Gibson L-30 & L-37 Acoustic Archtop Guitars ( 1935-1943 )
During the twenties and thirties gibson introduced several L series guitars which were extremely popular such as the l-7 , l-12 , l-4 and l-5 .....
These gibson guitars were considered higher quality guitars and had 16" or 17" wide bodies which were favorites amongst many guitar players but were quite expensive .
In 1935 the gibson company tried a different marketing strategy and introduced (2) L models with 14 3/4" wide bodies , less fancier " basic models " and more affordable . These guitars were short lived and never really made it mainstream , they were the l-30 & the l-37 .
In 1935 The gibson L-30 was introduced with a 14 3/4" wide body , standard flat back, had an adjustable bridge, trapeze tailpiece, elevated unbound pickguard, bound top and back, dot inlays on the fingerboard, silkscreen peghead logo, were made mostly in black finishes very few in sunburst until 1937 . Discontinued in 1943 .
In 1935 gibson introduced another very similar model which was called the gibson L-37 , it was fitted basically with the same specs instead had a bound pickguard and most of them had round sound holes ( see 2nd pic ) . Discontinued in 1941 .
Note : Most gibson literature and guitar books state that they made the L-37 only in sunburst finishes however I did see a black l-37 with a serial number dated in 1935 .
I also want to mention that these guitars are not really sought after by collectors due to their short history but they are still extremely rare and definitely collectible .
Vintage Price Value For 2007 :
1935 - 1943 > $1 200 to $1 600 ( L-30 )
1935 - 1941 > $1 250 to $1 700 ( L-37 )
Avg Upward Trend Of 6% A Year Since 2000 ( For Both )
In 1932 gibson also introduced the L-50 with a 14 3/4" body but was changed to a 16" wide body in 1935 and remained in production until 1971.
Prices are according to 4 different vintage guitar price guides and rounded off to the nearest dollar.
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