Shopbuilt L-1 “esque” body style 0-size 12-fret, 1 3/4” nut, 2 5/16” string spacing, great all around player with classic parlor styling


Facsimiles of the old Gibson L-1 small bodies are popular among modern blues players and this example will not disappoint. I assembled the right combination of tone woods and features and resulting creation is not only nice to look at, but also easy to play and sounds great. Tone is bluesy, punchy and quite present with a flatpick or when strummed. 

SPECS: 0-size body, 12-fret neck with slotted headstock, ladder-braced solid birch top in natural finish, birch sides and back in tobacco brown finish, tortoise-style binding, poplar neck with adjustable truss rod, vintage tuning machines, oval neck profile, rosewood fretboard with new frets, new rosewood bridge, folky MOP inlays, ebony nut and pins, Bone saddle. Nut width: 1 3/4”, String Spacing: 2 5/16”, Scale length: 25”, Upper bout: 9”, Lower Bout: 13”, Body length: 18 1/2”, Widest body depth: 3 5/8”, Overall length: 38”, Neck thickness at 1st fret: 7/8“, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 7/8”, Action: 3/32”, string gauge setup: D’addario EJ26 custom light gauge in standard tuning.

CONDITION: Solid rebuilt condition with upgraded bracing to accommodate modern steel strings. Other work included neckset with added truss rod, ebony bridge, fretboard/frets, setup. Please note that vintage, repurposed materials will have underlying swirls, scrapes, scratches, bumps and bruises. Any new features added during the rebuild were made to fit in with the old.

SOUND: Full tone with a nice punch when digging in. Great all-around parlor for fingerstyle, flatpicker or strummer. Action can be adjusted to suit your playing style. 

PRICE: $799

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