Finish: Lacquer, Sunburst

Body/ Neck Material: Solid Spruce carved top, solid Maple back and sides, Mahogany neck with Rosewood fingerboard.

Neck Profile: Very soft V-C

Fingerboard Radius: 9.5”

Scale Length: 24 3/4”

Nut Width: 1 11/16”

Bridge: Adjustable Rosewood floating bridge, presumably original

Hardware: Presumably all original, Kluson tuning machines, function well

Case: Will ship in original sausage handle chipboard, not in the best shape, but will provide some extra protection in shipping

Repairs/Modifications: Nothing is apparent besides that the strap button is missing at the tail end

Neck Details: Neck looks nice and straight

Action: About .090” all the way around, nice and low

Fret Wear: Fret wear is pretty considerable on the lowest few frets, treble side

General Cosmetic Condition: This guitar is looking pretty great all around, especially given its age. Theres some pretty obvious garden variety finish wear across the instrument, that is very typical of most any guitar this old that has been played a decent amount, and most of which should be pretty visible in the photos. Also, the lacquer is pretty checked in places on the top.

Other Notes: You are looking at an absolutely beautiful classic pre-war Gibson arch-top. It plays quite comfortably as-is with a good neck angle and low action. The tone is just as great as these tend to sound, however with a bit of a discernible underlying rattle, which I will now address here . . . Basically, this guitar — being in as good of overall shape as it is — is priced as such because some repairs are needed. The ends of 3 of the 4 back braces have popped off on the bass side of the guitar, and would ideally need to be re-glued by a qualified luthier or otherwise very responsible person. Also, there is a crack in the back, also on the bass side of the lower bout, which has caused the side to pull away from the back for a length of about a foot around the curve of the bout and on into the waist, and correspondingly caused the binding to separate in this area as well, which is going to take some glueing and clamping to mend. I have tried to make this clear in the photos towards the end of the set. Iv’e seen these guitars go for about 28 hundred and upwards on Reverb and I don’t imagine these repairs totaling out to more than $800, so I believe that my asking price is fair based on that and in full transparency of everything that is amiss here. Otherwise, it’s a fine guitar from a really great period in Gibson’s history, and well worth the work to get it back on it’s feet. Hopefully I have made myself clear, feel free to ask me any questions, as I am more than happy to answer them to the best of my knowledge. Thanks for looking!

Listeda year ago
ConditionFair (Used)
Fair condition gear should function but will show noticeable cosmetic damage or other issues.learn more
  • L-37
  • Sunburst
  • 1935-41
Made In
  • United States
Fretboard Material
  • Rosewood
Color Family
  • Brown
Body Shape
  • Archtop
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Model Family
  • Gibson L-37
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Neck Material
  • Maple
Sides Material
  • Maple
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Top Material
  • Spruce
Back Material
  • Maple
  • Gibson Pre-War Era
Number of Frets
  • 19

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