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Gibson Jumbo Guitars ( 1934-1936 )

gibson jumboThe gibson jumbo is gibsons' first jumbo flattop , ( highly collectible ) at 60$ list price , the gibson jumbo was a direct competitor of martins' D series ( produced in 1932 ) ,

the gibson jumbo was introduced in 1934 , it had a 16" wide body , mahogany back and sides , round shoulders , bound

back and top , rectangular bridge , 3.75" soundhole , pearl gibson logo , fire designed celluloid pickguard,rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays and were made in sunburst finish .

In 1935 the gibson jumbo stayed the same accept for minor changes , binding on the neck was added and soundholes were a little bigger . Discontinued in 1936 .

Gibson Jumbo Price value 2009 :
1934 to 1936 > $18 000 to $25 000

guitar price guide Avg Upward Trend Of 9% a Year since 2000

Buying Advice For Used & Vintage Gibson Jumbo Guitars

If you want to buy a Gibson Jumbo guitar, you can find used & vintage Gibson Jumbo guitars for sale on Ebay .

Buying Advice for new Gibson Jumbo guitars ( compare prices )

1. Gibson Jumbo guitars for sale at Musicians Friend
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3. Gibson Jumbo guitars for sale at ZZounds
4. Gibson Jumbo guitars for sale at Music 123

Gibson Jumbo 35 ( J-35 ) ( 1936-1942 )

gibson jumbo 35In 1936 gibson replaced the jumbo model with the gibson jumbo 35 ( see pic ) , very minor detail changes , they decreased the price to $37 due to the depression and gradually raised them during the 40s ,

the gibson jumbo 35 was the most succesful gibson flattop guitar model during the

pre-wwII era ( known for its incredible warm tone & clarity ), they were made in natural and sunburst finishes ,

discontinued in 1943 and reintroduced in 1983 with square shoulders , maple back and sides , 15 15/16" wide and were renamed the gibson J-35 ( different designed guitar ) ,

in 1995 gibson also made a reissue of the pre war jumbo 35 model called the gibson j-35 reissue.

Vintage Guitar Price Value 2009 :
1936 - 1938 > $11 500 to $17 000 ( jumbo 35 )
1939 - 1942 > $8 000 to $11 5000

guitar price guide Avg Upward Trend Of 15% a Year since 2000

Gibson replaced the jumbo 35 with the gibson j-45 guitar model in late 1942 , during the same time gibson also introduced household historical guitars like :

the jumbo 55 ( 1939-1943 ) which was a sleeker model of the jumbo 35 , the gibson southern jumbo ( 1942 ) became the country western in 1955 , and the gibson advanced jumbo ( 1936-1940 ) along with the rest of the J models .

( Pictures courtesy of provide.net )



36 Comments

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I was just given a Gibson J-35 with the 90th anniversary label and the ser# showing it was made in mid 84. Was just wondering what it was worth?

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

im most certain that your gibson guitar is a square shouldered j-35 guitar which were introduced in 1983,84,85,86.

they were introduced as j-35s not jumbo 35 ,these guitars werent considered reissues because of the different features which weren't at all like the original jumbo 35s and are not sought after guitars.

My best guess would be $600 to $1000 depending on condition.

the official reissues with round shoulders and 16" wide bodies were made sometime in 1995 which can sell for more.

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I recently inherited a 1937 or 38 J-35 in excellent condition in it's original case. The guitar had the original strings on it with leather "tangs" inside the string pins. The neck is straight and the frets have minimal wear. The guitar would be very playable but the bridge and face of the guitar are lifted, adversely affecting the action. The guitar is a family hairloom, so I do not intend on selling it. On the other hand, I would enjoy being able to play it. I am considering having a luthier work on the guitar, but I am quite sure it would involve extensive work to the bracing on the face. I am concerned that this would devalue the guitar. I would like to hear opinions for those knowledgable that can advise me if I should repair the guitar to enjoy playing it, or put it away as a collector's item.

Thanks!
Bill

 

  Posted By : Anonymous mike

in my opinion i would have it repaired , whats the use of having a beautiful vintage j-35 guitar without playing it.

The collector or guitar player who buys it will want to repair it anyways .

Make sure you bring it to a luthier that really has experiance with vintage guitars . The bridge shouldnt be a problem , it really depends on whats the damage on the face of the guitar .

By the way if you decide to put your gibson j-35 up for sale please email me

auto1music@yahoo.ca

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

The bellying of the face is within normal range for a guitar this old. It's slight across the face of the guitar and the bridge is rocked forward a little bit. Together, it makes the guitar barely playable. Actually, I see this as normal for a guitar this old. The guitar is structurally in tact and looks better than most I looked at on the Internet. My father in law was the only owner. The case is in great shape too (Geib).

Tone wise, this guitar is amazing. I have never heard anything like it. It's extremely light weight. It just belts out like no one's business.

 

  Posted By : Anonymous jake

I cant comment on the repair because i cant see the guitar.

But i would definatly keep it, the jumbo 35 or j-35 ( same guitar ) is very sought after by collectors and will be worth quite a few dollars in the future.

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

To the person with the '37 or '38 J-35, I have a '42 model that was in the same, or worse, shape when I got it. The bridge was an inch or more above where it should have been, and about a 45 degree angle to the body. I took it to a luthier that I highly recommend, who flattened the face, reglued the braces, and installed two "bridge doctors" (his term) made by JLD, and can be bought at http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tools/Special_tools_for:_Bridges/JLD_Bridge_Doctor.html. For my guitar, the luthier used two braces that were screw mount, and mounted them using the mounting holes under the pearl dots on the ends of the bridge, so unless you look on the inside of the guitar, you don't even know they are there. Worked great, and the bridge has stayed put for 11 years since that repair. Good luck on yours.

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

Sorry about the URL (web site address). The last words should be "JLD_Bridge_Doctor.html", so if you copy the URL, add the ".html" to make it work.

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

great info thanks ...

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have a J-35 with a H inside the sound hole. I have been told that this is a 1942 pre World World J-35 in original condition. It is blond or natural with the original case. Can you give me some feedback on this great sounding guitar?

 

  Posted By : Blogger Dove

I have a J-35 H guitar, 1942 Pre World War in the original case. Color is blond or natural and it is in mint condition. Can you give me any info on this guitar?

Dove

 

  Posted By : Anonymous domenic

depends what kind of feedback you want , pretty hard to give you feedback on a guitar that you can't see and play ... if its indeed a 1942 jumbo 35 and all original its worth at least $9000 to $12 000 easy , i suggest you take it to someone you trust that knows about vintage guitars in your area ... you have a great guitar in your hands ... take care of it , it'll probably double in price within 5-7 years .

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I recently recieved a J35 from my father-in-law. It has been in his toolshed for the past several years. Amazingly enough, it is in great condition, although it is in need of a refret. I did replace the tuners because the buttons on the original ones were cracked and I don't want to break them. I used some I had 'laying around' but would like to find some that more closely match the originals. Anyone have suggestions as to where I might find these?
Thanks,
Ed

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

HWRTYUI HVE IN MY HOME A GIBSON FLAT TOP IVE BEEN PLAYING FOR 52 YRS. 2WKSAGO I CONTACTED GIBSON AND GAVE THE SERIAL NO. 2191. THEY TELL ME IT WAS MADE IN 1904. THAT WOULD MAKE IT 104 YRS. OLD . OTHER THAN NORMAL WEAR ITS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. SOUNDS GREAT. ANYBODY OUT THERE HAVE IDEA ON value. anybodyINTERESTED. CALL 1-519-986-7458 OR 1519-375-6450 LVE MESSAGE LARRY J. THIS IS NOT AJOKE. ORIGINALLY PLAYED IN TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA UNTILL PURCHASED BY MY FATHER IN 1930 AT BEARE and SONS TORONTO & LONDON ENGLAND (original BEARE LABEL STILL INSIDE OF SOUNDHOLE. IT HAS BEEN AN HEIRLOOM BUT SURELY SOMEONE ELSE OUT THERE WOULD ENJOY IT AS MUCH AS WE HAVE. THERES STILL ALOT OF GOOD MUSIC IN IT YET.. IF WE COULD PROPERLY DESCRIBE IT IT WOULD BE A JUMBO J45 SUNBURST. BUT THEY SAY THESE WERENT MFGD. TILL THE 1940S. DONT WAIT TOO LONG TO CONTACT AS INTEREST IS BEING SHOWN.

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

Hi, just thought I would share this with you. I recently bought my Jumbo on ebay, in my search I came across this site: www.buygibsons.com – which is where I found my baby, I liked the site maybe you will.

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I just bought what I believe is a Natural 1941 or 42 Gibson J-35. The only marking is a orange 5 on the neck block. It is in fair conditon with some cracks and a larger crack on the side. It also a patched hole on the side it was not done by a luthier. I have taken it to a luthier to get a price to fix the crack and the patched hole. The price was $500 I was wondering if that is a good price. The tuning keys are not origanal along with the pickguard. It plays better than any guitar I have ever play with that old rich Gibson tone. It is ture that they sound better with age. I'm trying to get some feed back on a round about value. The luthier that looked at the guitar said with the repair the value is between 5000 and 7000. Would like to get other opinions. I bought the guitar to lightly play and as a investment. Maybe willing to sell if the price is right.
Thanks

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have gibson guitar that looks like a J-35. My Dad bought it from a lady back in the 70's and I think it was quite old then. Serial number stamped inside is 2669. Word "Only A Gibson Is Good Enough" under logo at top of neck. Bridge base is slightly raised. Any way I can get a definitive answer as to the model and year as well as what it may sell for?

Thanks, Bill

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

The Jumbo to J-35 transition is a bit more complex than suggested here. The Jumbo was made up until late 1936. At that time, Gibson introduced a new model that they called the "Trojan." It had a Jumbo body, a v neck, three unscalloped tone bars, and no back binding. Gibson shipped several batches under the name "Trojan."

At the same time, Gibson also introduced the Advanced Jumbo (AJ) -- a high end guitar with RW back and sides, and a body with slightly different body dimensions (not as deep) as the Jumbo (and the Trojan). Subsequently, the body shape from the AJ became the "stadard J" Gibson body shared by later J-35s, J-45s and SJs. It is not clear exactly how the model changes and and the spec changes were synchronized. Certainly all Trojans had deep bodies, no binding, three unscalloped tone bars and a v-neck -- whether any of these were call Jumbo-35 or even J-35 is not clear.

 

  Posted By : Blogger ChicagoMusicExchange

The J's are a very sweet guitar. Take a peek at a few old ones that we have in stock: http://www.chicagomusicexchange.com/acoustic-guitars/gibson-vintage-used/j-series/1-2,3-2,6-28/

Also, If you have the chance.... check out our collection of Vintage Guitars.

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

My uncle has one. I got to play it when i went over to his house which is in Nashville. He knows the dude who owns Gibson and is gonna give me a private factory tour. he's got 2 other old gibsons and 2 old martins. Then a 50's or 60's gibson es-330 which he made into a 335 by putting in different pickups.

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I just purchased a 1941 J-35 from an eager seller for $1800. I know it's worth much much more... and that's nice... but I would never sell a guitar that sounds this good. Life is too short to play a guitar with less sound quality.

 

  Posted By : Blogger cfh

It should be stated that the pictures and info seen at the top of this thread came from here:

http://www.provide.net/~cfh/jumbo.html

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I just bought a natural 1941 J-35 (2 tone bars scalloped). All original except it was refinished by Gibson in the 50's and had a new pickguard put on and they put the new "Gibson" logo on the headstock. (not the original white script logo). I think I got it for a good price but was wondering the devaluation that takes place on a vintage instrument that has been refinished... even if it was done by Gibson. Holy grail of big sound. Any info would be great. Thanks.

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Learn and Master Guitar

I bought a jumbo as well. It was really great though it is a second hand but still it sounds good. I don't care the price, the thing is how it perform well. Then I check which company who produce it's Gibson.

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

What is a FON # DG-2865 Gibson Guitar Worth ? Sunburst, no repairs, 2nd owner since approx. 1939-40 ? Thanks

 

  Posted By : Blogger Living the Biblios

Here's a link to a picture of a restored 1937 Gibson Advanced Jumbo
http://livingthebiblios.blogspot.com/2006/11/1937-gibson-advanced-jumbo.html

 

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  Posted By : Anonymous Ron

I have what I believe to be a 1941 J-35 that belonged to my late father. It is in nearly pristine
condition (a few scratches) and, as far as I know, has
had no repairs or refinishing done. While I am a rank
amateur when it comes to playing, this guitar is very sweet sounding! The number I found on the inside, stamped on the neck says 4803G? Any ideas as to the value of this instrument? Thanks!

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I HAVE A GIBSON PLAIN TOP J-35, 1937 MODEL HAD SOME REPAIRS 35 YEARS AGO LOTS OF CRACKS SEALED IN IT BUT PLAYS GREAT SHE IS STILL ABEAUTY AND LIGHT.

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

Just wondering if anyone has any idea what a 1995 Gibson J-35 reissue is worth. I'm trying to help a friend. #51 of 250. With case. Have photos. Thanks!
hudgal@spiritone.com

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I have 1936 Gibson Jumbo it in great shape how much do you think it's worth now that its 75 year's old.

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

I own a 1936 Sunburst Gibson J35. I've decided to list my guitar on the web for $15,000. I also understand that I have possession of a highly collectible item so I don't have intentions of moving very far from the price. Please contact me if you are a serious buyer and interested in more details about this item. Please pass this info. along to anyone that may be interested as well. Thank you.
paultaggart83@yahoo.com

 

  Posted By : Anonymous Anonymous

There is a 1934 Gibson Jumbo on eBay right now listed as Antique Gibson Guitar

 

  Posted By : Blogger Joe Sabolick

There is a 1934 Gibson Jumbo Very Rare guitar on eBay http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-Gibson-1930s-Acoustic-Guitar-/170891362894?pt=Guitar&hash=item27c9eb424e#ht_500wt_1138

 

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