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1933 Gibson L-00 Pre-War Vintage Acoustic Guitar Ebony 14 Fret w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1933 Gibson L-00 in exceptional condition, professionally serviced and complete with a hardshell case. With its original Ebony gloss finish and a crack-free Adirondack spruce soundboard, this Depression-era Gibson is an extremely well-kept and compelling vintage example. This L-00 benefits from a professional neck reset, carved bone bridge saddle, and a refret with slender fretwire.

With 14 frets clear of the body and a 14 3/4" width lower bout, the sheer power and tonal breadth of the L-00 belies its modest body size. Exceedingly lively and resonant, even a light strum yields a bold, balanced sound with tons of projection. More enthusiastic strumming delivers a broadband punch, with muscly, woody-sounding wound strings and trebles that are sweet and round. Extremely responsive to player inputs, the dynamic range and touch-sensitivity of the instrument makes it an ideal recording guitar, and an ideal companion for fingerpicking. This L-00 weighs 3lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 12-53 bronze strings and easy-playing action.

The mahogany neck has a V-shaped profile carve, prominent but not severe in its shape, measuring .910" deep at the 1st fret and 1.010" at the 9th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard has been refretted with flawless slender fretwire, and the guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original carved ebony nut measures a full 1 3/4" in width, and the headstock is fitted with a set of era-correct open gear tuning machines with white buttons. A different tuner set at one time installed, and there are a couple additional tiny, touched-up mounting holes just south of the current gears.

On the body, the original Brazilian rosewood bridge has been reseated and sits flush with the top on all edges, and there's sparingly little deflection of the top behind the bridge. A modern carved bone saddle has been installed, and the saddle has ample height for future adjustment. The original thin white pickguard is in great shape, and the inked three-digit Factory Order Number is present on the heel block, visible through the soundhole.

The gloss Ebony lacquer finish is original and presents very well, with a crack-free top. Crack repairs are limited to one repaired split on the bass-side rim adjacent to the endpin, and a couple additional even fainter repaired splits on the back, one on the lower bout and one at the treble-side waist. There is pick wear across the soundhole and various small nicks and scuffs from almost a century of careful use, as well as wear through to the bare mahogany along the back body edge. The neck exhibits natural palm wear through much of the finish on the profile.

A modern (Epiphone-branded) hardshell case is included.