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Gibson 1946 Southern Jumbo, Mahogany & Adirondack Spruce - Pre-Owned


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Fit for country rhythm playing as well as searing blues leads, the Gibson Southern Jumbo is one of Gibson’s most revered acoustics, and this 1946 SJ is a prime example. First introduced in the 1940s, the flat-top Southern Jumbo was Gibson’s “deluxe” version of their beloved slope-shouldered J-45. The SJ shares the same spruce top and mahogany neck, back, and sides, but some say Gibson used "better woods" on the SJ, and it also features split parallelogram inlays on its rosewood fretboard. This classic combination of woods, paired with the age of this guitar, gives this SJ an extremely rich yet defined low end, treble that is clear and powerful, and balance that is exceptional from string to string. When it comes to cosmetic wear and tear, this one has the kind of relic that folks like Pre-War Guitars aim to replicate. For an in-hand description, please feel free to get in contact with us.

  • Year: 1946
  • Top: Adirondack spruce 
  • Back and sides: Mahogany 
  • Neck: Mahogany with C profile
  • Fretboard: Rosewood with parallelogram inlay
  • Rosette: B/w ivoroid  
  • Purfling: Violin lines 
  • Binding: Ivoroid 
  • Bridge: Rosewood 
  • Pins: Plastic 
  • Saddle and nut material: Bone 
  • Saddle type: Drop-in 
  • Pickguard: Tortoise 
  • Scale length: 24-7/8” 
  • Nut width: 1-3/4” 
  • Spacing at saddle: 2-3/16” 
  • Lower bout: 16-1/8” 
  • Depth: 5” 
  • Body length: 20-1/8” 
  • Upper bout: 11-1/2”
  • Truss rod: Adjustable 
  • Brace pattern: Scalloped X-bracing


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