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Old 03-25-2019, 02:20 PM
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Default Fairbanks F-40 **SOLD**

Next up! This is a really cool and awesome sounding guitar from a builder who gets - deservedly - much love on these pages. The Fairbanks F-40 is a J-185 with a couple of notable upgrades. This one has torrified top, b&s AND neck, so basically the whole thing. It's been played quite a bit for a guitar so young and has the usual collection of top indents and squiggles to show for it. Back has 2 pencil point indents, and that's it. Tone is vintage Gibson, really present, crisp and punchy but not bright, with more sustain than you'd expect from a maple guitar. Adi top is about as wide-grained as I've ever seen, and from the torrifaction process the wood is burnished to a honey color and the whole thing has this translucent shimmer. Neck is 1 3/4 with a deep C. It's chunky and I wish I had it on all my guitars. My hands are average size and it's really easy to control. Guitar is perfectly set up and plays fast & easy.

For reference, the same guitar acouple of serial numbers removed. Identical tone: https://thenorthamericanguitar.com/p...ple-red-spruce

The specs:
Built April, 2016
Highly figured maple b&s
Adi top
Neck - Mahogany w/ ebony h/s
Fretboard - Madagascar w/ parallelograms
Tuners - Period-correct Kluson gold w/ pearloid buttons
16" lower bout
1 3/4 nut
2 5/32 string spacing
24.625" scale length
4 3/4 depth at tail

$3650 (4/12)

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Old 03-26-2019, 03:07 PM
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This one says custom on label - Iím thinking from the torrifaction- so thereís that....
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Man, Robert, each one you post is better than the previous!
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Old 03-27-2019, 06:47 AM
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Thank you, Jeff! This is not your overbuilt maple of yesteryear. It's light, with a thinner top. You get that maple crispness with a little more depth to it. And for guys who don't like a "white" guitar, this is not that!
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some detail:





And who doesn't love some Maltese crosses on their guitar!

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Old 03-28-2019, 09:44 AM
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Gorgeous! If I didnít have a vintage J-185, Iíd be all over this. Gibsonís best acoustic model, if you ask me.

Someone will be lucky!
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Old 03-29-2019, 09:31 AM
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Gorgeous! If I didnít have a vintage J-185, Iíd be all over this. Gibsonís best acoustic model, if you ask me.

Someone will be lucky!
Hey, thanks for that, Everett!

I've been asked about trades (naturally) and wouldn't be opposed to at least discussing if you've got a cool small-bodied, preferably slothead, sunburst....I don't think I'm asking too much....
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Full shot of guitar w/ case plus pic of perfect break angle. Two additional saddles Dale made for this guitar are in case pocket. One on guitar is the middle of the three:

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Hi I love the way Fairbanks guitars sound.
I have a Petros FS for sale or trade on AGF. I think your in NJ, I'm in Phila area. If you would be interested in a trade we are close enough to try each guitar.

I'm basically looking for a short scale 14 fret ooo possible cutaway, but the Fairbanks tone has my interest.
Let me know, Thanks.
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Final Four discount, price lowered to $3900. Willing to listen to respectful offers. You don't find this model Fairbanks on every street corner....
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Beautiful early spring Sunday bump for you maple lovers....
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This one gives you that nice dry crispness and click under your fingernails that you only get from maple....
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Will try a little harder - price dropped to $3650 for this absolutely killer piece of Gibson-y vintageness.
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Wow.... Fairbanks is one of the best.. I should know, I have one... Would love to have another..
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Hi roberts,
Can you tell me the width at the 14th fret?
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