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Serial #: 92355003, brown oval Custom Shop label.
Finish: Vintage sunburst finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type
Body size at lower bout:17" Body depth: 3" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut width: 1 11/16"'
Materials: Handcarved bookmatched solid quartersawn Sitka spruce top; solid carved AAA tiger maple back and sides; 3 piece tiger flame neck with walnut centerstripes; solid ebony fingerboard with Super 400 style block fingerboard inlay; Super 400 style split diamond peghead with Gibson logo and block-and-wedges inlay on the back; deluxe 7-ply body binding, 5-ply peghead and fingerboard binding, 3 ply back binding, bound f-holes, solid bone nut.
Hardware: Original hardware includes gold adjustable finger tailpiece; solid ebony bridge with pearl inlay in base; gold Gibson Deluxe tuners; gold floating Gibson BJB humbucking pickup with volume control and endpin jack; engraved truss rod cover. Additional bound tortoise guard installed, original in case.
Notes: Introduced in 1993, Gibson's LeGrand model draws inspiration from the two most highly prized archtops of the 20th century. The direct successor to the legendary Johnny Smith model, the LeGrande features the comfy, slightly slimmed 3" body, and warm, X-braced soundboard of its famed predecessor. And from the classic L-5, the Le Grand borrows the long 25 1/2" scale for snap and projection, as well as the nimble 1 11/16" fingerboard. The result is an instrument that combines the best of Gibson's most influential acoustic archtop guitars.
This handsome example is crafted from intensely figured chevron bookmatched tiger flame maple, with a finely grained solid quartersawn Sitka spruce soundboard. The gold hardware and electronics are original, and include the adjustable finger tailpiece, compensated adjustable ebony bridge, and classic BJB floating humbucking pickup, as used on the Citation, Kalamazoo Award and other ultra-premium Gibson archtops. An additional bound swirl tortoise pickguard is installed, with the original in included in the case.
Carefully maintained, the guitar is free of pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, with a handsome traditional Cremona sunburst finish. Apart from a few random lacquer nicks, the guitar shows few signs of play at all. The fingerboard inlays are brilliant as well with colorful Paua abalone inserts within white pearl blocks. Action is smooth and low over a gentle D profile neck, with a fresh high precision setup over fine high original medium jumbo fretwork, on a solid ebony fingerboard.
The voice is warm and appealing, with the depth and sustain of a tap-tuned X-braced soundboard, and the projection of the long scale design. Produced in very small numbers, the Le Grand is seldom seen on the vintage market, and is a perennially popular model. A rare opportunity for player and collector alike. One only: call now.
Setup: 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, electronics and grounding tested.
This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel Thomastic strings (.013-.056). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 4/64" to 5/64" 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 brown Gibson logo arched plushlined hardshell case, with pink silk coverlet, and factory paperwork.