Gibson Southern Jumbo Woody GutherieThe Gibson Southerner Jumbo was introduced in 1942 and discontinued in 1978. It was reintroduced in limited editions in 1991.This is a re-creation of the banner headstock 1940s Southern Jumbo that Woodie Gutherie owned and played: “This Machine Kills Fascists”.Mythology has it that the Southerner Jumbo was specifically targeted at the Southern market honoring rising Country music trends. When it came out in 1942 it was the most expensive Gibson flat-top in the line.During 1942 two new models were introduced to the Gibson line-up to replace the J-35 and J-55. They were the J-45 and the Southerner Jumbo. The Southerner Jumbo (later shortened to: “Southern Jumbo” and then “SJ”) was a fancier J-45.The appointments of the Southerner Jumbo included more top binding and an additional set of rosette rings. The back and sides are mahogany without the dark wooden stripe separating the 2 back pieces. For more detailed information see: “Identifying Vintage Instruments” in the “Research and History” section of this website.