Gibson L-4 Arch Top Acoustic Guitar (1930)
Gibson L-4 Model Arch Top Acoustic Guitar (1930), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, red sunburst top, dark stained back and sides finish, birch back and sides, spruce top and mahogany neck with ebony fingergoard, original black hard shell case. Item # 7054
Overall length is 39 in. (99.1 cm.), 16 in. (40.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 5/16 in. (8.4 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 25 in. (635 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.). This old Gibson is well-played but great sounding, a great playing example of one of the last original-style oval hole L-4's. There is a lot of pickwear to the top, especially above the soundhole and by the fingerboard, and general dings and wear to the finish overall. The hardware is mostly original including the oft-missing pickguard and bracket and openback Waverly tuners. The original adjustable ebony bridge is intact but has been re-worked somewnat, with a small shim at the base and the saddle cleaned up and recontoured slightly for optimum playability. The tailpiece is original but the crossbar is an old replacement. The guitar is currently set up with the original pickguard and bridge as noted, but an additional pickguard and bridge with a built in Schatten AT-04 pickup system for gigging purposes, as desired. While not the cleanest old L-4 we have had, this is one of the best playing and sounding examples we have seen. Overall Very Good + Condition.
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