1934 Gibson L50 – £1999
SOLD 1934 is the only year Gibson made the L50 in this shape – introduced in 1932 it had a shrunken dreadnought shape with a central sound hole, and by 1935 the body widened and had F holes – the 1934 model has a more traditional L00 style shape with arched top, flat back, and central sound hole. Because the guitar has archtop style H bracing rather than X bracing that you’d find on an equivalent flat top, the guitar has a very distinctive sound – very bluesy but with more punch around the mid range. This particular example has been refinished, and has a few repaired body cracks. The tuners, bridge and tailpiece are all original. The neck feels great and the action is easy. Although it’s one of the rarest Gibson acoustics around, it doesn’t feel like you have to be precious about it – it feels tight and gig ready. The guitar comes in a non original hard case.