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Player's Perspective

Music Store Live is proud to present this 1954 Gibson J-200! Simply put, this is one of the best acoustic guitars we have seen to date. This J-200 plays wonderfully ( which you can see in the video ). It is set up very well and is not only one the greatest all time strumming guitars, it also burns with the best of the flatpickers. The action is low, the neck is straight and the guitar is very well intonated. The neck could not be any more comfortable. It is wide, fat, nicely rounded and absolutely luxurious. This isn't just an incredible vintage investment - this guitar will provide an amazing playing experience every time you pick it up. 

Item Details

We probably don't have to tell you but J-200's manufactured before 1957 are extremely rare and collectible. This 1954 J-200 is all original with the exception of the frets, which were excellently replaced, and the truss rod cover. Everything else is original and in very good to excellent condition. The spruce top is almost as nice looking as the flame maple sides and back which are terrific looking. The infamous pickguard, open moustache bridge, the nut, the tuners and the hard shell case are all original. Serial number # A18239.

Also included is an exciting piece of case candy. This 1954 J-200 comes with its original bill of sale. First bought on January 5th, 1955, this guitar was sold for $185.46 and the case cost $26.25! The invoice is in a protected laminate housing and in great shape.

Overall Condition

This 1954 Gibson J-200 is in very good / excellent condition. The only thing of note is a thin center seam crack on the top that runs from the bridge area to the bottom. It has been professionally hydrated and repaired with hide glue and two cleats have been added to the underside of the top to prevent it from opening again. The bridge is not lifting and it does not appear that this guitar has ever had or needed it's neck reset. The binding is all in tact. There is typical checking to the finish, more to the back than the top. The neck finish shows some checking but is very clean. The refret job was very well done and the frets are in excellent condition.

This is a fine example of this rare and highly collectible mid 50's J-200. This guitar plays and sounds exceptional. This will be a great addition, if not the crowning jewel, to any vintage collection. Enjoy it!


The following features attribute to the classic and warm sound of this stunning instrument:

  • 1954 Gibson J-200
  • Natural
  • Jumbo Body - 17" Wide
  • Wide Angled Double X Bracing
  • Paper Label Inside in Great Condition
  • Solid Spruce Top
  • Flame Maple Back and Sides
  • Cream Colored Binding on Top and Back
  • Three Piece Maple Neck
  • Brazilian Rosewood Fretboard with Binding
  • Crown Inlays
  • J-200 Flower Engraved Pick Guard
  • 20 Frets
  • Open Moustache Bridge with Inlays 
  • Scale Length 25 1/2"
  • Replacement Black Truss Rod Cover 
  • Original Tuners
  • Original Gibson Hard Shell Case & Original Bill of Sale
  • Serial # A18239

Our in house guitar tech has inspected, tested, and cleaned all of our instruments on site prior to shipping. All of our instruments are guaranteed to be fully functional upon arrival.

Our Mission

Our team of musicians fuses the spirit of the local guitar shop with the convenience of the web by creating a reliable and worry-free buying experience.

At Music Store Live, our goal is to revolutionize the way gear is bought online. It’s not just about videos and know how; it’s about the person on the other end of the line. Whether you are in Tokyo or Toledo, we invite you to experience the reality of a living online music store and help us shape the best buying experience possible. As you'll see in the video below, we're musicians just like you. We strive to offer the best gear, the best online experience, and the best personalized service in the industry. We invite you to get to know our team, and we would love the opportunity to get to know you too!

Free Shipping - Free Return Shipping - 30 Day Returns

At we are proud to offer free return shipping and a 30-day return policy in the 48 contiguous states on all new* items over $30. It's all part of our mission to bring the guitar shop to your living room. This policy allows you to get your gear hassle-free and try it with your own rig to be sure that it truly fits with your playing style and sound. If it doesn't work the way you had hoped we'll send you a prepaid return label and work up an exchange or issue you a refund once we get the item back in the same condition it was purchased. It's that simple.

Please allow 2-4 business days from the receiving date for returns to be processed.
  • Your order must ship to the billing address associated with your credit card, PayPal, or other method of payment (unless an alternate shipping address has been approved by an MSL Gear Specialist).
  • If you want the shipment to be held at a shipping company hub it is your responsibility to make those arrangements directly with the shipping company.
  • An indirect signature will be required upon delivery for all transactions over $250. If you would like to require a signature on a transaction of less than $250, please request it when you place your order.
  • We do not insure packages valued under $3,000. If you would like to add insurance for delivery or return please request it when requesting your order or initiating your return.
  • All returns are subject to a Tech Check upon arrival. Any instrument that is returned with damage, wear and tear (including pick marks), missing or replaced parts, missing protective or packing materials are not eligible for a full refund.
  • *Used / Vintage / Clearance items carry our same return policy, except with a 3­ day return window.
  • Orders shipped within California will be subject to 7.25% state sales tax.

In most cases we ship same day if your order is placed by 12 p.m. EST Monday thru Friday!

Return Policy Details
Is your instrument just not doing it for you? We understand and we absolutely want you to be thrilled with any gear that you buy from If you're not happy with your order, you can return it to us at no charge within 30 days of delivery.

  • Customers outside the continental USA must pay their own return shipping and are responsible for all applicable taxes and fees.
  • The return policy does not apply to custom orders or modifications (pickup installs, etc)
  • Contact MSL at or (866) 256-5725 to begin the return process. You can request a refund, store credit, or exchange.
  • We'll provide you a return label via email.
  • Ship the item back to us in its original packaging using the provided return label.
  • Customer is responsible for returning the item to Music Store Live in its original condition.
  • A refund or exchange will be issued within 3 business days from our receipt of the returned item.
  • All returns will go through a technical inspection and are subject to a restocking fee if the item is not returned in its original condition. Restocking fee to be determined by MSL.

Layaways & Financing


  • Deposit a non-refundable minimum of 10% down of the purchase price on anything in stock
  • Contact MSL at or (866) 256-5725 to place your initial deposit.
  • Pay it off at your convenience within 30 days.
  • $100 layaway fee for each additional month over the initial 30 days (on most items).


  • 6 Month Interest Free Financing is available via Paypal's Bill Me Later Program which is available upon checkout.
  • For a longer financing term, contact your Guitar Specialist at or (866) 256-5725 and we'll be happy to get you pre-approved for financing terms. Up to 5 year payment terms are available!

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