Instrument Details

1926 Gibson L-1, Mahogany/Spruce
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Status
Sold
Brand
Gibson
Product Year
1926
Model
L-1
Serial #
8406
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP302
Condition
Gone over by our very own repair staff. All-original. Back crack, a few top cracks, all stabilized. Shallow bridge crack at pins. Great setup, lots of saddle height left.
Body Type(s)
Small, 00
Back & Sides
Mahogany
Top
Spruce
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Neck Profile
C
Bridge
Ebony
Rosette
Wood
Top Trim
None
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
None
Fret Markers
Dots
Frets to Body
12
Headplate
Ebony
Headstock Bindings
None
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Instrument Finish
Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Bindings
Ivoroid
Tuners
Original
Tuner Finish
Nickel
Cutaway
None
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
18.5 in
Upper Bout
10.125 in
Lower Bout
13.875 in
Body Depth Heel
3.5 in
Body Depth Tail
4.125 in
Scale Length
24.25 in
Scale Length (mm)
616 mm
Nut Width
1.875 in
Nut Width (mm)
48 mm
String Spacing
2.375 in
String Spacing (mm)
60 mm
Weight
3 lb. 7 oz.
Case
Hardshell
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Description

Nothing beats holding a piece of history in your hands, especially when that piece of history sounds as good as this 1926 Gibson L-1. As you’d expect from a 90-year-old vintage box, the L-1 might be small but it packs a lot of voice in its little package! This was the year that Gibson would introduce the L-1 model (and it would enjoy but a brief 11-year lifespan before being discontinued in 1937) with Mahogany back and sides, Spruce top, and Ebony bridge and fingerboard. Some of America’s biggest music legends have played L-1s. Remember that photo of Robert Johnson in pinstripes and hat with Gibson in hand? Yup. Or Norman Blake, whose collection includes a 1930 L-1.


There are miles and miles of dry, woody tone waiting to be explored in this Gibson. Short scale and a wide fingerboard make for great fingerpicking times in open tunings; holds up loud and clear to flatpicking too. These early Gibson flattops have thinner tops and braces which make for great volume and a colorful response. A sweet piece of history indeed, with tone and character to spare.

Heaps of bark to this one. Opened up with the dry, airy tone you'd expect from a vintage Gibson, this L-1 plays like a dream.
 
This rare little gem oozes the Blues and it's impossible not to play a Robert Johnson lick on it, just to hear how it sounds on one of the original guitars he is associated with. If this guitar could talk, it would have some wonderful stories to tell. It's been well kept and smells good too.
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SCALE LENGTH 24.25 in
NUT WIDTH 1.875 in
STRING SPACING 2.375 in
WOODS SPRUCE,
MAHOGANY

Nothing beats holding a piece of history in your hands, especially when that piece of history sounds as good as this 1926 Gibson L-1. As you’d expect from a 90-year-old vintage box, the L-1 might be small but it packs a lot of voice in its little package!
 

Heaps of bark to this one. Opened up with the dry, airy tone you'd expect from a vintage Gibson, this L-1 plays like a dream.
 
This rare little gem oozes the Blues and it's impossible not to play a Robert Johnson lick on it, just to hear how it sounds on one of the original guitars he is associated with. If this guitar could talk, it would have some wonderful stories to tell.
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