Best Rosewood Fretboard Gibson Custom Acoustic Guitars in 2024

Here you'll find the best Rosewood fretboard Gibson Custom acoustic guitars. Since the ban of Brazillian Rosewood, this has become a rare and expensive wood. It's not usually used for guitar bodies because of this, and also because it's heavy. Instead, it's used mainly for fretboards. Sometimes it's also used for necks because it's an extremely hard wood (even harder than maple). Its tonality tends to favor warm tones.

After comparing the 2000+ guitars in our database, these are the best scoring ones with these characteristics. You can use our filters to the left to narrow down these results, or click on "Compare" to get a deep comparison between them. Our automated scoring system takes into account the ratings from ours users who own the guitar, and dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money, and more.

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1. Gibson Custom 1960 Hummingbird Fixed Bridge

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Playability 78
Sound 85
Build quality 85
Value for money 68
Overall Score 83
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  • From Gibson Custom's 2017 Historic Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Thermally Aged Sitka spruce top
  • Solid Mahogany back
  • Solid Mahogany sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Traditional belly up bridge
  • Acoustic Rounded Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gotoh Keystone tuners
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  • From Gibson Custom's 2017 Historic Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Thermally Aged Sitka spruce top
  • Solid Mahogany back
  • Solid Mahogany sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Traditional belly up bridge
  • Acoustic Rounded Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gotoh Keystone tuners
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Gibson Custom 1960 Hummingbird Fixed Bridge
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Electronics
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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2. Gibson Custom 1952 J-185

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Playability 78
Sound 85
Build quality 85
Value for money 68
Overall Score 83
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  • From Gibson Custom's 2019 Historic Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Thermally Aged Sitka spruce top
  • Solid Flame Maple back
  • Solid Flame Maple sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Belly up, holes at rear, open slot bridge
  • Acoustic V Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gotoh Keystone tuners
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  • From Gibson Custom's 2019 Historic Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Thermally Aged Sitka spruce top
  • Solid Flame Maple back
  • Solid Flame Maple sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Belly up, holes at rear, open slot bridge
  • Acoustic V Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gotoh Keystone tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Gibson Custom 1952 J-185
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Electronics
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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3. Gibson Custom 1957 SJ-200

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Playability 73
Sound 85
Build quality 85
Value for money 66
Overall Score 81
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  • 3 Prices - New from $6,299 >
  • From Gibson Custom's 2016 Historic Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Thermally Aged Sitka spruce top
  • Solid Flame Maple back
  • Solid Flame Maple sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • SJ-200 Four Bar Moustache bridge
  • Acoustic Rounded Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gotoh Keystone tuners
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  • 3 Prices - New from $6,299 >
  • From Gibson Custom's 2016 Historic Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Thermally Aged Sitka spruce top
  • Solid Flame Maple back
  • Solid Flame Maple sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • SJ-200 Four Bar Moustache bridge
  • Acoustic Rounded Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gotoh Keystone tuners
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Gibson Custom 1957 SJ-200
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Electronics
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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4. Gibson Custom 1942 Banner LG-2

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Playability 78
Sound 84
Build quality 82
Value for money 66
Overall Score 81

What our users think

  • Neck access to high frets: Normal (1 vote)
  • Fret edges: Smooth (1 vote)
  • Tuning stability: Won't stay in tune (1 vote)
  • Weight: Very lightweight (1 vote)
  • Neck profile shape: C (1 vote)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (1 vote)
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  • From Gibson Custom's 2020 Historic Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Thermally Aged Red spruce top
  • Solid Mahogany back
  • Solid Mahogany sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Rectangle, open slot bridge
  • Acoustic Historic Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Golden Age tuners
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  • 3 Prices - New from $4,499 >
  • From Gibson Custom's 2020 Historic Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Thermally Aged Red spruce top
  • Solid Mahogany back
  • Solid Mahogany sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Rectangle, open slot bridge
  • Acoustic Historic Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Golden Age tuners
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Gibson Custom 1942 Banner LG-2
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Electronics
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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5. Gibson Custom 1942 Banner Southern Jumbo

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Playability 75
Sound 83
Build quality 82
Value for money 65
Overall Score 80
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  • 3 Prices - New from $5,299 >
  • From Gibson Custom's 2020 Historic Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Thermally Aged Red spruce top
  • Solid Rosewood back
  • Solid Rosewood sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Belly Down, open slot bridge
  • Acoustic C Set neck
  • 19 Medium frets
  • Open back cream button tuners
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  • 3 Prices - New from $5,299 >
  • From Gibson Custom's 2020 Historic Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Thermally Aged Red spruce top
  • Solid Rosewood back
  • Solid Rosewood sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Belly Down, open slot bridge
  • Acoustic C Set neck
  • 19 Medium frets
  • Open back cream button tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Gibson Custom 1942 Banner Southern Jumbo
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Electronics
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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6. Gibson Custom 1942 Banner J-45

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Playability 75
Sound 83
Build quality 82
Value for money 65
Overall Score 80

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  • Neck profile shape: C (1 vote)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (1 vote)
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  • From Gibson Custom's 2021 Historic Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Thermally Aged Red spruce top
  • Solid Mahogany back
  • Solid Mahogany sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Rectangle, open slot bridge
  • Acoustic Historic Set neck
  • 19 Medium frets
  • Strap open back, cream button tuners
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  • 3 Prices - New from $4,999 >
  • From Gibson Custom's 2021 Historic Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Thermally Aged Red spruce top
  • Solid Mahogany back
  • Solid Mahogany sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Rectangle, open slot bridge
  • Acoustic Historic Set neck
  • 19 Medium frets
  • Strap open back, cream button tuners
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Gibson Custom 1942 Banner J-45
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Electronics
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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7. Gibson Custom 1936 J-35

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Playability 75
Sound 83
Build quality 82
Value for money 65
Overall Score 80

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  • Neck profile shape: C (1 vote)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (1 vote)
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  • From Gibson Custom's 2013 Historic Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Thermally Aged Red spruce top
  • Solid Mahogany back
  • Solid Mahogany sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Rectangle, open slot, historic spacing bridge
  • Acoustic Historic Set neck
  • 19 Medium frets
  • Strap cream button tuners
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  • 3 Prices - New from $4,999 >
  • From Gibson Custom's 2013 Historic Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Thermally Aged Red spruce top
  • Solid Mahogany back
  • Solid Mahogany sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Rectangle, open slot, historic spacing bridge
  • Acoustic Historic Set neck
  • 19 Medium frets
  • Strap cream button tuners
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Gibson Custom 1936 J-35
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Electronics
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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8. Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged

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Playability 75
Sound 81
Build quality 83
Value for money 65
Overall Score 80
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  • From Gibson Custom's 2023 Murphy Lab - Light Aged series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Thermally Aged Red Spruce top
  • Solid Mahogany top
  • Solid Mahogany back
  • Solid Mahogany sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Rosewood; Rectangular, Open Slot bridge
  • Acoustic V Set neck
  • 19 Medium frets
  • Square End, Cream Button, Light Aged tuners
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  • From Gibson Custom's 2023 Murphy Lab - Light Aged series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Thermally Aged Red Spruce top
  • Solid Mahogany top
  • Solid Mahogany back
  • Solid Mahogany sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Rosewood; Rectangular, Open Slot bridge
  • Acoustic V Set neck
  • 19 Medium frets
  • Square End, Cream Button, Light Aged tuners
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Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Electronics
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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9. Gibson Custom 1934 Jumbo

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Playability 73
Sound 83
Build quality 82
Value for money 64
Overall Score 79

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  • Neck profile shape: C (1 vote)
  • Neck speed (thickness): Fast (1 vote)
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  • 3 Prices - New from $4,999 >
  • From Gibson Custom's 2019 Historic Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Thermally Aged Red spruce top
  • Solid Mahogany back
  • Solid Mahogany sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Rectangle, open slot bridge
  • Acoustic Historic Set neck
  • 19 Medium frets
  • Waverly tuners
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  • 3 Prices - New from $4,999 >
  • From Gibson Custom's 2019 Historic Collection series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 25"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Solid Thermally Aged Red spruce top
  • Solid Mahogany back
  • Solid Mahogany sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Rectangle, open slot bridge
  • Acoustic Historic Set neck
  • 19 Medium frets
  • Waverly tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Gibson Custom 1934 Jumbo
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Electronics
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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10. Gibson Custom 1960 Hummingbird Heritage Cherry Sunburst Light Aged

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Playability 78
Sound 80
Build quality 79
Value for money 64
Overall Score 79
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  • From Gibson Custom's 2023 Murphy Lab - Light Aged series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Thermally Aged Sitka Spruce top
  • Mahogany back
  • Mahogany sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Rosewood; Traditional Belly-up bridge
  • Acoustic Rounded Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gotoh with Keystone Buttons tuners
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  • 2 Prices - New from $5,199 >
  • From Gibson Custom's 2023 Murphy Lab - Light Aged series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Thermally Aged Sitka Spruce top
  • Mahogany back
  • Mahogany sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Rosewood; Traditional Belly-up bridge
  • Acoustic Rounded Set neck
  • 20 Medium frets
  • Gotoh with Keystone Buttons tuners
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Gibson Custom 1960 Hummingbird Heritage Cherry Sunburst Light Aged
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Bone Saddle
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Electronics
  • Laminated Top Wood
  • Laminated Side Wood
  • Laminated Back Wood
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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