Gibson J-35 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1941)

Gibson  J-35 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1941)

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Item # 8029
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Gibson J-35 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1941), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 3001G-4, natural lacquer finish, mahogany sides, back and neck; spruce top, black hard shell case.

The J-35 was Gibson's "working man's" Jumbo flat-top in the late 1930s and early '40s. Selling on introduction for under 40 dollars, it was a direct competitor to Martin's D-18, and has since been similarly recognized as one of the all time classic flat-top designs.

This mid-1941 guitar is a lovely example of the natural option first cataloged for the J-35 in 1939, which largely replaced Gibson's traditional sunburst on this model for a couple of years.

The neck has a very comfortable (and surprisingly modern) C profile, which by this point had replaced the 1930s heavy V shape some players find awkward. Other original features include the branded openback Kluson strip tuners, a thin "French" heel, "firestripe" tortoise celluloid pickguard, and silkscreen white script Gibson logo.

The two-tone-bar bracing is quite light, making for a very responsive guitar. This is a great-playing and sounding guitar; a lovely example of one of Gibson's best flat-top guitars.
Overall length is 41 in. (104.1 cm.), 16 in. (40.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 7/8 in. (12.4 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.).

This guitar remains in very nicely preserved original condition with some light general wear overall, and has just emerged from its 100,000 mile tune up, tweaked for optimum playability. The neck has been very cleanly reset and it has been refretted with period-correct-style wire.

The top has no cracks at all, but there is one ancient grain split on the back that looks to have been repaired decades ago. There is also one tiny crack to the mahogany in the treble side waist area. Both are solidly repaired with minimal touch-up.

The guitar's nicely ambered natural finish remains original except one spot just ahead of the pickguard where it looks like a sticker or something else was removed and the finish touched up long ago. The rest of the lacquer has a nice, lightly checked patina with some and dings and dents.

The only notable strumwear through the finish is just above and below the sound hole and a small spot just below the back edge of the pickguard.

The rosewood bridge and small maple bridgeplate remain original; the top of the bridge and saddle have been re-shaped just a bit. There is a very old plastic Gibson strap button added at the heel. Amazingly the celluloid bridge pins and end pin appear original. The oldest-style Kluson tuner plates have some light corrosion, and the buttons have been replaced.

Playability is excellent, and this guitar has a wonderful combination of a big sound and a still sweet and very responsive tone. It is housed in a yellow-lined 1960s Gibson jumbo case with the lid logo discreetly sprayed over. Excellent - Condition.