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1969 Gibson B-15 Small Body OM Size Student Model Spruce Pro Setup Original Soft Case
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Today Lawman Guitars is Presenting..
A really cool Vintage Gibson Guitar. It’s a 1969 Gibson B-15 with the original Gibson Soft Shell Case. Made in the Gibson Kalamazoo MI plant! A time capsule for sure..
I have never had one of the B Model Gibson guitars. I wasn’t even sure what this guitar was at first. I think we all assume its one of the LGO Models but it isn’t. It was what Gibson deemed back in the day as their Student Model Guitar. They were made from 1967 thru 1970. This one is identified as a 1969 from the serial number stamped into the back of the headstock.
The guitar is in really great shape. It has lots of finish crazing and pick scratches but no damage or cracks on this old timer. Great neck angle. We had Jeff the Tech go over it and it now plays with awesome low action that is a real pleasure to experience. No sore fingers with this one. The frets are in great shape and its all original from the tuners, to the adjustable bridge. The original black pickguard is not lifting nor is the bridge. Even the bridge pins are the ones that came with this guitar. We put a new set of 12 gauge Phosphorus Bronze strings on it and it sounds great. Lots of volume from the smaller 14 ½ inch wide body. It has a 1 5/8 inch nut and it only weighs 4 lbs 4 ozs. What a fun guitar to play.
Heres some info we found on the internet regarding these cool Gibson Guitars….
In 1967, the B-15 became the last model of the B series Gibson introduced. It featured a mahogany body, [spruce] top, rosewood fingerboard, and natural finish. Gibson also referred to the B-15 as a "student model" and manufactured it through 1970.
The Gibson B-15 was the last of the small-bodied B series (except for the 500 or so B-20s) with which Gibson briefly replaced the LG series. It was introduced in 1967, perhaps as a kind of travel guitar for the last of the hippie/folk music market of the 1960s and early ‘70s.
The B-15 had a ladder-braced unbound spruce top and mahogany back, sides, and neck; a simple one-stripe rosette; and a large rectangular rosewood bridge with an adjustable saddle and white bridge pins. The 14/20-fret rosewood fingerboard with dot inlay, narrow headstock with a decal logo and three-on-a-plate nickel open tuners, and black teardrop pickguard.
The little B-15’s smaller dimensions (14 1/2” lower bout, with a 24 ¾” scale) and laminated mahogany back and sides still provided both strength and resonance, allowing it to play with power despite its size. It was produced exclusively in a natural satin finish until it was discontinued in 1970.
This is a great little guitar that is the right size for what’s popular now. Seems everyone is looking at the Concert size guitars. This 14 ½ inch body certainly qualifies for that. And its almost 50 years old now! How cool is that?
Check out the original Gibson Soft Shell Case that came with this one. No Gibson logo on it but it’s the Gibson Brown interior so we know it goes with this guitar. The case is as nice as the guitar. All latches, hinges and original handle are still with it. No funny odors or issues with this cool case. Only the accessory box lid is missing. Cool case for your cool Gibson guitar!
Sold as-is no returns as it used and vintage. However, I have been hand picking my customers guitars for almost 20 years now and they all loved the instruments I found for them. This cool Gibson will certainly not be an exception.
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Lawman Mike at Lawman Guitars