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.
Kim's notes: 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. Non-original hardshell case included in the price.
- Year: early 1937
- Top: Adirondack Spruce
- Back & Sides: Mahogany
- Rosette: Ivoroid/Black/Ivoroid
- Body Binding:
- Neck: Mahogany
- Fretboard Wood: Brazilian Rosewood
- Tuners: 3 on plate
- Bridge: Brazilian Rosewood
- Pins: Plastic
- Saddle Material: Bone
- Nut Material: Bone
- Pickguard: "Firestripe" tortoise celluloid
- Nut Width: 1 3/4"
- Scale Length: 24 3/4"
- Body Depth: 4 13/16", tapered
- Body Width: 16"