The very 1st year of production for an L4C or L4CN. These guitars are a working mans way of owning a carved solid spruce topped arch top guitar. 16" wide solid spruce top and the size of an ES175TD but acoustic whereas the 175 had a laminated top (and 2 P-90s of course).
This natural example is from the 1st year of the model and bears a white label A 43XX serial # and just sounds heavenly. The whole point of these guitars is to PROJECT past the louder instruments and boy DOES IT!! Beautiful Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and 1+11/16 width at the nut. Nice round full C shape neck profile but not huge. Plenty of playwear on the back mid section of the neck.
The reason it is not priced up with many of the others (6-$7500) is because though in beautiful shape there is some neck wear. The tuners are newer Kluson deluxe's "no line". era appropriate repros And there are 2 well fixed side cracks bass side mid body. You can see them if you look closely (pics 13 and 16). Frets are orig and have plenty of dings but they don't get in the way of playing and aesthetically can be prettied up with a topping but they are functional as is.
It has a nice tight grain on top and sounds like a bell. The original pick guard (in case) has been cut for a floating pick up so going electric is easy BUT friend and Luthier Steve.Soest built me another using NEW OLD STOCK 1940s Gibson BWB material he bought up YEARS ago!! Comes in an era correct brown speckled soft shell case (see pix)
Pay Pal, Cash, Personal Check, Money Order/Cashier's check, Wire transfers or Western Union. Pay Pal and wire transfers are offered as a convenience for far away buyers and all extra expenses are the customer's responsibilty. Unless i price my guitars up with some of the really big dealers theres not enough profit in Vintage guitars to pay out 3.9% additional. If you need to pay with a credit card there is still a way though i don't take them directly .... and that is that Pay Pal will take the card and pay me through normal services. Any time that a deposit is taken for any special arrangements or "holds" it is non refundable. To have these rules work in your favor all transactions need to be completed or deposited on w/in 5 days.
Buyer pays shipping. Shipping will be determined on a case by case basis so as to include size, weight, distance, insured amount and method requested. Shipping is paid by customer both ways on any returns.
All parties buying through the mail or offsite are allowed a 48 hour approval/inspection period on ALL guitars, unless discussed otherwise, to make sure they are keeping their purchase (but not amps to keep shipping delicate amps back and forth to a minimum and not on parts either ... too many guys doing "switcharoo's" or wrecking them trying to install them, break them and then trying to send them back ... sorry ... you have to reap the behavior of so many others). Buyer pays shipping. Payments must be received within 5 working days of anything placed on HOLD. When you receive the guitar your 48 hour return includes 2 days to receive it and approve or not and you MUST contact me. WE DO STRICTLY adhere to these rules. I don't mean to sound tough here but you would be amazed at the liberties taken in recent past! Thanks for your understanding and adherence. If an instument is put on hold and any special arraingements have been made like a deposit and hold followed up by another payment that is considerd a sold instrument since it has been taken off of the market for other possible buyers. Its not fair to us to hold it off the market and then decide against it so make sure to ask ALL questions and we will be thrilled to give you an in hands description. The same poicy holds true if you have us change the guitar (like "set it up for left handed etc ...). If that kind of work is done thats on an instrument that is a done deal also. Thanks. ALL Outside the USA sales are FINAL due to extended "visits" through customs and some countries laxed attitude about shipping on time.