This Gibson 1958 J-200 was once owned by the singer Perry Como, and was presented to him as a gift by jazz guitarist Tony Mottolla, who had worked with Como as an accompanist. The instrument is in fantastic condition considering its age and you're not likely to find a 1950s J-200 in such top-notch shape. It features some gorgeous flame maple and a natural finish. The guitar has light checking over most of its surface. There are two small cracks on the top, both of which are closed up and may have been glued some time ago. Does not appear they were cleated. There are a few other minor scratches and nicks t the finish but nothing major. Three of the tuning machine buttons are replaced though all six machines are original. This guitar remains a truly solid, vintage instrument; bracing is tight, top and body are in great shape, and it is highly original. Although the instrument was recently serviced, action is low and some light fret buzzing exists in a couple spots. The guitar will likely need fretwork and/or a neck reset, neither of which appear to have ever been done, but we’ll leave this to a future owner to decide on.
The guitar comes with its original Lifton case and also some memorability and paperwork. This includes a letter from Mottolla to Como when the guitar was given to Como. There is a concert program from the '80s signed by Como, and also a publicity photo which serves as a letter to Como's nephew, who eventually became the guitar's owner. Further, the guitar's original strings are included and labeled as such in a separate package.