Gibson GS Series Classical Guitars ( 1939-1956 )
The 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,
the 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 )
1939 - 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 .
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