The Johnny Smith in Gibson catalogues

Vintage catalogues featuring the Johnny Smith electric acoustic 1962-1983

Johnny Smith description | Catalogue appearances

After the models debut in 1961, the Gibson Johnny Smith guitar appeared in numerous Gibson catalogues. The dual pickup model was first included in the 1964 'Gibson Electrics' catalogue. In chronological order...

1962 Gibson electric guitar and bass catalogue

The 1962 Gibson electric guitar catalogue was the first to include the Johnny Smith guitar; part of the Electric Spanish artist series of high-end archtop jazz guitars. Only the single pickup model is listed

1964 Gibson electric guitar and bass catalogue

The 1964 Gibson electrics catalogue lists both the single and double pickup versions of the Johnny Smith guitar.

This new artist's guitar offers the most perfect combination of acoustic response and electric amplification ever produced. An entirely new humbucking pickup and new method of mounting were designed to produce the purest tone amplification without restricting the acoustic response of the carved top

1966 Gibson electric guitar and bass catalogue

From the 1966 Gibson electric guitar and bass catalogue

A unique instrument to satisfy the most discriminating guitarist

1970 Gibson Electric Acoustics catalogue

From the 1970 electric acoustics catalogue

This Gibson Artist model offers the finest in acoustical response and electronic amplification. Humbucking pickups and electronic controls are specially mounted to produce pure tones without restricting acoustic response

1975 Gibson Custom Order and Electric Acoustics catalogue

From the 1975 Gibson custom order and electric acoustics catalogue

The J-S guitars powerful Humbucking pickup is mounted to the neck of the instrument. This allows the acoustical body to resonate freely for a rich, full-bodied sound

1978 Gibson catalogue

The minimalist 1978 electrics catalogue entitled Quality / Prestige / Innovation

This new artist's guitar offers the most perfect combination of acoustic response and electronic amplification ever produced. An entirely new humbucking pickup and new method of mounting were designed to produce tho purest tone amplification without restricting the acoustic response of the curved top

1980 Gibson catalogue

The 1980 Gibson catalogue. In the 1978 and '79 catalogues the Johnny Smith is named JS for single pickup, and JSD for dual pickup guitars

This 1981 UK catalogue was produced by UK distributors Rosetti, and included the entire Gibson guitar line of the time

1983 Gibson catalogue

From the 1983 Gibson catalogue

The Gibson Johnny Smith model is the namesake of one of the most extraordinary musicians of the 20th century. Slightly smaller than the L-5CES, the Johnny Smith (JS-D) utilzes a different system of bracing. The upper register of the neck is flush with the top and attaches to the soundboards interior bracing for optimum response and additional sustain. The top resonates freely. And the results are light action and sure response in a pure sounding guitar

 

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