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GIBSON MK-53 RARE VINTAGE 1977 Mark Series Dreadnought ACOUSTIC + Case 78424

Regular price $899
Super clean 42-year-old vintage acoustic.

This is a rarely seen Gibson MK-53 acoustic made in 1977. The guitar is in excellent cosmetic and playing condition. Maple back and sides with a spruce top, and it has a built in piezo pickup, with output jack in the rear strap pin. All original with original chipboard case. Only some very minor scuffs, and easy 8/10 condition if not better. Lots of beautiful woods and frets are in good shape. Just been set up and plays great. Very innovative design courtesy of Michael Kasha and Richard Schneider--the first to attempt to use science to improve the sound of an acoustic. Innovations include a unique bracing pattern, asymmetrical bridge, and removable pickguard (I have not tried removing it). Only produced for four years, from 1975 to 1978, only about 1400 units were made of the MK-53. Weight is 5 pounds, 0 ounces. I do a full cleaning and setup on all guitars. (Details on my setups and packing at bottom of listing.) I may end auction early if it sells elsewhere. Thanks for looking!

Web Info
Between 1975 and 1978, Gibson produced the Mark series of flattop acoustics which were designed by Michael Kasha and Ricahrd Schneider. These steel-strings had a 16 3/16-inch wide body and were narrower at the waist than a normal dreadnought. Some innovative features offered with the Mark series were a modified fan-pattern bracing style, an asymmetrical bridge, a removable pickguard, and interchangeable saddles. The MK-53 specifically used Maple for its back and sides, nickle-plated hardware, and a Rosewood fingerboard.

Years of Production: 1975 - 1978
Body Style: Small waist dreadnought
Wood Composition: Maple back and sides, Rosewood fingerboard, Spruce top
Design Elements: Fan-patterned bracing, asymmetrical bridge, removable pickguard, interchangeable saddles, multi top and back binding, dot inlays.
What You Get
-- Full setup and cleaning.
-- FREE USA shipping.
-- 30-day return policy.
-- Ship within 1 business day--pro packing.

Guitar Setup
All our setups are done by our in-house trained luthier. Setup includes new strings (9s or 10s depending on what the nut is cut for), overall polish, cleaning any gunk off fingerboard, oiling neck, and polishing frets when necessary. We spray out any pots that are noisy, turn the truss rod (if necessary) and set string height at low-to-medium action depending on string buzz present. Since setup is highly subjective you may need to get it set to your particular needs by your personal luthier. Basses get the same treatment minus the string change. Thanks!

I use quality boxes, thick bubble wrap, and peanuts to pack guitars. I have a very high rate of successful guitar and bass shipping (meaning few damaged instruments). I have been doing this 10 years and know how to pack well--with or without a hard case. I wrote a detailed story with photos on how I pack a guitar, which you can find on my StillKickinMusic site blog. If you Google "THERE IN ONE PIECE...How to Pack a Guitar" you will find it. Thanks.