This 1935 Gibson L-30 archtop flat backed guitar is one of the most interesting vintage guitars we have had for sale in quite some time. Nicknamed the Gibson Special #2 upon it’s addition to the Gibson catalog- the smaller bodied jazz guitar was only offered for a single year in the black finish before switching to a sunburst top in 1936. These guitars are relatively rare due to the fact the L-30 was only in production for less than a decade before it was phased out in favor of the more popular larger bodied arch tops.
Some of the notable features of the L-30 are the smaller body with a 14-3/4” maximum width at the lower bout, comfortable modern width neck with a slight V carve to it, elevated tiger stripe pick guard, and stencil Gibson logo- all of which combine to make a very desirable vintage piece.
Overall the guitar is in good condition for an instrument of its age. A few small cracks are found on the top and back, the tailpiece has been removed and reinstalled, and numerous small dents and dings cover much of the instrument but there is nothing to be found that poses any concern to the structural integrity of the instrument. After all- its lasted over 80 years and with proper care should be able to last at least that long again.
Included with the guitar is a hardshell case.
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