1972 Gibson Dove Custom Guitar


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The Gibson Dove - Sunburst is a distinctive and non-traditional acoustic guitar, known for its unique combination of a Hummingbird and SJ-200. This stunning dreadnought, made in 1972, features a beautiful aesthetic with its mother-of-pearl dove pickguard, making it a true visual standout. With a Sitka spruce top and maple back and sides, it offers a classic, balanced tone that stands out in a mix or on stage. Its square shoulder dreadnought construction ensures excellent tonal balance and sustain, while its maple neck with a traditional rounded profile provides great playability.

One of the key characteristics of the Dove is its use of flame maple for the back and sides. This unusual choice gives the guitar a certain crispness and clarity that makes it stand out in a crowd. Its solid spruce top, with its resonance and sustain, helps balance out the brightness of the maple. The guitar also comes with a longer scale length of 25.5 inches, which contributes to the clarity of the tone and gives more room on the fretboard.

The guitar is finished with a beautiful cherry sunburst finish and features a tortoiseshell pickguard with a beautifully inlaid mother-of-pearl dove. The rosewood fingerboard is adorned with mother-of-pearl double parallelogram inlays.

This 1972 model comes in very good condition and is fully functional despite showing a few slight marks or scratches. The pickguard is lifting up in some places, with a number or marks throughout. 

The bridge has a hairline crack, but our Luthier has inspected this and believes it to be stable and non-detrimental. The guitar could benefit from a refret - but this choice will be left to the new owner who may wish to preserve the original frets, which are playable as they are.

Overall, the 1972 Gibson Dove - Sunburst, made in the United States, is an excellent choice for players looking for something a bit different with a vintage look and a crisp, bold tone.

TOP: Solid Spruce
BACK AND SIDES: Solid Flame Maple 
BRACING SHAPE: Non Scalloped
NUT WIDTH: 1 11/16"
NECK: Flame Maple (3-piece)
NECK SHAPE: Classic Gibson
BRIDGE: Ebony (original)
TUNERS: Gibson (original)
CASE: Hardcase
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Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
David Inglefield
1943 Gibson Southern jumbo

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Dana, I’ve been waiting for this guitar for many years, Thank You!!!

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Dave Ritchie Smith
Guild D50

Communication was great, delivery was super quick and packed so well. The guitar is everything I thought it would be. I have a 74 D50R which is quite a chunky neck, still lovely to play though, this one has a slimmer neck which suits my hands much better. Love the feel, sound and the look of this guitar. I would buy from these guys again if anything came up that tickled my fancy. I'm a very keen Guild collector, so I'm super happy I have this one now.

Martin 0042k rr

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Paul, Sydney Australia.

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