1963 Gibson J-200N Special w/ P-90 Pickup Acoustic Guitar Used
In the early 1950s Gibson came up with the CF-100E and the J-160E, both of which had a modified P-90 mounted at the end of the fretboard, making these models two of the earliest acoustic electric flattop guitars. And if asked, Gibson would install the same pickup assembly in another model, such as this custom J-200N Special. This is not the only example we have seen but it is the only one we know of with a blonde finish, and it really shows the highly figured maple to advantage. This guitar was made in 1963 and it’s in excellent structural and cosmetic condition. The finish has very light checking and just a few very minor scuffs and nicks. The frets are original and don’t show much wear. (They have something of the “Fretless Wonder” feel to them that's typical for Gibsons from this era.) Like other J-200s from this period, this guitar has a solid bridge with no cut-outs and a Tune-o-Matic saddle. Like the J-160E it has a volume and a tone pot mounted to the top. There is a small hairline crack at the soundhole on the treble side that has been cleated (see photo). It still has its original hardshell case and its original hang tag. One side of the plastic case handle is broken and has pulled free of its bracket but otherwise the case is in excellent condition.