Electric Spanish guitars: the Johnny Smith

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Gibson Guitar and Bass 1964 Guitar and Bass catalogue. Page 2. The Electric Spanish Artist series was a range of high end jazz guitars named after the guitarists that helped develop them.

The Johnny Smith Guitar was the premier guitar Gibson produced in the early and middle 1960s. Naturally it was a hollow body jazz guitar with a carved top, and very highly appointed. It was only available on special order from the Gibson custom instrument department in the main Kalamazoo plant, and was the most expensive instrument they produced it the time. The single pickup Johnny Smith cost $900 ($915 for natural finish), whilst the two pickup model, as illustrated in the image below, was $950 ($965 for natural finish).

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