Gibson SJ Southern Jumbo Flat Top Acoustic Guitar , c. 1947

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Gibson SJ Southern Jumbo Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar, c. 1947, made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, sunburst top, natural back and sides finish, mahogany back, sides and neck; spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, period brown hard shell case.

This is a REALLY well-used but still extremely fine sounding Gibson Southern Jumbo from the *just*-post-WW II period, showing signs of an epic amount of use but still an excellent playing guitar. These early SJ's are fairly rare guitars, and we're always pleased to have another one in stock-no matter how worn in!

This guitar has no legible stamped numbers but shows features specific to the 1946-7 period. include the early style gold script Gibson logo, an unbound fingerboard with pearloid double parallelogram inlay and the last of the WWII era thin-gear Kluson individual tuners. The sunburst top with a small tortoise celluloid pickguard has a lovely dark look; the top edge is seven-ply bound while the back is five-ply. This guitar has a neck profile somewhat slimmer than the wartime "Louisville sluggers"-Gibson had figured out that with the truss rod back as a standard feature, they could slim the necks again. This is a very powerful sounding and comfortable playing guitar, at home with either vintage or modern musical stylings.
 
Overall length is 40 3/4 in. (103.5 cm.), 16 1/4 in. (41.3 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 3/4 in. (44 mm.). This SJ is a true relic, having been played practically into the ground and resurrected expertly recently. This guitar is now back in top playing condition, thanks to a LOT of repair work. The most extensive repair is a replaced X brace -the previous braces had been poorly shaved and damaged beyond repair. It is now restored to the original pattern. There is a new correct repro repro bridge and small maple bridge plate, again to the original spec. It has also had a neck reset and refret.

The instrument has extensive finish wear, although less pick wear to the top than many. There are a number of repaired cracks to the back and sides, and an old fairly long patch on the bass side, finished over but still visible. The tuners are old but not original Klusons. This guitar is all about the sound; it is nor recommended for those who are squeamish about well worn and heavily repaired condition. In the words of Jimmy Soul "Man, she's ugly but she sure can cook!". Actually, we think this guitar is beautiful and has earned its scars and wears them well. It is housed in a battered but functional 1950's Gibson brown HSC. Very Good Condition.