Here is one of the last archtops to be finished at the Gibson factory before production stopped because of WW2, and it’s a good one. The tailpiece has the characteristic Brazilian rosewood crossbar that was used in place of the metal needed for the war effort.
This one has a carved spruce top, maple sides and a striking flame maple back. The hardware all appears to be original and the original frets are still in place in the Brazilian rosewood fingerboard The finish appears original and shows weather checking throughout. The neck finish shows some light blistering that does not affect play at all. The bridge is the original Brazilian rosewood one. There are absolutely no cracks anywhere at all.
The tone is warm and punchy with abundant volume available. It has a classic Gibson 16 inch archtop tone. The frets have been freshly leveled and is a breeze to play. The neck has a full C shape, and is a great fit for larger hands, as is the wide nut.
The guitar comes with a 70s era Gibson hardshell case. The case shows some wear, but the latches and hinges all work well and gives this guitar the protection it deserves.
Weight: 3 lb 15 oz
Nut width: 1 3/4"
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