Up for sale, a 2014 Gibson L-1 1928 Blues Tribute in exceptional condition, complete with the original hangtags and hardshell case. A relatively short-lived and discontinued model, this Blues Tribute is a premium reissue of Gibson's L-1, boasting the distinctive "egg" body shape, 12 frets clear of the body, and the tonewood combination of an Adirondack solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides.
Tonally, this Bozeman, MT-made Gibson acoustic combines the warmth and richness of mahogany with the articulation and woody percussive cut of Adirondack spruce. With an X braced spruce top and hot hide glue construction, the instrument is extremely lively and powerful with a sparkling treble response and defined bass register that lends itself to fingerpicking. The guitar has a broad dynamic range with a high volume ceiling, yielding wound strings that retain definition even with aggressive flatpicking. The guitar is featherweight at 3lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 12-53 strings and comfortable action.
The mahogany neck has a round, full C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder, measuring .880" deep at the 1st fret and .995" at the 9th. The rosewood fretboard features slender frets which have well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4 and virtually no wear further up the fingerboard. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale, and the nut measures 1.77" in width, The headstock features "The Gibson" script pearl inlay and aged nickel strip tuners with white lollipop buttons.
The rosewood bridge sits flush to the top, and the bone saddle has ample height. The period-correct two-tone "Faded Vintage Sunburst" nitro lacquer gloss is framed by deeply ambered binding, and cosmetic wear is limited to just a few tiny nicks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The guitar does also have a particularly strong smokey odor.
The original Gibson black tolex hardshell case is included, along with all of the original hangtags, some of which are in Japanese, as this guitar was originally sold via Gibson's Japanese distributor.