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1939 Gibson L-0

FON EG-6903. Among the most striking versions of the L-00 is the late 1930's Firestripe-on-black L-0 / L-00. A gorgeous guitar, with a pickguard that puts the flame into firestripe, this example is likely the finest of its kind to have come to market in recent history.

The L-0 was given its black paint and simple appointments in order to keep the pricing down. Gibson freely used spruce or mahogany of 2, 3, or 4 pieces for tops, and would regularly cover up factory flaws with the black finish. This example features a 4 piece red spruce top, and there are a few small factory-repaired cracks hiding under that black finish. It's in incredible condition, though, with only a few entirely minor cracks to have happened since, gorgeous original finish throughout, and excellent playability.

Recent professional neck reset, original full height bridge and bridge plate, no brace repairs or reglues, original bridge pins, ebony nut, and Kluson stamped-edge tuning machines. Refret and new aged bone saddle by Folkway's Mark Stutman. The guitar plays perfectly, and feels wonderful in the hand. Very comfortable V-carve neck, 1-3/4" nut width, 2-3/8" string spread at the bridge, 24.75" scale. Action is set at 5 to 6 64ths at the 12th fret with a full height saddle.

The guitar's finish belies its years. It's one of those guitars that makes you fall back in awe when you open the case for the first time. It looks incredible. And that pickguard...

The guitar's original bridgeplate and braces are more lightly built than the average, which helps explain this one's great tone. It's really got the classic L-00 mid-range push, but isn't missing anything in the bass-end, and has rounded, full, thick treble response as well. Clean, balanced, and woody, with overtones there for the coaxing. An excellent fingerstyle guitar, melodic flatpicker, or dropped-tuned song-writer.

With original chipboard case.

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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!

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