Offered for sale; 

Gibson BR-9 Electric Hawaiian Guitar and Amplifier c1951. This combo lap steel and amp are in very good condition. Cosmetically the guitar is in nice shape, the amp is showing some “scuffs and marks” and is missing the original handle. 

Since we have some reprints of the original sales brochure information. We would like to share it. 
Gibson states: 

“The full scale 29 fret fingerboard of the Gibson BR-9 is particularly helpful for beginner students because of its numbering. Hardwood is used in the body of the BR-9 guitar, which is finished in Ivory with Cremona brown trim. Combination hand rest and unit cover is of plastic, and both volume and tone controls are on the same side for simplified “finger-tip” action. High quality individual pole pieces result in smooth balanced tone. The light colored well-constructed case matches the instrument and amplifier. 

The BR-9 amplifier has a streamlined light-weight case covered in washable Ivory leatherette accented by a brown plastic trim. The four tube amplifier has an 8” speaker, two input jacks, on-off switch, heavy cord lead wire, and fuse box mounted on a slanted panel. Gibson quality and performance are combined in this popular priced outfit.” 

This is a really cool historic duo, very payable and collectable. 

This fairly mild mannered amp is a perfect mate to the steel, not that it would get jealous when you plug the steel into something more aggressive.  

Original hard case for the guitar is included. 


Number of Frets:  29  

Tuners: Kluson 3 + 3 connected  

Pickups:  P-90 non-adjustable pole pieces  

Controls:  volume, tone  

Scale Length: 22 3/8” 

Neck Width at Nut:  2.5”  

Radius: infinite  

Weight:  5.2 lbs. 

[For shipping: weight in case 10.8” W 9.5” D 3.75” L 33”]  


Year: c1951  

Weight: 14.8 lbs. 

Width in.: 15  

Depth in.: 7  

Height in.: 13  


Rectifier: 5Y3  

Preamp: 6SJ7  

Power: 6V6    

Field coil transformer 8” speaker  

*Please note: we do our best giving descriptions of used pieces. We have found it impossible to describe every mark on an instrument or amp that is not in the "mint" category. Also, what's important to you may not be important to someone else. For example, you may say, "I don't care what it looks like as long as it plays or sounds well." Another person may say, "Body cosmetics are very important to me so tell me about every scratch, nick and blemish." So, please ask the questions that are most important to you. If you ask they will be answered. They are free and there's no limit. Additional photos can also be made available. 

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Imperial Guitar & Soundworks

Imperial Guitar & Soundworks

Very Good
Beige with Cremona brown
20 Year Member
Imperial Guitar & Soundworks
Bill, Dianne
New Paltz, NY
10:23 PM
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