Gibson SJ-100 Western guitar – U.S.A. – 1938

Gibson SJ-100 Western guitar - The Guitar Database


Acoustic Hollow Body Western guitar


Spruce top, mahogany back and sides, maple neck

Ebony fretboard


The SJ-100 was released in 1939, a year after its predecessor J-100, and had a larger mahogany body. SJ stood for ‘Super Jumbo’. The pickguard had scalloped curves and the mustache-shaped bridge was height adjustable. The ebony fingerboard was inlaid with round mother-of-pearl position dots and the headstock had Kluson tuners.
Within two years, the model was slightly changed, the body became 1cm/0.4 inch narrower, the mustache-shaped bridge was replaced by an ordinary design and the headstock was made more in line with other Gibson models. However, this guitar was taken out of production in the 1940s. In the 1970s and the 1980s, Gibson tried to relaunch the Jumbo. The design was based on that of 1939.

Last updated on 27 April 2020
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