1915 Gibson L-1 – £2199
NEW ARRIVAL Built during the first World War, over 100 years ago, this L-1 has aged well and remains a beautiful and really playable guitar. A small archtop with round soundhole, carved Birch and Spruce body and a short scale neck, this Gibson L-1 has a punchy sound, with a warm dryness though the midrange, and a compact and articulate low end. It’s a fun guitar to play 1920’s era raggy-jazzy tunes on, and cuts through any mix. What’s really interesting to me, though, is the original pickguard with it’s tortoiseshell supports still intact, together with the metal side bars and leather protective pads – it really is a piece of engineering. Then there’s the tortoiseshell tailpiece cross bar and ‘The Gibson’ headstock logo. It’s like playing a piece of history, yet it feels strong enough to gig, has a very comfortable feeling V profile neck, and easy playing action. The guitar has a bridge mounted pickup fitted, and the jack socket sits along side of the bridge, and sounds great plugged in. It comes in a non original hard case.