1941 Gibson J-55

Pre-War Gibson Acoustic


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This 1941 Gibson J-55 acoustic guitar is a true collector's item. Only 400 were ever crafted between 1939 and 1943 at Gibson's Kalamazoo, Michigan workshop, making it a rare piece of American musical history.

Classic white ivoroid binding around the Mahogany Body and Fingerboard. The Sound Hole features a charming White, Black, and White Celluloid Purfling, a decorative technique used on high-quality instruments from this era. Mother of Pearl fretboard Markers and Headstock Inlay.

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Pre-War Excellence

Premium Tonewoods for Exceptional Sound: The solid spruce top delivers bright articulation and crispness, while the rich mahogany back and sides provide warmth and depth. The genuine Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, a highly sought-after material, ensures smooth playability and a luxurious feel.

Authentic Vintage Details: The original script Gibson logo on the headstock and the step-edged fire-stripe pickguard are unmistakable signs of this guitar's heritage and add to its desirability as a collector's item.

Powerful, Rich Tone: As described in the 1941 Gibson catalog, this J-55 offers a "deep, rich, full throatiness," making it equally suited for powerful strumming and delicate fingerpicking.

A Rare Asset

Vintage pre-war Gibson acoustic guitars have consistently demonstrated strong appreciation in value over time, making them a sound investment for both musicians and collectors. This rare 1941 J-55, with its limited production run, historical significance, and exceptional condition, is poised to become a valued possession in any collection going forward.

Detailed Specifications

  • Body Size: 16" wide, 20 ¼" long, 4 ¼" deep
  • Scale Length: 24 ¾"
  • Nut Width: 1 11/16"
  • Bridge: Replaced with a new rosewood design
  • Tuners: Original tuners included alongside currently installed 1950s Kluson tuners

This vintage Gibson Acoustic guitar is in Perth, Western Australia.

Body:Solid Spruce Top, Mahogany Back and Sides
Neck:One Piece Mahogany, Width of nut: 1 11/16"
Fretboard:Brazilian Rosewood
Modifications & Repairs:Replaced Rosewood Bridge. Tuners have been upgraded to single Klusons from the 1950's. Original Open Back Tuners are included in perfect working order.

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