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1933 Gibson L-00 Spruce/Mahogany Guitar #877 - Used  From Gibson Guitars

A wonderfully played-in vintage L-00!


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Condition Used, Good


Pre-war guitars are truly special. It's not just that unbeatable sound of old wood opened up, though that is factually part of why they are special. You feel the weight of history in your hands when you play a pre-war guitar. Case in point: This 89-year-old blues box that feels like it's seen its share of everything from front-porch jams to brew-hall brawls. Featuring the tightest sunburst finish I've personally seen, this mostly-black beauty plays as good as it looks. Yes, that is a compliment. It plays like it has been through some $#!7 and come out on the other end stronger.

Gibson Ls have a reputation for sounding tight and pleasantly boxy, and this one's no exception; in fact, it does that classic L-00 thing in spades with barky bass, direct mids and glassy treble. But it's no one-trick pony. It really does shine with any playing style: Soulful and responsive while fingerpicking, it also sounds lively and confident when flatpicking and very well-balanced as a strummer. I'd venture that the Adirondack spruce top aging over the course of nearly a century has allowed for a wider frequency response from the mahogany back and sides (which, of course, has also had decades to open up and grow in complexity), so it will simply take whatever you pitch it and knock it out of the park. The well-worn soft-V neck also invites versatility in playing styles; typically one of those heretical thumb-over players, even I occasionally found my thumb naturally planted along the profile ridge at times, just like a proper guitar player. It's simply fun and easy to play, and it rewards you for doing so.

SP Luthier Notes: Neck reset, bridge reglue, crack repairs, brace repairs, refret, and setup

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Today's Gibson electric guitars represent the history as well as the future of the electric guitar. The models whose designs have become classics-the ES-175, ES-335, Flying V, Explorer, Firebird, SGs and Les Pauls-are a testament to Gibson's wide appeal, spanning more than four decades of music styles. Gibson's close relationship with musicians is manifest in endorsement models from King, Atkins and jazz greats Howard Roberts and Herb Ellis, plus new Les Pauls made to the personal specifications of rock stars Jimmy Page and Joe Perry. In 1994, Gibson's Centennial year, the new Nighthawk model won an industry award for design, setting the stage for a second hundred years of Gibson quality and innovation.


Model: L-00

Serial: 877

Year: 1933

Body Shape: L-00

Top Material: Spruce

Back & Sides: Mahogany

Bracing: X-Bracing

Binding: Cream

Finish: Sunburst

Neck Material: Mahogany

Neck Profile:

Fingerboard Material: Rosewood

Scale Length: 24 3/4"

Number of Frets: 19

Nut Material: Bone

Nut Width: 1 3/4"

Inlays: White Dots

Tuners: Three On a Plate

Truss Rod Cover: Black

Pickguard: Firestripe

Saddle Material: Bone

Bridge: Rosewood

Case: Original Chipboard (will ship in additional hardshell case)