The most exotic sounding instrument in the bluegrass line up, the Dobro brings haunting, reverberant shades of Hawaiian steel and Delta blues tones to the twang and ramble of this great American musical genre. Now Gibson Original Acoustic Instruments unveils a new Limited Edition Dobro that looks every bit as exotic as it sounds – the 27 Deluxe Bubinga Dobro. Made from golden-hued African Bubinga wood and constructed in the tradition of the seminal Dobros that set the standards for resonator-guitar tone some 75 years ago, the 27 Deluxe Bubinga Dobro is available in an extremely limited run of just 15 instruments, a rare opportunity for both player and collector.

Part of the Gibson family since 1993, the Dobro brand has its origins in the late 1920s when John Dopyera, co-founder of the National Guitar company, left National Guitar to establish a new company manufacturing a new kind of instrument with a wood body and outward-facing cone. The style rapidly made inroads with country, western swing, and bluegrass players as a lap-style guitar, and became a standard with many bottleneck blues artists too. The No. 27 Dobro was introduced in the early 1930s and was originally made with a laminated maple or mahogany body. The use of solid Bubinga for the top, back and sides of the new 27 Deluxe — a first for Dobro — takes the format to an entirely new level, both tonally and esthetically, and results in an instrument of unparalleled beauty, and one that also offers a bold, powerful performance in a relatively compact package.

A relative of African rosewood, Bubinga has a bright, clear, well-defined tone with excellent punch and projection. It retains a good, firm fundamental sound that’s dressed in shimmering highs, and makes for a truly superlative tonewood. Even most high-end wood-bodied Dobros are made with laminated woods, but the 27 Deluxe Bubinga Dobro is made with all solid woods, a rare refinement that elevates this instrument above even the best traditional Dobros currently available. Combined with high-quality constructional elements such as a spun aluminum cone, spider bridge with ebony capped maple saddles, and Corian® nut — all wrought with the unparalleled craftsmanship of Gibson’s Original Acoustic Instruments Division — this exotic wood contributes to a truly stellar resonator guitar.

In addition to its tonal splendor, African Bubinga contributes a rare and sublime look to the 27 Deluxe. Its antique lacquer finish is polished to a glowing golden brown that beautifully highlights the depth, subtle figuring, and luminous medulary rays in this fine-grained wood. The square-back neck, made from solid mahogany, sports an ebony fingerboard with mother-of-pearl Lyre inlays, topped with an ebony-faced peghead with mother-of-pearl-backed Dobro decal. Elegant and understated in equal parts, the 27 Deluxe Bubinga Dobro offers an unprecedented rendering of this classic format, and presents a rare opportunity to acquire an extremely limited instrument for your collection or professional performance.

The retail price is $4,443, and each one comes with a hardshell case and certificate of authenticity.


  • Solid Bubinga top, back, and sides with ivoroid binding (front and back)
  • Dual screened soundholes
  • Body depth 3.6"
  • Parallelogram sound well


  • Solid mahogany
  • Square neck profile
  • 12th fret neck joint
  • Ivoroid peghead binding
  • Ebony peghead veneer
  • Mother-of-pearl backing with Dobro decal


  • Solid ebony
  • Ivoroid binding
  • Mother-of-pearl Lyre fingerboard inlays
  • 1 15/16" wide
  • Corian® nut


  • Spider bridge with ebony capped maple saddles
  • Spun aluminum cone
  • Nickel poinsettia cover plate
  • Nickel Dobro tailpiece
  • Nickel Mini-Grover tuners


  • Antique lacquer


  • Medium gauge strings
  • Hardshell formfit case
  • Certificate of Authenticity

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