Introduced in 1942, the Gibson Southerner Jumbo was designed as a more deluxe version of the J-45. The model went through a number of spec changes throughout the '40s and '50s, with the natural top SJN model being introduced in 1954 and later rebranded to the Country Western. Throughout this time, the Southerner Jumbo remained one of the companies flagship flat top guitars, and has been a favourite of collectors and players ever since. This 1944 Gibson Southerner Jumbo is a fantastic example from Gibson's war time production period.
This so called 'banner' model features the "Only a Gibson is good enough" headstock banner logo, and is constructed from a Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides. Featuring scalloped X bracing and a rosewood belly down bridge, this guitar is extremely open and resonant, with the Mahogany top giving it a fuller, bassier sound than a spruce top model.
The neck profile is a comfortable, more rounded 'baseball bat' style profile, as opposed to the 'V' profile found on earlier Gibson instruments. The fretboard is made from Rosewood, as opposed to other woods such as Sweet Gum which are sometimes seen on war-time production models. This Southerner Jumbo also features the signature split parallelogram pearl inlays and teardrop celluloid pick guard found on earlier examples.
This guitar is in very good condition cosmetic condition, with lacquer checking and patina commensurate with its age. This guitar is in original condition, with no signs of any repair work to speak of. This guitar also includes its original 5 latch case.