Gibson L-0 from 1937 in original black finish – it is quite remarkable to find a 85-year-old, small-bodied Gibson in such good condition!
During the money-tight times of the 1930s, these guitars were the work horse of the working musician.
The appointments include spruce top; mahogany back, sides and neck; top and back binding; original non-pinned bridge; fire-stripe pick guard lighting up a solid black finish; 14 frets clear the body and 14 3/4 inch lower bout.
It’s pretty hard to argue with an old Gibson. They’re killer guitars. The good ones — like this one — have that classic Gibson “simplicity” to the sound. They’re woody, plainspoken, open-sounding, and are “hifi” in that you can hear every note you’re playing distinctly. They’re not cluttered with scooped mids, complicated overtones, or sweetened highs. These are cool straight forward guitars — they shoot back what you put into them, albeit through a “woody-old-Gibson” filter. There are good reasons for these instruments to be as popular and desired as they are.
This one is in pretty nice condition considering the age. Of course it has the signs of play and wear and several crack repairs on the sides. It has received a neck reset and plays incredibly easy with a low action, a straight neck and good frets.
The serial number is hard to read, but we would say it is 38 – C. We have the original case of this guitar, but it is broken. You can decide if you want to have it in a newer case or keep the old case.
This Gibson L-0 from 1937 is an extremely rare and historically significant guitar.