This stunning Gibson Dove acoustic guitar has super-flash good looks from its glossy cherry sunburst finish, split parallelogram mother-of-pearl fretboard inlays, inlaid ebony bridge, and multi-ply binding to its iconic originally hand-painted Dove pick guard. The guitar has a loud, high-integrity tone that comes from a solid Sitka spruce top and solid curly maple back and sides. The round profile curly maple neck has a 25 3/4" scale, and the ebony-finished pearl-inlaid headstock contrasts beautifully with the vintage enclosed Grover tuners.
As far as I can tell, everything is completely original, right down to the adjustable saddle. However, this guitar is not just a flashy museum piece: owners on Harmony Central and elsewhere rave about its playability and sound. One guy said “It sounds very identical to the SJ-200, but it’s smaller and way easier to play....This one is as close to perfect as I could get.” Another says he prefers it to his Martin HD-28, HD-35, and Taylor 410, and a third got a bit carried away perhaps:
"This guitar has a soul… it is a living entity that will inspire you and allow you to grow as a person and musician. When it came to me, the second I opened the case… My God…It was one of those moments I will never forget. This guitar looks, sounds, feels, practically IS the best guitar out there....Add the fact that it has a beautiful sound and a powerful presence."
The serial number (969878) and the “Made in USA” on the headstock indicate a probable date of 1970—49 years ago—but it certainly doesn’t look middle-aged! There appear to be two very old cracks on either side of the fretboard extension, but both were professionally repaired long ago and my luthier says they are totally solid. Naturally, there is finish crazing all over (“to let the sound out,” as my luthier says), and a few dings, chips, and bruises, but the neck is clean and straight and I see no other cracks anywhere. The action is set up at a fast and comfortable hair less than 3/32” at the 12th fret low E, and the 1 11/16” nut is the perfect width. If you have ever lusted after a truly spectacular instrument made by a top manufacturer with strong value down the road, or if you just want a gorgeous-looking guitar which plays and sounds great, this could be the opportunity you’ve been looking for.
The hard shell case is a non-original case in excellent condition, and it fits this guitar perfectly. Everything’s solid, the hardware is intact and working well, the silver plush is reasonably fluffy, and it is an ideal complement to an instrument fit for The King.
Buyer pays a flat rate of $55 for insurance and shipping to the lower 48 states; shipping costs elsewhere will be negotiated as necessary. Payment by Paypal is preferred; cashier’s checks are acceptable, but checks must clear before the guitar will be shipped.
I have made every effort to describe and illustrate this guitar and case with scrupulous accuracy. Please check out the pictures carefully before you offer to buy it, as its return will not be accepted unless it can be shown that it was egregiously misrepresented in this listing.
Thank you for your interest in this great classic Gibson 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.