1960 Gibson Country Western


I purchased this clean 1960 Gibson Country Western from the son of its original owner a few weeks ago. I was grateful that he provided the picture of his dad playing the guitar live in the early 1960s. I took it directly to the luthier I work with who reported that all the braces inside had tight factory glue joints, the neck angle was proper and not in need of a neck reset, and that the bridge was still glued tightly. All it needed was a careful cleaning and set up to be a spectacular playing example.

Make and Model: Gibson Country Western (SJN). The Gibson Shipment Totals book by Larry Meiners indicates that only 488 SJN models were shipped in 1960. 

Year: 1960. FON "R" indicates that this example was made in 1960.

Measurements: Action at the 12th = 5/32" bass side and 4/32" treble side. The neck profile measure 0.82" deep at the first fret and 0.90" deep at the 12th fret. 

Originality: All parts are original to this guitar except the strings!

Playability: Excellent! The action is as low as I can tolerate on an acoustic guitar, the neck is straight, and the frets show little wear. The greatest area of wear is in the first few frets but I did not notice it while I was playing. It's a great sounding example with good volume and full mid range tone. 

Included: Original faux alligator chipboard case from Gibson and a high quality digital scan of the old picture.  

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