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Gibson Gs Series Classical

Gibson GS Series Classical Guitars ( 1939-1956 )

1949 gibson gs-1 classical guitarThe gibson GS classical guitars were never really successful back then , and today there is not much of a demand for these gibson guitars on the vintage market.

However the gs guitars are rare and still hold a significant place in gibsons' history.

In late 1938 before world war II gibson introduced 2 classical guitars with Gut Strings ( GS ) , the gibson gibson gs-35 and the gibson gs-85 .

The gs-35 had a classical style bound body , mahogany back-sides-neck , a rosewood tied bridge , black peghead w/screened logo, spruce top, round bound soundhole, 12/19th fret ebony fingerboard, tuners with plastic buttons,

and were available in natural finishes . ( discontinued in 1942 and only 39 were made )

The gs-85 was very much like the gs-35, except had rosewood back and a pearl bridge inlay. ( under 30 guitars were made and were discontinued in 1942 )

These guitars paved the way for their more popular LG steel string models which were very successful during the post war .

In late 1949 gibson tried again with the Gs-1 and Gs-2 classical guitars,

gibson gs-1 bodythe gs-1 ( see pics ) had a classical style body, a blackface peghead w/screened gibson logo ,rosewood fingerboard , rosewood bride ( pearl block ) with maltese cross inlays ,

mahogany body back/sides/neck , and were made in natural finishes . ( were discontinued in 1956 )

The gibson Gs-2 was very much like the Gs-1 except had a maple body (back and sides) and were discontinued in 1956 with the gs-1

In 1954 gibson also introduced the Gs-5 , same guitar like the gs-1 except for rosewood body ( back and sides ) and were renamed the gibson c-5 classical in 1957 from their line of gibson C Series ( classical guitars )

Vintage Guitar Price Value :
1939 - 1942 > $4500 to $6000 ( gs-85 )
1939 - 1942 > $2500 to $2900 ( gs-35 )
1949 - 1956 > $450 to $550 ( gs-1 )
1949 - 1956 > $550 to $650 ( gs-2 )
1954 - 1956 > $850 to $1000 ( gs-5 )

guitar price guide1939 - 1942 > Avg Upward Trend Of 21% A Year Since 2000
1949 - 1956 > 7%

Prices are according to 4 different vintage guitar price guides and rounded off to the nearest dollar .


  1. Anonymous1:29 AM


    I was wondering what you could me about this guitar.

    I know its a gibson Usa classical possibly 1930's but i dont know much more. can you help?

    thanks. charissa

  2. I have a Gs classical but don't know the model. It matches the specs of Gs-1 Mahogany tied rosewood bridge and I think it has 3 ring rosette (not sure what a 3 ring looks like - it has 2 same patterns separated by a different bolder one so I assume it is considered a 3 ring) The one factor that does not match the specs is that the Brazilian Rosewood bridge has no inlaid pearl cross, so I wonder if it is possibly a Gs-35 (which only has a 2 ring rosette) or an earlier version of the Gs-1 or Gs-35. Can anyone help identify the model? lealon@swbell.net