If you have any vintage gibson guitars that are posted on this site ,you are always welcome to post a review,comment or detailed features ,im sure other guitar players who visit us would love to know ... Domenic

Important Note : Due to the overwhelming amount of comments on this blog i cannot answer all the questions although id love to . You can still post questions hopefully some of our viewers can help you out ... Thank You

Gibson Super Jumbo 100 & J-100

Gibson Super Jumbo 100 ( 1939-1943 )
Sj-100 Jumbo Flat Top

1941 gibson sj-100In 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 .

j 100 bridgein 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 )

guitar price guide1939 to 1974 > Avg Upward Trend Of 18% A Year Since 2000
1985 to 1997 > 5%


  1. I'm fairly certain that I have a 1939 Super 400p Acoustic in excellent condition :)

    I'll post pics this week and post back with a link to the pics....


  2. Ok... I finally have some pic's... sorry they aren't that good I am not a photo expert ;)

    here's the pics on my server...


    Now if there is an area that I can take pictures of on the guitar please tell me... or Call me (509) 218-3200 (this is a Washington State phone number in the USA)

    We are going to be selling this soon... I also have 3 insurance quotes on the value of the guitar and the entire history of the guitar, so please email me or call me if you know anything about this guitar! neo@neo-1.com (email) or phone (509) 218-3200

    Thanks in advance....


  3. Dont know much about this particular model but it sure looks like a vintage guitar thats worth a few bucks , awesome ....

  4. hi neo ,

    i dont know where you get your info but its not a super jumbo 400 p .

    first of all the super jumbo 400 models are archtop guitars , yours is a flattop .

    second , a 1939 gibson super jumbo 400 p has a rounded cutaway and a tailpiece ........

    your looks like their jumbo series guitars not "super jumbo"

    they are still worth big money and sought after by collectors

    im trying to figure out the exact model your guitar but i need closer and clearer pics , my computer screen is also a vintage ( lol )......jake

  5. Ok... I'm online chatting with Jesse Brand (of Jesse Brand and the Texas Mudslingers) an old friend I used to play with (drums) Anywho... he's trying to find a serial # on it... I'll look for this and I will do my absolute best to take better pictures ASAP and put them back up...

    The insurance adjusters (3 of them) valued the guitar @ 45-60k for insurance purposes... I'm not sure how that relates to real dollar values in the real world?

    I will try to get more info... anyone know where the serial numbers for a 1939 Gibson is?

    Thanks to all of you for the info so far!!!


  6. weasle5:45 PM

    serial numbers should be ink stamped on the inside back or on the neck block . ( any kind of letter or number would help )

  7. Anonymous5:26 PM

    can anyone help me, info on a J-200, 100 yearsmodel from 1993/4

  8. Anonymous8:06 PM

    If you have 100th anniversary label visible through the sound hole its the j-200 centennial , these guitars are collectable ( limited quantities were available in 93/94 ) they are now valued at $2500 to $3000 and will go up has the years go by .

    these were made with figured maple bodies flamed maple necks ( high quality wood for musical instruments which produces a very warm tone )

  9. lstoltzfus8:47 AM

    How about a J100 xtra 1994 centennial with the label in the soundhole? Any ideas what they are going for? Are they more collectible with the centennial edition label?sfp

  10. Anonymous9:19 PM

    centennials are not yet listed in the price guides ..

  11. Anonymous4:09 PM


    i have a j100 xtra special, its a 100 year anniversary model 1994,

    its marked

    guaranteed 1 of 1,

    any one know does this make it valuable?

    not sure what type of wood it is, the top is a dark wood, darker than sunburst,

    the back has a kind of a flamed effect, a bit like a tiger except in dark down wood if that makes sense

    i have to say it is the sweetest, warmest, loudest acoustic guitar i have ever played, most people alway remark on its sound when they hear it, sound like it fills the whole room with these warm rounded tones,

    i picked it up in a pawn shop for bout 1000 euro 4 years ago,

    does the guaranteed 1 of 1 make if valuable

    serail number is 91114030

    any help appreciated as im more of a player of guitars than a collector

    i can email some picks on request



  12. Anonymous7:53 AM

    I have a pre war J100 that doesn't seem to match anything I can find online. It looks exaclty like a 39 but my bridge doesn't have the individual saddle bearings for the strings and also has pearl inlay like the j200. The neck on my guitar is also more like a 200 with pearl inlay. Serial numbers have long faded on the instrument so identifying the year is difficult. Has anyone seen another instrument such as this?


  13. Anyone interested in buying a 1994 J100 tobacco sunburst/centennial?

  14. anyone interested in purchasing a 1994 centennial/bozeman/tobacco J100?

  15. anyone interested in purchasing my 1994 J100 Centennial? Great condition. Original Case. psychtern at gmail

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  17. Anonymous9:23 PM


    I have a 1952 SJ-200 in very good condition, neck reset and the original pink-lined case.

    Any rough idea of the value of this guitar?

  18. Anonymous5:09 AM

    I also have a 1952 SJ-200 N in excellent condition. I was told the value was $1800 - $2000.

  19. Anonymous10:28 PM

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    board more comeplex but in tune for all chords
    without tweeking.I am doing that to my J150 and it
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  20. I have a 1991 J-100 Xtra that was not cautiously cared for though loved and constantly played, in honkey tonks, parking lots, around campfires, on river banks, year round and round the country...it is not pretty but it is beautiful. The headstock is repaired and it wears the tread of the road well. It plays easy and true. Any ideas, ballpark, of what I might expect to get if I sell it? Thanks.