Up for sale, a 1994 Gibson Blues King, honestly played and professionally setup, complete with the original hardshell case. Christened the "Blues King," this model is simply a reissue of Gibson's Pre-War L-00 model, with early script logo headstock silkscreen, X braced solid spruce top, and solid mahogany back and sides. A little known inconsistency of these models is that they were made with two different scale lengths and body depths. This particular Blues King has a long scale (25 3/8") more in-line with a Nick Lucas signature model, while retaining the relatively shallower body depth of 4 1/4" measured at the lower bout typically associated with the Blues King.
Featuring 14 frets clear of the body and benefitting from the extra tension on the top due the longer scale, the L-00 produces a warm, punchy sound with excellent midrange authority and smooth, powerful cut. The guitar delivers a gutsy bark on the wound strings when picked more aggressively, while the trebles are sweet and round. Featherweight at 3lbs 14oz, we've had this Gibson Blues King professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, dialed in with 12-53 strings and comfortable action.
The mahogany neck has a medium depth soft V-shaped profile carve, measuring .850" deep at the 1st fret and .920" at the 9th. The rosewood fretboard features pearl dot inlay and slender frets which retain their full factory height, showing grooves beneath the B and High E strings on frets 1-3, with wear growing fainter and extending to fret 6. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 3/8" scale, and the nut is a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note definition, measuring 1.725" in width. The headstock is fitted with original nickel-plated turners that turn smoothly and hold pitch reliably.
On the body, the bridge sits flush with the spruce top, and a new carved saddle has plenty of height. There is modest bellying of the top behind the bridge, and a small amount of finish chipping beyond the footprint of the bridge as well. The dark tortoise pickguard sits flush on all edges, and there is strum wear across the soundhole. The center seam on the back has been reglued, adn cosmetic wear includes various small scuffs and nicks on the body as a whole and a small amount of chipping on the headstock edges.
The original dark brown Gibson Montana hardshell case is included, showing various scuffs on the tolex yet structurally sound and retaining the original latches and leather handle.