Gibson L-1 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1930)
Gibson L-1 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1930), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 9571, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, mahogany back and sides, spruce top; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case. Item # 7301
This model is a nice playing example of a particularly rare and wonderful Gibson flat top only produced for a brief period from 1929-31. This 1930 L-1 combines features from earlier and later eras into a unique package, with the elegant look of the 1920's Gibsons on the structure of a more "modern' larger 1930's flat-top guitar. The larger, less rounded-bout body and X-braced top first seen on this model would be subsequently used on similar 14-fret L-series guitars throughout the 1930's but the older hand-rubbed Cremona brown sunburst finish on the top and small script "The Gibson" logo on the headstock were gone by 1932. These 12-fret L-1's feature exceptionally light construction, even compared to the far more common mid-1930's examples. While we are partial to all pre-WWII Gibson flat tops we still find the L-1 from this year to be a particularly attractive looking-and great sounding-guitar.
Overall length is 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm.), 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 1/4 in. (10.8 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 guitar is in excellent structural and playing condition but shows some noticeable pick wear to the top and a few repairs to the bridge area. There are two very small old repaired grain cracks to the top coming of the back of the bridge-well sealed but visible. There is a small chip to the spruce on the center seam just in front of the bridge, and the seam itself below the bridge has been resealed. The guitar does not appear to have ever had a neckset; and bridge and bridgeplate are both slightly oversize correct style replacements. All work is very neatly done, and the top shows less distortion than many of these extremely lightly built guitars. The neck has some finish rubbed off the back, the frets and fingerboard show only light wear. The openback Waverly strip tuners are original and still quite functional. A fantastic sounding and playing instrument, a lovely example of this much-coveted Gibson flattop. Overall Excellent - Condition.
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