Based on the build specifications of Robert Johnson's famous 1926 Gibson L-1, (reputedly bought through the Sears department store mail-order catalogue), this is the timeless sound of the Blues legend. From the Sitka spruce top and scalloped top braces to the hand-sprayed nitrocellulose finish and traditional hide glue construction, the craftsmen at Gibson's acoustic facility in Montana went all out in recreating this vitally important, limited edition, historic instrument.
Mahogany back and sides; dovetailed Mahogany neck, (with a beautifully playable, modified 'V'-profile); 12" radius, 25" scale Ebony fingerboard; Ebony "half pyramid" bridge with bone saddle; Mother of Pearl dot inlays; traditional soundhole rosette... this is Gibson perfection all the way!
Mother of Pearl
As part of the eighty year old construction specs, the company also revived their historic 'The Gibson' headstock logo for the Robert Johnson L-1. The logo and the Robert Johnson signature, (see pic # 5), are both craftsman inlaid in genuine Mother of Pearl.
Incredibly dry timbers
Super-light, at just over 3lb 9oz, Gibson must have tapped a secret stash of incredibly dry timbers for these guitars - you might well think it's made of helium!
Its production run now ended, prices on these limited edition instruments have begun skyrocketing, going up over a thousand dollars in the last twelve months. $3750 now, it's almost scary to think what these guitars will be selling for by this time next year. That brilliant, dry blues tone that Gibson do so well, presented in the near parlor-size of the flattop L-1, guarantees the Robert Johnson model remaining in-demand, and prices creeping ever upward.
Free courier delivery
Completed in mid-December of 2009, your fabulous Robert Johnson L-1 is in Excellent- condition, and complete with its original paperwork and Gibson hard shell case, (pics 7, 8 and main). FREE COURIER DELIVERY is included to any address in Australia
Weight: 3lb 9½oz / 1.63kg