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Gibson B-25

Flat top acoustic guitar

The Gibson B-25 and Natural finished B-25N launched in 1962, first appearing in Gibson price lists dated 15th October 1962, with a price of $135. it was an attractive guitar, small bodied, with a large pointed scratchplate; moderately priced, and one that sold in good numbers in the mid 1960s. The B-25 was built exclusively at the Gibson Kalamazoo plant (Michigan, USA), with a total of 36669 guitars shipping in the period 1962-1977. The B-25/B-25N actually replaced the LG-2 and LG-3 models, having identical dimensions and construction: the LG-2 / B-25 having a Cherry Sunburst top, and the LG-3 / B-25N a Natural top. Actually it's not completely clear when the model code, was re-designated from LG to B; shipping data for 1961 and 1962 lumps the models together, but according to Gibson price lists it is certainly between September 1961 and October 1962. The model was renamed yet again (with a few modifications) in 1971 as the B25 Deluxe (see below).

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The Gibson B-25 was described as follows in the 1966 Gibson catalog

A grand concert flat top guitar with rich, mellow tone, extra power and deep resonance... more compact and easier to hold then jumbo models. FEATURES: Has a slim, fast, low-action one-piece Honduras mahogany neck with adjustable truss rod. Selected spruce top. Rosewood fingerboard and special adjustable bridge. Pearl dot inlays, large tortoise shell fingerrest and chrome-plated enclosed machine heads. 14 3/4” wide, 19” long, 4 1/2” deep; 24 3/4” inch scale, 20 frets.

Gibson B-25 variants

A companion twelve string model, the B-25-12 was also launched in 1962, selling over 10000 guitars over the period of production. As with the LG-2 3/4, there was also a 3/4 scale B-25 3/4 / B-25N 3/4, with a much narrower body waist, but priced identically to the full size version. Many Gibson guitars of the 1960s had a directly analogous Epiphone model, built side by side at the Kalamazoo plant. In this case, the Gibson B-25 was effectively the same guitar as the Epiphone Cortez.

Gibson B-25 Deluxe

The B-25 was evolving over the time of its production, and by 1970 the B-25 had a three-piece laminated mahogany neck. But the biggest changes occurred in 1971 when the model was significantly redesigned and given a new name, the Gibson B-25 Deluxe. Although the body dimensions, scale, and choice of woods remained, the Deluxe had a new 'symmetrical' bracing design, French heel and now a non-adjustable bridge, "to give you the purest flattop tone" - a design that "compliments the exclusive symmetrical bracing of the guitar". Fore more about these structural changes, see the 1971 Gibson Flattops catalog. Cosmetic changes at this point included the move to a smaller pickguard design, and an increase in the number of purfling rings around the soundhole.

Gibson B-25 shipping totals

A total of 36669 Gibson B-25 were shipped from the Kalamazoo plant over 15 years of production, with 1965 being the peak year. The final inclusion of the B-25 / B-25N in a Gibson price list was May 1974, although some limited production occurred through to 1977. The break down of shipping statistics by year and finish are as follows.

1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 TOTAL
B-25 1112 1199 1987 2210 1511 2846 2592 1458 976 615 286 25 2 121 16 1 16957
B-25N 819 1640 2781 3757 3419 2886 1324 1131 889 638 237 12 1 157 16 5 19712
TOTAL 1931 2839 4768 5967 4930 5732 3916 2589 1865 1253 523 37 3 278 32 6 36669

Gibson B-25 catalog appearances

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1966 Epiphone FT-45N Cortez Vintage X Braced Acoustic Guitar Gibson-Made, B-25N

1966 Epiphone FT-45N Cortez Vintage X Braced Acoustic Guitar Gibson-Made, B-25N

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1966 Epiphone Cortez FT-45N in exceptional, crack-free condition and in perfect working order. Crafted by Gibson in their Kalamazoo, MI factory, this is a particularly clean and well cared for example of the FT-45N Cortez. Essentially the same guitar as Gibson's B-25N yet with a different headstock shape and pickguard, the Cortez boasts X-braced construction and delivers a powerful sound. Offering a tonal depth and projection that belies the body size, this Epiphone is very ... more
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1962 Gibson B-25

1962 Gibson B-25

Loveland, Ohio, 451**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1962 Gibson B-25, Cherry Sunburst, Thin guard, Brazilian bridgewith ceramic insert, Wide at the nut, Single line Kluson tuners, Nice playingand really fine sounding, VG++, Original soft case.... more
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Gibson B-25-12 1967 w / Hard case. Unfaded Cherry Sunburst. Beautiful Checking

Gibson B-25-12 1967 w / Hard case. Unfaded Cherry Sunburst. Beautiful Checking

Dallastown, Pennsylvania, 173**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This guitar is a perfect example of what a 12 string should be. It has a deep and full tone with a very playable action. It is hard to come by vintage Gibsons that retain their color as well as this. This item is a must have for guitar enthusiasts.
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Very Cool  1964 Vintage Gibson B25 Natural Acoustic Guitar in Case

Very Cool 1964 Vintage Gibson B25 Natural Acoustic Guitar in Case

Van Nuys, California, 914**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Very Cool 1964 Vintage Gibson B25 Natural Acoustic Guitar in Case. All original, No broken parts, Original bridge. Some Coating wear on the back of the neck. Straight neck, low strings action. The guitar produce amazing deep sound. Comes in the nice case.... more
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1970 Gibson B-25 Sunburst X-Braced Vintage Acoustic Guitar

1970 Gibson B-25 Sunburst X-Braced Vintage Acoustic Guitar

Sonoma, California, 954**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1970 Gibson B-25 vintage acoustic guitar with a Sunburst finish. This guitar is in great shape for its age and plays wonderfully. It has just been professionally setup and there are zero issues. It has been very well cared for all its life
Great condition overall. There's light finish checking all over with no cracks. There are some minor scuffs throughout. Some small fingerwear just below the pickguard. The bridge is solid and has been reglued. All binding looks perfect with some usual ... more
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GIBSON 1960S 12 STRING GUITAR B-25-12-N (FC1007418)

GIBSON 1960'S 12 STRING GUITAR B-25-12-N (FC1007418)

Ionia, Michigan, 488**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


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1964 Gibson B-25 Acoustic Guitar Natural Spruce Top Rosewood Fingerboard

1964 Gibson B-25 Acoustic Guitar Natural Spruce Top Rosewood Fingerboard

Ashland, Massachusetts, 017**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is an absolutely MINT, 1964 Gibson B-25 N Acoustic Guitar. I am the original owner and only used it for a year of guitar lessons and a failed attempt at a small folk group. This true ??Closet Queen?? has been carefully cared for since the 1960??s and stored in a climate controlled non-smoking home. The Gibson Serial Number is 248512 All original??no cracks, dings, repairs, or loose braces. All solid wood construction and the neck is straight as an arrow. Recently professionally set up and ... more
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1966 Gibson B-25-12N Natural w / Gig Bag

1966 Gibson B-25-12N Natural w / Gig Bag

Burbank, California, 915**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1966 Gibson B-25-12N In Natural Finish
This Guitar Is Located At Imperial VIntage Guitars Sherman Oaks
In Very Good Overall Condition (Please See Photos)
Finish Shows Cosmetic Playwear Throughout
Added Strap Button On Heel
Changed Tailpiece
Hairline Cracks On Treble Side Near Heel And Sound Hole As Shown
Extra Screw Hole
Original Frets Have Plenty Of Life Left
Straight Neck With Low Action
2" Nut Width
Neck Depth At 1st Fret: 0 88 "
Neck Depth At 12th Fret: 1... more
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1964 Gibson RB250 5-String Banjo w / OHSC

1964 Gibson RB250 5-String Banjo w / OHSC

Delafield, Wisconsin, 530**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1964 Gibson RB250 Bowtie original 5-string 20-hole flathead with original Lifton hardshell case. Serial number is faint but appears to be 18923(4?). The 3-ply rim is ~ 0 587" below the flange
Recent work done by Frank Neat includes installing 5-Star 5th string tuner and nut, dressed frets. installed spikes at 7 & 9, and, touch-up where a Pittman / Ode sliding capo was installed
The original Kluson tuners have, at least two, deteriorating plastic washers between the housing and ... more
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Ferndale, Michigan, 482**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here we have a very fine 1965 Gibson B-25 acoustic in superb all original condition. This 58 year old Gibson is a 1 owner heirloom and was brought in the shop by the family along with 2 banjos. The guitar is structurally very solid and quite clean with just some light honest wear. There is very light laquer checking thru most of the finish
The instrument has no cracks in the wood and no repairs except for a hairline crack in the bridge that was fixed by our best luthier, cannot even be seen ... more
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1965 Hofner President

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1963 1964 Fender catalog

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1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

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