Gibson L-12


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1933 Gibson L-12 With Picture frame inlay.

Made C.1932 – 1955 The Gibson L-12 , L-10 and the L-7 were Gibson L models that were produced late in the 20’s and early 30’s after the famous L-5 Archtop acoustic guitar.

Unlike the L-5 these Gibson guitars are less sought after by collectors but are still considered vintage historic and collectible quality guitars that are rare and are increasingly gaining value on the vintage market.

In 1934 the Gibson Company wanted to add extra volume to their L-5 arch top guitars by increasing the body width from 16 inches to 17 inches and at the same time added this feature to three other L models (L-12 , L-7 and L-10) This opened the door for the well known Gibson super 400 which has an 18 inch body in 1934.

Gibson has created Archtop acoustic guitars that are well made and very sought after by collectors and among the finest every made.

The Gibson L-12 hit the market in 1932 with a 16″ wide body, Trapeze tailpiece , Single bound body , Single bound pickguard and peghead , Rectangle enclosed fingerboard inlays , Gold plated hardware and were sunburst in finish.

1934 Gibson increased the body width to 17 inches wide , with an X Braced top, Fingerboard inlays were switched to double parallelograms, diamond shaped peghead inlays and were made in sunburst finishes.

In 1937 a flat tail piece with cutouts was added, in mid 1939 the Gibson L-12 featured parallel top bracing and in 1941 the L-12 had crown peghead inlays, sealed tuners and tulip tuner buttons.

Very few or no L-12 guitars were made during world war 2 , full production resumed in 1946 ( post war ) and were discontinued in 1955.

In 1947 Gibson also introduced the Gibson L-12P ( premier ) which had basically the same specs but were made with a rounded cutaway ( considered higher quality model ) and were discontinued in 1950 .

Less than 90 of these Gibson guitars were made.The L-12P is comparable to the super 400 or the Gibson L-5 But they are not in the same caliber both historically and performance wise.


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