We are so glad to have another great 16-inch 1930s Gibson archtop in stock. This is one of the relatively less seen Black Special #4 examples. I haven't been able to find the factory order number on this one, but the exact features of this one are most consistent with those dating to 1936. These are basically the same as the L-50 of the era, but with a gloss ebony finish. It features a fully carved spruce top and a flat back. The neck has V-shape that is not as sharp as many from the era, but still not exactly a soft V. All parts appear original (except for the frets), including the tuners, tailpiece and ebony bridge.
This guitar has the classic 16-inch Gibson archtop punch. While not having a carved arch back, I repeatedly find these flat backed 1930s Gibsons to have great tone. The playability is great as well.
The finish shows scratches from exhuberant playing which isn't surprising, as this guitar can be driven hard without buzzing out. The frets were replace with medium jumbos at some point and these only show a little wear. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is in excellent condition. There is a repaired crack on the treble side back and the plastic endpin is broken.
The guitar comes with a modern hard shell case which is in very good condition with all working hinges and latches.
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