Great Acoustics: John Prine’s 1939 Gibson Super 400N

From the November/December 2020 issue of Acoustic Guitar | By Greg Olwell A few archtops were larger and some were glitzier, but all were trying to top the standard set by the stunning Gibson Super 400. Having an 18-inch lower bout and decorated with Gibson’s most premium appointments and hardware, the Super 400 surpassed the L-5…



Introducing the Gibson Coated Phosphor Bronze Acoustic Guitar Strings

Sponsored by Gibson: Developed and approved by our team of Master Luthiers, Gibson Coated Phosphor Bronze Strings are factory specification at the Gibson Acoustic facility in Bozeman, MT.  These strings feature a high-carbon steel, hex-shaped core wrapped in phosphor bronze that is very thinly coated with a proprietary polymer. The…


THIS GIVEAWAY ENDS OCTOBER 31, 2019 Two lucky winners will chosen! Prizes assigned at random. Introducing the Gibson Generation G-45.  Hand-built in our Bozeman, Montana factory using time-tested Gibson build techniques like hide-glued dovetail neck joints and domed top braces along with modern specs like slimmer body depths and Advanced…

Introducing the Gibson G-45 Series Collection

Sponsored by Gibson: G-45 Studio: A New Point of Entry into a Gibson Acoustic The G-45 Studio is designed to provide the perfect mix of tone, performance, and traditional Gibson style for all players and every stage. It is hand-built in our Bozeman, Montana factory using time-tested Gibson build techniques like…


Beyond Rosewood: 12 Mid-Priced Alt-Wood Guitars

Our pitch to makers was simple: Send us a guitar that uses no rosewood and has a real-world cost of $500–$1,500. Since some makers have many models that qualify, we limited each brand to one guitar of any shape or size, with or without electronics or a cutaway. Laminated and solid woods were okay, but no composites such as carbon fiber (that’s a roundup for another time). What you’ll see over the following pages are a dozen acoustic guitars, presented alphabetically, that show off some of the delightful choices available in this popular price range.


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The Importance of a Strong Bridge Glue Joint

I play a Gibson LG-0 that my mother handed down to me—she got it as a teenager in the ’60s. It’s a great guitar and in pretty killer shape considering all it’s seen. A few months ago, I noticed that the bridge was pulling up. (I can get a piece…

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Gibson Files for Bankruptcy

The bankruptcy filing does not mean the end of the celebrated guitar maker. A Chapter 11 bankruptcy, like the one filed by Gibson Brands, Inc., is a way for the company to not die.



Banner headstock of a Gibson J-45 Vintage

Review: Gibson’s J-45 Vintage Is a Winning Workhorse [VIDEO]

Some skeptical guitarists might see phrases like “thermally cured” and “hide glue” as mere marketing tools, but there’s no denying that the J-45 Vintage has a full, rich voice with excellent definition and note separation. When I play it in the Carter style, I’m struck both by the depth of the bass notes and the crispness of the chordal accents. When I pick some G runs, I’m taken with the string-to-string balance and the thickness of the single notes.

Gibson Takes AG Behind the Velvet Rope at NAMM 2016

Don Ruffatto, product manager at Gibson Guitars, got some AG editors behind the velvet rope Friday at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. And what they saw blew their minds. In this gallery, Ruffatto, shrouded in a purple glow much like Prince in Paradise, shows off Gibson’s one-of-a-kind Monarch Crown…