In order to properly fix an open crack, or center-seam that stubbornly doesn’t close up enough when humidified (as was the case with this 1930 Gibson L2) I like to use a modified version of TJ_Thompson’s Top Crack Corrector Kit. The kit is designed for Martin guitars, which are built with flat tops; but Gibsons […]Read more
1940-1942 were transitional years for Gibson’s Jumbos, with specs changing rapidly. These J-35s are very unique, and come in many variants. They each have their own sound and are therefore difficult to compare on equal ground. I had this wonderfully clean and original 1941 Gibson J-35 on the bench that is an excellent example of […]Read more
Folkway Music’s Mark Stutman, AKA ‘The Gibson Guy’, tours us through the differences and similarities between two Gibson L-size acoustic guitars, both built in 1930. The guitars in the video are a 1930 Gibson L-1 and a 1930 Gibson-made Kel Kroydon KK1 that was branded ‘Bauer’.
Watch the video: https://youtu.be/yPNavtRixeg
We’ve had a number of requests for more photos of the black 1940 L-00, so here is a little photo-essay for you. All told, this was a “normal” old Gibson restoration… but with a twist. There’s been no finish repair, no cleaning of the original finish, and the neck set was done with the original […]Read more
Folkway Music is proud to present an in-person book signing with Greig Hutton, Martin Guitar Historian and author of “Hutton’s Guide to Martin Guitars: 1833-1969.” Saturday, November 26th, from 10:30AM until 1:00PM at Folkway Music We have a limited number of copies available for purchase. If you already have your own copy of the book […]Read more
Gibson’s first double-cut Les Paul Specials suffer from a design flaw that makes them badly susceptible to cracking through the body at the end of the fingerboard. Here, Mark talks about how to go about fixing it permanently.
Q: What do you get when you put three 6119s together? A: 18,357 #badjoke But, yeah, this is pretty cool. The single pickup Gretsch 6119 Chet Atkins Tennessean was introduced in 1958 and existed for about a year before the model was revamped into the Tennessean we’re more familiar with (ie George Harrison’s guitar). The […]Read more
A structural issue we often discover on instruments that have had a bridge reglue in the past is a separation of the X brace and top directly under the bridge wing. This can happen as a result of the heat that’s used to remove a bridge, or can happen from improper clamping when the bridge is […]Read more
Gibson’s EM-150 is an electric mandolin that was introduced at the outset of Gibson’s Electric instrument production, back in 1936. It was offered alongside the ES-150 guitar, EH-150 Steel, and ERB-150 banjos and was originally fitted with a “Charlie Christian” style pickup. The design of the EM-150 evolved similarly to the ES-150 guitar, and by the late 1940s was built with a P-90 pickup and plywood maple body.
This example is one of 51 built in 1962. The EM-150’s highest production years were 1953 and 1954, when 158 were built in each year. In total, about 1950 EM-150s were built during the model’s post-WWII production run.
This particular instrument has sold.
Designed by Folkway’s Mark Stutman and released as a 24 guitar limited production model, the 0002H Custom Traditional is Collings’ first Traditional Series 12-fret 000, and an exact recreation of the guitar Mark spec’d for 3-time Grammy winner Joe Henry.
Check out our listing for the right-handed version here.
Check out our listing for the left-handed version here.
Pre-WWII left-handed Gibsons are phenomenally rare, but they do exist! Here’s a look at a few that are currently at Folkway.
Ever wonder what those plastic bridges that Gibson used in the early 60s were all about? Most Gibson flat top acoustics built in 1962 and 1963 had this style of injection-moulded plastic bridge with adjustable ceramic insert, but perhaps you’ve not seen one of them up close and personal…
I love it when a plan comes together. This 1940 Gibson J-35 needed the usual repairs to get it up and running perfectly – reset, refret, pickguard reglue, new nut, saddle, pins, etc. It’s unique feature is that the bridge and fingerboard are made of what looks to be Cuban mahogany rather than rosewood, and […]Read more
No, it’s not a reversed photo. It’s a pair of Left-Handed Gibsons that were both built in 1935 and originally sold through Beare & Son in Toronto. Prewar Gibson lefties are exceptionally rare, as you might imagine. This is the only lefty F-Style Mandolin we’ve ever seen, and the L-00 is one of two we’ve […]Read more