Gibson TG-00 Flat Top Tenor Guitar (1934)

Gibson  TG-00 Flat Top Tenor Guitar  (1934)

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Gibson TG-00 Model Flat Top Tenor Guitar (1934), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 974, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, mahogany back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black chipboard case.

The TG-00 is the tenor version of the L-00, and although these were Gibson's least expensive tenor guitar, they generally have a big and powerful sound. The specs are the same as for the 6-string version, with the obvious exception of the narrow 4-string neck with tabbed Grover banjo tuners. This example is well-used but quite early, from 1934 with a very small sunburst centered around the bridge, and includes the original soft shell case.
 
Overall length is 38 1/8 in. (96.8 cm.), 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 5/16 in. (11 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 22 5/8 in. (575 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/8 in. (29 mm.).

This old and nicely original Gibson tenor has seen a lot of play, but hearing the sound it's easy to see why. The top in particular shows a lot of wear from energetic strumming, including a spot just behind/under the pickguard well into the wood. There are also wear spots through the finish all around the sound hole rim and on either side of the tip of the fingerboard. The back of the neck is worn down to the wood from the first fret most of the way up its length. The frets are in very good shape, with what looks like an old but correct-style refret.

The lacquered bridge is intact and does not appear to have ever been off and reglued, which is a minor miracle on one of these -- even the pins are original. The guitar plays very well with an unusually deep, rich tone for a tenor, and has plenty of volume. Not the cleanest, but one of the best-sounding Gibson 4-string guitars we have had in a while. The original chipboard case is included, festooned with period graffiti from "The Rambling Trio of Lincoln Ill." and "Guitar Kid 871 P.I.B.". We're glad "Guitar Kid" Paul got so much use from his $30 guitar, and we're also happy that it survived for another century's players to enjoy. Overall Very Good + Condition.