Up for sale, a 1964 Gibson B-25N in excellent condition, featuring an upgraded carved ebony bridge. The successor of the LG-3 (and by association the same size but lesser priced LG-2), the B-25N features a slope shoulder body design with a 14 1/4" lower bout width and X braced construction. Short of purchasing a J-45 and heading into upscale dreadnought territory, the B-25N was the highest grade Gibson money could buy in '64, and the solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides and one-piece mahogany neck add up to a guitar that is very resonant, soulful, and easy to play. A modestly-sized cannon with incredible projection and muscle, this B-25 delivers both a clear percussive cut with exquisite definition and also a sweet midrange character. The bass register is full and defined, and the trebles are clear and punchy. Weighing 4lbs on the dot, this Gibson has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 12-53 strings and comfortable action.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a modestly slender C-shaped profile carve with full shoulders in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard sports pearl dot inlays, and the original medium jumbo frets have good meat, with moderate wear (primarily beneath the plain strings) on frets 1-3, and fainter wear extending until fret 9. The neck is straight, and the guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale. The original nylon nut measures a full 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the silkscreen "Gibson" logo is very clean, and the original Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
Instrumental to the tone of this particular B-25N, this guitar boasts an upgraded carved ebony bridge fitted with the original adjustable ceramic saddle. This bridge and saddle combination is a tonal cornerstone of the B-25N, with more top end clarity, resonance, and projection than the original plastic bolt-on bridge design. The bridge sits flush with the top and the solid, X braced spruce top sits quite flat with minimal deflection behind the bridge. Visible through the soundhole, the B-25N factory stamp is present and bold on the back center seam. The transparent tortoise pickguard is a top-tier modern replacement courtesy of Fox Guards, thinner than most B-25 guards, allowing the top to resonate optimally.
The Natural nitro lacquer gloss finish is 100% original, with a ruddy shade of walnut on the mahogany back and sides. There is one very tight and professionally repaired crack on top just to the bass side of the center seam, with a single finish scratch where the forearm crosses the top and faint lacquer checking. There are a few dings on the sides and some finish scratches mostly relegated to the lower bout on the back, with very faint finish wear on the upper bout on the back presumably from contact with a strap for an extended period of time. The neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss with just a few shallow marks and no palm wear.
A black tolex hardshell case is included.