Gibson J-55 (Jumbo 55) ( 1939 - 1943 )
In 1934 gibson introduced the first jumbo flat top which was called the gibson jumbo , this guitar led to the gibson jumbo 35 (j-35) in 1936 , the j-35 then was replaced by the j-45 in 1942 .
While these historic gibson guitars were making history , in 1939 they also introduced about 400 guitars that were very similar to the J-35 with some features like the SJ-100. These acoustic guitars were named the gibson Jumbo 55 or J-55 and were priced at $55-$60 .
In 1939 the gibson jumbo 55 had a 16" wide body , mahogany back and sides , round shouldered , moustache bridge ( see 2nd pic ) like the sj-100 but smaller , stairstep peghead shape with pearl inlaid logos, sloped scalopped pickguards , and were made in sunburst finishes .
In 1940 standard gibson pegheads replaced the stairstep pegheads , in 1941 moustache bridges were replaced with batwig bridges ( see 1rst pic ) . The jumbo 55 was discontinued in early 1943 .
In 1973 they reintroduced the gibson j-55 with 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 .
In 1994 they made a Jumbo 55 limited edition, they were 16" wide more like the original model and only 100 were made . ( sunburst finishes )
Vintage Price Value :
1939 - 1943 > $15 000 to $17 000
1973 - 1982 > $900 to $1100 ( reintroduced )
------->1994 > $1600 to $2000 ( limited edition )
1939 - 1943 Avg Upward Trend Of 25% a Year since 2000
1973 - 1982 Avg Upward Trend Of 5% a Year since 2000
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