Gibson 1937 J-35, Mahogany & Adirondack Spruce - Pre-Owned


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The J-35 garners the same craftsmanship and soul as any other coveted pre-war instrument. As Gibson’s response to the beloved Martin D-18, Gibson crafted a jumbo flattop that is now esteemed as one of the greatest large-body designs to date. This 1937 model marks a transitional period in the J-35 design. While it retains the responsive non-scalloped three tone bar design of the original 1936 models, it has the tapered body style only seen in later models. This design was soon after replaced with a scalloped two tone bar design. 

Similarly, this transitional guitar maintains the beautiful dark sunburst top, comfortable mid 30’s style V-shape neck profile, and French heel construction, only seen in earlier models. In subsequent production years, these features were all replaced by a natural finished top, a slim C neck profile, and a broader heel design. As a result, we are left with an incredible piece of Gibson’s production history that is a glimpse into the evolution of the J-35.  This 1937 Gibson J-35 is the pinnacle of original design melded with innovative appointments.

Per our seller, who purchased this J-35 from a highly-respected vintage guitar dealer, the neck was reset recently. Also, two back cracks were recently repaired. Feel free to ask for an in-hand description of this wonderful J-35. A non-original hardshell case is included in the price. 

  • Year: Early 1937
  • Top: Adirondack spruce
  • Back and sides: Mahogany
  • Rosette: Ivoroid/black/ivoroid 
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Brazilian rosewood 
  • Tuners: 3 on plate
  • Bridge: Brazilian rosewood 
  • Pins: Plastic
  • Saddle and nut material: Bone
  • Pickguard: "Firestripe" tortoise celluloid
  • Nut width: 1-3/4"
  • Scale length: 24-3/4"
  • Body depth: 4-13/16", tapered
  • Lower bout: 16"
  • Case: Non-original hardshell


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