The gibson es335 is the worlds first commercial semihollowbody electric guitar, sometimes known as thinline hollowbody or semiacoustic. With the rise of imported guitars during the 70s and 80s, the new management team at gibson decided to use the oftneglected epiphone brand for. I have found this service to be accurate and extremely useful. Gibson 403 breedlove 4 seagull 1 collings 128 guild 67 epiphone 50 santa cruz 26 ovation 18show more. The company behind used price works in conjunction with orion bluebook, which makes this the largest website dedicated to pricing used musical instruments. The les paul standard returns to the classic design that made it. This ultimate reference guide includes guitar reference information and values on over 1,200 guitar manufacturers and distributors including gibson, fender, paul reed smith, epiphone, gretsch, guild, ibanez, dean. From 19751977 the number is typically found on a decal on the back of the headstock. Inspired by slash, built by gibson, and now, played by you.
It also has guitar reference information and values on over 900 guitar manufacturersdistributors including gibson, martin, ovation, taylor, alvarez, epiphone. This should be an 8 digit number that can be dated by the 1st and 2nd digits as follows. I dont have a problem with keeping my cell phone put away during workbut, and this is a big onewe were told that in case of emergencies family members could call gibson. How to date gibson guitars using serial numbers our pastimes. The 59 oldsmobile colors were widely used by gibson, as seen in these charts listing silver mist, polaris white, frost blue, cardinal red and golden. Read about guitar history and find out how much your guitar is worth at the reverb price guide. Use the blue book of electric guitars, available for free at gibson s website, to date your instrument if it has a different type of serial number. Find the latest selection of gibson instore or online at nordstrom. Like the previous catalog, this featured the company s guitars in a variety of interesting settings around california, from the whiskeya. The first guitars of this series, gibson l0 and gibson l1, were introduced first as archtops 1902, and later as flat tops in 1926. The l series was later gradually replaced by the lg series in the 1940s.
The gibson guitar corporation in nashville, tennessee, was founded in 1902. To a lesser extent, gibson also makes banjos, dobro resonator guitars, electronics, and basses. In 1977, gibson introduced the serialization method that we primarily use to this day at gibson usa, gibson acoustic, and the gibson custom facility in memphis, tn. Oct 18, 2011 because gibson generally produces expensive guitars, the company has wisely offered budget lines of instruments through the years, including the kalamazoo, recording king, and cromwell brands. The exclusive run les paul standard 50s aaa top guitar pays tribute to gibsons golden era of innovation and brings authenticity back to life. How to find the value of a gibson acoustic guitar our. Like the previous catalog, this featured the company s guitars in a variety of interesting settings around california, from the whiskeyagogo, to the hollywood bowl.
Mandolinguitar manufacturing company, limited which evolved into the gibson guitar. Does anyone have any great resource tips for publications i can purchase on blue book values for mandolins and acoustic guitars. The blue book of electric guitars, 11th edition is now expanded to 1,168 pages including the 16page color photo grading system. This model features an ink stamped serial number with no made in usa just as we used on the. Finding the value in a gibson acoustic guitar can be done in a number of common sense ways. The vast majority of the budget brands were made during the great depression. The gibson l series is a series of smallbody guitars produced and sold by gibson guitar corporation in the early 20th century.
Nov 19, 20 currently, i have a 1966 tokai hummingbird in navy blue, a 1967 tokai hummingbird in cream, a 1968 yamaha sg v with the samurai headstock inlets call it lake placid blue for lack of an accurate name, a 1966 teisco spectrum v in blue, and one bizzaro from the 80s, a 1985 fender performer in pearl white. Next to it is the ugliest pre1970 gibson knob, known as the amp knob, used from late 1966 to the mid1970s but not on all models. Also the kelly blue book for guitars helps for those who want to dig deep. No matter how you attack this flattop, it pumps out rich, deep tones, and is equally at home strumming firstposition chords as it is taking the spotlight for picking lead lines. Anyone that has ever owned a gibson acoustic guitar would agree they are in a class of their own when it comes to quality, construction and sound. This book examines the original collaboration between the traditional gibson company and the brilliant musician les paul, and the resulting classic guitars. Electric guitar acoustic guitar guitar amplifier bass guitar effects all types. The orion blue book online will help you determine how much nearly anything that you own is worth, including guitars. When appraising your guitar, the first place to begin is the average market value of the guitar. These price ranges utilize a combination of expert research, external market data, and realtime reverb transactions to estimate the current value of items in used but original condition. Gibson is a wellknown musical instrument company in the united states, with origins dating back to the 1890s.
Gibson les paul traditional pro v flame top electric guitar. These models represent electric and acoustic guitars slash has played before millions of fans during his career and influenced multiple generations of players around the world. Blue book of electric and acoustic guitars guitars. Gibson and slash are proud to present the new slash collection of signature guitars. Musical instruments blue book used musical instruments product. Welcome to the reverb price guide, the ultimate resource for music gear pricing and information. Its spacious mahogany body and sweet, select sitka spruce top are more than. The kalamazoo factory has 100 years of instrumentmaking, and one big wartime secret.
Nov 08, 2018 tune in as we talk about the backstory on how gibson got into the jam they are in, with insight from a former gibson factory worker. Orvilles guitars were often made of the wood from old furniture, to get the tonal quality of aged wood. Released by the gibson guitar corporation as part of its es electric spanish series in 1958, it is neither fully hollow nor fully solid. Currently, i have a 1966 tokai hummingbird in navy blue, a 1967 tokai hummingbird in cream, a 1968 yamaha sg v with the samurai headstock inlets call it lake placid blue for lack of an accurate name, a 1966 teisco spectrum v in blue, and one bizzaro from the 80s, a 1985 fender performer in pearl white.
Gibson electric serialization taken from the 11th edition blue book of electric guitars by zachary r. Acoustic guitars deliver sound without electronic amplification and through the body of the instrument. From 1926 through 1970, gibson guitars made over 40 different brands and over 300 different models of instruments that didnt carry the gibson name. Use the blue book of electric guitars, available for free at gibsons website, to date your instrument if it has a different type of serial number. Orville also pioneered the use of the arch top in guitar and mandolin design, taking inspiration from that of fine violins and cellos. Archived pdf from the original on february 7, 2015.
The world of popular music would be a lot different if it wasnt for gibson. The following websites act as a guitar blue book online. Use this site for a pricing guide and source of information on all guitars. Unfollow gibson guitar book to stop getting updates on your ebay feed. Much of the hummingbirds appeal lies in its versatility. Product registration customer service repair and restoration report counterfeits serial number faq gibson guitar specs 20152019 our brands epiphone kramer steinberger krk cerwin vega stanton dj. Blue book of acoustic guitars sixth edition vintage hifi. The gibson mandolinguitar manufacturing company, limited which evolved into the gibson guitar corporation produced instruments in kalamazoo, michigan from 1902 to 1984. The company was formerly known as gibson guitar corporation and renamed gibson brands, inc. You can also consult the blue book of guitar values to see what it is worth. Gibson made the first electric guitar in 1935 and has pioneered famous guitars such as the les paul, the flying v, the explorer, the firebird, and sg. Vintage guitars info gibson collecting vintage gibson. Fjestad1952 1960 solidbodieswhen gibson start the production of solidbody guitars in 1952, a new serial number system was developed.
Vintage guitars info gibson custom color finishes on. Over the years, gibson has gone through several different serialnumber changes, sometimes resulting in multiple guitars with the same number. The fall and rise of gibson guitars from a former employee. They are known for their acoustic and electric stringed instruments, primarily in guitars and mandolins. This includes electric and acoustic guitars, as well as bass guitars, amplifiers, and other guitar peripherals. The lineup includes alltime favorites, modern updates on popular models and much more. How to find the value of a gibson acoustic guitar our pastimes. Gibson custom colors in the 1960s vintage guitar magazine.
A gibson color like golden mist is strictly identical to fenders shoreline gold while pelham blue is cadillacs 1960 successor to the lake placid blue used by fender beginning in 57. The gibson electric guitar book is a comprehensive, richly illustrated guide to gibson electrics past and present. Gibson was founded back in 1902 and has been creating. We are the trusted guitar price guide for providing guitar blue book values. Can anyone guide me to a site where i can check the current value of some vintage gibson guitars. The 1969 fender lovin care catalog consisted of 48 pages of electric guitars, basses, amplifiers, steel guitars, acoustic guitars, banjos and keyboards. Tune in as we talk about the backstory on how gibson got into the jam they are in, with insight from a former gibson factory worker. New 14th editions of blue book of acoustic guitars and blue book. These guitars have a relatively smaller body than the. Major trademarks including fender, gibson, martin, paul reed smith, ibanez, yamaha, ovation, taylor, alvarez, epiphone, takamine, washburn. Its amazing to think that right now at this very moment, someone is learning their first chords on a. Discover the old gibson guitar factory in kalamazoo, michigan. Shipping is always free and returns are accepted at any location.
Fjestad the bible for the used electric and acoustic guitar aficionadoin two volumes and now in their th editions bluebook publications, inc. Guitarists around the world have a les paul as their instrument of choice youll see it gracing stages everywhere and you can hear its voice on countless recordings. If you want a completely accurate evaluation of your gibson, my advice would be to go to the experts at blue book of guitar values. Vintage guitars info gibson collecting vintage gibson guitars. Discover the timeless perfection of these electrics, acoustics and basses.
Find the current blue book value and worth of your new and used guitars, both acoustic, electric and amplifier. Available from 1983 1993, they were assembled in nazareth, pennsylvania from imported parts. Gibson guitars have been played by rock n roll and blues legends that include jimmy page and b. Unique color photographs highlight a multitude of luscious les paul models, including famous instruments owned by influential players. The name gibson has been synonymous with top of the line guitars for over a hundred years. Whether you are looking for a fender guitar value, a gibson guitar value or a. With the advent of the firebird, gibson offered ten new custom colors and a pretty chart that displayed them. Another great resource is vintage guitar magazines price guide, which is regularly updated and available at amazon.
Vintage king free shipping on all us orders shop now sell. The shenandoah series guitars were considered a midrange model priced between the sigma series and higher end martins. Gibson is a manufacturer of acoustic guitars, and the vintage models produced by gibson are widely sought for their tone, action, look, and durability. Orville also pioneered the use of the arch top in guitar and mandolin design, taking inspiration from. Product registration customer service repair and restoration report counterfeits serial number faq gibson guitar specs 20152019 our brands epiphone kramer steinberger krk.
From here, you can make additions or subtractions to the value based on damages, imperfections, and aftermarket additions to the instrument. The gibson les paul is a true guitar icon that has continually made its mark upon the landscape of music for over 60 years. I ask two experts how they got here and where they are headed. Simply put, a gibson acoustic guitar is a work of art. Although developed for and seen most often on the firebird series from 1963 to 1969, basically all gibson guitars were available in these colors. Starting with the es150 generally acknowledged as the first commercially successful electric guitar through the 335s, les pauls, sgs, firebirds, and more, it is packed with facts, stories, and images that tell the story of gibsons great guitars and their most famous and. Instruments previously produced in kalamazoo, michigan from 1896 to 1901. The blue book of acoustic guitars and blue book of electric guitars are the two leading reference and value guides in the guitar industry, along with the blue. Take 15% off select inventory start the summer with fresh gear shop now sell. The number one source of guitar and amplifier pricing and information so you can find the price and value of your used guitars and amplifier. Blue book of acoustic guitars sixth edition gibson acoustic and acousticelectric guitars edited by s. Corporation produced acoustic instruments in kalamazoo.1555 113 163 549 1339 782 379 1201 1462 1305 199 697 794 554 1497 536 1551 1217 288 1446 678 1202 516 425 40 134 181 783 1422 526 477 1111 139 621