The Gibson Dove, first introduced in 1962, was a top-of-the-line square-shoulder dreadnought guitar, following in the footsteps of the Hummingbird. Sporting an ornate engraved pickguard, the Dove quickly gained popularity among musicians of the time seeking a high-end acoustic instrument.
This 1965 Gibson Dove is a wonderful example of a mid-'60s Dove from the first few production years of the model, boasting a vintage charm and plenty of tonal character. Unlike the Hummingbird, the Dove features a Spruce top with cherry stained Maple back and sides, which provides a brighter, more articulate tone with great dynamic response. The guitar's resonance and clarity is a quintessential example of a maple bodied Gibson flat top.
The neck features the narrow 1 9/16ths nut width that Gibson transitioned to in 1965, offering a slim, comfortable playing feel. Other deluxe appointments include the original waffle back tuners, split parallelogram pearl fingerboard inlays, and adjustable tune-o-matic nylon saddle set in a rosewood bridge with pearl dove inlay. This guitar also features an uncommon black lacquered 'stinger' at the neck heel.
This 1965 Gibson Dove is in very good condition for an instrument of its age, with only minor signs of play wear on the top, back, neck, and headstock. The pickguard has been replaced with a modern repro at some point in its life, with the outline of the original pickguard visible around the edge. Otherwise, this guitar is internally and externally original, and includes its original yellow lined Gibson hard case.