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I have a prototype of this Recording King model that I have kept for my personal collection simply because these are killer 16" Gibson made archtops from the 1930s.  The structural build is essentially the same as the concurrently made L-50, except that this guitar has a non-adjustable steel rod in the neck, rather than adjustable truss rod, and the body depth is greater which gives these a greater bass response that the usual Gibson 16-inch parallel braced guitar.  This Recording King model was made with the more exclusive Adiorondack spruce top, rather than the Sitka spruce that was used on lower end Gibsons.  Cosmetically, this guitar is a significant step up from the L-50, having checkerboard, multi-ply binding and fan fingerboard inlays.  It also has beautifully flamed maple sides and back woods.


The guitar is in all original condition and plays beautifully great action.  It has the typical bold, punchy mid-range of a 16-inch Gibson, but with a bit of added bass reponse due to the increased body depth.  The guitar has one stable midline top crack near the tailpiece, but otherwise appears completely free of cracks or repairs.


The guitar comes with a 1930s era chipboard case which is likely original to the guitar.


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SOLD - 1936 Recording King (Gibson made) Model 1285 Acoustic Archtop

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