1929 Gibson L-1 – £3799
NEW ARRIVAL Only made between 1926 – 1931 with a circular lower bout, and only from 1929 with Mahogany back and sides, this has to be one of the rarest Gibson models around – and arguably the most important. The L-1 is a 00 size, X braced guitar, and only 12 frets to the body which changes the string tension and therefore the resonance. In fact this is one of the most resonant guitars I’ve played, and a fingerpicker’s dream. The volume for such a small guitar is quite amazing, and the balance is very even. The guitar has been restored by luthier Graham Parker, and he has done a fantastic job – his attention to detail, and sensitivity are very impressive. There are numerous crack repairs, a narrow back insert, and some distortion to the top around the soundhole, yet it feels strong, and not the kind of guitar you have to handle with kid gloves. This is a great example of a guitar that you just don’t want to put down, it has warmth and depth in it’s tone, and a great feeling neck. It comes in a non original hard case.