1933 Gibson L-10
1933 Gibson Black L-10 in excellent condition. The L-10 model was clearly in development for sometime at the Gibson factory before being listed as a catalog model. Examples as early as 1925 exist and are well documented. The first year the L-10 appears in the catalog is 1932. At the time it was the second most expensive guitar Gibson made at $175 and the only f-hole archtop other than the L-5. The earliest examples of the L-10 are essentially identical to L-5 in construction, features and sound. The tone bars are the carved version as opposed to the latter kerfed style. The serial number and 705 FON of this guitar places it as 1933. The later dot neck L-10s can be distinguished by their mahogany neck, further differentiating them from the L-5. This guitar features a 3-piece maple neck with 24.75” scale and 1.75” nut width. The neck shape is a soft V that fills your hand oh so nicely. The condition is remarkable with just the right amount of playing wear. The black finish is deep, rich and beautiful. The neck has had a perfect reset and refret here in our shop. The pickguard is an exact copy of the original and nearly undetectable. The top of the bridge is a compensated reproduction to aid in accurate intonation. Tuners, bridge bottom, tailpiece and pickguard bracket are original as is the truss rod cover and nut. The playability is second to none and the sound is everything a guitar this special deserves. The range of dynamics goes from soft and sweet to powerful chunk. Gibson archtop guitars are forever the benchmark to which all others are measured. This guitar is a perfect example why. Included is the original red-line “faultless” case which is also in excellent condition.