Retrofret Stock # 7001. Gibson L-00 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1935), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 1344-115, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, brown tolex hard shell case. The L-00 stands as one of Gibson's most popular Depression era flat-top guitars, both then and now. While this guitar was at the bottom of the flat top line in the mid-1930's it still offered a great value in sound! The top finish is a sunburst with celluloid binding around the edge, ornamented with a "firestripe" tortoise celluloid pickguard and a three-ply soundhole ring. The neck and sides are dark mahogany, as is the "V" profile neck with an unbound rosewood fingerboard. The headstock carries only a white paint "Gibson" logo. This model was a standard of the day, a professional grade guitar at a price affordable to blues players, Hillbilly string bands and many other itinerant musicians, as well as Gibson's intended student customers. Each one of these guitars has its own character and this one is quite powerful with a smooth midrange and a substantial helping of high end.Overall length is 39 3/4 in. (101 cm.), 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.). This is a lovely clean and original guitar with no major wear, just some typical small dings, scrapes and checking to the finish. The sunburst top is hardly faded at all and the top itself shows very little pickwear. Amazingly there are no cracks anywhere; there are a couple of small chips on the headstock by the nut. The guitar has had a clean neckset and plays extremely well. The frets show some wear in the lower positions but not enough to affect play. The only alteration is the original bridge has been lowered slightly and an added strap button to the heel-otherwise original right down to the bridgepins. Simply one of the nicer pre-war small body Gibsons we have had in a while. Excellent - Condition.
|1935||Excellent||sunburst top, dark back and sides||Hard|
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