GIBSON GIBSON HISTORIC COLLECTION ACOUSTIC MODELS

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GIBSON 1934 L-5 NON-CUTAWAY (HSL5BRGH)

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GIBSON 1939 Super 400 (HSS4BRGH)

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GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 (HSS4NAGH)

GIBSON made the first 1939 SUPER 400 (HSS4NAGH) in 1998

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GIBSON 1939 Super 400 Premier (HS4PBRGH)

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GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 PREMIER (HS4PNAGH)

The 1939 SUPER 400 PREMIER (HS4PNAGH) was introduced in 1998

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GIBSON CITATION

The Gibson Citation, first introduced in 1969, is one of their finest archtops. Around ten were made during the first production run which lasted until 1971. Gibson reintroduced the Citation in 1979-1983 and again as part of the Gibson Historic Collection in 1993. It has a 17" full-depth body with figured maple back and sides and a carved maple or spruce top with fancy inlays. The neck is made of figured maple or mahogany. The Citation is typically equipped with a gold-covered floating BJB pickup, and comes in natural and sunburst finishes.

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GIBSON Citation (HSCT GH)

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GIBSON L-5 CT (acoustic reissue)

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GIBSON L-5 CT (Historic Collection)

The L-5CT is a thin line L-5 originally developed by Gibson for comedian/guitarist George Gobel - but reissued in 1998 in the Gibson Custom Shop Historic Collection. Its shorter scale length and thinner body have proved popular features for many players. It has a carved spruce top, solid maple sides and back and five piece neck. Finish options were vintage sunburst, faded cherry and natural. Other features include

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GIBSON L-5 CT (modern reissue)

Introduced in 1922, the acoustic L-5 guitar was Gibson’s first with f-holes. The model became a favourite of big band players including Wes Montgomery. In 1951 Gibson added pickups to the L5.  Comedian and singer George Gobel had a special version of the Gibson L-5 archtop guitar built in 1958, the L-5CT (cutaway, thin body), featuring shorter scale neck scale (24 3/4") and thinner body  (2 3/8"), About 45 L-5CT's were produced from 1958 to 1963,so they are one of the rarest Gibson models. Most were acoustics but some were sold with pickups.

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GIBSON MASTER MUSEUM COLLECTION

Production of the Gibson MASTER MUSEUM COLLECTION acoustics began in 2005. They were individually crafted by Ren Ferguson at a rate of one instrument per month costing around $40,000 each.

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Specifications:

ModelImageFinish colorsMade inNumber of stringsFinish effectsBindingScale length
GIBSON 1934 L-5 NON-CUTAWAY (HSL5BRGH)
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GIBSON 1939 Super 400 (HSS4BRGH)
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GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 (HSS4NAGH)
1998
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GIBSON 1939 Super 400 Premier (HS4PBRGH)
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GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 PREMIER (HS4PNAGH)
1998
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GIBSON CITATION
1969 to 1971

1979 to 1983

1993
natural finishUSA6 strings---
GIBSON Citation (HSCT GH)
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GIBSON L-5 CT (acoustic reissue)
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GIBSON L-5 CT (Historic Collection)
1998
natural finish, red finishUSA6 stringssunburst finish--
GIBSON L-5 CT (modern reissue)
1993
red finish-6 strings-body binding24.75 inches scale-length
GIBSON MASTER MUSEUM COLLECTION
2005
-USA6 strings---
ModelBody back materialBody shape featuresBody sides materialBody top materialPickguard shapeSoundholeBody styleHollow bodyPickguard materialBody depth
GIBSON 1934 L-5 NON-CUTAWAY (HSL5BRGH)
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GIBSON 1939 Super 400 (HSS4BRGH)
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GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 (HSS4NAGH)
1998
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GIBSON 1939 Super 400 Premier (HS4PBRGH)
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GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 PREMIER (HS4PNAGH)
1998
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GIBSON CITATION
1969 to 1971

1979 to 1983

1993
figured maple body backcarved top, single cutawaymaple body sidesspruce body topraised pickguard2 f-holes----
GIBSON Citation (HSCT GH)
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GIBSON L-5 CT (acoustic reissue)
-single cutaway--------
GIBSON L-5 CT (Historic Collection)
1998
maple body backcarved top, single cutawaymaple body sidesspruce body top-2 f-holesthin bodyhollow bodytortoiseshell pickguard-
GIBSON L-5 CT (modern reissue)
1993
maple body backsingle cutawaymaple body sidesspruce body topraised pickguard2 f-holesarchtop--2.375 inches body depth
GIBSON MASTER MUSEUM COLLECTION
2005
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ModelBridgeTailpieceTunersHardware color
GIBSON 1934 L-5 NON-CUTAWAY (HSL5BRGH)
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GIBSON 1939 Super 400 (HSS4BRGH)
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GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 (HSS4NAGH)
1998
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GIBSON 1939 Super 400 Premier (HS4PBRGH)
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GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 PREMIER (HS4PNAGH)
1998
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GIBSON CITATION
1969 to 1971

1979 to 1983

1993
adjustable ebony bridgetrapeze tailpieceengraved tuners-
GIBSON Citation (HSCT GH)
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GIBSON L-5 CT (acoustic reissue)
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GIBSON L-5 CT (Historic Collection)
1998
ebony bridgetrapeze tailpieceSchaller M6 tunersgold hardware
GIBSON L-5 CT (modern reissue)
1993
ABR-1 bridge-Schaller tuners-
GIBSON MASTER MUSEUM COLLECTION
2005
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ModelFingerboard inlay materialFingerboard position markersFingerboard material
GIBSON 1934 L-5 NON-CUTAWAY (HSL5BRGH)
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GIBSON 1939 Super 400 (HSS4BRGH)
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GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 (HSS4NAGH)
1998
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GIBSON 1939 Super 400 Premier (HS4PBRGH)
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GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 PREMIER (HS4PNAGH)
1998
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GIBSON CITATION
1969 to 1971

1979 to 1983

1993
pearl fingerboard inlay materialcloud fingerboard position markers-
GIBSON Citation (HSCT GH)
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GIBSON L-5 CT (acoustic reissue)
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GIBSON L-5 CT (Historic Collection)
1998
pearl fingerboard inlay materialblock fingerboard position markersebony fingerboard
GIBSON L-5 CT (modern reissue)
1993
-block fingerboard position markers-
GIBSON MASTER MUSEUM COLLECTION
2005
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ModelHeadstock inlays or logosNumber of fretsPeghead (headstock)Tuner layoutNeck materialNeck joint
GIBSON 1934 L-5 NON-CUTAWAY (HSL5BRGH)
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GIBSON 1939 Super 400 (HSS4BRGH)
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GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 (HSS4NAGH)
1998
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GIBSON 1939 Super 400 Premier (HS4PBRGH)
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GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 PREMIER (HS4PNAGH)
1998
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GIBSON CITATION
1969 to 1971

1979 to 1983

1993
abalone headstock inlay/logo20 fretbound headstockthree-each-side--
GIBSON Citation (HSCT GH)
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GIBSON L-5 CT (acoustic reissue)
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GIBSON L-5 CT (Historic Collection)
1998
-20 fretbound headstockthree-each-sidemaple neck-
GIBSON L-5 CT (modern reissue)
1993
-20 fret-three-each-sidemaple neckset neck
GIBSON MASTER MUSEUM COLLECTION
2005
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