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This 1937 Gibson L-5 has seen a lot of action in its approaching 90 years of service.  It's had some repairs along the way, but is clearly ready for another 90.  The sound is the typical more balanced, even tone of an x-braced Gibson archtop with more sustain and less punch than its parallel braced counterpart.  Its obviously a well played in guitar, and it sounds like it.  This guitar has a remarkably resonant Adirondack spruce soundboard on top with the classic flattened carve characteristic to the early "Advanced" Gibson era.  Playability is very nice over replaced frets that are in very good condition.  The fretboard tail drops away a bit from the strings, as is common in many of these old Gibsons, but the action through most of the neck is pretty much just where one would want it for a great balance of playability and maximized acoustic tone/volume.  The neck has a typical C-shaped carve of a mid-1930s Gibson.


The original tailpiece is the star of the hardware, representing the earliest, hinged iteration of the now iconic art deco style L-5 tailpiece. It has had at least three different styles of tuners on it during its life, currently sporting fairly new open back Grover Sta-tite machines.  The bridge base appears like it could be original, but the saddle has clearly been replaced. The pickguard and hardware are fairly recent additions, the guard still covered in protective film. The back and sides are made of beautiful bubble (blister) maple.  The side in the area of the lower bout on the treble side sustained trauma at some point, but was pieced back together and is very solid (see photos).  The guitar was clearly given a light overspray of lacquer, presumably at the time of that repair.


Weight - 6.0 pounds

Nut width -1.76 inches

1st fret depth - 0.87 inches

10th fret depth - 0.97 inches

Scale length - 24 3/4 inches


The guitar comes with a much later hardshell case.


Ships free in the United States and for reasonable rates worldwide.

SOLD - 1937 Gibson L-5 Acoustic Archtop - X-braced

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