The '70s may be notorious as a decade we’d rather forget—a time of big bellbottoms and even bigger muttonchop sideburns. A time when a porn-star mustache was practically a de rigeur accessory. A time when guitars (and automobiles and appliances and everything else) produced in America were of, shall we say, spotty quality.
So, let’s face facts — Gibson acoustics from that era are somewhat inconsistent. They have those unmistakably big flared headstocks, and were arguably overbraced. But most of us have encountered Gibsons from that decade that sound great. This guitar falls into the latter category.
The Gospel was designed to provide accompaniment for vocalists and is characterized by a clear, unfussy voice, with an emphasis on the fundamental tones. We have found that the unusual arched back lends the guitar a bit of burly, Guild-style projection. The Gospel also features a maple neck, laminated maple back and sides, a spruce top, and tortoiseshell-style binding and pickguard. This example has some of the lacquer checking that is commonly found on Gibsons from this era, and a couple of minor top cracks that we cleated and have since monitored to ensure that they are stable.
So there you have it. This cool and affordable Gibson has just the right amount of wear and would be ideal for campfire strumming, festival jam sessions, praise and worship performances, and the recording studio. Ships in a new chipboard case.