Vintage 1937 Gibson L-00 Black acoustic guitar
Posted on June 25 2020
This vintage 1937 Gibson acoustic guitar in original Black finish came through the shop a few years ago. I'm always a vintage Gibson guitar buyer but I especially love the Martin and Gibson acoustic guitars from the 1930s. Please contact me here to sell a vintage Gibson guitar.
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. Woody Guthrie's famous late 1930s Gibson L-00 too was finished in black with firestripe pickguard and adorned with his famous home-made sticker, "This machine kills fascists."
This Gibson L-00 FON 529C-83 is listed in Spann's Guide To Gibson under the published shipping records from 1937. 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 black nitrocellulose finish. Repairs include a neck reset for proper action and saddle height and one >1" top crack glued between fretboard and rosette. It shows wear on the fretboard and frets in the first few frets but doesn't inhibit the player's experience. We're thrilled to offer this stunning little Gibson with attractive aesthetic and raw bluesy acoustic tone for which these guitars are known.