Up for sale, a 1965 Gibson B-25N in excellent condition, featuring an upgraded rosewood bridge and carved bone saddle. 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 '65, 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 particularly slender C shape at the nut, with more roundness and chunk as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .790" deep at the 1st fret and .930" at the 9th. The dark, tight-grained Brazilian rosewood fretboard sports pearl dot inlays, and the original medium jumbo frets are in great shape, showing moderate wear predominantly beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3, with lighter wear extending to fret 6 and light corresponding wear into the rosewood, also on frets 1-3. The original nut is present and measures 1 9/16" in width. On the headstock, the silkscreen "Gibson" logo is very clean, and a modern set of Kluson Deluxe double line tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
Instrumental to the tone of this particular B-25N, this instrument boasts an upgraded carved rosewood bridge fitted with a compensated bone 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. The action is low and comfortable all the way up the neck, and the saddle has room for future adjustment if desired. Visible through the soundhole, the B-25N factory stamp is present on the back center seam.
This B-25N retains the original Natural nitro lacquer gloss finish, accented by the stock red tortoise pickguard. Crack-free, cosmetic wear includes lacquer checking across the body and pick wear across the strum path. There are light finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the back, and some requisite marks of light, honest use on the body as a whole.
A modern black tolex hardshell case is included.