During the 30s ( pre world war II ) The gibson L-0 , L-00 and the L-1 ( played by bluesmaster robert johnson ) were known as the cheaper model guitars , these gibson guitars were very lightly constructed , delicate , and affordable .
However , for the price ( in the $30 range at that time ) these guitars offered a beautiful warm , remarkable tone & volume for their small body construction . They were favorites amongst fingerpicking & blues style guitarists . The gibson L1 and l-0 were the first gibson flat top guitars to leave the factory in kalamazoo .
Gibson L-0 Guitar (1926-1942)
In 1926 Gibson introduced the l-0 guitar which was an acoustic flat top , maple back and sides ,13.5" wide , bound top and back , dot inlays 5th, 7th and 9th frets on the ebonized fingerboard , gibson logo in white paint , ebony belly bridge , 12 frets clear of the body , no pickguard , and were available in amber finishes .
In 1928 they made them in mahogany back and sides , dot inlays on the 15th fret , and rosewood fingerboards .
In 1931 the l-0 had a wider lower bout 14.75" very similar to the L-2 , and continued making them in amber finishes . In 1932 they were 14 frets clear of the body and were discontinued in 1933 .
In 1937 Gibson reintroduced the l-0 with a tortoise grain pickguard , spruce top , mahogany back and sides , and were available in black . ( see pic ) Discontinued in 1942 .
Vintage guitar price value :
1926-1942 > $1700 to $2400
Avg Upward Trend Of 15% a Year since 2000
During the same time ( 1926 ) Gibson also introduced the gibson L-1 guitar ( also known as the robert johnson guitar )
Gibson l-00 (1932-1946)
The gibson l-00 was actually introduced in 1929 but was available on the market in 1932 when it made its first catalog appearance . The L-00 is very similar to l-0 Gibson guitar models but are more recognized for ragtime , blues , and folk . They were a hit during the depression and were less expensive ( $25 list price ) . They were also nicer and more attractive .
In 1932 The gibson l-00 was 14.75" wide , had a rectangle rosewood bridge , mahogany back and sides , had a bound top till 1936 and a bound top and back from 1937 and on . In 1943 some l-00 guitars were made with " only a gibson is good enough " banner on the peg head . Color finishes changed through the years . Discontinued in 1945 , some ( very few ) sold till 1946 .
Estimated Guitar Price Value :
1932-1946 > $2300 to $3000
1936-1939 > $2500 to $3700
( 1936 - 1939 yellow part of sunburst finish was wider ,considered classics of the depression era and also more appealing )
Avg Upward Trend Of 11% a Year since 2000
Gibson L-00 Blues King ( 1991 to present )
In 1991 and on gibson introduced some replicas based on the L-00 model with silkscreen gibson logos , mahogany back and sides , same vintage style rosewood bridges , and old style tuners , they have a very balanced warm tonal response and are fairly popular today .
( they are known as the gibson blues king guitars or the L-00/blues king or the L-00 Reissue ) they also made one with indian wood and called it the blues king special .
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