1918 Vintage Gibson L-3 (Fleur Headstock)


$5,500.00

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Overview

Produced from 1903 to 1933, the L-3 model shares the many historical traits of the family of L series guitars. Not far from it's DNA is the guitar used by Robert Johnson's instrument of choice, the simpler L-0 versions. These were great ragtime and delta blues guitar, with it's distinctive punchy projection and powerful voice.
Finsihed in an aged velvety dark red sunburst, one can't help but be drawn to it's uniquely voluptours carved body lines, made famous by Orville Gibson himself. The appreciation and evolution of the changing form of a carved top to a modern flattop can be witness in these earlier specimens. We just love the artistic signature of how Gibson evloved from being a Mandolin to a purely guitar company, as seen in the progressive changes with it's offerings. The rounded soundhole changed to a sexier oval denition only in 1928, but some would argue that with it goes the signature sound of the orginal that it is known for. Either way, the L-3 was indeed a samller brother of sorts to the greater numbers series L family. Parlor in size but still packing a deep solid sound with the belief then that such baseball-like-neck would help with sustaining notes. As with most trapeze style guitars, they withstand the tide of time almost unaffected by flattop atypical belly issues. Other intricate details such as decorated rosette around the soundhole and moth-of-pearl "The Gibson" logo shouts decadent vintage vibe aloud.

Specifications

FINISH
DarkRed/ Maroon Sunburst
TOP
Carved Cedar Archtop
BACK & SIDES
Maple
NECK MATERIAL
Mahogany
BRIDGE 
Ebony
FRETBOARD
Ebony
NECK WOOD Mahogany
FINGERBOARD
Ebony
TUNERS
Waverly Tuners
SCALE LENGTH
24.25"
NUT WIDTH
1.88"
STRING SPACING
2.19"