In the early 60's, pre-dating the Huey Lewis hit by several decades, Gibson put forward their newly redesigned SJ and declared that it was indeed "hip to be square." And while many acoustic purists would bemoan the loss of their beloved, and even then iconic, round-shouldered dreadnought, Gibson was never one to rest on their laurels. And so the (very!) square-shouldered model was born. Say what you will about the viability of their business decisions, Gibson guitars somehow still retained their classic woody tone as well as faithful rock and folk devotees.
This 1964 SJ is a perfect example of that sound and vibe. While it doesn't jump out as anything one would expect from a modern dreadnought, given its heavier build quality, this SJ delights on a purely visceral level. Something about its warmth, the chunky chordal response and its throaty bass exudes a warm familiarity, like you just put on a favorite classic rock LP and have settled down to share a fine glass of single malt with an old friend.
Condition is very good. The original adjustable ceramic saddle has been replaced with bone and the tuners are non-original Kluson replacements. It also had an early Barcus Berry soundboard pickup installed with strap jack. Action is standard with fully functioning truss rod and saddle height remaining for further adjustments.
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