NO RESERVE. The Gibson Everly Brothers flattop, produced from 1962 through 1972, is one of the rarest and collectible models Gibson offered during the 1960s. It has a curvaceous jumbo body similar to the J-185 and boasts flashy cosmetic features that include star-shaped peghead and fretboard inlays, a shiny jet black finish, and a pair of oversized pickguards that cover a good portion of the guitar’s top. That latter feature was also considered one of its biggest flaws as the large pickguards somewhat inhibited the top’s vibration and projection.
This custom Gibson Everly Brothers guitar is a hybrid of sorts, featuring the elaborately engraved and inlaid pickguard from Gibson’s Dove model (which enhances top vibration), but it also features the Dove’s oversized moustache bridge with inset Tune-o-matic saddles that make the tone somewhat thin and metallic.
Despite a few design quirks, this lovely one-of-a-kind guitar was the inspiration for the limited edition Gibson Custom Shop J-180/Dove made during the 1990s.
Serial number: 900154
Top: Spruce, black finish
Back and sides: Maple
Bridge: Rosewood moustache pin with inset chrome-plated Tune-o-matic bridge
Tuners: Enclosed chrome-plated Kluson Deluxe with tulip-shaped metal buttons