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Here at the Denver Folklore Center, we believe that there are very few things finer than a pre-war Gibson - and one needs only to play this beautiful 1937 HG-00 to understand exactly why we feel that way. It's a compact, 12-fret instrument with a small and stout body that makes it very comfortable to sit with, and the 12-fret neck and wide nut width encourage fingerstyle folk blues and ragtime. The guitar has a thick midrange and a very clean sound with a lot of dynamic range in the very open cuts of spruce that adorn the top. Visually, it's one of the more striking guitars we have in our shop, with a beautiful sunburst finish and a tiger-striped pickguard that ensure it's a visual standout in addition to its great, classic sound.
The guitar has sort of wear and tear typical for one of its vintage, with an average amount of finish checking on the top, back, sides, and headstock, and the typical amount of dings and wear on the top, primarily on the upper bout. The guitar recently had a neck reset, and had a new, compensated saddle built for the dimensions of the instrument, so the action and playability is excellent. The tuners and bridge are both original. There is one small repaired pickguard crack, which is cleated and very stable (see detail photo). The finish was oversprayed on the back, sides, and neck, which makes the guitar's finish look a little different than most other Gibsons of its era. All said, we consider this HG-00 to be in very good condition. Included in the price is the original soft-shell case.