Ultra Rare Vintage Gibson Les Paul Jumbo Acoustic Guitar
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Ultra Rare Vintage Gibson Les Paul Jumbo Acoustic Guitar:
You are looking at a super rare 1969/60 Gibson Les Paul Jumbo acoustic guitar! In the late 1960s, Gibson introduced a series of Les Paul-designed guitars with low-impedance pickups and complex electronics intended to produce a more accurate natural sound and to be ideal for session musicians and recording. The Les Paul Personal and Professional were the first of these, followed by the L5, Les Paul Recording, and Les Paul Signature. In the midst of all of these, Gibson produced a few acoustics between 1969 and 1973 called the "Les Paul Jumbo". They never really caught on and were discontinued by 1973. I've never seen any manufacturing numbers for 1969 or 1970, but the only numbers quoted are 43 guitars in 1971, 3 guitars in 1972, and 3 guitars in 1973. The serial number on this particular guitar pegs it at 1969 or 1970 and is the earliest # i have seen on the few LP Jumbos I have read about or seen. This is an extremely rare instrument. The guitar's top is spruce and the back is made of beautiful book matched pieces of Brazilian Rosewood with matching sides. The neck is 3 piece mahogany with low action. There is some mild fret wear on the lower frets but plenty of life left and no buzzing or dead spots that I have encountered. There is no evidence of any breaks or cracks or headstock or neck repairs. The most unique aspect of these guitars are the electronics. There is a single low-impedance pickup at the base of the neck which is designed to produce a very clean, undistorted, and noiseless sound. There are 4 controls: volume, bass, treble, and decade. The "decade" knob offers 11 preset tones that one can click through to alter which frequencies are emphasized....very interesting and versatile. The toggle switch basically a bypass switch for the treble and bass controls. All electronics work as designed. The Jumbo was designed to give deep booming sound with well-articulated highs, and a clean natural sound from the pickup.... Incredibly versatile, especially for recording. There is no preamp or battery on board, and these guitars require a specific Shure-designed impedance converter to produce sound through a standard amplifier. In most cases these are long lost...but I found the correct Shure converter and it is included in this sale, so you can plug in and play! As with most vintage guitars there are plenty of scratches and dings, and cracks in the veneer, but the guitar is structurally excellent with no body cracks or neck cracks or anything suggesting a repair. It has had a neck reset in the past, which is common and typically necessary as these guitars age, to keep them playing well. Hardshell case is included, probably not original (no gibson logo), and is in average condition. one arm of the handle is broken, but case is solid and locks are good. I have tried to describe the guitar as best I am able. If there are any questions or further photos are needed, please contact me. I will include copies of all of the literature I've found online about the LP Jumbo, it's history, and how it works. SOLD AS IS. Returns accepted ONLY if item is not as described (buyer pays return shipping cost). PLEASE ASK all questions before end of sale.