Here’s a vintage 1941 Gibson J-35 (Jumbo 35) flat top acoustic guitar. This particular example, factory order number (FON or serial number) 5130G, is in very excellent 100% all original condition, and is completely void of cracks, breaks, repairs, and modifications. This is a structurally perfect example in rather stunning cosmetic condition. Considered to be a predecessor to the more common J-50 model, this rare pre-war dreadnought acoustic guitar is significantly better than those D-sized models which were soon to follow. With a refined small profile Brazilian rosewood bridge, delicately scalloped bracing, a thin firestripe celluloid pickguard, and a large soft-V profile neck shape, this guitar is one of the best acoustic instruments ever produced. With immensely balanced clarity, and perfectly tapered resonance, a comparison between this Jumbo 35 and later Gibson Jumbos would be almost insulting. Only a pre-war Martin would be worthy of an A-B test, but as is known, that becomes a matter of personal taste and is an “Apples and Oranges” exercise moreover. The majority of similar surviving examples have suffered seemingly inevitable structural issues, and have since been repaired or restored.
This incredible ’41 Gibson Jumbo 35 features; a spruce top with tight consistent grain, beautiful mahogany back and sides, a mahogany neck, very light lacquer finish, 3-in-a-row double-line Kluson tuning machines with replaced buttons, a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, a beautifully intact fire-stripe pickguard, a Brazilian rosewood bridge with the original bridge pins, original single strap pin, original truss rod cover and original tuning machine ferrules.
As previously mentioned, no modifications nor repairs have been made to this instrument. The top, back, and sides are spectacularly crack-free. In fact, there is no evidence of even the slightest bellying of the top, and the original bridge is perfectly secured. Unlike concurrently produced Martin instruments, this Gibson Jumbo 35 has an incredible neck angle, which enables fantastic playability passed the 12th fret, all the way up to the shoulders of the body. Additionally, the action is low and comfortable due to the perfectly straight neck. The original frets are also highly preserved, with almost no fret wear. The string height at the 12th fret is a little less than 1/16″ high, which is optimal for even new guitars.