The times they are a-changin’, but this 1964 Gibson F-25 is the same as it ever was, with a pickguard the size of Washington Square Park and a flat-radius fingerboard perfect for fingerpicking. Karl covers this creative solution to the needs of the Greenwich Village set.
Gibson's F-25 was designed to appeal to the folk musicians of the early 1960s. Similar to Martin's New Yorker models, the F-25 (and larger sibling the FJ-N) featured hybrid classical/steel string design, with X-braced bodies and larger classical-feeling necks. The string spacing at the bridge was quite wide to accommodate nylon strings, however the guitar was designed to accommodate steel stings if the player desired.