Gibson L-00 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1935)

Gibson  L-00 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1935)

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Gibson L-00 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1935), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 920, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, chipboard case.

This well-worn L-00 is not for the conditionally timid, but has a rough-hewn charm that transcends its issues. The L-00 was Gibson's most popular Depression-era flat-top guitar. While at the bottom of the flat-top line in the mid-1930s, it still offered a great value in sound.

The top finish is a dark sunburst with celluloid binding around the edge, ornamented with a tortoise celluloid pickguard and a three-ply sound hole ring. The neck and sides are dark mahogany, as is the "V" profile neck, with an unbound rosewood fingerboard. The headstock carries only a white paint "Gibson" logo.

This model was a standard of the day, and remains one of Gibson's best-loved flat-top creations. It offered a professional grade guitar at a price affordable to blues players, Hillbilly string bands, and many other itinerant musicians, as well as Gibson's intended student customers. Each one of these guitars has its own character and this one is quite powerful with a strong midrange ring.
 
Overall length is 39 3/4 in. (101 cm.), 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.).

This one's definitely a "road warrior" -- it's been a pirate, a pauper, a pawn, and a poet, and we know one thing: if you don't mind a well-worn and repaired guitar, this is a great find in a gigging pre-war acoustic.

It has definitely seen a lot of use in a probably turbulent life. There is a long diagonal headstock crack, solidly glued up but quite visible. The bridge has been cut down and the pickguard is not original. A couple of cracks on the top and back are well-sealed up. There is finish wear everywhere, but it's actually not that severe. The frets have some wear, but it plays well and sounds great. Not for the collector, but a blues-approved machine that still offers the magic of a pre-war X-braced guitar at a relative bargain price. Very Good Condition.