Gibson Super Jumbo 100 ( 1939-1943 )
Sj-100 Jumbo Flat Top
In 1938 ( pre world war II ) gibson introduced a 17 inch wide body guitar and called it the super jumbo , at the time these gibson guitars were considered elite guitars ,
they had a beautiful rich full warm sound however they were a little expensive and many guitar players just couldn't afford them.
In 1939 gibson decided to make another guitar but less fancier and more affordable ( about half the price ) which featured a 17" wide body ( slightly shallower ) with the same big sound and characteristics of the super jumbo .
Therefore , in 1939 the super jumbo which was the more expensive model was named the super jumbo 200 and the less expensive model was named the gibson super jumbo 100 or ( sj 100 )
The super jumbo 100 was an immediate success and was considered one of the best guitars for its moneys worth ,
it had a 17" wide mahogany body ( back/sides ), bound body and neck ( maple ) , 2 pearl dots on the bridge , ebony fingerboard with pointed end , stairstep peghead shape , kluson tuners with butterfly buttons and were made in sunburst finishes .
in 1941 the moustache bridge was replaced with a rosewood bridge with beveled edges ,tuner buttons were now round and they had standard gibson pegheads ( see pics courtesy of gruhn.com ) .
In 1972 Gibson reintroduced the super jumbo 100 and called it the gibson J-100 ,the guitar listed for under $500 , the body was slightly deeper than the original sj-100 ( more like the sj-200 ) and the necks were mahogany ( not maple ) .
These guitars didn't sell as well , gibson stopped production of these guitars in late 1974 early 75 , very few were sold during this period ( around 300 )
In 1985 the gibson j-100 guitars were made at the nashville plant and were reintroduced with maple back and sides , black pickguards , rosewood fingerboards with dot inlays , rosewood bridges with 2 black pins ,3 nickel tuners per side with pearl buttons and were made in sunburst and natural finishes . Discontinued in 1997 , reintroduced in 2003 .
During the 90s gibson also introduced 2 models which were modeled after the SJ-100 of the 1930s , these guitars were the j-100 xtra in 1991 and the sj-100 1939 centennial ( limited edition ) in 1994 .
Vintage Guitar Price Value :
1939 - 1941 > $20 000 to $23 000 ( super jumbo 100 )
1941 - 1943 > $15 000 to $ 18 000 ( sj-100 rosewood bridge )
1972 - 1974 > $1600 to $1900 ( j-100 mahogany )
1985 - 1987 > $1300 to $1500 ( j-100 maple )
1991 - 1997 > $1200 to $1400 ( j-100 xtra )
1994 - 1995 > $1550 to $1750 ( j-100 limited edition )
1939 to 1974 > Avg Upward Trend Of 18% A Year Since 2000
1985 to 1997 > 5%
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