Up for sale, a 2021 Gibson Custom Shop 1934 Jumbo in showroom-clean condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. An exceedingly accurate recreation of one of Gibson's most lauded Pre-War acoustics, the "Jumbo" was released in 1934, with dimensions that dwarfed all other other models in Gibson's lineup. And while by conventional standards the upper and lower bout widths conform to slope shoulder dreadnought spec, the sheer body depth of the Jumbo (not to mention the massive neck) place it sonically in a league of its own.
Tonewoods include a thermally aged Adirondack red spruce top with hand-scalloped X bracing, mahogany back and sides, and a mahogany neck capped with a rosewood fingerboard, all mated with hot hide glue construction and sporting a thin, resonant VOS nitro lacquer Vintage Sunburst finish. All of the essential tonal ingredients are in place with this Custom Shop model, and the resultant sound is breathtaking in its detail, depth and power.
The thermal aging of the top removes all impurities and moisture, replicating a soundboard that's been worked-in for decades. The resonance and sustain of this Jumbo puts a conventional dreadnought to shame. Trebles have a punchy, ringing quality, while the midrange is tailored with a dry, percussive cut and the bass register is authoritative and crisp with a sweet, expansive quality as notes bloom. The guitar weighs 4lbs 1oz, freshly setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 12-54 strings and easy-playing action.
The mahogany neck has Gibson's "Historic-Style V" profile carve, an extremely deep and substantial shape, measuring .960" at the 1st fret and 1.105" at the 9th. The slender fretwire is flawless, playing cleanly up the 25" scale, and the bone nut measures 1 3/4" in width. The headstock features a small Gibson script logo and open-gear Waverly tuning machines with flawless plating and white buttons.
The body features a rosewood bridge, tall carved bone through saddle, and tiger stripe tortoise pickguard. The Gibson Custom Shop orange oval label is visible through the soundhole. There's barely a scratch on the guitar, and the VOS Vintage Sunburst nitro lacquer finish is applied thinly to the point that the pores of the mahogany and grain of the spruce can be seen and felt through the lacquer.
A black tolex hardshell case with large Gibson logo on the exterior is included.