitar. The neck is dead straight, the original P-90 pickup is strong, and even…Read more
Video: 1940 Gibson L-00

Video: 1940 Gibson L-00

This lovely 1940 Gibson L-00 has just recently landed in the shop and its our current favorite. It's true pleasure to play with proper action/saddle height/neck relief. We hope this clip can give a little hint at what it really sounds like in the room: loud/raw/loads of bass but articulate highs. It's ready for the studio, stage, or collection.    Read more
Vintage Gibson L-00

Vintage Gibson L-00

This is my great uncle Clellan with what appears to be a 1933 or 1934 Gibson L-00 or L-0. We don't know where the guitar is but we're thrilled to have this picture. Do you have an old picture of a guitar? I'd love to see it. Leave a comment with contact information so you can send me a digital copy.Read more
Gibson’s golden banner “Only a Gibson is Good Enough”

Gibson’s golden banner “Only a Gibson is Good Enough”

Gibson acoustic guitars manufactured during World War II exhibited an odd feature: a golden banner reading "Only A Gibson is Good Enough." Current records indicate that the banner was applied to low to middle range guitar headstocks from mid 1942 until early 1946. These guitars have become known in the industry as "banner Gibsons" and can command collectible prices compared to the non-banner applied guitars. Gibson's manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan came under wartime materials and production restrictions that reduced the number of guitars made and changed the materials they used. Not only that, but…Read more
1948 Gibson J-200 – Cowboy Tiny Adams

1948 Gibson J-200 – Cowboy Tiny Adams

Vintage 1948 Gibson SJ-200 ~ This beauty was owned for a long time by Cowboy Tiny Adams. It's going in the shop at Burns Repair for a few maintenance repairs before heading out for a new life in music. Check out the engraved early style pickguard and the nice flame on the back. Stunning! I'm always looking to buy vintage Gibson guitars, especially Gibson J-200s. Do you have one for sale? I'd love to check it out. Send some pictures to me here so I can take a look at it.  --John  Read more