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Gibson Reintroduces Iconic Everly Brothers J-180 Acoustic Guitar

Gibson Reintroduces Iconic Everly Brothers J-180 Acoustic Guitar
Own a piece of rock 'n' roll history! Gibson's Custom Shop meticulously recreates the iconic Everly Brothers J-180 acoustic guitar, complete with "Double Moustache" pickguard and timeless sound.

Gibson proudly announces the return of the legendary Everly Brothers J-180 acoustic guitar. This meticulously crafted Custom Shop instrument boasts all the signature features of the original, including the iconic “Double Moustache” pickguard and LR Baggs electronics. If you’re searching for a piece of rock ‘n’ roll history with a stunning sound, this guitar is for you.

The Everly Brothers J-180: A Cultural Icon

The Everly Brothers J-180 holds a special place in music history. Its distinctive design and rich sound propelled Phil and Don Everly to the forefront of the rock ‘n’ roll scene in the 1960s. This latest Custom Shop reissue faithfully recreates the original’s magic, offering players a chance to own a true classic.

Gibson Everly Brothers J-180 Model
Gibson Everly Brothers J-180 Model

The “Double Moustache” and Beyond

With its “Double Moustache” tortoiseshell pickguard and star inlays, the Everly Brothers J-180 is instantly recognizable. But its appeal goes beyond aesthetics. The slightly smaller body (compared to the J-200) offers enhanced comfort and playability, making it a favourite among those who love Gibson’s jumbo sound but with a more manageable feel.

Jason Everly, Phil’s son, comments on his father’s preference: “They played J-200s… but they wanted something a little more manageable. The J-180…was also a big part of the Everly Brothers’ identity; two acoustic guitars with these double pickguards.”

Gibson Reintroduces Iconic Everly Brothers J-180 Acoustic Guitar

A Legacy Beyond Rock ‘n’ Roll

While a rock ‘n’ roll staple, the Everly Brothers J-180 also found fans in other genres. Folk legend Cat Stevens/Yusuf famously used a 1969 model on his classic albums “Tea for the Tillerman” and “Teaser and the Firecat”. Gibson released a Cat Stevens/Yusuf signature edition in 2022 to recognise his contributions.

Custom Shop Craftsmanship

The new Custom Shop Everly Brothers J-180 is a testament to Gibson’s dedication to quality and has some excellent features.

  • Sitka spruce top
  • Maple back and sides
  • SlimTaper neck with a compound dovetail joint and hot hide glue
  • 12″ radius Indian rosewood fingerboard
  • 24.75″ scale length
  • “Everly” engraved truss rod cover
  • 20 standard frets
  • Grover Rotomatic tuners with Keystone-style buttons
  • Bone nut and saddle
  • Graph Tech Tusq bridge pins
  • LR Baggs VTC pickup/preamp with hidden controls
  • Ebony finish with a gloss nitrocellulose lacquer
  • Hardshell case and Certificate of Authenticity

This latest Custom Shop reissue faithfully recreates the original guitar’s appeal, offering players a chance to own a true classic.

Jason Everly sums up the enduring appeal of this guitar, saying, “My dad would be thrilled out of his mind. It’s an exciting guitar, and it has stood the test of time.”

Price and Availability

The Gibson Everly Brothers J-180 is available to order at Thomann from $4,999. Step back in time and experience the timeless sound that shaped an era. It isn’t a cheap acoustic, but we guess it will become a pretty sought-after model in a few years.

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