Gibson’s L-30 was a small-body, flat-backed archtop that saw production throughout the 1930s. Although originally offered as a budget model, the guitar’s tone is strong, complex, and deep, and it offers much more warmth and projection than one would expect of a small-body archtop. The bass is focused, mids are forward, and trebles are robust.

The L-30 shares its body size with Gibson’s L-series flat-tops, but features maple back and sides rather than mahogany (as was found on the flat-tops). The guitar’s back is flat and braced like a flat-top’s, the top is carved spruce with tone-bar bracing. 14 fret neck with 24.75” scale rosewood fingerboard, simple dot inlays, 1-3/4” nut, and a V carve.

The guitar is completely original, including its Grover open-book tuners, nut, pickguard, bridge, tailpiece, and finish. We are particularly enamoured by the headstock decoration – Bob and flower decals appear to have been applied near the start of this guitar’s life.

Apart from a repaired top center seam crack and another 1” crack at the bass F hole, the guitar is in quite excellent condition. Playability and fretwork are first-rate and its neck angle is great. The finish shows some wear, but nothing out of the ordinary.

With modern hardshell case

We are located in Canada. US prices are approximate. Please contact us for current US pricing.

Folkway Music

Folkway Music

15 Year Member
Folkway Music
Waterloo, ON
4:27 PM
Folkway is open from 11 AM to 6 PM Tuesday to Friday, and from 10 AM to 5 PM on Saturday.

Folkway Music accepts Visa, Mastercard, money order, bank transfer, or cash.

Folkway Music ships internationally. On applicable instruments, we'll help acquire the CITES permits that may be needed as quickly as possible. We most frequently use FedEx, but can arrange to ship with any carrier, at a customers request.

Folkway Music offers a 48 hour approval period. We will refund your payment if you are not 100% satisfied with your instrument. All shipping costs are non-refundable, however, and are the responsibility of the purchaser.