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Gibson J-35 1941

Regular price $16,284.00 USD
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We have two of these 1941 J-35s. 1 located in WV, USA and one in Auckland, NZ. Thes description below and photos are of the one in NZ.


The J-35, built between 1936 and 1942, is one of the rarer Gibson flat top models in today's vintage acoustic market. But there are tremendous differences between early and later J-35s; and, a 1937 three tone-bar version really sounds nothing at all like the 1941 double-bar version offered here. Apart from differences in the number of tone-bar braces below the bridge plate, the 1941 guitars are significantly lighter built overall -- with much smaller and scalloped top braces, markedly less stiff back bracing, lighter necks, and a wider X-brace angle. All of these differences in construction add up to make the J-35 of the early 1940's the most responsive, earthy, warm, and rich Gibson Jumbos ever built.

This example is all that, and then some. It's a guitar that can play any style of music well, and behaves perfectly under any kind of attack. Fingerstyle players will appreciate the guitar's subtlety and its ability to express tone under a light touch, strummers and singers will melt at its richness and fullness, and flatpickers will revel in the guitar's nimble and quick attack, thick mid-range, and powerful round trebles. Its not often we suggest that you can get along just fine with only one guitar in the stable, but you just might be able to with this one.

Spruce top with scalloped bracing and a well pronounced top arch, mahogany back and sides. Round-profile neck with French heel and rosewood fingerboard. Silkscreened Gibson headstock logo, and original Kluson tuning machine. Apart from a cleanly glued and cleated centre seam crack, the guitar is crack-free and all original.  

The guitar's neck has been reset -- pretty much invisible work. The frets are original, Original bridge pins and endpin. There is playwear at the soundhole.

A Killer Guitar

Guaranteed to zap your socks off!

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