Guitar Auction Benefits Library Musical Instrument Lending

Carver Memorial Library is auctioning off a very special guitar donated by James Hyland of the Makers Guild of Maine.

The guitar is a 1969 Gibson B-25N, which for many aspiring folk singers of the 1960s was the first “real” guitar they owned. Some players stuck with the B-25 for life, and many more wish they had it. Here’s your chance to reconnect with the Gibson B-25. Aged to perfection and tone to spare.

All funds raised from the auction will support Searsport’s Musical Instrument Lending Library, which provides an opportunity for anyone in the community to learn or try out a new instrument. The collection includes guitars (acoustic and electric), mandolins, banjo, ukuleles, double bass, etc. The funds are used to maintain the instruments and provide a small allowance for expert instruction. This program brings music to a small rural town where access to musical education and instruments is hard to come by. Your generous offer will benefit many people.

The guitar is completely original and complete except for the missing saddle height adjustment screws. The B-25N features a 24.5 inch scale on a medium sized body. The top is spruce, the back and neck are mahogany. This guitar has the little Gibson shine and tone, and will make a great strummer’s or songwriter’s folk guitar with a little love.

You can see James Hyland doing a demo here:

Condition: The original rosewood bridge and fingerboard are in good condition, and the natural lacquer finish is generally in good condition with signs of age and minor checking on the top. The stock pickguard, bridge pins and deluxe Kluson tuners are all present and working. The frets, which seem original, still have a lot of life. The original chipboard case and hang tag are included, although the case shows some wear. This guitar requires some setup work and may require a neck reset to allow the saddle to return to stock height. As it stands, it’s playable close to the nut but the action is above ideal overall. There is also an almost invisible 5″ closed hairline crack in the back and a hairline crack in the top along the side of the fingerboard extension. The original case is included for shipping purposes, but you’ll want to consider a new one if you plan to travel with the guitar.

The auction is on ebay and lasts for 10 days, ending on Sunday 20th December. Bidders from anywhere can participate, as there is a shipping option. Local pickup is also available at Searsport. Shipping is $50, free if bid exceeds $1,200. The auction can be viewed online at:

For more information, contact the Carver Memorial Library at 548-2303 or email [email protected]

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