1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior

1957 Gibson Les Paul Junior

The Gibson Les Paul "Junior"  was introduced two years after the Les Paul "Model" came out in 1952. Gibson wanted a more affordable solid body electric to tap into a part of the market that was previously underserved. The neck construction of the guitar remained almost the same as the "Model" but…
1956 Gibson Les Paul Jr

1956 Gibson Les Paul Jr

The Gibson Les Paul Jr was introduced in 1954 as a bare bones entry level electric guitar. It featured a slab Mahogany body, Mahogany neck, Brazilian Rosewood fret board and a single P-90 pickup in the bridge position. The Les Paul Jr is known today as a rock and roll…
The $200k Les Paul’s little brother: 1960 Gibson Melody Maker

The $200k Les Paul’s little brother: 1960 Gibson Melody Maker

According to Gibson's website, the Melody Maker was the best selling guitar at the time.  It was cheap and looked cool too.  They produced them on the same line that made Les Pauls, ES-335s and J-200s.The Melody Maker was a full scale guitar with trimmed down features. The body is…
1966 Gibson Catalog!

1966 Gibson Catalog!

I love opening an old catalog to compare my identification of a guitar to what the catalog would have called it originally. They're full of cool pictures and information that I don't see on forums and in vintage gear discussions. They also show all kinds of options that changed from year…
1960 Gibson ES-355TDSV

1960 Gibson ES-355TDSV

1960 Gibson ES-355tdsv Feast your eyes upon Gibson's top of the line thinline, semi-hollow arcthop electric guitar, the ES-355td Stereo+Vartione! Gibson offered three versions of the thinline electric arcthop guitar with solid center block: the ES-335 debuting in 1958, then the ES-345 and ES-355 which both debuted a year later…
The Gibson Hummingbird – 1963

The Gibson Hummingbird – 1963

1963 Gibson Hummingbird Maple Gibson's iconic Hummingbird model debuted in 1960 but it doesn't trace its roots from other Gibson guitars. Do I have your attention? Let's dive into some sacrilege: the Gibson Hummingbird has more roots with Martin and Epiphone than it does with Gibson. Ok, let me back…
1961 Gibson ES-335tdc

1961 Gibson ES-335tdc

"ES-335td - THIN - DOUBLE CUTAWAY - a newsmaker since its first appearance, this model offers outstanding performance for ensembles, recording, radio, and TV at an amazingly modest price. It offers all the advantages of Gibson's thin body design with its ease of handling, easy fingering, and fast action... Its sparkling…
1962 Gibson ES-335tdc

1962 Gibson ES-335tdc

There's something about the Gibson ES body style that grabs you as a player. It's the culmination of 60+ years of artistry, engineering, musicianship, drive, passion, and music. Gibson's ES-335 model debuted in 1958 with an aesthetic that channelled Gibson's history of making world class archtop guitars but took advantage…
How to date Fender and Gibson guitars with potentiometer codes

How to date Fender and Gibson guitars with potentiometer codes

Determining the year of manufacture for your vintage guitar is very important. It's one of the most fun parts of vintage guitars but it can also be the most frustrating. Fender used at least four different serializing schemes from 1950 to 1980. Gibson used countless schemes and also reused numbers…