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1941 Gibson L-4

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Serial #: 97267, white Kalamazoo label

Body size at lower bout: 16", Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut: 1 11/16"

Finish: Cremona sunburst, nitrocellulose lacquer type.

Materials: Solid handcarved bookmatched spruce top; solid 3 piece maple neck with walnut centerstripe; arched tiger flame maple sides and back; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, split-parallelogram mother of pearl fingerboard inlays and fleur-de-lis headstock inlay; older fat script pearl Gibson peghead logo, triple-bound body, bound fingerboard, original bone nut.

Hardware: Original hardware includes nickel-plated art-deco "double parallelogram " trapeze tailpiece, compensated adjustable Brazilian rosewood bridge, adjustable truss rod. Vintage correct hardware includes prewar style antique nickel 15x1 Kluson type tuners; additional swirl tortoise pickguard with ivoroid binding installed (original guard included in case.)

Notes: Introduced in 1912, the L-4 was Gibson's top-of-the line guitar, and remains its longest lasting model, still in production as a cutaway electric. When Gibson retired the original 16" L-5 in 1934, the round hole L-4 was converted to an f-hole design, to meet continued demand for the classic body size. Built on the same forms as the of the Loar Era L-5, the L-4 differed mostly in cosmetics from its costly cousin, with the same scale, soundholes, fingerboard dimensions, bracing, etc. (Interestingly, the variegated floral fingerboard inlay, borrowed from the early L-7 and Nick Lucas models, is far more ornate than the L-5, which offered only simple blocks. Gibson was still using up these fancy 20's banjo inlays all the way through WWII.)

Well played and well loved, this old road warrior has the wide-open voice of a true bandstand veteran. Clear, throaty and powerful, the guitar has projection rivalling much larger boxes. The Cremona sunburst finish is all original, and the guitar shows no cracks or overspray, with all original binding still tight to the body. Transitional features include the unbound fleur-de-lis peghead and the distinctive art-deco "double parallelogram" trapeze. The original Brazilian rosewood bridge has been compensated as well, to optimize intonation throughout the fretboard.

The back shows deep rollers of tiger flame maple under the dark walnut finish, with a few patches of crystallization in the lacquer. The top and peghead show some dings and wear as well, and the back of the neck is smooth as a Louisville Slugger, perhaps a clue to the guitar's fine rich tone. Fretwork, truss rod and fingerboard are all in great shape, with a fresh precison setup allowing smooth low action over a classic gentle C profile neck. Finally, unlike postwar examples, this guitar is built with a fully suspended fingerboard, permitting ready installation of a floating pickup. The hardshell case is original too, well worn but still good protection.

If you've been looking for the tone and feel of the 20's L-5, here's a guitar you should know about. And one that won't require a second mortgage. One only: call now.

Setup: The frets have been precision leveled, recrowned and polished as needed; trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation set; string slots at nut and bridge inspected and recut as necessary; bridge foot contour inspected and fit to top as necessary; bridge radius inspected and recurved as necessary; bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.

This instrument is strung with medium gauge bronze strings (.013-.057). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 5/64" to 6/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Original Gibson black arched plush lined hardshell case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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