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1965 Gibson Country Western

Classic mid-sixties Gibson square shouldered dreadnaught acoustic guitar, with spruce top and mahogany back and sides.



Guitar features: serial 360844 / Square-shouldered dreadnaught / original natural finish /  solid mahogany back and sides / spruce top / mahogany neck / rosewood fingerboard and bridge / 24 3/4” scale length / original 3-point long pickguard / split parallelogram inlays

In 1956 Gibson introduced a natural finish version of the Southern Jumbo with mahogany back and sides and a spruce top and named it the Country Western model. From 1956 to 1962 the Country Western had round shoulders, and from mid-1962, it featured a 3-point pickguard and square shoulders, and again renamed, SJN Country Western. Notable players of Country Western are Hank Williams Jnr, Sheryl Crow and Nathaniel Rateliff.

As you might expect for a vintage country dude that’s lived its 53 year life to the full, there are some marks, chips and worn areas to the flat top and back and sides, and the original nitro finish has a lovely cracked appearance in places, which simply adds to the tactile beauty of a vintage guitar. The spruce top is a glorious honey colour.

Any issues appear to be purely cosmetic – structurally it’s in great shape, with no known issues, breaks or repairs. The tuners are non-original, but have been thoughtfully replaced with gold Waverley tuners that just match the look of the guitar perfectly. The guitar plays very nicely, has a slim fast neck with vibrant MOP split-parallelogram inlays and has the powerful tonal response with deep resonating bass that the Gibson SJN is known for. Like all guitars, old or new, it would no doubt benefit a set-up to suit your playing style. This is a beautiful acoustic guitar from Gibson’s classic period. More photographs to come.

The guitar comes with what I believe is the original Gibson alligator hard case.