Despite its name, the Gibson Parlor isn’t actually a Parlor-style guitar. Many see it as a combination of the Jumbo, Dreadnought and Grand Auditorium shapes, but with a number of unique appointments that set it apart from the crowd. It’s thin body and pronounced curves offer an ergonomic feel without compromising that full-bodied Gibson tone.
Body & Neck
The Parlor AG Rosewood features – you guessed it – Rosewood back & sides. This luxurious tweak means less low-end projection than its Mahogany counterparts, instead offering a smoother clarity and deep harmonic response. As well as this, the guitar remains lightweight due to its thin construction and carefully calculated curves.
A multi-piece Sitka Spruce top balances the Rosewood's broad sound with a tame clarity, helping to ensure that the tone isn’t boomy and clouded – it’s resonant and rich. The neck continues the Mahogany theme, but the Avant-Garde tweak means you’ve got an advanced response profile and Richlite fretboard for a smooth feel and excellent durability.
Hardware & Electronics
As with many of Gibson’s 2019 range, the Parlor AG features an onboard LR Baggs pickup and preamp. In this case, it’s the VTC, a soundhole system that mirrors the resonance of the Spruce top. This means a totally natural, dynamic tone that’ll respond to whatever style you play.
Hardware-wise, this particular model comes with Mini Grover Rotomatics – a familiar appointment for Gibson guitars of all shapes and sizes. You’ve also got a Richlite bridge for excellent tuning stability and the subtle Avant-Garde pickguard to add a dark contrast to the Parlor’s curves and organic aesthetic.
- Body Style: J-165
- Back & sides: Rosewood
- Top: Sitka Spruce
- Bracing: Traditional Hand-Scalloped X-Bracing
- Binding: Multi-Ply Top, Single-Ply Back
- Neck: Mahogany
- Neck profile: Advanced Response
- Nut width: 1.725”
- Neck joint: Compound Dovetail Neck-To-Body Joint
- Fingerboard: Richlite
- Scale length: 24.75”
- Number of frets 19
- Nut: Tusq
- Inlay: Mother-Of-Pearl Single Parallelogram
- Binding: None
- Bridge: Traditional Belly Up, Richlite
- Tuners: Mini Grover Rotomatics
- Plating: Gold
- Pickup: LR Baggs VTC
- Controls: 1 Volume, 1 Tone
- Case: Gibson Hardshell