In the early 60's, pre-dating the Huey Lewis hit by several decades, Gibson put forward their newly redesigned SJ and declared that it was indeed  "hip to be square."  And while many acoustic purists would bemoan the loss of their beloved, and even then iconic, round-shouldered dreadnought, Gibson was never one to rest on their laurels. And so the (very!) square-shouldered model was born. Say what you will about the viability of their business decisions, Gibson guitars somehow still retained their classic woody tone as well as faithful rock and folk devotees. 

This 1964 SJ is a perfect example of that sound and vibe. While it doesn't jump out as anything one would expect from a modern dreadnought, given its heavier build quality, this SJ delights on a purely visceral level. Something about its warmth, the chunky chordal response  and its throaty bass exudes a warm familiarity, like you just put on a favorite classic rock LP and have settled down to share a fine glass of single malt with an old friend. 

Condition is very good. The original adjustable ceramic saddle has been replaced with bone and the tuners are non-original Kluson replacements. It also had an early Barcus Berry soundboard pickup installed with strap jack. Action is standard with fully functioning truss rod and saddle height remaining for further adjustments. 

  • 1 11/16" Nut
  • 24.75" Scale length
  • "Vintage" Barcus Berry internal pickup
  • Original hard shell case
The Music Emporium

The Music Emporium

Brand New
9 Years
The Music Emporium
Joe Caruso
Lexington, MA
9:51 PM
Regular Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday: 11am-6pm Wednesday and Thursday: 11am-8pm Sunday: Closed

We accept VISA, MasterCard, and Discover directly for phone, email orders and in store purchases. Secure on line payments can also be made through our PayPal account. We will gladly accept personal checks but there may be a shipment delay while the check clears our bank. For international purchases, we strongly encourage Wire Transfers but in some cases will accept the above payment methods. To wire money directly to our bank, contact us for bank info.

We ship all instruments with a 48-hour approval period during which time you can comfortably evaluate your purchase and determine if it's right for you. The prices listed on our website do not include shipping charges or any applicable taxes, duties, or custom fees. Instruments shipped within MA are subject to a 6.25% sales tax. All out-of-state shipments are tax-free though we do recommend you look into your individual state's tax codes to determine any tax liabilities. The Music Emporium has been shipping guitars around the world for 40+ years. Your instrument will be expertly packed and shipped via FedEx, UPS, or US Post, depending on the destination and level of service. If you have a preferred method not listed here, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate.

Upon receiving your instrument, please inspect it to insure that the condition of the instrument is as described in your communication with us. Please contact us immediately via phone or email if you find any damage to the case or instrument that wasn't previously disclosed at time of purchase. If you decide to return the instrument, you must notify us via phone or email within 48 hours of delivery. We'll instruct you on how to make the return. Please pack the instrument in the same manner in which it was received, using all supplied packing materials, Unless instructed otherwise, you must ship the instrument using the same service in which it was delivered (Next day, Ground etc.) and insure it for its full value. The Music Emporium will issue a refund for the full purchase price once the instrument arrives, provided it arrives in the condition in which it left our shop. All shipping charges will be the responsibility of the customer.