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Gibson HG-00 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1936)
Gibson HG-00 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1936), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 682B-5, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, black tolex hard shell case.
Originally designed 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; compared to most other guitars, it is still a featherweight instrument. The neck is quite wide, nearly 2" at the nut, but comfortable with a noticeable V profile, rather chunkier overall than the contemporary Spanish neck.
Like most, this one does not have a truss rod installed 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 unplated Grover strip tuners with plastic buttons. 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 5/16 in. (11 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 shows some wear overall, but is in excellent playing condition. It has had the required neck set for conversion from Hawaiian to standard play and a refret for good measure. The finish has dings, dents, and scrapes overall, but nothing too severe. There are some deep dings on the sides near the neck heel; it looks like a player with a pinky ring was riffing up the neck long ago.
There are several repaired grain cracks in the mahogany back, sealed but not finished over. The bridge has been reglued and the bone nut and subtly compensated saddle are newer. The D string tuner button is somewhat bent but still functional. This is a HUGE-sounding guitar for a smaller-body instrument; not the cleanest, but one of the best players of these we have had. If you can handle the big wide not, this converted HG offers major sonic rewards. Excellent - Condition.
Item # 7880
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