Up for sale, a 2002 Gibson Advanced Jumbo 1936 vintage reissue dreadnought acoustic guitar in excellent condition, complete with the original hardshell case and all factory paperwork. Introduced in 1936, only 300 Advanced Jumbo guitars were originally produced before the J-200 Super Jumbo took its place. This rare reissue model was made at the Bozeman, Montana factory by Gibson USA with all the Pre-War hallmarks of Gibson construction.
Featuring solid Indian rosewood back and sides, a Sitka spruce top with scalloped X bracing, and a one-piece mahogany neck, the AJ offers a full, expansive tonal range. As the guitar features Gibson's full 25 1/2" scale (as opposed to their usual 24 3/4" dreadnought playing field), the extra tension on the top attributed to this scale length results in an incredibly clear and rich sound with ample projection, great string-to-string clarity, and superior note definition when chording. Both a powerful strummer and an ideal fingerpicker, the AJ's solid rosewood back and sides also lend extra clarity, low end heft, and dynamic potential not often heard on a Gibson dreadnought. The top has been nicely worked-in over the past two decades, delivering a relaxed, broad sound not typically attributed to an off-the-shelf new guitar. And while visually similar to a J-45, the AJ has a higher volume ceiling with more bass kick and less compression as you dig in. The guitar weighs 4lbs 9oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 12-53 phosphor bronze strings and easy-playing action.
The mahogany neck has a slender, fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve with modest shoulder, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .875" at the 9th. The bound rosewood fretboard features diamond arrow inlay and slender vintage-spec fretwire which shows moderate wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3 and fainter wear extending to fret 6, with no wear further up the neck. The guitar plays easily in every register up the 25 1/2” scale, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures a full 1 3/4" in width, and the headstock boasts a vintage-correct "Gibson" script logo and diamond arrow inlay with a set of nickel-plated tuners with butterbean buttons.
The slope shoulder X-braced dreadnought body features a rosewood bridge that sits flush with the top on all edges, fitted with a carved and compensated bone saddle insert. Visible through the soundhole, the orange oval Gibson label notes the "Advanced Jumbo" designation with a serial number that dates the guitar to 2002. The gloss nitro lacquer Vintage Sunburst finish on top is accented by a tiger stripe pickguard.
There are a trio of very slender and professionally addressed splits in the rosewood on the bass-side rim at the waist and lower bout, glued and stabilized as needed with optimal structural integrity while not compromising tone in the slightest. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to just a few small nicks and faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body as a whole, and a strap button has also been added to the neck heel. The gloss nitro lacquer finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included, along with all original factory paperwork.