First introduced in 1956 as a natural top variation of Gibson's Southern Jumbo flat top, the Gibson Country Western was one of the most popular dreadnought acoustics for Gibson throughout the '60s. This 1956 model is an amazing and rare example of a first year Gibson Country Western featuring the traditional slope shoulder body shape. The body is constructed from Sitka Spruce with Mahogany back and sides, and has a beautifully balanced sound. Gibson acoustics of this period were often lighter built and lighter braced than later models, making them more resonant and responsive than other square shoulder models. This Country Western also features the signature split parallelogram pearl inlays and crown headstock logo, which really add to its style. The guitar is also fitted with a custom ordered, factory original double pick guard, another feature that is particularly rare for Gibson Guitars from this period.
This guitar is in excellent condition for an instrument of its age, with only the most minor signs of play wear to the finish. This guitar is all original, with the only change being the lacquer shadow of the name 'Butch' that a previous owner had hand painted on the guitar. Unfortunately we've been unable to find out who Butch is, but any suggestions are welcome!