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The Gibson Everly Brothers Acoustic Guitar

Updated on August 3, 2017
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Wesman Todd Shaw started playing the guitar when he was 12 years old. He loves nothing more than to pick one up and pluck some strings.

The Everly Brothers And Their Gibson Acoustic Guitars

The Everly Brothers, "Bye Bye Love" and Gibson Acoustic Guitars

The Everly Brothers

Phil and Don Everly, otherwise known as The Everly Brothers, pretty much set the world on fire for a while with their country influenced American rock and roll music and their harmony singing. It's important to note that the music of The Everly Brothers was not British Invasion style rock and roll music at all - but was purely American.

The British Invasion rock and roll music was often based on rural African American blues, or early American rock and roll artists such as Elvis Presley or Buddy Holly. But The Everly Brothers produced music that might have been influenced in ways by their contemporaries such as Elvis or Buddy Holly - but their music was theirs, and no one else's.

The Everly Brothers created their music with ferocious amounts of rhythm guitar playing all done on acoustic steel string guitars made by the American guitar giant, the Gibson Guitar Company.

The Music Of The Everly Brothers

The music of The Everly Brothers is so classic as to be timeless, and Don and Phil Everly have been inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame, of course, but their style deserves some consideration. Their vocal harmonies were and are what is considered close harmony style - which is quite different from an open harmony style of singing or composing.

The music of The Everly Brothers was America's youth movements answer to more traditional country, folk, or bluegrass family music groups that featured close harmony styles - such as The Delmore Brothers, The Louvin Brothers, and the Osborne Brothers.

From gorgeous ballads with their close harmony vocals to much more up tempo songs - Don and Phil Everly did it all, and they did every last bit of it while playing their Gibson acoustic guitars.

The Gibson Everly Brothers Acoustic Guitar!


The Gibson Everly Brothers Guitar

During the heyday of The Everly Brothers music, Phil and Don Everly both played customized Gibson J 200 guitars. In 1962 The Gibson Guitar Company decided to make an Everly Brothers Artist series guitar that was similar to a Gibson J 185, but with a thinner depth, and this became the Gibson Everly Brothers Guitar.

Featured was a 16 inch width at the lower bout instrument with an adjustable saddle, pearl star inlay on a rosewood fingerboard, and a dual sided pick guard of tortoise shell. Mahogany was used for the neck, and the guitar featured a solid spruce sound board with solid maple back and sides with a black finish. Later on in 1963, a natural finish top became available with walnut back and sides. These guitars were discontinued as production instruments in 1972, followed by many a reissue, as follows.

1. A reissue of this guitar became available in 1986 - but the reissue was named the Gibson J 180.

2. In 1992 the exact same instrument was reissued yet again and called the Gibson Everly Brothers model guitar

3. . Despite any good reasoning that I know of, yet again, in 1994 the very same instrument was reissued yet another time - but was again called the Gibson J 180.

Here's a GREAT Bit of Blues On A Left Handed Gibson Everly Brothers Acoustic Guitar!

The Everly Brothers Guitars By The Gibson Guitar Company

As had happened with Gibson's competitor, C.F. Martin and Company - critics, collectors, and players most often agree that during the 1960s and the 1970s both of the American Acoustic Guitar giants had slacked off quite a bit with the quality of their instruments. This is not to say that all or any instruments by these giants produced during those times were inferior - but merely that some of them were.

What happened was that many another guitar manufacturer realized what was going on - and jumped into the production fray in order to fill the demand for instruments of the same quality that Gibson and Martin had produced during the 1930s, and 1940s. Of course Martin and Gibson both realized their errors - and soon jumped back into creating instruments that met the standards of their earlier production years.

All Everly Brothers instruments by Gibson are bound to be terrific guitars - in fact, because they are nearly as large an instrument as is the Gibson J 200 - these guitars are likely to be able to compete with Martin's dreadnought guitars in terms of being a flatpicking instrument. It's very important to note, however, that the sound of a Gibson Everly Brothers guitar, because they are either maple or walnut in the back and sides of the instruments - they might not produce the type of tone that a player is looking for so far as playing flatpicking leads is concerned.

One only need trust their ears and instincts when playing one of these to determine whether or not the instrument is right for them. The music of The Everly Brothers, however, was never flatpicked fiddle tunes or Celtic melodies - but rather, was aggressive acoustic strumming with close harmony singing - and for that kind of music, who can argue with what these guitars have produced?

Here's the Prices that I'm finding for these guitars:

Vintage Price Value For 2007 :
1962 - 1964 > $8500 to $9500
1965 - 1967 > $6500 to $7000
1968 - 1972 > $3500 to $4000
1986 - 1999 > $1400 to $1500 ( reissue j-180 )

A Hippie Salesman and a Gibson Everly Brothers Acoustic Guitar!

A Nice Medley On a Gibson Everly Brothers Acoustic Guitar!


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      Al Greenbaum 

      3 years ago from Europe

      I know that Don is very rich because of guitar sales but I am more into the Everly's music. Many years ago, Christmas Eve, I think, I went to a party but set my VCR for a BBC programme, THE EVERLY BROTHERS REUNION CONCERT. When I checked what I had recorded the next day, I couldn't stop playing it. The best concert I ever taped. I played it so much that the VHS tape soon became unplayable. Favourite song, LET IT BE ME.

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile imageAUTHOR

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      8 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Heck yeah Alecia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      The big name manufacturers and the little guys all want to make custom guitars for famous folks if they can!!!

      I like hearing that old music too - I've been listening to it my whole life!

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      Alecia Murphy 

      8 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I didn't know that there were custom made guitars for certain acts. But I do love the harmonies of the Everly Brothers. Thanks for springing up some good music for me to make it through the day with! Great and useful hub!

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile imageAUTHOR

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      9 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Hey Thanks Sue Swan!!!

      I haven't been to a concert in far too long. I hope to see some good ones again someday!

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      9 years ago

      Hi Wes

      All I have to do is dream is my favourite Everly Brother's song.

      I was lucky to see them in concert.

      Voted up, up and away!

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      9 years ago from 41042

      Todd, I have not seen them live. I'm sure they must have come through here but I sure don't remember it.

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile imageAUTHOR

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      9 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Hell Yeah Tom!!!!!!!!!!!

      Dare I ask if or not you've seen the Everly Bros live?

    • justom profile image


      9 years ago from 41042

      Great hub Todd! Always loved Phil and Don but never paid much attention to their guitars. I guess now I know! Thanks man!! Oh yeah, game 2 tonight GO RANGERS!!!

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile imageAUTHOR

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      9 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Hey Seeker - I'm like you, my folks pretty much only listen to "oldies" and so I know all those songs!

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile imageAUTHOR

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      9 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Thank you Mom, um....I mean - Evelyn Anne!

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile imageAUTHOR

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      9 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Thanks Rosemary! If you want to know about guitars ever - then you've come to the right place!

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile imageAUTHOR

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      9 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Hey thanks Flora!!!!

      I'm embarrassed - I messed up the URL to this hub, it you look at the URL it says "Every Brothers!"

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      9 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Wes, This was a fascinating hub!

      I'm like Susan in that I don't know much about guitars although I recognise the makers names. But I still listen to the Everly Brothers even now - I was introduced to their music by my folks. My Mum and Dad both enjoyed their music.

      This was a really enjoyable hub and a great tribute to a wonderful singing phenomena and guitar! Many thanks for sharing!

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      Evelyn Anne 

      9 years ago

      Really great hub Todd. As always, you demonstrate mastery at spinning a story and have created a great guitar read mixed with some of the best music ever. The Everly brothers were a great team as guitarists and singers. Their music was amongst the greatest during years when lots of music was released. I really enjoyed this hub.

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      9 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I don't know much about guitars either but I was a great fan of the Everly brothers

      Great hub

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      9 years ago

      I love the Everly Brothers.

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile imageAUTHOR

      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      9 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Well HELL YEAH it is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I don't know much about guitars but had to come check out the Everly Brothers :) My favorite song by them is of course "Wake up Little Suzie".


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