Gibson’s L-00 flat-top guitar made its first catalog appearance in 1932 amidst many improvements across the steel string acoustic line. In 1933, Gibson extended the neck to join the body at the 14th fret instead of the 12th fret which coincided with the beginning of the golden age of the modern acoustic guitar. The L-00 model was Gibson’s lowest priced name brand flat-top acoustic guitar with humble appointments including a stencil painted script “Gibson” logo, single layer top and back binding, and simple pearl dot fretboard inlays. It was offered in a standard sunburst finish or an opaque black finish on and off throughout its production run completing in 1945.
The FON EG-5295 is unlisted in Spann’s Guide to Gibson however the number series most likely points to a 1939 manufacturing date. It features standard specifications for the production year including an X braced Adirondack Spruce top, Mahogany back and sides, 1 3/4″ Ebony nut, and original sunburst nitrocellulose finish. Repairs include a neck reset with new saddle, bridge reglue, and refret all professionally completed by Jason Burns (Burns Repair). All parts are original to the guitar with the exception of bridge pins, frets, one replaced tuner screw, and strings. Two small hairline cracks in the back were glued hide glue and did not require cleats. There is a very small area of touch up in front of the bridge. The rare amber Kluson open back tuners are original to the guitar and were only installed on the model for about a year’s time. We’re thrilled to offer this stunning little Gibson with attractive aesthetic and raw bluesy acoustic tone for which these guitars are known.