Gibson Barney Kessel Ebony 1967

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  • Regular price $4,800.00


Perhaps one of the most wicked-looking instruments Gibson ever made, the Barney Kessel is certainly a rarer find, compared to its semi-hollow and hollowbodied siblings. This one has seen some shit, but rest assured, it's still sweet as hell. Refinished in Ebony black, you can still see some of the original Sunburst finish peeking out in some places on the neck. The back and sides are Maple and the top is Spruce--quite a lovely combo. With a neck of Mahogany, this guitar was designed with the ultimate tone in mind.

Its possible that it had a neck reset/reglue at some point, and there are a few cracks along the binding. We also believe it's had a previous top/binding repair at the neck joint. Also worth noting, an additional bracing has been added inside for support. All this being said, it's still very playable and totally badass.

It's loaded with a Seymour Duncan SH1N in the neck and SH6B in the bridge, with ratings of 7.38k and 15.94, respectfully. For those of us with a propensity for a notably bright treble boost when you switch over to the bridge pickup, we think you'll find this to your liking. 

Some extra specs:

  • Neck profile: C
  • Neck thickness: 0.794" and 1.037" (1st and 12th)
  • Radius: Approx. 10"
  • Nut width: 1.556"

This vintage baddie has been thoroughly looked over by one of our brilliant techs here at EMS and it'll ship securely and swiftly in the hard case pictured. Feel free to call us with any questions you may have regarding this instrument!