1932 Gibson L-0


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This Gibson L-0 from 1932 is a true piece of musical history, boasting a sound as timeless as the craftsmanship that went into its creation. Its body, crafted entirely from mahogany, coupled with the 12-fret join to the body, gives it a characteristic tone that's nothing short of stunning.
Luthier Mark Stutman, a respected name in the world of vintage Gibson restorations hailing from Canada's Folkway Music, lent his expertise to the restoration of this guitar.
The guitar is distinguished by its lean construction, early rounded-style rectangle bridge, and dark tortoise celluloid pickguard. Mark Stutman states that the pairing of a 12-fret mahogany body with the pickguard is a hallmark of the 1932 production run, a time when Gibson aimed to strike a balance between strength for the growing popularity of steel strings and a lightweight build for epic tone.

Playing this guitar is an exercise in inspiration. The tone is the obvious highlight, but its neck shape and featherlight feel are equally enjoyable. The neck is super comfortable, with a 1-3/4" nut width and well-spaced strings.

The sound of this guitar is a delicate dance between subtle and commanding. It answers to the gentlest pluck yet possesses the capacity to command a room when strummed with conviction. The balance across the strings is superb, with a bass that's warm and crisp and trebles that subtly take centre stage. The aged mahogany top lends a dryness to the sound, adding a layer of depth to this dark-toned instrument. It's a unanimous crowd-pleaser, a distinction that it doesn't wear lightly.
This Gibson L-0 has journeyed through time with older brace repairs that were properly redone at Folkway. The pickguard has been replaced with one that's true to the vintage aesthetic, and the guitar wears a few repaired top cracks with pride just in front of the pickguard. There's also a healed crack on the bass side of the soundhole, just above the bridge. The bridge and bridge plate, finish, frets, and tuners are all original.

This guitar is a scarce treasure with a sound that's hard to match. It's fully functional and has a neck that's likely the most comfortable you'll ever come across from a vintage Gibson. This could be the guitar that brings your search for the perfect instrument to a satisfying end. Comes with the original chipboard case too. 

TOP: Solid Mahogany
BACK AND SIDES: Solid Mahogany
BRACING SHAPE: Non-scalloped
FINISH: Nitrocellulose 
NUT WIDTH: 1 3/4"
NECK: Mahogany
BRIDGE: Rosewood
CASE: Original Chipboard Case

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David Inglefield
1943 Gibson Southern jumbo

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