Player's Perspective

Music Store Live is proud to present this 1952 Gibson Southern Jumbo! This is heavenly strumming guitar and a mean picker as well. The tone is warm, full and plenty crisp.. We've gone over the guitar and made sure she is good to go upon arrival. The truss rod works and we've adjusted the neck for proper relief, set the action to a comfortable low position and made sure the guitar plays in tune up and down the neck. We're very happy with the way this Southern Jumbo plays and sounds and think you will be too! In a warehouse full of killer vintage guitars, if I was going to a recording session tomorrow this one would be tops on my short list. The feel and tone are inspirational to the point where I may have written a new song just by picking it up. This '52 is the genuine article.

Item Details

This 1952 Gibson Southern Jumbo is all original with the exception of the frets and the white buttons on the tuners. The tuners themselves are the original Klusons. Some of the features that make this such a standout guitar are the 16" wide body, round shoulder dreadnought design, spruce top, mahogany sides, back and neck and a bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard with split parallelogram inlays. The belly bridge on these guitars is also a nice treat as the rosewood "belly" faces the soundhole and by doing so interferes less with the vibration of the top between the bridge and the endpin. The gold Gibson script logo, multi ply binding and tortoise pickguard are a few more shining gems this guitar offers. This guitar even has its original nut which measures 1 11/16". To top it all off, it comes with its original Lifton hard shell case which is a very desirable item to find with such an original guitar from this era.

By now maybe you've noticed the name on the top. We don't know who "Dick Mott" is but we've had a lot of fun imagining what he and his playing style was like. Looks like he wanted you to know his name. While they're obviously not original to the guitar, there's something endearing about them. We'll leave the fate of the decals to the new owner to decide.

This Gibson Southern Jumbo's Factory Order Number (FON) can be found on the inside neck block : Z 871 17 which accurately dates it to 1952.

Overall Condition

This 1952 Gibson Southern Jumbo is in good condition. In a lot of ways this guitar is in excellent shape. The top shows dings on the treble side from a previous owners playing style ( maybe Dick Mott used fingerpicks, we're not sure ). The rest of the body is fairly clean showing your typical light wear from playing - light finish scratches, small dings etc. The neck is very clean and remains a joy to play. You should be able to see all of the wear in our photos but please call for an in hand description if you like. The neck has been recently reset and the joint is solid with no issues. There are no major cracks or repairs. A couple of loose back braces have been fixed and are structurally sound. The replaced frets are in very good condition with plenty of life left on them before needing any attention. The fretboard was most likely leveled but slightly when the refret occurred.

This is a handsome guitar that sounds great by any standard. We don't have to tell you they're not making early 50's Gibson acoustic guitars anymore - this dread is only going to increase in value and easily so, due to how largely original it is. Take it from us, and Dick Mott, this is a beauty.


  • 1952 Gibson Southern Jumbo
  • Original Unless Noted
  • Sunburst
  • Round Shoulder Dreadnought Design
  • 16" Wide
  • Solid Spruce Top
  • Mahoagny Back and Sides
  • Binding on Top and Back
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Round Neck Profile
  • Bound Brazilian Rosewood Fretboard
  • Split Parallelogram Inlays
  • Tortoise Pickguard
  • 19 Frets - Refretted
  • Rosewood "Belly" Bridge with Adjustable Saddle and 2 Pearl Dot Inlays
  • Gold Gibson Script Headstock Logo
  • Scale Length 24.75"
  • Kluson Tuners w/ replacement white buttons
  • Original Lifton Hard Shell Case
  • Super Deluxe Custom "Dick Mott" Stickers on Top
  • FON # Z 871 17

Our in house guitar tech has inspected, tested, and cleaned all of our instruments on site prior to shipping. All of our instruments are guaranteed to be fully functional upon arrival.

Year Color
1952 Sunburst

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