Dating vintage gibson acoustics

Cosmetically, the spruce top and the mahogany sides and neck are in very good condition for a 51-year-old guitar, other than the usual finish crazing, a few dings, and some wear around the edges.

The frets are in good shape, the binding and other inlay is still near perfect (except for a 1/16” gap in the rosette), and the bridge is solid.

Visually, the F-25 was set apart by its dual white pickguards (similar to flamenco guitar tap plates), until in 1970 Gibson modified its shape to more of a small dreadnought, and in 1971 dropped the model altogether.It obviously was designed more for the coffee house of the 1960’s folk music scene than the blue grass stage, but it has enough carrying power for anybody.This wonderful veteran of the folk wars is ready to dominate once again.The saddle is straight across like a classical, and the fretboard is flat like a classical, rather than radiused.It is also great in alternative tunings because of the neck, and the adjustable truss rod affords neck relief, a feature many vintage flat tops and virtually no classical guitars of the time have.It’s not a museum piece; it’s not prettied up with abalone and such; but it’s a great player’s guitar, embodying everything that the name Gibson has stood for over the last century or so.

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