1967 Gibson USA Barney Kessel Regular Jazz Guitar

From the “Blue Book”


– symmetrical sharp double Florentine cutaway body, laminated spruce top (1961-63) or laminated maple top (1963-1973), laminated maple back and sides, two f-holes, three-ply top and back body binding, set one-piece mahogany neck, 20-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl split parallelogram inlays, bound black-painted headstock with pearl Gibson logo and pearl crown inlay, three-per-side Kluson Deluxe tuners, rosewood-based bridge with a compensated saddle, trapeze tailpiece with raised diamond and rosewood shield plastic Barney Kessel nameplate, raised five-ply pickguard with a beveled edge, two humbucker pickups, four amber knobs (two v, two tone), three-way pickup switch, jack on side of body, nickel hardware, available in Black or Cherry Sunburst finish, 17 in. body width, 21 in. body length, 3 in. body depth, 25.5 in. scale, total production of 1,117 instruments, mfg. 1961-1973.

From “Me!”

Arrived  – in an original – if slightly battered – Grey Gibson Hard Case with typical Orange interior.  This guitar is in excellent condition considering that it’s 45 years old! – Some relatively light lacquer checking, one or two cracks and chips, but nothing major, only one area of lacquer that’s typical “buckle rash” damage.  It does have a Model correct “Custom” trussrod cover, but the Gibson Orange Sticker and spec suggest that it is a “Regular” model.  The neck is slim and slinky, the frets are low and fast (seems typical of all late 60’s early ’70’s Gibsons).  Rosewood fretboard is pretty unmarked, frets are original, pots and electrics are all original functional and crackle free.