Welcome to Vintage Gibson guitars where you'll find reviews ,insites and a little history on gibson vintage guitars .... Enjoy
If you have any vintage gibson guitars that are posted on this site, you are always welcome to post a review,comment or detailed features ,im sure other guitar players who visit us would love to know ...

Important Note
: Due to the overwhelming amount of comments on this blog i cannot answer all the questions although id love to . You can still post questions hopefully somebody will help.

gibson j-25Gibson J-25
The gibson j-25 was introduced in 1983 made in Nashville , the guitar is 16 1/3" wide , its a round shouldered dreadnought , ebony fingerboard , synthetic semi round back ....

gibson jumbo Gibson Jumbo & Jumbo 35 (J-35)
The gibson jumbo is gibsons' first jumbo flattop , ( highly collectible ) at 60$ list price , the gibson jumbo was a direct competitor of martins ....

gibson j-30Gibson J-30
The gibson j-30 originated in 1985 , the guitar is a dreadnought size flat top acoustic 15 15/16" wide ... renamed the J-30 Montana it has an " only a gibson is good enough......

gibson j-45Gibson J-45
When people think of gibson acoustic guitars its the gibson j-45 that seems to stand out .When The gibson j-35 jumbo discontinued .....

gibson j-50Gibson J-50
The body countours , sound and the dynamics of the j-45 and the gibson j-50 permit them to be fairly versatile " its an all around players guitar " you can play country ......

GIBSON J-55 Gibson Jumbo 55 ( J-55 )
In 1939 the gibson jumbo 55 had a 16" wide body , mahogany back and sides , round shouldered , moustache bridge like the sj-100 but smaller ...

gibson j-60Gibson J-60
the j-60 is a direct competitor of the martin d-28 because their look and tone are very much alike, however the martin d-28 is more popular and in my ........

gibson j-100 Gibson Super Jumbo 100 & J-100
In 1972 Gibson reintroduced the super jumbo 100 and called it the gibson J-100 ,the guitar listed for under $500, the body was slightly deeper ......

GIBSON J-160E Gibson J-160e
The vintage j-160e guitars paved the way for their new models of today which are very competitive to the martin d-28 and in my opinion sounds brighter & better....

gibson j-185 guitars Gibson J-185
The Gibson j-185 is probably one of the most under promoted , underated guitar gibson ever made .......

Will Add more gibson J models and reviews in the near future .


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I am looking for a 1955 J45 in good to excellent condition. If you have one of know of one please drop me an email



  Posted By : Anonymous Hai N.

I have got a J-55 that looks quite similar to the J-50. Bought in London in '76.
Do you have any specs on that model?
Hai, the Netherlands


  Posted By : Anonymous domenic

In 1973 they reintroduced the gibson the jumbo 55 and called it the j-55 they had square shoulders , arched backs , laminated mahogany back and sides , square bridges and were made in natural finishes ( very similar to the j-50 ) , these gibson guitars were discontinued in 1982 .

read the guitar review of the jumbo 55 for more details and prices ..


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

Any information on a J300 artiste six string acoustic made in 1970/71


  Posted By : Anonymous domenic

A review on the gibson j-300 will be posted this week . Just took a little break . Hope it will help .


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have a 1993 J-200 100 years model can anyone help with info


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

Ill be surprised if anybody can give you any info on that guitar , they only made a limited amount, also during the nineties gibson made many model variations of j-200 with different specs ... you're best bet is to call gibson direct ( they have a toll free number on their web site )


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

If you have 100th anniversary label visible through the sound hole its the j-200 centennial , these guitars are collectable ( limited quantities were available in 93/94 ) they are now valued at $2500 to $3000 and will go up has the years go by .

these were made with figured maple bodies flamed maple necks ( high quality wood for musical instruments which produces a very warm tone )


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have an gibson from the 60's (I think) and I am looking to sell it. In the sound hole, it's printed J-50ADJ. The 6digits on the pegboard are hard to read; I am quite sure about the first 3 digits (309) but the fourth digit could be a 5 or a 6, the fifth digit could be an 8 or a 3, and the sixth digit could be a 1 or a 0. This sounds weird, but it seems to have been stamped(?) more than once, which makes the numbers hard to read. Anyway, it's definitely weathered but the sound is beautiful. What's a fair asking price for a guitar like this? Thanks! chulo51@aol.com


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

i dont think anybody can answer your question without seeing the guitar , plus you need the exact year ... you can not just guess the year ...


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have a Gibson sunburst guitar with a ink stamp R6931-27 that was my fathers.It is in good condition with the brown fake alligator case. Is this a 1960 J-45, and can anyone till me anything about and its value


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

the serial number you provided indicates that its a 1960 . Will have to see a picture to determine the model .


  Posted By : Anonymous rob neighborhood

i found a j160-e square shoulder model bought at massiminos'in the early 70's. this was the best sounding acoustic ever heard. then in the early 90's while buying a 12 string for a friend, found a j185 koa at limelight in rochester, mi., now the best sounding acoustic ever!


  Posted By : Anonymous azalea59

Hi. Thanks very much for your time and efforts with this site. I have a '71 J-50 Deluxe in a sunburst finish. Is this possibly original, or were all J-50 models natural finish?


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

all j-50 gibson models were made in naural finishes ..


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

Hi, I have a 1957 Gibson J-200 sunburst in pretty rough shape and wondering if it's worth restoring or selling it to someone who will do it justice. Needs a neck reset and has cracks on both sides of where the neck meets the body (crack on soundboard) a few side cracks that have been repaired in the past. Headstock, body, bridge, neck, and frets all seem to be very nice. Finish is nice too with lots of finish checking. Has original case with pink interior but is held together with tape. Wondering how much I would expect to invest in repairs or what range I should expect to get if I sell as is.


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

you should bring to a luthier that specializes in vintage guitars for an estimate , i don't see how anybody can answer your question without seeing the guitar and the repairs ...


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have a Gibson J 185 natural from the mid fifties in excellent condition. Interested parties can email me at rere0311@yahoo.com


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

Hello everyone - I've got a J160E, with serial #947588. I'm trying to find out what year it is based on the ss and then, find out what it might be worth. Best I can tell so far it is either a 1968 or 1962. I will looking to sell it. Thanks - Dale


  Posted By : Blogger Marshal

Does anyone know when Gibson switched from adirondack spruce to sitka spruce in flat-top production (sloped dreads)?

I have 2 1957's and a 1959

(love them).


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have a Gibson SJ-200, serial number A-5008, I believe the production year is 1950. value?


  Posted By : Anonymous kelli41

i have a 1974 j-50deluxe i want to sell, serial #416134 and have no idea what price to ask...need help lionhunterr@yahoo.com thanks kelli


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have a Gibson J-50 Deluxe. The serial # is 600035 with Made In USA stamped below it. It is in excellent shape and been in a case for about 25 years. Any idea on the year it was made and value.


  Posted By : Anonymous slyqk

What is the value of a Centennial Limited Edition SJ-100?
#17 out of 100 produced.



  Posted By : Blogger Johnny Mac

I have a Gibson J-160e that I bought in 1969. I have not been able to find the exact year that it was made.
It has 20 frets and a number stamped on the back of the head behind the Gibson name. The number is: 73157.
Can anyone tell what year it is?


  Posted By : Blogger Del

I still have a Gibson L7 acoustic guitar, sunburst finish, in its original hard case. I purchased it in l945 and used it in the earlier years, but not recently. it is in mint condition. How can I find an estimate of its value?
-Del in Missouri


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have a 1960 J45 in excellent condition. looking to sell at $4500 firm - I'll send pictures.



  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

hello, I have an old gibson acoustic guitar that is imprinted inside j50 adj can anyone tell me what year it was made and any backround, approximate value thanks


  Posted By : Blogger canamjay


Looking for information on gibson J-40, but see no reference here to anything with that exact nomenclature?? Could it have been released outside US only?? Looks like Maple /spruce top with Rosewood back and sides? thanx Jay


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I've discovered that it is harder to find a replacement pickguard for my 1964 J-50 than it is to find the guitar! It's the long totoise shell style that was original "equipment." I need help "cause I can't find one anywhere. Any leads out there?



  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

Hi there, i have a 1968 Gibson sunburst j-200. Its in great condition for its age and has all original features. Can anybody tell me what its worth!
With many thanks.
Dave U.K


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have a 1971 J-40 that's still my favorite guitar. Nobody even mentions that model. I realize they didn't make them very long, but, geez.....


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have a beautiful J55 that I purchased in the mid 70's (haven't looked up the sn yet to see if I can decipher and figure out which year, since I can't remember). I am getting ready to sell it, since I haven't used it for probably twenty years, and I think it should be used and appreciated. But I haven't seen a single comment about this series in all these messages. Can anyone explain to me why, if it was a bad series, or something?


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I put a Gibson J-50 on layaway at a pawn shop yesterday.I have questions about it's authenticity.
It has Diamonds on the neck instead of dots.and the headstock don't have numbers.I can't find a J-50 on the internet like it.I looked up the serial number and it came back a 1999,made in Tennessee.Did Gibson make a J-50 with diamonds.And did they put the numbers on all the heads.Thanks.


  Posted By : Anonymous mattadey

Im trying to get hold of a Gibson J180
(star inlay) 80's,90's or later.with or without moustasche scratchplate.
Can anyone help?


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I too have a lovely J-40 from 1980 which is in great shape despite a previous owner having removed the laquer from the top. I have applied a light oil to seal the wood and it looks and sounds fabulous but I wonder about the resale value. It's a highly under represented model considering the frequency one sees J models up for sale. Us J-40 owners should stick together.


  Posted By : Anonymous weasel mcnasty

looking for early 50s model j-200 sunburst phone #507-319-9389


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have a 1973 Gibson J-100 that I would like to sell.
I am the original owner. Still in very good condition.
some scratches on the top and two small cracks in the back. If you know of someone interested, please have them contact me at ellistuff@yahoo.com.
asking $900 or b/o


  Posted By : Anonymous basic

does anyone know what is meant by J45/50? There is a 2
underneath as well (I think that means factory 2nd-
First I thought it meant 50th anniversary.
But now I don't think that's the case.
serial is 00170248. It's sunburst.


  Posted By : Anonymous mike

j-200 62-63 sunburst mint cond. orig. case, very sentimental. might have to sell 25,000. anyone interested.


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

We are selling a 1957 J-45, FON U2258 25.

Asking $3,500

In really good shape - has had the tuners replaced with replacement replica parts. We still have the originals. There is a small crack in the sound hole. The bridge is original and adjustable.

Email me for pics.



  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have a J-40.Can you give me some information on it? thanks, Jim Thomas JTbet123@aol,com


  Posted By : Blogger budha

dave in u.k./1968 j200 gibson.its worth a bunch! i can help if you get back..bluesgroove2951@gmail.com


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

looking to sell a j-30 acoustic, anyone know what the range of pricing is on these now? it's a '94


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

what about the elusive J40


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

hi my name is, my name is, slim shady.


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

Hi, I have a, I think a 1938 J-35 Gibson, Sunburst Guitar, FON # Located on back of tuner, DG-2865, handed down to me by my father, he got the guitar in approx. 1940, while living & working on a farm in Geary, Oklahoma, worked 2-wks. his pay was the guitar. Any idea of value? EESCR@AOL.COM


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have a Gibson acoustic with the serial # 840216 which according to my research makes it a 1966 or 1969 but that is not my main concern.It has absolutely no markings or stickers or anything to identify it except the serial # stamped into the wood on the top back of the headstock.It is otherwise blank inside and out.Can anyone tell me anything about it?


  Posted By : Blogger MrSteve

I have a 1948 J-200 that I might be interested in parting with for the right price. It was used quite a bit but is in good shape.



  Posted By : Blogger dean

i have what it appears to be a 1934-36 gibson jumbo. 3didget # on inside of neck it is black stamp 928.i went to all music stores in my area i have been told it was 1911.1934.1943. any advice on how i can find out moore on this guitar


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

To Johnny Mac: Your Gibson J160E was made in 1962. And the model you have is 4 serial numbers behind John Lennon's first Gibson J160E! Both yours and John's Gibson J160E were shipped on the exact same day!


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have 1941-1948 j-45 is there anyway to pinpoint the year. grandfather purchased during WWII. Alot of great stories about the old Gibson just dont know if he bought it in 42or43



  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I dont know what I have, its an old gibson .Ithas a hollow body about 4 inches deep F holes a tail peice
with a seperate bridge. Its electric,single black
pickup. no cutaways. Volume & tone knobs. Guessing
1953. I cant find a model ,can anyone help?


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have a Jumbo Les Paul ser# J009701, made in 1968. This Guitar was made in Kalamazoo, Mi. It is both Accoustic and Electric, in it's original black case, with the red lining. Would like to sell to the highest bidder.


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have a j-45 Deluxe S/N B004872 that I would like to sell. One small crack on the face, but it plays well. In what I would consider average condition. What kind of price range should I expect ?


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

First off... great page! Second, I just purchased a 1966 J200 Custom. There are a few unusual things with this guitar that I was wondering if someone could help me with. First, there is no serial number on the headstock. The only serial number is on the inside label. I have heard that this was normal for this year, but just wondered if anyone had any other info on it. The next question is that the logo has no dot over the "i". Lastly, the neck seems to be much smaller than other years. Was this likely a custom order or is this the way they were made in 66? Thanks!


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have a Gibson Accoustic in good shape. The FON is Y6131 27. How do I find out the make & year it was made?


  Posted By : Blogger Donald(Bud)

I have a Gibson with the Printed code inside X9043-7 E-Mail suggestions as to theYear etc. to morrbud@ns.sympatico.ca


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

hi i have a 1953 j~50 acoustic guitar and was wondering if anyone could tell me an apox value it may hold . please?


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have a mint condition, one owner 1969 Gibson J-160. Custom factory pick guard and I added a Fishman pickup in 2004. Exceptional condition and comes with original case. $1,900 or best offer. minorrec@aol.com


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have a 1953 Gibson J 185 for sale as of today (14th Sept 2011). It is in good condition, with a non original bridge, and I have replaced machine heads but have kept the old ones to give to the new owner. I can send photos and serial numbers. Please Email me at revinc@gmail.com if you are interested.
Many thanks
darin m


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I bought 35+ years ago a beautiful, all original yellow '66 J-200 with OHSC, gold-flashed metal parts & an incredible matchbooked maple back. The headstock plate says J-200 Custom. The neck has three black lines(laminates)up the back. I'm told this is a "7-pc. neck", likely a custom feature. There is no label & I doubt there ever was one(no glue). Nobody I've ever shown her to has seen another like her. I've never seen a "7-pc. neck" elsewhere. Is this neck a custom feature? Is this old girl collectible? I'd like to get an idea of value, but I know you are not looking at her. But for one 1/2" shallow scratch on top & some gold worn off, she is perfect. She has a knurled 'dampening' nut under the top(standard?) She plays great! Any info would be greatly appreciated. I can provide the hdstk#. Thank you. armadillo82292@gmail.com


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have a gibson j50ADJ with serial number 810251 impressed on the back of the peg guard. The guitar is in good condition. I think it was made in the early 70,s but not sure. Any help on the year and value would be greatly appreciated...


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

Hi! I have a J50 ADJ. Bridge Gibson Serial# 253278...so I know it's a 1965. It had a beautiful sound until I changed the strings. I put Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze strings on it....and now I feel like it lost it's warm tone. Especially on the higher E and B strings. Can anyone recommend strings that will give me the darker warm tone that I'm looking for? Thank you in advance:)


  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

hi,i have a gibson acoustic i cant find much info on.its a j-45/50. serial no 00171627. if anyone can give some info on it would be much appreiciated


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