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Here’s a nifty little blues monster that has an interesting history. In 1993 Gibson’s Montana Division, led by master luthier Ren Ferguson, was eager to recreate some of the more idiosyncratic models of the past.
Step back into the “Golden Age” of guitar making. In 1926 Gibson designed and built their first flat top model, the L-1. It was basically a budget priced instrument with mahogany back & sides and either a spruce or mahogany top. The instrument would have faded into obscurity when it was discontinued in 1937, had it not been for a young Robert Johnson having his photograph taken holding his L-1. Years later, Gibson made a limited edition L-1 that soon inspired more L-1 models, including the L-1 Robert Johnson and the L-1 Blues Tribute.
This instrument is from the first series of re-issues, with the original “hour glass” shape with a spruce top and mahogany back & sides, pyramid bridge and inlaid mother of pearl “The Gibson” on the peg head. Gibson chose to depart from the original design in that they used individual Kluson tuning machines instead of the original 3 on a plate open back version and bound the guitar with three-layer binding instead of the original single ply. They also finished the guitar in an attractive sunburst although the originals were natural. Tonally, this 1993 version is rich with perhaps even more volume than than the original.
This example is extremely clean, with no cracks, pick marks or other blemishes. A previous owner has added a strap button to the heel of the neck in the appropriate place and a Gibson styled plain “tortoise” pick guard.
$2100 with Hiscox lite-flite hard case
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Posted: May 17, 2018 11:39 AM CDT
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