Gibson L-30 circa 1938


  • $ 925.00

Will be in stock after

Here for sale is a vintage c. 1938 Gibson L-30 in its original, and somewhat rare, black ebony finish.  The Gibson L-30 model was introduced in 1935, as a way for depression era customers to get a high quality archtop guitar at a reasonable price.  It's compact 14 3/4" body boasted all-solid construction, including a carved spruce soundboard and a flat solid Maple back and solid Maple sides. It also features a one-piece Mahogany neck and Brazilian Rosewood Fretboard. The combination of the carved arched top and flat back gave this model characteristics of both the Gibson flat top models and archtop models and the tone is clear and present and pleasing for both folk and jazz players. The model was discontinued by 1943. 

This particular L-30 plays beautifully with a straight neck and comfortable action.  It has, however, had numerous cracks repaired in the back as well as a few in the front.  There has been some shrinkage with time so the back seam where it meets the sides is not perfect, and the original pick guard is missing.  The bridge has also been replaced with a similar vintage Gibson bridge.  There is also a good amount of  cosmetic wear and scratches to the finish (see photos) That said, as repaired, the guitar is currently solid and healthy and ready to be played.

Comes with an older gig bag.

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