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1962 Gibson Barney Kessel Regular
Solid Top; Early Humbuckers; all Original except board - Sunburst
First made in 1961, only 153 of these were made in '62 (a great early year!) Fine surface checking on spruce top only; flamey maple back/sides are beautiful and have great color (the early BK's did not fade because of the red stain they used then); no bad dings or cracks; years ago, fretboard cracked and was replaced w/ an ebony dot-neck (I really cannot see any evidence of a neck reset). There is some finish missing off of back of neck, which is why I think it is the original well-worn neck. Overall VG+ condition with some crazing; The parts on this guitar are worth quite a bit more than the guitar, but I refuse to part something like this out. All original parts: correct rosewood bridge (only the "custom" model had the tuneamatic bridge!), correct BLACK bonnet knobs (the "custom" had gold to match its hardware), single-line, double-ring Kluson tuners (these are worth $900, given what they go on), early Patent Number pu’s seem to be all original braided wiring and solder (pre T-tops, worth $2000 alone and very close to the PAF's really); orange tag intact inside; Truss Rod cover says ’custom’ (original, these sell for $200); Note: guitar is pictured with a Brown/Pink Lifton case, but I have the HTF original black Gibson case with orange interior that is in EX+ condition (worth $600). I HAVE SEEN THIS SAME GUITAR SELL FOR $7k-$8k WHEN IT HAS PAF STICKERS ON THE PICKUPS!! The only real question is "how much does the replaced fingerboard de-value the guitar?"
Price: $5950 (USD)