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1937 Gibson L-00

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FON#: 1395-137

Body size at lower bout: 14 3/4" Side at deepest taper: 4 5/8" Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut width: 1 3/4"

Materials: Solid Adirondack spruce top; Honduras mahogany back and sides and neck; solid Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge with compensated bone saddle; mother of pearl dot fingerboard inlays; bound top, contoured firestripe tortoise pickguard, ebony nut.

Hardware: All original hardware includes open back cream button tuners, adjustable truss rod.

Notes: Now a legend, among blues, ragtime and fingerpickers in general, Gibson's legendary L-00 model made its debut in 1932, and remained in the catalog until just after the war. Mid-size between the petite L-0 and the Jumbo series, the L-00 has been prized for its combination of tonal balance and full throated volume. Introduced with a solid black finish and silkscreen logo, the L-00 was offered with a sunburst option and contoured pickguard the following year. With its ultra-light construction, knife-edge braces, and stiff resonant soundboard, the L-00 pulls jumbo guitar projection from a comfy, compact body.

The factory order number would appear to date this instrument circa 1937. Body and neck show no apparent cracks, and the instrument weighs in at an astounding 3 lb. 9 oz. The deep Cremona sunburst finish is in fine shape, with pickwear confined almost entirely to the soundhole, and a bit of scattered buckle wear in the deep red mahogany lacquer on back.

All original hardware is attached, including the 3-on-a-plate open back tuners, contoured firestripe tortoise guard, and Brazilian rosewood bridge, with newer compensated bone saddle. The neck has a comfy light V profile, and smooth low action over fine high narrow fretwork in excellent condition. With its feather-light construction, the guitar is effortless to hold, and the sound simply explodes out of the body. With its generous 1 3/4 nut, the fingerboard is ideal for either finger or pick style, and the finely aged soundboard is deeply resonant from decades of vigorous play. A timeless classic for old-time, good-time, or double-time picking, anytime.

Case: Deluxe black arched plushlined hardshell case.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge bronze strings (.013-.056). 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.


































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