We present an original 1941 Gibson J-55 in its original Sunburst finish. Made in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
An extremely rare model produced in very limited quantities. They were only produced from 1939 to 1943 and was the top / deluxe model for the J-35. With fewer than 400 of all variants built, the J-55 is an extremely rare guitar, and examples as finely preserved as this one are seldom encountered.
The J-55 remains one of Gibson’s most engaging flat-top creations, a striking deluxe Jumbo flat-top available for only a short time just before WWII. This 16″ round-shoulder model replaced the celebrated Advanced Jumbo in the line. The J-55’s features marked a return to a more Gibson-standard layout and did not continue the “AJ’s” Martin-influenced long scale neck and rosewood body. With a spruce top, mahogany back and sides, and 24 3/4″ scale, this J-55 is essentially a fancier J-35, with more upscale cosmetics including a pearl headstock logo and single-bound rosewood fingerboard. Distinctive appointments includes a large carved two-tiered rosewood bridge and an unusual stepped-edge pickguard that covers the sound hole ring. Further more it features unscalloped bracing with two tone bars and rounded 1941 neck profile is very comfortable and more manageable than that later banner guitars.
This guitar remains in fantastic original condition with only some light wear, most notably a few small dings and scrapes to the top finish. The back, sides, and neck finish have some play wear to. This guitar plays perfectly and the sound is big, rich, and powerful, it rings out with plenty of punch and an epic sustain.
Comes with a newer hardshell case. Latches and handle are in perfect working order.
Repair that has been done by a professional Luthier.
– Neck reset & reglued bridge
– Newer frets & bone nut and new bone nut with antique acoustics bridge pins.
– There were modern repro tuners on at some point, but the original open-back Klusons have been seamlessly restored. Marks and two ekstra holes after non-original tuners.