According to The Blue Book of Acoustic Guitars, the Gibson C-0 folk/classical guitar was manufactured in various forms from 1962 to 1971. Gruhn’s Guide and Vintage Guitar Price Guide basically agree, although there is some disagreement as to specific features. Like most classical guitars, it’s smaller than the dreadnought or jumbo series, measuring 39” in overall length, 19” in body length, 11” at the upper bout, 9 5/8” at the waist, 14 ¼” at the lower bout, and tapers from 3 ½” to 4 ½” deep. While it may have been designed more for the classical studio or the coffee house of the 1960s folk music scene than for the blue grass stage, it still has enough carrying power for anybody and is an excellent example of Gibson craftsmanship.
The C-0 features a solid spruce top with mahogany back, sides, and three-piece neck in a light natural finish, a rosewood wrap-around bridge, and a 12/19-fret (including a zero fret) rosewood finger board with a 25 ½” scale. The serial number of this one (317671) pretty reliably dates it as 1965; the slotted classical headstock does have the Gibson script logo decal, and there is the wide patterned rosette Gruhn says was added in 1964. This guitar’s tuners may have been replaced so we can’t use them for dating specs, but Gibson has never been noted for its consistency, and I see no sign of replacement work.
At any rate, after 51 years of making music, there are very few cosmetic concerns: the rosette decal is in very good condition, there is a bit of crazing or cracking in the finish, a few small dings and bruises, and a few chips around the headstock. More crucially there are two professionally cracks in the top, one next to the treble side of the fretboard extension and one below the bridge to the binding; these are barely visible in the pictures and totally stable. The action is very comfortable, the neck is straight, the top is flat, there’s virtually no wear at the frets (presumably due to its nylon strings), and there is substantial room left on the saddle if the classical action is too high to suit your style.
And, of course, there’s the famous GIBSON logo at the top. I would recommend this guitar more as a folk guitar—its original intention, after all, judging from the factory end pin—than a classical concert guitar, but either way it’s a really cool instrument with a prestigious name and plenty of character. Whichever, playing music for over fifty years has made that Gibson sound even better, more resonant, and more powerful. This is obviously a player’s guitar, and I sincerely hope that its next owner is someone who will play it well and often.
The case is the period-correct black chip board case in which it came to me, and I assume that it is original, as it fits this guitar’s dimensions pretty well. There is a bit of tarnish in the hardware, and the top of the storage pocket is missing; however, all three latches still function perfectly, and the handle and the hinges are intact. The interior is in pretty good shape, it affords adequate protection for shipping this vintage guitar, and of course it is stylistically complementary.
Buyer pays a flat rate of $55 for insurance and shipping to the lower forty-eight states; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. Payment by Paypal is preferred; cashiers and personal checks are acceptable, but checks must clear before the guitar will be shipped.
I have tried to be perfectly clear and accurate in describing this vintage guitar and case, so its return will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing. Please check out the pictures and ask any questions you might have before buying.
Thank you for your interest in this classic vintage guitar.
Payments by Paypal, cashier’s checks, money orders, or personal checks are acceptable, but all payments must clear my bank before the guitar will be shipped. I will CONSIDER reasonable offers, even including installment payments and trade-ins, but generally since I already attempt to price my guitars very competitively, unusual deals must be unusually sweet.
From henceforth [that's how retired English teachers talk], insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states is $55 due to constantly rising shipping costs unless a specific listing says otherwise; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. I have sold guitars to Russia, Japan, Australia, and over 50 other countries, as well as almost every state in the USA. Since some of my guitars travel thousands of miles, I take care to use lots of packing materials, protect the neck inside the case, and of course de-tune the strings.
I make every effort to describe and illustrate each guitar and case with scrupulous accuracy. However, many of my instruments are well-played vintage items which are many years old, and I am not a luthier. One should assume that any guitar will require some set-up to satisfy your personal requirements, and that not every flaw or ding will be seen/recognized/described in the listing. Thus the return of an instrument will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing. Please read the listing carefully, check out the pictures, and ask any questions you might have before offering to buy.