Gibson Flattop Model Information

Advanced Jumbo

Introduced: 1935 - 1940, reissued 1990 Dimensions: 16 1/16 “ Wide Round shoulder Scale Length: 25.5 inches Bracing: X with 2 Tone Bars
Body: Spruce Top, Rosewood back and Sides white binding Neck: Mahogany V shape neck white binding vertical diamond and arrowhead peghead inlay
Finish: Dark Brown Sunburst

Notes: One of the first Round Shoulder 16” Flattop’s from Gibson

Dove

Introduced: 1962 to Present
Dimensions: 16 ¼” Wide Square Shoulder
Scale Length: 25 1/2 inches
Bracing: X
Body: Spruce Top, Maple back and sides - white binding around front and back
Neck: Mahogany white binding Twin parallelogram inlays - crown peg inlay on front of headstock
Finish: Natural and Sunburst
Hardware: Tune-o-Matic bridge in a rosewood base with inlayed dove wings
Pickguard: Mother of Pearl dove inlayed on a 3 point celuloid shape pickguard
1964 Gibson Dove
J-45 and J-50

Introduced: 1942 to Present
Dimensions: 16 1/8 “ Wide Round Shoulder
Scale Length: 24 ¾ inches
Bracing: X
Body: Spruce Top, Mahogany back and Sides white binding
Some with Mahogany tops and or Maple back and
sides in the 1940’s
Neck: Mahogany - some 40’s have maple - neck no binding
Dot inlays 19 frets then 20 in 1955
Finish: Dark Brown Sunburst - J-50 natural top

Notes: 1942 – 1946. Referred to as "banner" because the peghead
has a banner: “Only a Gibson is Good Enough”.
Teardrop pickguard then 1955 long pickguard with
point at upper bout.
J-185

Introduced: 1951 to 1959
Dimensions: 16 1/8 “ Wide 4 7/8” deep
Scale Length: 24 ¾ inches
Bracing: X
Body: Spruce Top, Maple back and Sides white binding
Neck: Mahogany white binding - 20 frets rosewood
fingerboard. Twin parallelogram inlays
Finish: Dark Brown Sunburst - or natural
Hardware: Gold – long 3 point pickguard
top belly bridge with Maltese pearl inlays on each wing.

Notes: Modeled after the J-200, but smaller in size
Hummingbird


Introduced: 1960 to Present
Dimensions: 16 ¼ “ Wide Square Shoulder
Scale Length: 24 3/4 inches
Bracing: X
Body: Spruce Top, Mahogany back and sides -
white binding around front and back
Neck: Mahogany – rosewood fingerboard with
white binding
Twin parallelogram inlays - crown peg inlay
on front of headstock
Finish: Natural and Sunburst
Hardware: Adjustable white ceramic
insert on top of top belly bridge
Pickguard: Engraved Hummingbird with blossoms
and ferns on a large celluloid pickguard

Notes: Some maple back and side long scale models in early
60’s.
Sounthern Jumbo (SJ, SJN Country Western)

Introduced: 1942 to Present
Dimensions: 16 1/8 “ Wide Round Shoulder
Scale Length: 24 ¾ inches
Bracing: X
Body: Spruce Top, Rosewood back and sides then 1943
Mahogany back and Sides white binding
Some with Mahogany tops and or Maple back and
sides in the 1940’s
Neck: Mahogany - some 40’s have maple - no binding
1947 white binding - 19 frets then 20 in 1955
Twin parallelogram inlays
Finish: Dark Brown Sunburst - SJN natural top

Notes: 1942 – 1946. Referred to as "banner" because the peghead
has a banner: “Only a Gibson is Good Enough”.
Teardrop pickguard then 1955 long pickguard with
point at upper bout.