This is a lovely Gibson B-25N in excellent condition, we think from 1966. The successor of the LG-3 (and by association the same size but lesser priced LG-2), the B-25N features a slope shoulder body design with a 14 1/4" lower bout width and X braced construction.
Short of purchasing a J-45 and heading into upscale dreadnought territory, the B-25N was the highest grade Gibson money could buy in '66, and the solid spruce top, mahogany back and sides and one-piece mahogany neck add up to a guitar that is very resonant, soulful, and easy to play.
Laminated mahogany sides
Round soundhole with single ring rosette
Three-ply top body binding
Single-ply back binding
14/20-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays
Blackface headstock overlay with decal logo
Three-per-side nickel tuners with plastic buttons
Rosewood bridge with white pins
Long tortoise pickguard
14.25” body width
4.5” body depth
Weight 3.96 lbs
A modestly-sized cannon with incredible projection and muscle, this B-25 delivers both a clear percussive cut with exquisite definition and also a sweet midrange character. The bass register is full and defined, and the trebles are clear and punchy. Weighing just under 4lbs, this Gibson is a light and lively sounding guitar.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender C shape at the nut, with more roundness as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .790" deep at the 1st fret and .930" at the 9th.
The dark, tight-grained Brazilian rosewood fretboard sports pearl dot inlays, and the original medium jumbo frets are in great shape.
The original nut is present and measures 1 9/16" in width. On the headstock, the silkscreen "Gibson" logo is very clean, and the original Kluson Deluxe double line tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
The original moulded plastic bridge and adjustable ceramic saddle has been replaced on this one, which was quite a common upgrade on these guitars. It was never Gibson’s finest bridge design, and most luthiers agree that an all wood bridge with a tight fitting bone or tusq saddle will sound much better. That is certainly the case with this one – it is now wearing a very nice solid mahogany bridge with a modern compensated saddle, and intonation is very good.
There is a light crack in the top running from the treble side of the bridge to the bottom, which has been professionally glued & repaired, we think a long time ago.
The action is low and comfortable all the way up the neck, and the saddle has room for future adjustment if desired. Visible through the soundhole, the B-25N factory stamp is present on the back centre seam.
This B-25N retains its original natural nitro lacquer gloss finish, accented by the stock red tortoise pickguard. Cosmetic wear includes some quite beautiful natural lacquer checking on the top, back and sides, and pick wear on the guard and lower part of the soundhole. Apart from a couple of tiny chip marks there are no dings, dents or scratches of any consequence.
This B-25N has been nicely set up and plays comfortably in all areas of the neck. The solid spruce and mahogany combination is the tonal cornerstone of the B-25N, with nice top end clarity, resonance and even tonal projection. It just might be the perfect recording guitar.
Comes in a later hard shell case in good condition.