Gibson J-40 (1975) $750

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Songwriter extraordinaire John Hiatt once explained his preference for Gibson acoustics by praising their “syrupy” midrange. At the time, that adjective puzzled us, as we usually associate “syrupy” with big-budget romantic comedies or the entire recorded oeuvre of Celine Dion.

What does all of this have to do with this recently arrived Gibson J-40? Well, we now understand how the boosted mids and harmonically lush overtones of this mahogany and spruce beauty can be termed “syrupy,” though we’d probably still prefer the word “rich.”

Crack-free and in very good condition, this guitar sounds like it was born to strum ‘70s favorites like “Wild Horses” or Little Feat’s “Willin’”. Played loud, it remains articulate. Plucked gently with fingertips, it will inspire you to recall long-forgotten numbers like Bruce Cockburn’s “Wondering Where the Lions Are” and Hiatt’s own “Lipstick Sunset.” Replaced bridge and bridge plate and professionally resprayed top. Ships in a newer hardshell case. Sold!

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Songwriter extraordinaire John Hiatt once explained his preference for Gibson acoustics by praising their “syrupy” midrange. At the time, that adjective puzzled us, as we usually associate “syrupy” with big-budget romantic comedies or the entire recorded oeuvre of Celine Dion.

What does all of this have to do with this recently arrived Gibson J-40? Well, we now understand how the boosted mids and harmonically lush overtones of this mahogany and spruce beauty can be termed “syrupy,” though we’d probably still prefer the word “rich.”

Crack-free and in very good condition, this guitar sounds like it was born to strum ‘70s favorites like “Wild Horses” or Little Feat’s “Willin’”. Played loud, it remains articulate. Plucked gently with fingertips, it will inspire you to recall long-forgotten numbers like Bruce Cockburn’s “Wondering Where the Lions Are” and Hiatt’s own “Lipstick Sunset.” Replaced bridge and bridge plate and professionally resprayed top. Ships in a newer hardshell case. Sold!