Original Gibson Press Release for this L-10 reissue:
"Gibson’s Custom, Art & Historic division has created the Chet Atkins L-10, built to the historical specifications of the original custom-ordered Gibson that Atkins acquired from Les Paul. The model gets its unique tonal capabilities from the traditional late-1930s non-cutaway L-5 body and a fingerboard extended to 25 frets.
The Chet Atkins L-10 has a carved spruce top with special multi-ply white/black checkerboard binding, and carved figured-maple back with single-ply white binding. The mahogany neck features a 19-fret ebony fingerboard with a 6-fret extension and split-diamond inlays. Les Paul custom-ordered the original, with the extended fingerboard, in 1938 because he wanted to access the upper-range notes that he had heard gypsy-jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt play, and the guitar eventually came to Atkins. Chet is pictured with the L-10 (customized with an electric pickup and homemade vibrola unit) in publicity shots from his early days on radio."
This example comes with all of its original paperwork, hang tags, certificate of authenticity and original Arts & Historic hardshell case. The guitar is in near-mint condition with some very light, superficial swirl marks in the finish. The guitar plays beautifully and attention to the detail of the build, including the correct 24.75" scale and carved x-braces insures that this guitar has the classic acoustic tone of a late 1930s Gibson. The only thing it lacks is the 80 plus years of age of a vintage example. On the other hand, it doesn't have the issues that often come with a very old guitar. The frets are in nearly new conditon and it plays wonderfully.
These were also fitted with piezo bridges, allowing the player to plug into an amplifier or DI with a mixing board.
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