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1965 Gibson Country Western Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, Southern Jumbo SJ w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1965 Gibson Country Western in excellent, crack-free condition, complete with the original chipboard case. By the mid-1950s, the "Southern Jumbo" and "Country Western" models were synonymous in the Gibson catalog, with the Country Western moniker reserved for Natural-finished examples. As one of the company's most upscale dreadnoughts to date, this square shouldered dreadnought has an impressive look and tone to match.

The sound is bold and muscly with good projection, offering warm, round dreadnought tone with sweet trebles, a rich, round low end, and a balanced, present midrange response. A rewarding strummer that cuts through with a nice percussive chop, this Country Western has wound strings that hold together well and have a smooth bark when you lay in hard. The guitar is featherweight 4lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 12-53 bronze strings, comfortable action, and accurate intonation.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with appreciable roundness and heft as you travel up the fingerboard while still feeling effortless and easily navigable, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret, graduating to .960" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard features pearloid split trapezoid inlay, and the original medium jumbo frets are nigh flawless with good meat and well-rounded crowns, presumably given a light fret dress in the instrument’s lifetime given the absence of any wear. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale length with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut has a 1 9/16" width, and on the headstock, the original Kluson Deluxe double line tuners are intact and turn smoothly with the original white buttons.

The original Brazilian rosewood bridge is intact, fitted with a TUSQ adjustable saddle that matches the style of the original. The saddle has plenty of height, and the neck has its original, viable neck set. The original three-point tortoise pickguard sits flush with the top on all edges, thinner than many '60s Gibson guards, allowing the top to resonate optimally, and the guard has been reseated in the past, ensuring the tortoise material puts no untoward tension on the top. The "Country Western" label is intact, visible through the soundhole.

The original gloss nitro lacquer Natural finish has ambered gracefully, framed by multi-ply binding and showing prominent lacquer checking. Cosmetic wear is quite restrained, with a spot of pick wear between the pickguard edge and bridge on the treble side of the soundhole, a few minor dings on the body as a whole consistent with light, careful use, and a small area of case/strap rub on the rim on the bass-side upper bout. A forward strap button has also been added to the bass-side upper bout. The neck retains its smooth gloss on the profile, free of palm wear with very faint lacquer checking primarily at the heel.

The original brown faux alligator chipboard case is included. This relatively lightly built case is remarkably clean with the original handle and functional latches.