L-00 Acoustic Guitars

1933 Gibson L-00 Acoustic

Color: Dark Mahogany Sunburst, Rating: 8.75, Sold (ID# 01341)
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The Nicest Of All The Small-Bodied Gibson Flat Tops… The Later "Robert Johnson" Model.

This 14 3/4-inch wide, 4 3/8 inch deep, sunburst "Dreadnaught family" lightly arched-top, "flat-back" guitar weighs just 3.50 lbs. Slightly arched laminated spruce top with 'X' bracing and round sound hole with three (white/black/white) rings. Mahogany back and sides, single-bound on the top. One-piece mahogany neck with a monster "V" profile, a very wide nut width of just under 1 13/16 inches and a scale length of 25.00 inches. Brazilian rosewood fretboard with 19 original thin frets (neck joins the body at the 14th fret) and pearl dot position markers. Headstock with white screened "Gibson" logo. Single-layer bell-shaped black plastic truss-rod cover with two screws. Three-in-a-line Waverly open-back 'strip' tuners with oval white plastic buttons. Specific shaped 'fire-striped' celluloid pickguard glued to top. Ivory bridge on rosewood base, strings secured by six ebony pins. Serial number "1344" stamped in black on end of neck inside body and beneath that "124" written in red pencil. This is an all original example with a little wear to the first few original frets and a few surface marks/abrasions on the body due to nearly eighty years of playing. The action at the 12th fret is a little high at 3/16 inch. Overall this wonderful little L-00 'mean blues machine' is in excellent plus (8.75) condition. Housed in the original three-latch shaped black softshell case with purple cloth lining (8.75).


The Gibson L-00 was introduced in 1932 with a spruce top, mahogany back and sides, black finish and a white pickguard. By 1933 the L-00 was available in a dark sunburst finish with a striped celluloid pickguard. The L-00 series was discontinued in 1942. A fairly rare little guitar with just over 3,000 of this model were made between 1937 and 1941 - the production figures for 1932-1936 are not available.

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