This is a vintage 1964 Gibson F-25 Folksinger flat top acoustic guitar. This particular example, serial number 226806, is in extremely excellent 100% all original condition and includes the original faultless plushline soft shell case! Intended to attract folk musicians, the design of the “Folksinger” incorporated a double white pick guard arrangement which gave it a traditional classical guitar aesthetic. The 2″ wide nut width also gave the F-25 a similar feel to a nylon-stringed classical guitar, however, the guitar was intentionally X-braced to accommodate steel strings. An interesting concept then, the F-25 Folksinger has since become synonymous with a serious sound for such a small-bodied acoustic. The prodigious neck profile provides for significant sustain, and the bracing pattern combined with a much thinner pickguard material allows for more transparent projection. Incredibly underrated, this interesting guitar is a must have for studios, collectors and players alike. With far superior sonic quality to it’s similar-sized counterpart, the LG-3, the Folksinger is seemingly better in almost every way.
With a standard Spruce top, Mahogany back/sides/neck, a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard/bridge, and a natural (clear) lacquer finish, this simple approach is akin to those used to make the Gibson J-50 and LG-3. However, one very important distinction is the 12-fret neck construction, which improves sustain and overall sound. Typically featured on pre-war instrument, the 12-fret construction is absolutely imperative to the Folksinger’s significance as a special instrument and it’s superior sonics.
As mentioned above, this is a no-issues example, in near pristine condition. Incredibly well-preserved, with no evidence of even slight playing wear, this is the example to own.