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Gibson HG-00 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1939)
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Gibson HG-00 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1939), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.
Originally intended for lap-style Hawaiian play, the fairly rare HG-00 makes a dandy Spanish-style guitar and an interesting variation on the normal 1930s "L" flat-top specs. This is a 12-fret guitar with slightly heavier bracing than the 14-fret standard L-00 -- and we do mean slightly, as compared to most other guitars, it is still a featherweight instrument.
The neck is a quite wide but comfortable V profile, rather chunkier than the contemporary Spanish neck. This one does have a truss rod installed; many HG-00s do not, as it was deemed unnecessary for the Hawaiian-style neck. The fingerboards were fretted in the standard style, so the conversion to Spanish play does not require a refret.
The tuners are still the original early Kluson strip tuners with amber plastic buttons. The top sports a period rose floral decal on each side of the bass bout that we find most charming. This is a really fine guitar, somewhat rarer than a "normal" L-00 and with a slightly more aggressive tone. Great for a number of acoustic styles and a connoisseur's delight in a 1930s Gibson flat-top.
Overall length is 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm.), 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 7/16 in. (11.3 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 15/16 in. (49 mm.).
This guitar is quite clean overall. There is typical checking, some small dings and scrapes, and one deep ding in the back. There is one sealed top crack on the lower bass bout. The conversion from Hawaiian involved a new nut and lowering the bridge slightly -- otherwise, the guitar is original except for a metal endpin. A very good-playing guitar with a fairly powerful sound, excellent for both finger and flat-picking styles. Excellent - Condition.
Item # 6129
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