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Gibson L-4 1927

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$7,200.00
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10.00 KGS
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There are so many wonderful  acoustic Gibsons; 1928-34 L-5s, pre-'55 small-guard J-50's, early round-bottom Nick Lucas Specials and this stunning model: The '27 L-4. There were many changes to the L-4. Perhaps more than any other Gibson model - she started out as a round hole, went oval, back to round, then F, different body bindings, different neck bindings, different tailpieces, cut aways etc.

Tony Collichio

The truss rod cover is adorned with the name Tony Collichio, a guitarist of note who played on the last Jimmie Rodgers sessions in 1933.  Jimmie was dying of tuberculosis and was too weak to back himself.  Included with this guitar will be a Jimmie Rodgers CD which includes one tune from that session; "Mississippi Delta Blues" and you can hear the guitar in action.

Quite easily my all-time favourite, the L-4 is very loud with a solid bass and sparkly highs. Finished in just lovely in Cheeton Brown Sunburst, the 1927 L-4 was (IMHO) the best combination of features with the richest tone of probably any Gibson archtop including the venerable L-5. There is obvious player wear from 81 years of service but the small radius Ebony fingerboard is still true and the neck wonderfully slim. At this age a guitar that's still in one piece ought to be thinking of retirement, however this is such fine condition that she'd be at home playing 5 nights a week as in an investor's guitar vault.

A very nice investment to round out an early 20th century Gibson 'Orchestra' collection, a stand-alone showpiece or a piece of US country music history. This Youtube clip below shows an L-4 in action.

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VINTAGE GIBSON 1: Cedar Hill (07:10)
Add David Harvey at http://www.myspace.com/davidwharvey Add Tim May athttp://www.myspace.com/timmaymusicA closer look at instruments used in mandolin orchestras in the early 20th Century.... Acoustic superpickers Tim May and David Harvey brought out their personal vintage Gibson collections at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on June 27, 2007, for a powerful demonstration of the beauty and enduring quality of these old treasures. In Chapter One, May plays a 1917 Gibson L-4 Guitar while Harvey plays a March 31, 1924, signed Lloyd Loar Gibson F-5 Mandolin with Virzi Tone Producer. The tune is David Grisman's "Cedar Hill". (Used with permission.)
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