Gibson Country Western Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1957)

Gibson  Country Western Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1957)

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Gibson Country Western Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1957), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # U3287-23, natural lacquer finish, mahogany back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

The Gibson Country-Western model is essentially a re-named Southern Jumbo in natural finish. Given a special lariat-bordered label, the Country-Western was the top of the company's 1950's slope-shoulder jumbo line over the SJ, J-50, and J-45. The SJ itself had become a somewhat fancier guitar by the mid-1950's, gaining a pearl logo and crown headstock ornament, while at the same time a natural top option was added. It wasn't long before the SJN was renamed the Country-Western Model, as a tip of the hat to the many players of that genre who were Gibson pickers.

This is a lovely example of a C&W from 1957, just a few years on from the model's introduction. The guitar features a multi-bound top and back, bound fingerboard with pearloid double parallelogram inlay, and the new larger tortoise celluloid pickguard used after 1955. This is a splendid 1950s Gibson jumbo, an effortless player with a warm and sweet (but still powerful) tone.
 
Overall length is 40 3/4 in. (103.5 cm.), 16 1/4 in. (41.3 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 5 in. (12.7 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

Overall a nice, clean guitar; all original with some typical light wear but no major repairs. There is some pickwear into the wood around the lower soundhole edge, and a bit just off the back edge of the pickguard. The finish shows some light checking and small wear spots. There is one grain split just at the treble side edge of the fingerboard to the edge of the soundhole, sealed solidly but visible. The frets are still in good shape with some minor divoting and the fingerboard shows a bit of wear in the first position.

This one has a chunky Honky-Tonk sound. It is one of the nicer sounding '57s we have seen; an excellent-playing old Country-Western ready to gig. Includes a later HSC. Overall Excellent - Condition.