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So You Want to Play the Blues: Gibson L00 Reissue
Feb 17, 2008 (Updated Feb 17, 2008)
Review by George Chabot
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Quality, Sound, Playability, Hard Shell Case
The Bottom Line: If you want one of the original blues guitars like one played by Robert Johnson, be prepared to hand over big bucks, or you can buy one of these.
Gibson L00 Vintage Acoustic Guitar
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Many people today are rediscovering the blues roots music due to the reissue of early recordings on compact disc of seminal players like Robert Johnson, Robert Jr. Lockwood, T Bone Walker, Lightnin Hopkins, etc. This interest in blues has generated a demand to obtain the type of guitar these early blues stylists played. Gibson heard these requests and responded by reissuing the Gibson L00 Vintage, a guitar from the pre WWII era and not generally seen around since them.
The Gibson L00 is a smaller guitar than the usual SJ types and is like the early Gibsons that made the company's name. This guitar is an exact replica of the original guitars that today can cost in the area of 6 figures if you can find one.
The Gibson L00 is not only made of the same materials as the original, it is made by the same processes, also, completely by hand by expert luthiers who select the wood and build the guitar to the exact specifications that they were building them in the 1930s.
These Gibson reissues are made of solid, hand selected wood according to the model. Solid wood guitars require a bit more care but make up for it in the terrific improvement in sound they have over their plywood and composite materials made rivals.
The L00 is not a fancy guitar, but it is a great sounding guitar and the small body design is one that has been requested by many players who just couldn't comfortably wrap their arms around one of the big Gibsons, but nevertheless wanted a Gibson. The playability of these slim line Gibsons is the thing. Many players really enjoy playing one once they realize they don't have to fight with an acoustic guitar. This is a guitar electric players will really love.
The Gibson L00 has a body made of premium Mahogany, a dark wood with light highlights that really looks great and provides a deep throaty bottom to your sound. The top is solid premium Adirondack Spruce that makes the highs sing. The result is an exquisitely balanced sound that other guitar makers are still trying to find.
The guitar is finished off very plainly, as its forbear was with an unbound rosewood fretboard with mother of pearl dot markers and a black headstock with a gold Gibson logo and white button tuners, just like the old ones were. The neck of course is premium solid mahogany and is formed in the shallow V shape of the original L00, another acclaimed feature that seems to enhance playability.
The top is available in a vintage sunburst or antique and the body is bound by ivory celluloid for protection. A tortoise shell celluloid pick guard and mahogany tail piece with two mother of pearl dots finish off the vintage Gibson.
A reproduction Gibson Red Line hard shell case finishes off the instrument and is part of the purchase price as a fine guitar must be protected.
The Gibson L00 may unlock your deepest blues stylings, you never know.
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