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#1 User is offline   gruffydd3 

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 12:36 PM

I have a 2017 Gibson L-00 Vintage, that's become my favorite. I really like the small body guitars, and I'd like to get another.

The 1928 L-1 Blues Tribute appeals to me. So, my question is this: Do these two guitars sound different enough to make buying the L-1 worthwhile, or are they going to sound almost the same. I'm not able to get my hands on an L-1 to try out.
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 10:45 AM

Hi Gruffy, Welcome to the forum. I can not speak to the differences between the L-00 and The Blues Tribute. I can speak to how much I enjoy the Lg-2 American Eagle. I play it more than any other guitar I own and I have a dozen of really good guitars, Including three other Gibsons.
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 11:47 AM

I got a L1 Tribute.. Not a bad little guitar.. Very light.. lots of tone..
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 03:34 PM

View Postkelly campbell, on 09 October 2017 - 10:45 AM, said:

Hi Gruffy, Welcome to the forum. I can not speak to the differences between the L-00 and The Blues Tribute. I can speak to how much I enjoy the Lg-2 American Eagle. I play it more than any other guitar I own and I have a dozen of really good guitars, Including three other Gibsons.


The LG-2 is a nice guitar, but I like the chunky V necks of the L-1 and L-00.
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 03:36 PM

View Postslimt, on 09 October 2017 - 11:47 AM, said:

I got a L1 Tribute.. Not a bad little guitar.. Very light.. lots of tone..



How do you like the 12 fret compared to the usual 14 fret?
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 04:12 PM

View Postgruffydd3, on 09 October 2017 - 03:36 PM, said:

How do you like the 12 fret compared to the usual 14 fret?



I dont mind it... your limited on access of the board with a 12... the guitar is light.. Nice neck , it has volume as well..
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Posted 10 October 2017 - 01:27 AM

In my experience, youíd be happy with the L-1 but I donít think it would give you a great deal of variation from your L-00.

I went on a bit of a small body odyssey last year and was determined to find one that was right for me, having owned L-00s, F20s, CJ165s and allsorts. I found in general the Gibson small bodies all sounded lovely, but all fairly similar. I bought a LG2 American Eagle in the end which was great, but I ended up playing my early L-1 shaped Epi EL-00 more, so the LG2 was traded against my Ď41 Reissue SJ100.

One really strident and lovely guitar you should try is the Maple bodied Nick Lucas. Very different vibe to the L-00 despite the similar shape.
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Posted 10 October 2017 - 08:17 AM

If you like a chunky V or roundback D neck the LGs are not what the doctor ordered. I have no idea what the new CF-100 RI sounds like but I would check them out. While I do not really need a cutaway, if nothing else they are sexy looking as all get out. Those with the P-90 have the X bracing placed closer to the bridge which puts out a different sound than the LGs. When it comes to something like a Blues King, I would stick with an older one with the deeper body.
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Posted 10 October 2017 - 05:14 PM

I had a '66 LG-0 that was a real player...lotta sound for such a small body...
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Posted 10 October 2017 - 07:10 PM

I second the Nick Lucas. Get maple or rosewood, whatever floats your boat. Deeper body and different woods will definitely get you a different sound. I have a RW which is becoming one of my favorites.

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Posted 10 October 2017 - 10:47 PM

Thanks Jinder, that's exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for all the other replies too. Now I need to mull this over for a bit.
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 08:16 AM

I have a 1950 LG-1 for sale. PM me if you want more info. $1700 + shipping
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 11:08 AM

I own the 1928 L-1, and previously owned an L-00 Pro. They are both wonderful but quite different animals in my opinion. That particular L-00 was perfectly well rounded and I adored it. The L-1 just has so much character, personality and uniqueness though - it is an absolute mid-range tone monster and sets itself apart from my J-45 and other guitars. Thatís why Iíll keep it forever. Itís a very light build, as Iím sure certain L-00ís are as well. Iíd just say itís more mid range-growly in its voice. You certainly canít go wrong!

Disclaimer: Iím a sucker for 12-fretters in general.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 06:03 AM

Ladder braced guitars are where I go in a different direction. I am a believer in the wisdom of going with one of the higher end Harmony or Kay offerings as opposed to the lower end Gibsons or Martins. If nothing else you will get a 1 3/4" nut width with most Harmonys which tended to change little from the 1940s into the 1970s with the exception of the addition of a truss rod. It is hard to beat a good LG-2/3 or CF-100. But when it comes to LG-0s and LG-1s I would recommend looking at the all mahogany Harmony H-165 or the Roy Smeck model (which these days though can cost you more than a 1950s LG-1).
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 02:39 PM

Well I made a decision.

I threw a Martin into the mix, a CEO7 small body. I played it for 10 minutes at my local GC. It actually only took me about 10 seconds to know it wasn't for me. I've heard Martins on recordings and YouTube videos that sounded real nice, but I've never played one or heard one played in person that did anything for me. It's left me wondering why they're so well thought of. The finish on it wasn't that great either.

Anyway, I considered the Nick Lucas but on the videos I listened to, it sounded a lot like my J-45 Custom. Also, the neck is thinner and narrower than I wanted.

So this morning I ordered a Gibson 1928 L-1 Blues Tribute. I can't wait to get it in my hands!

Again, thanks to everyone for all the advice.
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Posted 13 October 2017 - 07:42 PM

I bought the LG-1 I have now to help a friend out and fixed it up and cleaned it up and decided it was not quite the sound I was looking for. But then I put in another friend's shop for a couple of months and it just sat and no one wanted it. I had special ordered a new TKL case because the original Red Line was in pathetic shape and it was too short for the guitar and over the years the finish on the headstock got worn. Well I brought it home and played it and am taking it out to a jam tomorrow. I recorded it today and man it sounds good in a very different way than any of the cheaper ladder braced guitars I've owned over the past several decades. It has a ring to it and a cut that is way cool and different from the rich overtones of the ladder braced guitars. For slide it is real killer. I may not be selling this one afterall.
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Posted 14 October 2017 - 02:38 AM

 Willie King, on 13 October 2017 - 07:42 PM, said:

I bought the LG-1 I have now to help a friend out and fixed it up and cleaned it up and decided it was not quite the sound I was looking for. But then I put in another friend's shop for a couple of months and it just sat and no one wanted it. I had special ordered a new TKL case because the original Red Line was in pathetic shape and it was too short for the guitar and over the years the finish on the headstock got worn. Well I brought it home and played it and am taking it out to a jam tomorrow. I recorded it today and man it sounds good in a very different way than any of the cheaper ladder braced guitars I've owned over the past several decades. It has a ring to it and a cut that is way cool and different from the rich overtones of the ladder braced guitars. For slide it is real killer. I may not be selling this one afterall.


I love LG-1s. I played an amazing Ď50s example at Chandlerís in London a few years ago that blew my mind...really fat midrange and that cut and ring that you mentioned were in full evidence. It seemed quietish to the player but really projected well and filled the room. Just sublime for blues and rags.
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Posted 14 October 2017 - 08:36 AM

I played a 1968 LG-1 at the local GC a couple weeks ago. It sounded great. I might have bought it but the neck was real narrow and thin. It seemed like maybe it was made for a young person to learn on.
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Posted 14 October 2017 - 06:02 PM

View Postgruffydd3, on 14 October 2017 - 08:36 AM, said:

I played a 1968 LG-1 at the local GC a couple weeks ago. It sounded great. I might have bought it but the neck was real narrow and thin. It seemed like maybe it was made for a young person to learn on.


No. While I have no time under my belt with 1960s LG2, Gibsons got a slimmer neck profile in 1960 and a narrower nut in 1965. The slim neck carve though is the reason I avoid 1960s Gibsons.
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Posted 15 October 2017 - 06:32 AM

I avoid the narrow nut whenever possible (big hands & fingers). As we've discussed from time to time here in the forum, Gibson didn't necessarily make changes in specs immediately and dating them as they show up on specific instruments has to allow for the occasional anomaly. A lot of that is simply a matter of exhausting existing parts and such before starting to employ the 'current spec' as cataloged. For example, my '61 LG-1 retains the earlier-dimensioned neck, my '65 H'bird has the wider nut, and my '58 Epi Cortez sports an 'original' Epi neck. I mention all this to say that if you're put off by certain changes in specs, but hanker for a specific year's model, they're sometimes out there - time and patience required, though☺
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