Up for sale, a 1965 Gibson B-25N in exceptional, 100% original condition, complete with a hardshell case. 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 3lbs 14oz, 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 nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .825" deep at the 1st fret and .930" at the 9th. The extremely dark and tight-grained Brazilian rosewood fretboard sports pearl dot inlays, and the original medium jumbo frets are nigh flawless with plenty of meat and well-rounded crowns. 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 (one of the very last B-25s to feature this wider nut width before it was slimmed down later in the '65 model year). On the headstock, the silkscreen "Gibson" logo is very clean, and the original Kluson Deluxe double line tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
Instrumental to the tone of this particular B-25N, this guitar is one of few to have a genuine Brazilian rosewood bridge fitted from the factory (in contrast to the plastic bridges seen on many examples), complete 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 otherwise plastic bolt-on bridge design. The bridge sits flush with the top, and the solid X-braced spruce top is notably flat with minimal deflection. Visible through the soundhole, the "B-25 Natural" factory stamp is present and bold on the back center seam. The original red tortoise pickguard is intact, framing the soundhole and sitting flush with the spruce on all edges.
Extremely well-kept, the Natural nitro lacquer gloss finish is 100% original, with a rich Cherry finish on the mahogany back and sides. The guitar is crack-free, with broad finish checking on the top and sides, some scattered small nicks (primarily on the back and sides), and a few light finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss.
A modern hardshell case is included.