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2016 Gibson Advanced Jumbo Flame Deluxe

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SN#: 10496054, Montana Custom Shop Label

Body size at lower bout: 16" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut width: 1 3/4" Neck depth: .85/.89, 1st/10th frets

Materials: Solid tiger flame Bigleaf maple back and sides, solid Sitka spruce top and braces; solid mahogany neck; solid bone saddle, nut and bridge pins; contoured firestripe tortoise pickguard.

Hardware: Gold Schaller Grand Tuner 18:1 butterbean tuners, adjustable truss rod and cover.

Notes: Bowing to the popularity of Martin's pioneering dreadnought guitars, Gibson introduced their Jumbo model in 1934. Adapted from their HG Hawaiian guitar from 1929, with its signature slope-shoulder mahogany body, the Jumbo was the firm's biggest and most powerful flat top to date. By 1936 the Jumbo was replaced with a guitar that has become as legendary as it is rare: Gibson's Advanced Jumbo.

Built only through 1939, the Advanced Jumbo was crafted with a body of solid rosewood, and a lengthened scale of 25 1/2". The combination gave the instrument exceptional volume, projection and sustain, and its generous 1 3/4" nut has made it a favorite of both pick and fingerstyle players to this day. However, only 300 examples were built in its entire run, making the Advanced Jumbo one of the most prized and costly of all Gibson flat tops.

The AJ was Gibson's top of the line flat top until the debut of the Super Jumbo 200, with its ornate 17" body. From 1947 to this day the (S)J-200 has been built with a body of highly figured Bigleaf maple, a key to it's exceptional brilliance and projection. In 2002 Ren Ferguson and his crew at the Bozeman, MT Custom Shop, did what Gibson had never done before, and crafted a short 65 instrument run of the Advanced Jumbo, all with striking flame maple bodies. And they've never done it again, to this day.

This gleaming instrument has been maintained in 100% original condition, and appears virtually unplayed. The back and sides show remarkably intense figure, with a lightly toned soundboard and classic prewar style firestripe pickguard. Upscale appointments include the hand-inlaid arrow and diamond inlay in brilliant Paua abalone, and ultra-precise 18:1 gold Schaller Grand Tuner butterbean tuners.

At just 4lb 7oz, the guitar is notably lightweight and well balanced, and the voice is clear, detailed and deeply resonant, with exceptional power and sustain. Stage and studio ready, the AJ Deluxe is also equipped with the Baggs Session VTC pickup and preamp, with its natural sounding Anthem soundboard sensor system, that eliminates the 'quack' of conventional undersaddle transducers.

The action is smooth and low with a fresh high-precision setup, over a classic full C profile neck, solid but not clubby. The original Gibson-logo hardshell case is every bit as pretty as the guitar itself, and contains all original paperwork and Certificate of Authenticity. An outstanding example of Gibson's custom luthiery at its very best, with tonewood we're not likely to see again. One only: call now.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge bronze strings. The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 4/64" to 5/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing.








































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