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Vintage guitars for sale: Gibson Barney Kessel

Barney Kessel was a jazz guitar legend. And the Gibson Barney Kessel was a jazz guitar fit for such a legend. Only produced in small numbers in the 1960s and early 1970s, as part of Gibson's 'Artist Series'; finding a Gibson Barney Kessel for sale is not always easy. But they really are superb guitars, revered amongst musicians and guitar collectors. There were two variants, both pretty similar in playability, but with differing levels of 'bling': the Barney Kessel Regular, and (with gold-plated hardware) the Barney Kessel Custom. There were several good-quality Barney Kessel-style copies produced (primarily in Japan) in the early 1970s, and many of these are pretty good guitars too. But none come close to a real Gibson Barney Kessel. If you are in the market for a full-body electric acoustic Jazz guitar and find one available near you, check it out!

1968 Gibson Barney Kessel Std. a 1-off factory Left Handed & quite Minty !

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This is an exceptional example of a Barney Kessel Regular model that was very special ordered in a Left Handed format from new in 1968. Its stunning vibrant Cherry Sunburst finish shows off its very well figured maple top, back & sides. Its 1 piece mahogany neck feels fabulous & plays delightfully. It got a powerful set of pat. # Sticker Humbucking pickups. These have cool 17?? wide, full depth bodies with double pointed Florintine cutaways, tun-a-matic bridge, trapeze tailpiece with ... more

1963 Gibson Barney Kessel Custom - Spruce top - Cherry Sunburst

Greenville, South Carolina, 296**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


This 1963 Gibson Barney Kessel is one of the more desirable early model with a spruce top, long heel neck joint, and features all original electronics with early patent decal pickups which are internally exactly the same as late PAFs. These pickups have never been opened. The pots and jack are all original with the original shielding canisters. The finish is all original and has the darker cherry color that I've only seen on some others from 1963 which makes me think they may all be from the ... more




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