This is one of the interesting variations of a 1920s Gibson L-4. Like most of its immediate time period it has a red sunburst finish with red stained back and sides and an oval hole with a diamond pattern rosette. The neck is a fairly typical large carve, this one with a soft V-shape and a 12 fret neck joint. This particular one has the snakehead headstock shape and the slanted "The Gibson" logo. Most interestingly of all, this is one of several which also include the Virzi Tone Producer which Lloyd Loar had specified to be used on the original L-5 as well as the early F-5 mandolin.
The guitar plays beautifully and actually has a tone reminiscent of some L-5s of the same period. Watch the video on our youtube channel where you can also hear it compared to three other oval hole archtops here.
All hardware (bridge, tailpiece, pickguard, and three on a plate tuners) appear original to the guitar. The guitar appears free of cracks or breaks. The guitar has clearly been refretted and there are several repairs to the ebony fingerboard where it chipped out, presumably when the prior frets were removed. There is some finish wear, as to be expected of a 100 year old guitar, but overall it is in very good condition.
The guitar comes with its original hardshell case. All latches and hinges work well. There is a small amount of duct tape that has been placed around the lower bout inner edge.
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