1966 Gibson Southern Jumbo

Here is a vintage 1966 Gibson Southern Jumbo (SJ) flat top acoustic guitar. This particular example, serial number 800695, is in very nice 100% all original condition and includes the original faultless plushlined case! This gorgeous and well-preserved example, with an exquisite sunburst Spruce top and Cherry Red back & sides, is perfect for both players and collectors alike, so take advantage of this reasonable offer with FREE Worldwide shipping, and buy a fantastic vintage Gibson SJ for the price of a new reissue!

This ’66 Gibson Southern Jumbo features: a high-quality Spruce top with a beautiful 3-tone Sunburst finish, mahogany back and sides with attractively rich Cherry red finish, a double-bound body construction, 1-piece mahogany neck, bound rosewood fingerboard with double parallelogram inlays, ’50s-style 3-point celluloid tortoise pickguard, a rosewood adjustable bridge with rosewood saddle, a 1 9/16″ nut width, Crown headstock inlay, “double line” Kluson Deluxe tuning machines with plastic buttons, and the original Faultless Plushlined original case.

This particular example clearly presents in incredible shape, and though it sounds great, there are a couple of very minor issues that prevent it from being perfect, which should obviously be addressed. Firstly, the pickguard has lifted upward, and in the seemingly inevitable process, has lifted a small part of the spruce top along with it. This pickguard crack reaches from the very base of the treble side of the fingerboard through to the soundhole in a direct line measuring less than 7/8″. It has not been repaired, and can easily be resolved by most any luthier.

Additionally, the entirety of finish displays the usual weather-checking patterns, however, there are a couple of exaggerated check marks stemming from the bridge, moving South toward the bottom of the guitar. Aside from a small amount of pick wear visible on the treble side of the sound hole, there is very little evidence of the usual expected playing wear.

There is no bellying of the top, and the structural integrity of the guitar is perfect, with no loose bracing, no cracks, no repairs, etc. The action is somewhat high, and though the saddle can be reduced to accommodate the raised playability, the ultimate fix would be a neck reset, though most vintage enthusiasts would advise against doing so. The guitar sounds great and the thin profile slim taper neck is extremely comfortable.