My favorite L-1 Archtop I ever played. Extra rare beautiful natural top, handcarved and bookmatched red spruce top with solid mahogany tinted maple back and sides. The book match seam that start to give on every last L-1 has long ago been glued, cleated, and stabilized.
The bridge, like many has been replaced with a Gibson adjustable rosewood model from the period immediately following the fixed bridges which were a major limitation for anyone actually playing the guitar. Patent dated Trapeze with tortoise shell cross bar and pins still in tact. Pickguard “C-Clamp” long since removed.
Solid mahogany neck with solid one piece ebony fingerboard. Mother of Pearl dots. Aside from the aforementioned cleat, the guitar is without cracks, having only the most minor of wear, the most beings a few scratches on the upper bout (see pic.) One Chicklet piece of binding missing from fourth fret, bass side. Has been that way for decades, and in no way effects play. Three on a side tuning machines with their original grained ivoroid buttons.
I encourage you to take a good look at all the pics. This L-1 has held its own against and if the early Gibson Archtops. The natural top is as nice of spruce as any L-3 I’ve had over the years. Action is spectacular. Comes in its original hardshell case, while rough around the edges, I’d still wholly functional and original.
All in all, this is plays like a dream, and I’ve yet to find an L-1 top that can come close to it.
Thank everyone again for all the support and cherish your holidays with your family this week, even if they get on your nerves.