Gibson 1935 L7
Built in the first full year for the 17" body, this gleaming guitar from 1935 shows the very earliest features of the new model: the small f-holes, narrow French heel, 20's style trapeze tailpiece, and shallower arch on both top and back. Most significant, however, is the neck. It's generally assumed that Gibson abandoned the classic 1 3/4" fingerboard of the late 20's along with the 16" body on the L- series guitars. This transitional instrument demonstrates that at least a few early 17" guitars were built with the more generous fingerboard, now so popular among contemporary players. In addition, this solid Brazilian rosewood fingerboard is carved with a full 10" radius, giving it just slightly more curvature than the typical Gibson fretboard, a positive delight under the fingers.
A thrilling example from Gibson's Golden Era of acoustic archtop guitars.