My Guestbook….


Oktober 27th, 2009

Looks great, Willi and Sebastian!

Gerry Clarke

November 5th, 2009

Well done guys! The pictures are nicely presented and I’m looking forward to learning more about the timeline of developments. Thank you for doing this.

Evertt Eudy

November 19th, 2009

Hi, I have a Gibson, Sunburst Guitar, with FON# DG-2865 on the back of the tuner, Any help on value would be appreciated, Sole owner, Handed down from father, he obtained the guitar in approx. 1938-1940, been in the family ever since. Thank You.

November 26th, 2009

This collection of information will be a valuable resource, thanks for putting it together.

November 26th, 2009

I got a J=35 also, but it is not quite original anymore. It was bought about 1976 in pretty grim condition and refurbished by Mark Richard into my main guitar ever since. I think it is about a 37 to 41, but not sure as the only number on it is a the number 33 hand written in red pencil in the neck block. Natural finish, small neck heal, one piece back.

Dezember 4th, 2009


Most important would be the number stamped on the neck block. If this is faded or not present it might be difficult to date the guitar correct. When you can email me with pics I might be able to tell more and I will try to find out as good as possible.

Thanks all for the nice comments – please let them coming!


Dezember 5th, 2009


I’d be happy to help. Please drop me a message with some more info on the guitar. I’d be happy to add it to the registry as well if you can provide with pics.


Lynn Michael

Januar 29th, 2010

Willi and Sebastian,

Thank you so much for taking the time from your busy schedules to put together this registry for those of us that are such big fans of the Gibson Jumbo 35. Your commitment and willingness to share your extensive knowledge is greatly appreciated!

Lynn Michael

Januar 29th, 2010

Thanks so much for your contribution – very welcome!


Brent Hawley

Februar 23rd, 2010

Recently purchased a J-35 on E-Bay. Probably 40-42. Has natural top, 2 scalloped tone bars, Kluson tuners, rounded neck profile, origional Geib case, Very light guitar, 3 lbs – 11 oz. Powerful sound. Perfectly straight neck. The only ID is a number 11 in red pencil on the beveled neck block. Single color ivorid binding top and back. I also have 36 and 42 D-18. This guitar is as powerful volume wise. Has a brighter tone than the Martins. Last weekend’s mid-winter bluegrass festival in Denver was the first festival I’ve been to in 38 years that I didn’t bring a Martin. Friends had lots of questions. Thanks for the info you are compiling. I’m willing to provide more details if you want. Brent

Februar 23rd, 2010

Thanks for the comment – any detail of your guitar will be of interest and I’d be happy to list it here at this place if you want to provide with pics. If you have any questions please feel free to email.


Steve frost

Juni 5th, 2010

I don’t own a J-35, but I do appreciate the access to information about the. Thanks, Willi and Sebastian!

Juni 5th, 2010

Thanks for your comment, Steve!
You’re always welcome.


Allan Van Wagner

Juni 11th, 2010

Hello Willi

Good work so far and much appreciated. I notice some of the 1937 bursts are 14 1/2 frets to the body. Have you noticed any difference soundwise between these and the more standard 14 fret models?


UMGF Dylankai

Juni 11th, 2010

Hi Allen,

Thanks for your comment! Yes, there always are some differences in sound. But it will be hard to tell what impact the neck joint exactly has since the bridge and the X-brace position differ as well. Besides the various bracing patterns and X-positions I think the biggest impact has the top thickness that also varies often from one J-35 to the next one.


Dennis Berck

Juni 13th, 2010

Thanks for all of the great work!
It’s so nice having all of the info in one spot! All the best, Willi and Sebastian!

Juni 13th, 2010

Thanks, Dennis!


Bill Ross

Oktober 25th, 2010

Thanks for taking time to look up my J-35 in Gibson’s logs and entering it into the registry. It’s very cool that you have set this up.
Bill Ross

Oktober 25th, 2010

Thanks for your contribution, Bill!


April 12th, 2012

well who knew? i always thought i had a j-45,bought from a n’er do well in a bar in north beach, san francisco in 1968 for $15, as i recall…but a friend recently assured me i had a j-35 and he’s right. the tuning pegs were traded out years ago and i don’t know where the originals are. i will send a pic best as i can make out the serial # appears to be 5226G-16 with the 16 penciled in red. i hope you guys are still up and running and can tell me something about my „baby“.

April 15th, 2012

Thanks for your note, Teresa! #5226G is a J-35 batch made in 1941. Please email me with pics including the number and neck block if possible.


brendan powers

Mai 18th, 2012


I just bought a blonde „1939“ J-35 in apparently good condition. One of the best sounding guitars I’ve played. Disappointingly, I cannot see any number on the neck block, headstock or anywhere. Looking back at the website of the dealer I bought from, I now see it was listed as „c. 1939“

Does the absence of a number detract from its perceived originality?

Mai 19th, 2012

Does it have a rounded or a French heel? Three tonebars or two? Maybe there’s a FON impressed onto the neckblock but it’s faded and hard to read. Can you email pics of it taken with flashlight?


brendan powers

Juni 2nd, 2012

Hi Willi

Thanks for getting back to me.

Will take pics, but in meantime here is webpage of the guitar on the dealer’s website – I didn’t pay this price for it:

Gary Harmon

Oktober 3rd, 2012

Thanks for providing the J35 information. The one I have belonged to my FIL and he played it all the time until his death. I just got it back from a local guitar shop where they reset the bridge and put the original tuning keys back on with new buttons. The numbers inside the hole are 5226G with two red marks following. What do the two red marks signify?

Bill Draper

Januar 10th, 2013

I recently purchased a 1939 J-35 from a local collector. Very rare opportunity being local and all I got to see it, play it, discuss it before purchase….I couldn’t resist. You can imagine my excitement upon discovering the very same guitar registered here on this site….awsome! Thank you very much. The FON is EG-3674.

Jim B

März 27th, 2013

I recently aquired a 39′ J35. I’m awe struck at the sound and simple beauty of this golden era instrument. Never heard anything like it in my many years of playing. Words can’t convey my feeling for this guitar.

Brian D

Juni 6th, 2013

I was just given an old Gibson J35 serial number inside the body at neck joint is 2004, how can I determine the age of the guitar? I am fairly sure it’s from the 1930’s

August 5th, 2013

Hi Brian,
If 2004 is the only number, the guitar most likely is a banner J-45 made in 1943. If you have a pic you can email me and I take a look.


Chris Battis

Mai 5th, 2014

Back in Nashville in 1973 I was offered my choice of three clean J-35’s for $300/ea. I was trying at the time to get money together for my getaway and had to pass on the offer, which decision turned out to be one of the biggest regrets in my life.
Great website!


Juli 23rd, 2015

I own a wrecked 1939 J-35 (natural finish)currently being fixed by a professional. It has three unscalloped tonebars. There is no number appearing on the block except for „8“ in red pencil.What does it mean?
Any help appreciated.

September 5th, 2015

If there’s no batch number stamp visible it might have been faded (or hard to find?). Also no number on the back of the peghead? The red pencil number refers to the single guitar made in one particular batch. If the guitar has three tonebars and a natural finish (presuming it’s original) it is easy to date, 1939 as you already figured out.


Brian Wylie

Oktober 1st, 2015

I am the proud owner of a 1941 j-35 natural. I was curious if you know how many were made? I read all the time about how rare they are but I have no idea? I would like to join the registry too.

Oktober 2nd, 2015

About 1700 J-35s were made between 1939 and 1941 during the production time of the natural top models. It’s not possible to tell in particular how many of these were in natural finish since there are no tables left and the Gibson shipping ledger entries do not show the top finish consistently. But we can estimate that about half of these were made in natural finish meaning about 850 natural J-35 were produced.

Please email me with pics of your J-35 if you want to contribute to this registry.

Thank you,

November 16th, 2015

I have a 1938 J35 I bought in 1961 for $40 from the original owner.

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