Gibson J-30 Flat Top ( 1985-1997 )
The gibson j-30 originated in 1985 , the guitar is a dreadnought size flat top acoustic 15 15/16" wide , square shoulders , teardrop
pickguard , mahogany back and sides ( bound back and top ) , the fingerboards were made of rosewood and had dot in lays , decal
logo , plastic tuner buttons and were available in sunburst finishes . In 1989 gibson started making the j30 in natural finishes , in 1993 they made them with pearl logos , and in 1994 the gibson j30 was
renamed the J-30 Montana ,the guitar has an " only a gibson is good enough" banner on the peg head ( see left pic ) and a labeled sticker "Gibson 1894-1994 100 years" inside the body . J-30 Guitars were discontinued in 1997 .
In 1989 the acoustic production started at the bozeman plant and they started using 001 to 299 in their last digits of their serial numbers on their acoustic guitars and for prototypes .
Gibson j-30 prototype guitars had Rca logos on pegheads , with " nashville" on truss rod cover ( see pics below courtesy of david one of our viewers )
Guitar Price Value :
1985 - 1993 > $850 to $1000 ( J-30 )
1994 - 1997 > $700 to $1100 (J30 Montana)
J-30 > Avg Upward Trend Of 4% a Year since 2000
J-30 Montana > 12%
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