Gibson L-3 Acoustic Guitar ( 1902-1933 )
In 1902 to 1920 there was 4 gibson archtop acoustic guitars from the L series that were dispursed on the market , they were the gibson L1 , L-2 , L-3 , and L-4 .
These guitars can be easily mistaken for one another because they have the same old antique style shaped bodies and they were mostly 13.5 " wide accept for the L-4 ( 16 inches wide ) .
The L-2 was discontinued between 1908 to 1910 while the L-1 and the L-3 continued and were joined by the L-4 in 1912 .
The Gibson L-3 was an archtop guitar , it had a round bound soundhole ( some with oval soundholes in the late 20s) , 3 rings around the hole , raised tortoise pickguard , trapeze tailpiece , "the gibson" logo ,
mahogany back and sides ( some with maple back and sides in the late 20s) , 3 per side tuners with plastic buttons , were made in sunburst , orange top and red mahogany finishes .
During the late 20s they had an oval shaped soundhole and in the early 30s they raised the fingerboard . Were discontinued in 1933 , came in 3 body sizes 12.5 ,13.5, & 16
Gibson had also another L-3 guitar model which was available only on special orders ( see pic ) , the guitar was quite impressive at least for that time and is rare and sought after by collectors . They had a raised ivoroid pickguard and a gorgeous ivory finish .
These guitars are not the best sounding gibson guitars compared to other L models that followed , however during those years they were still ahead of their times .
Vintage Guitars Price Value :
1902 - 1933 > $1700 to $2700
1915 - 1933 > $2100 to $3500 ( ivory special order )
Avg Upward Trend Of 6% a Year since 2000
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