Introduced in 1962, the Gibson Dove followed in the footsteps of the Hummingbird as another top of the range square shoulder dreadnought, also featuring an ornate engraved pick guard. This 1969 Gibson Dove is a fantastic example of a later period Dove from the tail-end of the '60s. The build of the Dove differs from that of the Hummingbird, featuring a Spruce top with cherry stained Maple back and sides, making for a brighter tone with plenty of clarity. This particular Dove has a lightly quilted Maple neck, though the neck in particular draws the eye, with a detailed and striking flame. The neck features the slimmer late '60s Gibson profile that is very comfortable to play without being too small.
This guitar features the adjustable rosewood saddle and pearl inlaid bridge found on the majority of Doves from 1968 until 1970, when the saddle became non adjustable. This 1969 Dove is finished off with German made Schaller 'G' logo Gibson tuners, split parallelogram pearl fingerboard inlays, and the traditional engraved Dove pickguard, with the pearl capped screw fittings found during this period.
This guitar is in good condition for an instrument of its age, with some obvious but not excessive signs of play wear to the top and rear of the body, as well as areas on the rear of the neck. The guitar has previously benefitted from a neck reset, but is otherwise free of repairs and is in all original condition. This guitar also includes its original case.