Gibson Dove

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Gibson Dove
Gibson Dove 2005.jpg
2005 Gibson Dove
Manufacturer Gibson
Period 1962-present
Body type Flattop
Neck joint Maple
Body Maple
Neck Maple
Fretboard Rosewood
Bridge Tune-O-Matic or Adjustable or Fixed Rosewood
Pickup(s) LR Baggs
Colors available
Sunburst, Natural, Ebony

The Gibson Dove is a flattop steel-string acoustic guitar made by the Gibson Guitar Corporation. First made in 1962 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, it was Gibson's second square-shouldered dreadnought (based on the Martin D-style dreadnought[1]), after the introduction of the Gibson Hummingbird in 1960.

Both guitars have solid spruce tops and engraved pickguards. The Dove has solid maple back and sides instead of the solid mahogany used for the Hummingbird, and the Dove has a longer scale length (25.5" vs 24.75"). The Dove's longer scale length and maple back and sides make it a louder, brighter guitar than the Hummingbird.

The double parallelogram fingerboard inlays, the two doves on the bridge, and the dove on the pick-guard are mother of pearl. The Dove has factory installed LR Baggs active electronics powered by a 9-volt battery. The original Doves had Gibson's tune-o-matic bridge. While the tune-o-matic bridge seemed like a technological improvement at the time, the metal bridge had negative effects on tone and volume.

In 1968 the internal bracing of the Dove was made heavier;[2] while this made a sturdier guitar that was less likely to be returned to Gibson for warranty work, the volume of the guitar was reduced and the tone was negatively affected.[3]

In 1985 Gibson's new owners began to address the quality issues that were affecting the company's products and reputation.[4] By 1992 production of Gibson acoustic guitars was shifted to Bozeman, Montana.

Models include the Dove Performer (with a Fishman Prefix T Pickup), the Dove Quilt (limited to 20 made with quilted maple back and sides), the Doves in Flight (with extra ornaments), and the Elvis Presley Dove, based on the 1969 custom Dove that Elvis used in the early 1970s.[5]


  1. ^ Hembry, Gil;Gibson Guitars: Ted McCarty's Golden Era 1948-1966; GH Books; Austin, TX; 2007.
  2. ^ "Vintage Guitars Info - Gibson flattop vintage guitar collecting". Retrieved 2007-03-09. 
  3. ^ Eldon Whitford , David Vinopal , Dan Erlewine.; Gibson's fabulous flat-top guitars : an illustrated history & guide; GPI Books; San Francisco; c1994. ISBN 0-87930-297-6
  4. ^ Kevin Maney.; Guitar-playing Harvard man turns Gibson around; USA Today; 02/21/2006.
  5. ^ "Elvis' 1969 Ebony Custom Gibson Dove". Retrieved 2007-03-09. 

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