The Johnny A. Spruce Top series from Gibson Custom blends the snappy and responsive personality of a large, long-scale archtop guitar into a small form with great balance and feel. Its rich, lively tone comes from a solid mahogany body that’s been carved to create a semi-hollow chamber underneath a solid, carved Spruce top. Impressive throwback aesthetics harken back to the rare spruce top doubleneck guitars made by Gibson in the late 1950s.

Orville Gibson founded the company in 1902 as “The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co., Ltd.” in Kalamazoo, Michigan to make mandolin-family instruments. Gibson invented archtop guitars by constructing the same type of carved, arched tops used on violins. By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars, used and popularized by Charlie Christian.