If you are looking for a truly spectacular true vintage of an archtop , then look no further. The model L-12 was first introduced from the early 1930s and the last production ended in 1955. Still considered a rare Gibson archtop, these instruments were made during the golden-era of guitar building.
You can imagine the excitement and innovation that prevailed through the earlier L series to bring you the L-12 model. It started as as 16" guitar and then grew to be 17" in 1934, which also saw it advance towards the X-bracing of modern guitars. The L-12 sits between the fancier flagship L-5 and the much planer L-7.
With it's gold hardware and fine selection of Adirondack Spruce top, and sharing the same size, finish, materials and even scale length to the much pricier L-5. The L-12 was meant to be a more affordable L-5. And rightfully so, as it did not fail to deliver to the acoustic and aesthetic appeal of it's grander cousin.
|Hand carved bookmatched Adirondack Spruce
|Solid tiger flame maple
|Solid bubble figured maple
|Solid tiger flame mapleMahogany
|Lock pattern mother of pearl fingerboard inlay and thistle peghead inlay
|Gold Kluson Deluxe tuners