The Gibson J-100 is best described as the player’s jumbo, with an easy action neck and amazing balance. If you are familiar with the iconic Gibson Jumbo J-200 series, you understand that one of the few structural differences from this guitar is the use of maple for the back and sides for the J-200. You might call this a J-200 studio: it is the same size and scale but less ornate, the same Sitka Spruce top but with the added punch of mahogany back and sides. The J-100 is an affordable, luxury Super Jumbo with an active transducer pickup, and this one comes with the original Gibson hard-shell case that fits like a glove.
This guitar has serial number 10433002, which pretty reliably dates it to 2013; this date is confirmed by the Gibson final inspection tag, dated 2/25/13 (this tag and original warrantee, etc. are included as “case candy”). It has a solid spruce top with mahogany back, sides, and neck; a rosewood bridge with three pearl dots inlaid; and a 15/20-fret bound rosewood finger board with pearl trapezoid inlay and a 24 ¾” scale. It has full body binding, top and back, with multi-stripe purfling and a multi-stripe rosette. The blackface headstock features an inlaid script Gibson logo, backed by the classic Kluson-style tuners which are so much a part of the Gibson tradition.
There are no structural or cosmetic issues: the beautiful sunburst finish top is in great shape, and the mahogany back and sides show virtually no dents or dings except for some very faint pick and buckle bruises visible only at close range with an angled light. The frets and fretboard show no wear, and the action is set up at a perfect 3/32” at the 12th fret low E. Despite its almost new appearance, it still looks and plays like what it is: a great Gibson acoustic-electric guitar which is primed to play the hard-driving music for which it was made.
The deluxe case is clearly original, and the exterior is in very good shape, with no tears or loosening binding. Its hard shell is virtually invulnerable, its royal blue plush interior is spotless and odor-free, the Gibson name is proudly displayed on the top, and it certainly offers more outstanding protection for this classic guitar, as well as mucho jam cred. The hardware is its only tiny flaw: one of its four latches is missing its hasp—easily replaced.
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; cashier’s 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 fine instrument, 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 offering to buy it.
Thank you for your interest in this great 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.