Gibson J30

Gibson J-30 Flat Top ( 1985-1997 ) Gibson J 30 acoustic flat top guitar

The Gibson J 30 originated in 1985 , the guitar is a dreadnought size flat top acoustic 15 15/16″ wide , square shoulders , teardrop pickguard , mahogany back and sides ( bound back and top ) , the fingerboards were made of rosewood and had dot in lays , decal logo , plastic tuner buttons and were available in sunburst finishes . In 1989 gibson started making the J30 in natural finishes , in 1993 they made them with pearl logos , and in 1994 the Gibson J30 was renamed the J 30 Montana.   J 30 Guitars were discontinued in 1997 .

In 1989 the acoustic production started at the Bozeman plant and they started using 001 to 299 in their last digits of their serial numbers on their acoustic guitars and for prototypes .

This is one of my favorite guitars that I have owned and played regularly for the last 8 years.  Essentially a stripped down Gibson Hummingbird, these guitars have largely gone under the radar. Plays well with low and fast action and a big mahogany sound not unlike a Martin D 18.  The tuners were replaced prior to my purchase and have been upgraded to chrome Schaller tuners as seen in the images.  An under saddle passive pickup was luthier installed several years ago as well.  The guitar sounds great in acoustic mode as well as plugged in.  I often used this guitar for playing out.

The condition of the guitar is what I would consider good player grade condition.  There are several cracks in the top, back and sides that were repaired prior to my purchase.  I have attempted to capture these in the pictures though they are not easy to see.  These have been stable since I have owned the guitar. There is no noticeable detriment to the sound of the guitar.  There are also several chips in the finish that have been repainted.  Again, this is a player’s guitar.  When the tuners were installed, the finish cracked under one of the tuners as well.  You can see it in the pictures.  Looks great from 10 feet and has a killer Johnny Cash vibe to it, but please be aware of these cosmetic imperfections prior to making an offer.

Overall great guitar that I have held close for many years, now up for sale.

Ethyl’s Garage, we’ll take you back!

Condition: Used
Exterior Color: Black
Year: 1989

Our Price: $1,450