|1918 Gibson L-1 Guitar 'In Stock'|
Extremely Early Gibson Flattop Guitar - one of the earliest we've seen...
Excellent condition. This is one for the museums! Earliest example of a flat top, flat back guitar we've ever seen from Gibson. Example of the earliest "A-frame" bracing that Gibson employed until around 1926/27.
24 1/4" Scale Length. Shellac finish. BIRCH back and sides, with Red Spruce top. Pumpkin color. 1 13/16" width of fingerboard at nut. Dyed Pearwood fingerboard and peghead overlay. The Gibson silkscreen silver logo. Original Ebony nut. Original small frets. Tuners appear to be original 3 on a plate, with original buttons in good shape. Bridge is Ebony and appears to be original. Who knows - this guitar is early enough that it may be that Gibson just bought a bridge for this early guitar because they hadn't designed a flat top bridge before this time.
Back and sides may have been refinished at some point... but looks to be also a Shellac finish. Top seems to be original finish with typical "leather dye" sienna color under the shellac finish.
The historical record of the early days of Gibson evolving their L-1 from an arched top and back, to a flat top with arched back, to these first flat top AND flat back A-frame braced examples is rather murky and incomplete. Hopefully this guitar will stand as a useful piece to this ongoing puzzle...$3,950.00 w/ New L-1 Case
* This cool old Gibson was previously shown on these pages as "display only", but we are currently offering this guitar for sale.
|1967 Gibson J-160E Guitar 'In Stock'|
VG(+) Condition. The top has some lacquer checking, and a moderate amount of knicks, but nothing major. The back and sides also have some lacquer checks and a number of small marks. The neck is in nice condition with just a couple of light marks. There is a moderate amount of fret wear on the fingerboard.
|c. 1942 Gibson L-50 Guitar 'In Stock'|
VG. Condition. There are 4 repaired cracks in the top, and some scratches including pick scratches that have worn through the finish near the soundhole. The pickguard has been removed and there is a small hole near the fretboard where it was screwed in. The back and sides have moderate scratches but are in good shape with no cracks. Finish has been worn away on much of the neck, but it is smooth and comfortable to play on. Frets are in great shape.