We at TRM are happy to bring you this Gibson golden era 16-inch acoustic archtop. While the L-4 underwent several design changes throughout its production, this is likely the most popular iteration. Made with a 16-inch lower bout having a Florentine cutaway, the silhouette (and feel) are identical to the ever popular ES-175. Like the ES-175, it also comes with a one piece Honduran mahogany neck with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard sporting double parallelogram inlays, but the similarities end there. The L-4 has acoustic construction with a fully carved, graduated, top quality spruce top. This example has nicely figured maple back and sides with a mix of light bubble and flame figuring which is somewhat subtle, but gives a nice depth to the appearance of the wood.
The playability is excellent. The frets are in very good condition. The guitar can easily be set up with higher action for full acoustic tone, quite low for fast electric action, or anywhere in between. The guitar has a pickguard mounted pickup assembly with a pickguard mounted 1/4" jack. This guard can easily be removed to mount a plain pickguard if wanted. No additional holes were added to the guitar. The mini-humbucker pickup is said to be a Kent Armstrong handwound example, but the underside shows no markings. The all original finish is in very nice condition with very little in the way of checking. There are a few scratches and dings as shown in the photos. The guitar is completely free of breaks, cracks, or repairs.
The Brazilian rosewood bridge and nickel plated tailpiece are original. The tuners have been replaced with appropriately matching modern Kluson Deluxe style examples which work beautifully.
The guitar comes with what appears to be an earlier 1940s era Geib case which has some repairs, but appears solid.
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