Instrument Details

1938 Gibson L-Century, Maple/Spruce
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Status
Sold
Brand
Gibson
Product Year
1938
Model
L-Century
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
TMP303
Condition
Appears to be essentially all original! Great setup, pickguard released and reglued and frets freshly polished by our own repair team. Tuners appropriately stiff for age, slight finish crazing on top.
Body Type(s)
Medium, 00
Back & Sides
Maple
Top
Spruce
Neck Wood
Mahogany
Neck Profile
V - Hard
Bridge
Rosewood
Rosette
Ivoroid
Top Trim
None
Fingerboard
Mother-of-Pearloid Veneer
Fingerboard Bindings
Mother-of-Pearloid
Fret Markers
Rosewood Rectangles with Pearloid Diamonds
Frets to Body
14
Headplate
Mother-of-Pearloid
Headstock Bindings
Mother-of-Pearloid
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Instrument Finish
Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Bindings
Ivoroid
Tuners
Grover
Tuner Finish
Nickel
Cutaway
None
Pickguard
Tiger Stripe
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
19.375 in
Upper Bout
10.25 in
Lower Bout
14.75 in
Body Depth Heel
3.5 in
Body Depth Tail
4.375 in
Scale Length
24.875 in
Scale Length (mm)
632 mm
Nut Width
1.738 in
Nut Width (mm)
49.2 mm
String Spacing
2.35 in
String Spacing (mm)
60 mm
Weight
3 lb. 8 oz.
Case
Hardshell - Chipboard Case
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Description

What a gorgeous piece of Gibson history! We’ve had several L-Centuries come through the shop, but this one is in the best shape we’ve seen yet, and it’s got a killer woody voice to match. Maple back and sides and Spruce on top, crisp sunburst and tiger stripe pickguard, original bridge, bridge plate, and tuners—even the setup is perfect. Dialed in to the sweet spot that’s great for fingerpicking but with just enough string height for the occasional slide number to ring without the rumblestrip effect of bouncing across the frets.


Take this beauty in standard tuning, or down to Open D or Open G! The voice has split wide open and you’ll be surprised just how much volume this little L-Century from 1938 can churn out at will. We really can’t say enough about the tone: crisp and responsive, and so lively! It’s an instrument that's incredibly fun to play. Gibson only made these mother-of-pearl(oid)-bedecked gems for a few years, and they’re each a collection-worthy find. This one happens to be both essentially all-original and in incredible playing shape.

This one has a great setup and is a blast to play. The Maple and Spruce voice has opened up nicely for a dry, woody tone with a little extra bark in the crunchy bass.
 
I’ve played a few of these since I’ve been helping out at Dream Guitars and this one is the best so far. The action is perfect and the condition is better than average. If you’ve been looking for a good one of these, your search is over.
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SCALE LENGTH 24.875 in
NUT WIDTH 1.738 in
STRING SPACING 2.35 in
WOODS SPRUCE,
MAPLE

What a gorgeous piece of Gibson history! We’ve had several L-Centuries come through the shop, but this one is in the best shape we’ve seen yet, and it’s got a killer woody voice to match.
 

This one has a great setup and is a blast to play. The Maple and Spruce voice has opened up nicely for a dry, woody tone with a little extra bark in the crunchy bass.
 
I’ve played a few of these since I’ve been helping out at Dream Guitars and this one is the best so far. The action is perfect and the condition is better than average.
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