For most of us, Gibson probably isn't the first name that comes to mind when we think of classical guitars. Nevertheless, Gibson has always been a leading innovator—first with the mandolin, then the archtop guitar, then the banjo, and then the electric guitar. So it's no surprise that some of their classical guitars are worth checking out.
In particular, the C-0 is an interesting Gibson classical model because it brings the nylon-string feel and sound to a straight-forward flat-top guitar template. Gibson introduced the C-0 in 1962, and while it sports a classical-style guitar neck, its design was intended to attract folk players and fingerpickers who wanted the softer sound of nylon strings. Apart from the neck and headstock, its design is most similar to the LG-series flattops. It features a Spruce top and Mahogany back and sides. Under the hood, it has ladder bracing, which lends a bluesier, mid-range-focused sound.
This 1964 Gibson C-0 is a great player with no shortage of authentic vintage vibe and appeal. It produces sweet nylon-string tone, and it can accommodate a wide variety of styles. It can be delicate and articulate for fingerpicking, or you can attack it and get a nice bluesy growl. It also makes a nice strummer with softer attack than a steel-string box.
This 1964 Gibson C-0 shows all the weather-checking and wear you expect to see on a well-loved vintage instrument. It has two repaired cracks along the bass side of the top. Both are neatly repaired and stable. It looks like some of the top braces may have been reglued at this time, too. Other than that, the tuning machines have been replaced, and the saddle is likely not original. Fret wear is minimal (nylon strings, after all!), and there is quite a bit of wear around the back edge that may be the result of water damage (see photos). The back/side seam is stable, so no issue there.
This '64 C-0 an inspiring songwriter that plays nicely and sounds great. It's hard not to love the over-sized Gibson-shaped slotted headstock. It includes a period chipboard case.