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SALE PENDING. Terrific sounding, well played example of Gibson’s first flattop dreadnought, the 1934 Gibson Jumbo. As the immediate precursor to the J-35 and Advanced Jumbo and Grandpa to the J-45 (and all the other Gibson dreads) the Jumbo holds a distinguished place in Gibson history. A very expensive guitar during the depression -- $60 without a case – the Jumbo was made in small numbers for just over two years. Visually an interesting design. The spruce top and mahogany back and sides are all finished in sunburst with a small- to medium-sized burst on the top. Bound top and back. Small rectangular bridge, this one had the angled contours seen on some Roy Smeck Stage Deluxe’s and later, briefly, in 1942. Big v-shaped neck, unbound in ’34 later bound. Inside there are three slightly scalloped or tapered tone bars and a forward style X-brace. Scale is 24.9”. Tapered headstock with inlaid logo and “Clipped” Grovers. Luther Mark Tossman has brought it back to great playing condition with a neck reset, refret, and new bridge modeled after the old one but brought back to full height. All else is original. There are two back cracks repaired long ago and plenty of areas of finish wear. There was some little aftermarket inlay on the headstock long removed. Given that these were cowboy guitars I’d guess a rhinestone. The body is more tapered than the J-35 and the soundhole smaller giving it a more focused attack. As short-lived as it was, the guitar found its fans including Bob Baker, the popular singing cowboy of film, and Charlie Monroe, Bill’s brother. But more importantly, the Jumbo focused Gibson energy on the large flattop market at an affordable price point paving the way for the banner Gibsons just eight years later. This one ships in a newer hardshell case solid enough for shipping and gigging.

Jet City Guitars, LLC

Jet City Guitars, LLC

1934
Gibson
Very Good
Sunburst
Hard
19 Years
Jet City Guitars, LLC
Jim Brown
206-669-7099
Seattle, WA
11:59 PM

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We represent the instruments as accurately as we can. All instruments are shipped on 48-hour approval. If there is damage as a result of the shipping, please contact us immediately and we will deal with the insurance company. If the instrument is damaged in transit from you to me, then you are responsible for dealing with the damage and insurance. For refunds, all instruments must be returned in the same condition as we shipped them in.

All instruments are shipped on 48-hour approval. If there is damage as a result of the shipping, please contact us immediately and we will deal with the insurance company. If the instrument is damaged in transit from you to me, then you are responsible for dealing with the damage and insurance. For refunds, all instruments must be returned in the same condition as we shipped them in.