(SOLD!) 2001 Gibson Firebird Custom Acoustic Guitar!

Price: SOLD!

Here we have a 2001 Gibson Custom Firebird acoustic guitar. You don’t see these very often!

These guitars were built to commemorate a wild fire which in 2001 threatened the Gibson Montana factory, where the Gibson acoustics are built.
 
This guitar is in excellent condition. There are no major flaws of note. It has very minor play wear and few marks here and there, but no dings, dents, or scratches.
 
To me, there are two things which set this guitar above almost all other dreadnoughts Gibson is building: First, the inlay on the front of the headstock. The abalone and pearl firebird inlay is one of the most beautiful headstock inlays Gibson has ever produced. It is stunning. Second, the figured maple used on this guitar is absolutely ridiculous. Look at it! The quilted back and sides are as good as any you will find. Try to find a guitar with better maple! The neck maple is also extremely flamed and gorgeous. You just don’t find wood like this very often on guitars.
 
The guitar features an ebony fretboard. If you look at the new guitars being produced by Gibson, they all have rosewood fretboards. That’s because Gibson isn’t using ebony to build fretboards anymore. If you’re like me, a rosewood fretboard just isn’t good enough on a custom acoustic. The ebony on this guitar is jet black and tight-grained.
 
Here are a few of my thoughts regarding the difference between guitars built by the Gibson Custom Shop, as opposed to the non-Custom Shop Gibson guitars:
 

-The Custom Shop has a much higher standard of quality than Gibson USA does. The finish flaws usually found on Gibson USA models are nearly non-existent on the Custom Shop models. The luthiers at the Custom Shop have more experience.-The Custom Shop uses better cuts of wood, such as the maple and ebony cuts used for this guitar. Even the current J-200 Custom has a rosewood fretboard, as opposed to the ebony of this Firebird Custom acoustic. The woods used to build Gibson USA guitars are inferior – trust me, I’ve owned them.

-This last item is an observation of mine, but I haven’t technically verified it: It seems to me that the Gibson Custom Shop braces its guitars lighter than Gibson USA does, giving Custom Shop Guitars a better tone. This could be because Gibson knows that the people buying Custom Shop guitars have more knowledge about guitars and are less likely to overload the top. When people overload the top, Gibson ends up paying for warranty repairs, leading them to brace the guitars slightly heavier to prevent that from happening. My Custom Shop guitars have all been lighter than my Gibson USA guitars.

Included with this guitar is the original hardshell case.
Please feel free to call me with any questions: 435.406.9281

(SOLD!) Gibson 75th Anniversary 1930’s SJ-200 Limited Edition J-200 Acoustic Guitar

Price: SOLD!

Here we have a very special guitar. This is a 1930’s Gibson SJ-200 Reissue. The SJ-200 was first introduced (aside from the prototype) in 1938. This reissue was designed to a close (not quite exact) replica of the first SJ-200’s. This is freaking cool!

 In addition to the awesome features of this guitar, Charlie Daniels himself has autographed the body. Charlie is a music legend (The Devil Went Down to Georgia), which adds to the collectability of this guitar. I’m certain the autograph could be removed if the owner, for some reason, wished it to be.
 
This guitar has never been owned. It is brand new and unplayed, therefore it is in perfect condition!
 
There a few things about this guitar which particularly stand out to me. The first is the Adirondack spruce top. Gibson does not produce very many guitars with Adirondack. This wood has extremely good tonal qualities and is highly-regarded as one of the best (if not the best) woods for guitar tops. Another standout feature of this guitar is the use of hide glue in its construction. Many people believe hide glue impedes less on the tone of a guitar than the alternative glues most guitars are constructed with. These two things, combined with the rest of the features, make this guitar a great instrument!
 
Included with the guitar is the original hardshell case. This case was made for Gibson by TKL. It is the highest quality case I have ever seen with a Gibson acoustic. I’ve owned many Gibson custom guitars, even some Ren Ferguson Master Museums, and none have had a nicer case than this.
 
Also included is the original paperwork, as shown in the photos.
 
Please call me with any questions: 435.406.9281
 
Here are the features of the guitar:
 

Gibson 75th Anniversary 1930’s SJ-200 Limited Edition:

  • 1938 Era Headstock Shape
  • Gibson 1938 Script Logo
  • Vintage Style Gold Imperials Tunning Machines
  • Period Correct Truss Rod Cover
  • 25 ½” Scale Lenth
  • Bone Nut
  • Mother of Pearl Crown Inlays
  • 4 Bar Prewar Moustache™ Bridge
  • Maple Neck  with Bursted Lacquer Finish
  • Adirondack Red SpruceTop
  • Hide Glued Bracing
  • Figured Maple Back and Sides
  • Prewar Multi Bound Binding
  • Multi-layer Prewar Rosette
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • Hand Painted Replica 1938 Pickguard
  • Double Antique Vintage Sunburst Finish
  • Solid Bone Bridge Pins
  • Global Limited Edition of 75 Maple J200’s
  • Custom Vintage Label

(SOLD!) Gibson Elvis Presley King Of Rock J-200, #20, Acoustic Guitar! SJ-200

Price: SOLD!

Here we have serial number 20 of 250 in the Gibson Elvis King of Rock J-200 series. This is the lowest serial number I have ever seen of this collection. Typically, the collectability (and price) of these items is based quite heavily on which serial number the guitar has. The first 50 of a collection are regarded as the prime, while the top 20 are usually hoarded by collectors. This is a rarity, indeed!

This guitar features very unique inlays. There are mother-of-pearl Elvis-style crowns on the headstock, fretboard, and the pickguard! The bridge is completely unique to the Elvis J-200. This guitar has a very classy look.
 
The top of the guitar is Sitka spruce, while the back and sides are maple. The fretboard is ebony, very fitting for the black theme of this guitar.
 
The value of this guitar will continue to rise with time, especially considering its low serial number. There won’t be any more of these produced, either. 
 
Gibson produced this guitar in 1996. The guitar is in excellent condition. It has been played lightly, but shows very little signs of wear. The finish has the typical finish checking for the age of the guitar. The body of the guitar has no dings, dents, or scratches. It has been well-cared for, indeed.
 
Included with the guitar is the original hardshell case.
 
Please feel free to call me with any questions: 435.406.9281

(SOLD!) 2006 Gibson SJ-300 Acoustic Guitar! SJ-200 J-200

Price: SOLD!

Here we have a rare guitar, indeed! This is a Gibson SJ-300. These guitars don’t come around very often. I’ve even heard Gibson lovers talk amongst themselves about whether or not this guitar even exists. This example proves that it does, indeed, exist.

 The Gibson SJ-300 shares the same body dimensions as the Gibson SJ-200. However, the SJ-300 is much more decorative than a standard SJ-200. This guitar features abalone inlays on the headstock, fretboard, and bridge. It also features an abalone rosette. 
 
Another great feature of this guitar is its ebony fretboard. Many guitarists prefer an ebony fretboard to rosewood, myself included. This particular cut of ebony is jet black and of the highest quality. All of the acoustic guitars currently being built by Gibson have rosewood fretboards. For various reasons, Gibson’s Acoustic plant is not using any ebony. 
 
This guitar also features beautiful cuts of rosewood for the back and sides. Rosewood is my personal preference for a tonewood. This particular guitar has a very full-bodied sound. Rosewood has a much bigger voice than maple, including substantially more bass. I love the tone of this guitar!
 
The top is AAA-grade Sitka spruce, and it is an excellent cut of wood also!
 
The guitar is in excellent condition. It has been played lightly in a studio for its whole life. There is one light impression in the top and a light lacquer line at the bridge. Aside from that, the guitar is flawless. Even the flowers on the pickguard are all intact. That’s not common for a used SJ-200 (or SJ-300). 
 
Included is the original hardshell case and all case candy.
 
Please call me with any questions: 435.406.9281

First Ever Gibson Master Museum J-200, SJ-200 Acoustic Guitar!

I’ve decided to list this for sale again. I’ve been back and forth between wanting to sell it and keep it. I’d really like to get it into the hands of someone who will appreciate it as much as I do.

Many of you have seen this guitar on the TV show “Pawn Stars.” A large part of the reason I turned down their $50,000 offer is because I never would have seen the guitar again or known the identity of the person they sold it to. If I can find a collector who will appreciate the guitar as I do, I think I can part with it.

Ren Ferguson’s first Gibson “Master Museum” guitar!

Here we have a very special guitar for sale: The first ever Gibson Master Museum quality J-200 built by Ren Ferguson! It was built in January of 1991, as is written on the label inside the guitar. The label is also hand-signed by Ren Ferguson, indicating him as the builder of the guitar.

Technically the Master Museum series began in 1998. The Gibson community now refers to all of Ren Ferguson’s art guitars as Master Museums. He built a few of them prior to the 1998 start date, and this is the first of those prototypes.

Many fans of Gibson have set Ren at the top of the pedestal of Gibson luthiers. The only maker to rival him in respect is the legendary Lloyd Loar. Loar built for Gibson in the early 20th century. A mandolin signed by Loar is worth upwards of $200,000. As time goes on, Ren Ferguson will, in my opinion, be regarded as the greatest luthier Gibson has ever known. His guitars will be collected and revered similar to the Loar mandolins. His guitars are much more ornate and unique than Loar’s mandolins and will likely fetch a much higher premium in the future than the mandolins.

How cool would it be to have the first Gibson of this kind that Ren ever built? This is probably the ultimate Ren Ferguson guitar in all the world because of its position in history.

Now, on to the details of the guitar:

Ren’s specialty has always been hand-carved neck heels. This guitar showcases his work beautifully with a gorgeous hand-carved neck heel. You don’t see that very often on any guitar. In addition to the hand-carved neck heel, this guitar also features hand-inlaid pearl and abalone vines throughout the front of the guitar. The vine on the fretboard works its way up the board and continues into the headstock as if it were one vine. The pickguard is also inlaid with a flowered vine.

The body of the guitar is outlined with a purfling made from gold sparkle dust. The purfling is on the top, back, and sides of the guitar. It is also adorns the fretboard and headstock of the guitar. You don’t often see that much purfling on a guitar. It is beautiful and very classy! The top of the guitar is made from the highest quality of Sitka Spruce available in the world. The back and sides are the highest quality flamed maple. The neck is also highly-flamed maple.

You can imagine that Ren picks out only the best woods for his guitars. He is quite famous for selecting high-quality woods, and this guitar is no exception.

This guitar is in mint condition. It has spent it’s whole life in its hardshell case. It has only a few very small lines of finish checking, which is remarkable for a 25 year old guitar. It is, and I say this with the utmost honesty, the best sounding guitar I have ever played. I have never heard bass response anywhere near what this guitar has. The sound has the most body I could even imagine coming from a guitar. I wish I could find a less ornate player-guitar which had the sound of this guitar. It is amazing.

Included with the guitar is the original hardshell case.

Please call me with any questions: 435.406.9281

 

(SOLD!) Rosewood Bridge for Gibson Dove Acoustic Guitar

$_57

SOLD!

Here we have a bridge for a Gibson Dove acoustic guitar!

This bridge is perfect for a project you might be working on. The bridge was taken from another guitar, and is in excellent condition! There is a slight bit of spruce still attached to the bottom of the bridge, left over from the previous guitar. This should be easy to remove. The rosewood on the underside of the bridge shows some evidence of the tools being used to pry it up from the previous guitar. It would barely be visible, if at all, when the bridge is on a guitar.
 
Cosmetically, the bridge looks new. There aren’t any scratches or dings.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions: 435.406.9281

(SOLD!) Authentic Gibson DG-335 Dave Grohl Custom Shop Electric Guitar!

Price: SOLD!

Here we have an authentic Gibson DG-335 built by the Gibson Custom Shop! I have personally verified the authenticity of this guitar with the original retailer, and I guarantee 100% that it is an authentic Gibson Custom Shop DG-335!

 These guitars are very rare. There are only 300 of these guitars in existence. This particular example is the lowest serial number I’ve ever seen. This is number 38 of 300.
This guitar is in unplayed condition. The previous owner only ever played the guitar one time to test the electronics. As such, there is no play wear. There are just a few spider lines in the finish from the natural aging process – one line off each of the pickup covers, and another off the binding on the upper treble bout. These lines are minuscule and barely worth mentioning, but I am thorough.
 
Included with the guitar is all of the case candy: The Certificate of Authenticity hand-signed by Dave Grohl himself, the warranty paperwork, and even the original hangtag! The Gibson Custom Shop laminated card attached to the case is even still present. This is a collector’s dream! The original hardshell case is also included. The case has Dave Grohl’s signature printed on the outside.
The guitar is equipped with two Burstbucker pickups. I own another one of these guitars, and I play it from time to time. These guitars are screamers! Rock n’ Roll to the bone.
The guitar will ship in the original shipping box, which still has the original Gibson labels attached to it. The labels identify the guitar inside as a DG-335. That is also cool for a collector.
Please call me with any questions: 435.406.9281.