This guitar is in stunning condition. Both front and back retain the gloss finish over a striking three tone sunburst, free of any fade.
The neck too has the same gloss finish, showcasing the striking grain of the single piece mahogany. It is a truly beautiful example of a classic guitar.
This is the 'long neck' version of this guitar, introduced in 1967 and designed to allow access to the upper frets easier. It works too!
Between 1965 and 1969, Gibson changed the nut width on their guitars from 1 11/16" to 1 9/16" advertising it as a faster neck. Interestingly though the nut width is narrower, the depth is retained so it doesn't feel too small in the hand.
The rosewood fretboard is in great shape with plenty of life left in the original frets. The headstock has some very slight wear to the edge but is otherwise in good shape.
The hardware has worn very slightly though this is not extensive and doesn't detract from the look of the guitar at all.
The plastics are in great condition and the pickguard hasn't warped.
Electronically all soldier joints are undisturbed.
The guitar comes with a hardshell case.
Sonically this guitar has all the hallmarks of a great semi hollow. Acoustically there's a depth that balances out the presence giving the guitar a nice sustain. Once plugged in the patent number pickups accentuate the guitar's inherent tonality, the neck pickup being a particular highlight. The bridge pickup provides a superb bite that really cuts through.
History hasn't been so kind to these later 60's guitars but hidden amongst the hearsay and preconceptions are stunning pieces like this one. Grab it before it gets away.