1983 Gibson Johnny Smith Sunburst

  • Price $9,500.00
  • Specifications:

    • Condition: Excellent
    • Year: 1983
    • Make: Gibson
    • Model: Johnny Smith
    • Color: Sunburst
  • This is a beautiful 1983 Gibson Johnny Smith # 81063002, made in Kalamazoo before the plant was closed and production moved to Nashville. Plant manager Jim Deurloo told me in 1984 that they were making their very best archtops of the modern era then, to end the Kalamazoo era on a high note. The guitar is in excellent original condition with no issues, and has had a recent setup that enhances its playability. The pickguard was replaced in the past after the original one began deteriorating, leaving a small touch of corrosion on the treble pickup cover edge. The rest of the metal parts – tailpiece, tuners, etc.- are in excellent condition with no corrosion. The X-braced top is very clean, and the book-matched 2-piece curly maple back is lovely. The acoustic response is exceptional and very clear. The single pickup gives fullness to the natural acoustic tone plus additional volume. Comes with the OHC and 2 original packs of Gibson JS-40 strings.