1938 Gibson L-Century, Maple/Spruce
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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.
|Scale Length||24.875 in|
|Nut Width||1.738 in|
|String Spacing||2.35 in|
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