Gibson Country Western Model - 1968

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This guitar is a bit of an anomaly, albeit a really good sounding one!

I've gone back and forth on this guitar. 

At first I through it was a righty that someone converted for left hand play.  What appears to be the original pickguard is correct for a righty.  

If you look carefully, you can see the shadow of a standard, teardrop shaped pickguard on the other side of the soundhole where a lefty would want it.  

An LR Baggs pickup system was installed for use in the lefty playing position.

The bridge appears to have been changed.  It does not have the Gibson adjustable saddle, and it also appears to be ebony.  It is aligned correctly for right handed play.  The nut looks original - there is clear coat lacquer on the bass and treble sides that indicates this.

I was showing it to a friend yesterday and he caught that the position markers on the binding are on the treble side, as they would be on a lefty.

The real oddity is the pickguard.  It looks very correct and it is definitely for a right handed guitar.  

Oh well, that's it for the lefty/righty discussion except to say that is plays great despote the changes.

The saddle is about as low as it can go.  The action is great as it is, but the guitar will need a neck reset.

This guitar sounds incredible, especially for a late 60s Gibson.  I'm not usually terribly fond of their guitars from this era and into the 70's.  This example is really touch responsive, bright and full.  I'll probably end up getting the neck reset eventually, but I thought I'd float it as is.

Overall condition is excellent - the finish looks really nice, frets are good, and there are no cracks.  The tuners are repros.

Included is what appears to be the original case.

  • Color: Natural
  • Weight: 4lb 8.9oz
  • Top: Spruce
  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Neck Profile: 
  • Fretboard: Ivoroid Bound Rosewood - Brazilian
  • Inlays: Parallellagrams
  • Frets: Original
  • Fret count: 20
  • Nut material: Bone
  • Nut width: 1.66"
  • Scale: 24.5"
  • Radius: 12"
  • Neck thickness at 1st fret: .81"
  • Neck thickness at 12th fret: .98"
  • Action 1st String at 12th Fret: .060'
  • Action 6th String at 12th Fret: .060"
  • Total length: 40.75"
  • Lower bout: 16"
  • Waist: 11"
  • Upper bout: 11.75"
  • Body depth/thickness: 5" @ Tail
  • String gauge: .012-.053
  • Electronics/pickup: LR Baggs Ribbon Transducer Interface
  • Electronics original? No
  • Pickguard: Repro Gibson Style 
  • Bridge: Rosewood - Brazilian
  • Tuners: Repro Gibson Deluxe Style
  • Case: Hard Shell
  • Notes: 

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