1918 Gibson L3

Archtop Vintage Acoustic



1918 Gibson L3 with original finish, ebony fingerboard, herringbone sound hole, and trapeze tailpiece. Original ebony tailpiece with thick celluloid tortoise shell color/pattern trapeze is in good condition, the tortoise cross bar is solid and shows no cracks or failure. The original nut is present.

Top and bottom are crack and damage free. One repaired crack on bass side of body. The floating bridge has a patent date of 1921 stamped on the base, so that is likely not original to the guitar.

The neck was recently refretted, the fret board was planed level during that refret, so the neck is straight and flat.

The heel is very tight into the body, no gap visible in the joint, but there is also a small wood screw through the neck block that goes into the joint.

Close up photos are available of the guitar which show the quality of workmanship involved in the restoration process and the grade of the instrument.

Body:Spruce top with Mahogany bridge. The back and sides are most likely Mahogany stained Maple or Cedar.
Neck:Mahogany with the action set at 6/64" at the low E and 5/64" at the high E, the neck is straight under tension.
Case: OHSC is in great condition.

1918 Gibson L3 Vintage Acoustic Guitar