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1933 Gibson L-00

FON 835. A stand-out guitar, this 1933 L-00 is quite possibly the best sounding one we've ever played. And everyone who works here agrees. And there have been many of them over the years to compare with.

L-00s aren't all created equal -- the early ones are really lightly constructed and built with solid linings; the ones built from '34 to '40 are generally pretty tight and heavy, and the late ones are more like LG-2s, with their scalloped braces and round necks. For us, the ones built in 1933 are always tops.

But this guitar is even better.

It's hard to put words on tone; we've been working at that for many years -- and it's going to be very hard to do this instrument justice with words. It's a lightly built L-00, and so it has the warm, open, resonant and lively sound one might expect. But it goes much deeper than that. There's profound body in each note that this guitar delivers. Single treble notes aren't thin or crowded out by overtones -- they're full, thick, clear, and just smoky enough to balance perfectly and carry a stand-alone melody. The mid range is, again, clear, but immensely full and musical, round, and forward, with a hint of smoke and overtone. And the bass is incredibly present, deep, and rich. There's no flab in the low end, and the guitar's ability to articulate in the bass register without being bright or small sounding is one of this guitar's more amazing tricks. There's an immediate sensation upon playing this guitar that you're holding something very special.

The guitar has been played, and shows plenty of wear to its original finish. There are no top cracks, the bridge and plate are original, and there are a few older repaired cracks on the back. Folkway owner/founder Mark Stutman has just recently reset and refretted the neck and replaced the original saddle with an aged bone replica for proper set up. The tuners are 50's Klusons and the pins are modern high-quality Antique Acoustic period-correct replacements. The guitar plays perfectly, easily, and cleanly.

Rounded V neck carve with a very manageable girth, 1-3/4" nut, 2-3/8" string spread at the bridge. Spruce and mahogany body with solid linings and lightly made X bracing.

Clearly we think very highly of this guitar, and we're fairly certain you will as well. If you're local, come over and give the guitar a play before it moves to its new home. Anyone who is into tone needs to hear the benchmark set by this 1933 Gibson L-00.

With hardshell case.

Shipping into the USA?

Sending this guitar to a US address is easy to do, and there are no import fees, taxes, or duties to pay when it arrives. We take care of everything involved in shipping -- all you have to do unpackage the instrument when it arrives and play!

Questions? Email us anytime, or call us toll-free at 1-855-772-0424.


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