This is one of Gibson's earliest flat-top guitar models with the 9125 Factory Order Number stamped on the neck block dating it to 1928 (a tiny number 568 is die-stamped on the upper edge of the headstock but we don't know the origin or meaning of those numbers). Original tuners and bridge, and the original "The Gibson" silver paint silkscreen on the headstock is still visible, but only if you hold the guitar at the right angle in bright light as the headstock was over-sprayed with black lacquer. A (now removed) non-original pickguard's outline can still be seen on the top, again if held to the light just so. Looks like the top was over-sprayed, with much of the added finish later removed. This L-0 was sent back to Gibson in 2010, where it was refretted and the cracks repaired (top crack near bottom, crack on lower-treble-side, very small crack to back). Finish on the neck, sides, and back appears to be original. As you can see in these photos, portions of the top finish are worn through to the mahogany beneath.

This early 13 1/2" body shape with circular lower bout only lasted another year or so before Gibson abandoned this bridge style, then in 1931 changed the shape to the larger "00" shape we're all familiar with today. Comes in a new Gibson case, a copy of the original 2010 work-order from Gibson is included, plus a copy of an April 2010 appraisal from Gruhn Guitars (was appraised then at $2500).

stock no. 55933

ModelL-0 all mahogany
Topmahogany
Back and sidesmahogany
Frets to body12
Nut width1 3/4"
Scale length24 3/4"
Bridge materialrosewood
Fretboard Materialrosewood
Neck materialmahogany
Electronicsnone
Neck profilerounded V
BindingIvoroid
Total frets19
Tunersoriginal
CaseNew Hard
Serial No9125 (FON)
BracingV/fan pattern