This group consists of a '63 blond, a '68 black, and a '69 blond with a "Marlo Thomas" pickguard.
Gibson Everly Brothers
In the rush of musical creativity that was the late 1950s, perhaps the most charming sound came from two lads from Tennessee — the Everly Brothers.
Sons of country entertainer Ike Everly, the boys were among the leading rock-and-roll heartthrobs of their age, from 1958 into the early Beatles era, the two harmonized sweetly on songs written by pop tunesmith Boudleaux Bryan, including "All I Have To Do Is Dream," "Let It Be Me," and the uptempo "Wake Up, Little Susie."
Evoking a scrubbed-up image that paved the way for pop stars like Lennon and McCartney and the Beach Boys, part of the Everlys' persona was a unique Gibson acoustic. Produced from 1962 to '71, these jumbo flat-tops evolved from the J-200 and J-185, but stood out thanks to their oversized symmetrical pickguards, moustache bridges, and varied styles of fingerboard inlays.
The Everly Brothers model had the oversized pickguards (until in '69, when they were made smaller), a star-shaped pearl inlay on the headstock that replaced the typical Gibson crown inlay, and star inlays on the fingerboard. Interesting variations appeared in the finishes (including stained sides and back), the bridge, and other details that sometimes defy the reckoning of experts. However, certain early models differ from the catalog in minor details such as colors and types of wood or cloud inlays in place of star inlays on the fingerboard.
Such interesting wrinkles create the opportunity for traders to bring high-than-book prices for these unique, one-of-a-kind guitars. — James Parker
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