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1967 Gibson Dove Vintage Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar Tobacco Sunburst w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1967 Gibson Dove in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a vintage hardshell case. An extremely unique Dove, this guitar features a factory Tobacco Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer finish on the spruce top, paired with Cherry-finished figured maple back and sides. Tobacco Sunburst is a virtually unseen finish option on the Dove (at least for pre-Norlin era, orange Kalamazoo label Doves) as the vast majority were finished in Natural or Cherry Sunburst, and this guitar was ostensibly a special order, as it also features a traditional slotted saddle from the factory as opposed to the ABR-1 bridge seen on standard production examples.

The guitar has square shoulder dreadnought muscle and punch, with the immediacy and detail of maple and a woody, percussive cut attributable to the spruce top. The Dove's X-braced construction and longer 25 1/2" scale ensure that trebles are punchy and sparkling, and the bass register is clear and full with a sweetness as notes sustain. A stunner both visually and sonically, the Dove weighs 5lbs 4oz and is a bold sounding and extremely rewarding guitar for strumming chords. We've had this Gibson professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 12-53 strings and comfortable action.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a round medium C profile carve at the nut with ample shoulder, measuring .850" deep at the 1st fret and .999" at the 9th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a particularly dark cut of this tonewood, featuring pearl split parallelogram inlays and retaining the original medium jumbo frets which have their full factory height and a fairly flat Gibson factory fret dress. The frets show virtually no wear, and the guitar plays easily in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is a full 25 1/2", a feature that adds tension to the top and increases the treble response and sheer volume of the guitar, compared to Gibson's more common 24 3/4" scale. The nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and the headstock features original gold patent pending Grover Rotomatic tuning machines that turn very smoothly and hold pitch well. There is a small "2" above the serial number, noting a Factory Second for some small finish flaw, imperceptible after over half a century, and the letters "y-o-s-t" are also lightly etched into the back of the headstock.

The headstock does exhibit an older V-shaped repair only across the treble half of the headstock joint. This repair was very cleanly executed and is difficult to spot, holding full string tension with ease.

The original dark rosewood bridge sits flush with the top, inlaid with pearl doves on the feet, and fitted with the original saddle. The saddle is fairly low, yet bass response is ample and action is well within spec for a proper setup. A new Fox Guitars premium Dove pickguard has been installed (the original guard had off-gassed, and is also included), and the original Kalamazoo-era orange oval Gibson label is visible through the soundhole with a six digit 0-prefix serial which was only used in 1967.

The top is finished in its original rich and dark two-tone Tobacco Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer, and the Cherry-finished back highlights deep dimensional ripples of curly flame figuring. There is broad lacquer checking across the top, pick scuffing beyond the treble-side edge of the pickguard, and an isolated area of finish cloudiness and a bit of flaking at the rear strap button. The body is crack-free, with just a few minor nicks and scuffs and a few repaired splits in the multi-ply back binding. The neck profile gloss is extremely clean and smooth, free of palm wear.

A vintage Gibson black tolex case with gold silkscreen logo on the exterior is included.