I’ve spent much of my adult musical life looking for one of these exquisite instruments. Now, I have 2 all original examples which happen to be in the best condition of any L-1′s I have ever seen. This is the sound of early American country and folk-blues music, which was the foundation of practically all popular music to follow. These early L-1′s were the transition from the old (small bodied) parlor guitars, to this larger, much more powerful and dynamic instrument that could either sonically cut through a band, or stand alone as a solo instrument. Bluegrass players and other finger-style players have long coveted these rarities as well. The neck, in great condition, sports a deep V profile. The beautifully arched top and back amplify the sound nicely. Jack White recently said the (1918) Gibson L-1 (Which he’s been playing a lot lately) is his favorite guitar. This is a museum-quality instrument.
Click on any image to see it larger.