Gibson’s ES-330 from 1959 to 1969

Gibson’s ES-330 from 1959 to 1969

The 1950s ushered in an entirely new music scene in the United States - the war was over, production was growing, and prosperity followed suit. The big bands of the 1940s gave way to smaller three or four piece outfits whose amplifier technology allowed them to fill dance halls that new sound - rock and roll. Gibson took notice of Fender's growing success with the 1950 Broadcaster then Telecaster guitar debuted their own solid body in 1952. But Gibson was the king of arch top guitars after winning the battle and eventually buying…Read more
Gibson Firebird III non-Reverse in rare Frost Blue!

Gibson Firebird III non-Reverse in rare Frost Blue!

Gibson's Firebird range of guitars consisted of four trim levels and one major body style change in 1965. The trim levels mirrored that of the Les Paul line where the I = Junior, II = Special, V = Standard, and VII = Custom. The initial Firebird run utilized a revolutionary neck through body design but the entire line was updated in 1965 to an easier to manufacture standard neck joint similar to the joint on an SG. The body shape was also changed to what was essentially the mirror image of the original.…Read more
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