Gibson Style AJ

This guitar is patterned after the pre-war Gibson AJ guitar — some say the AJ was the best guitar that Gibson ever made. I have built this guitar close to the specs for the AJ/J-35/Rockbridge Slope D, except that the back and sides are Cocobolo rosewood, and the top is Adirondack spruce. The cocobolo and Adirondack are a great match in this size of guitar — it has beautiful tone and plenty of volume. It was built as a commissioned guitar, but it is definitely worth building again.

  • Cocobolo rosewood back and sides
  • Adirondack spruce top
  • 24.9" scale
  • Forward shifted, scalloped Gibson style bracing
  • Medium profile neck, 1 3/4" width at the nut
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Martin-style belly bridge
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • Curly maple binding and trim, checker backstrip
  • Herringbone rosette and purfling
  • Tortis firestrip pickguard
  • Ebony bridge pins with mother of pearl dot
  • Grover StaTite V97-N vintage style open tuners

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