Up for sale, a 1967 Gibson B-25N in excellent, crack-free 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 '67, 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.
Offering a big, bold voice with plenty of authority, this B-25N delivers a woody, percussive cut and sweet midrange character. The bass register is full and defined, and the trebles are smooth and punchy. This B-25N is simply a particularly lively and mean-sounding instrument, emblematic of a guitar that’s been played for decades with a sound to match. Weighing 3lbs 15oz, this Gibson has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 12-53 strings and easy-playing action.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut with round shoulders in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges. The neck gains quite a bit of additional heft in the higher registers of the fretboard, measuring .780" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard has pearl dot inlay and original medium jumbo frets which have good meat and crown, showing virtually no fretwear. There is light wear into the rosewood itself on the treble side of the fingerboard from frets 1-3. This Gibson plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original nut measures 1 9/16" in width. On the headstock, the silkscreen "Gibson" logo is present, and the guitar is fitted with uncommon (but original) import open-gear chrome tuning machines used briefly by Gibson in the late '60s.
Instrumental to the tone of this particular B-25N, this guitar has been upgraded with a carved rosewood bridge, eschewing the bolt-on plastic bridges seen on many B-25s in this era. The bridge features a compensated saddle that has good height, and the bridge sits flush with the solid, X-braced spruce top. Visible through the soundhole, the "B-25 Natural" factory stamp is present on the back center seam.
This B-25N retains the original Natural nitro lacquer gloss finish on top, accented by the stock red tortoise pickguard. The back and sides are a deep Cherry, with factory black finish framing the neck heel. Crack-free, cosmetic wear includes notable pick scuffing across the strum path, prominent lacquer checking, and various small dings and finish scuffs on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss, with only a few minor marks and some more concentrated scuffing on the bass side of the carve behind fret 9.
A premium black tolex hardshell case with green crushed velvet interior is included.