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  1. For sale for anyone wanting a vintage 1936 Gibson L-00 (stamped 837B on neck block) that they can work their restoration skills on. It was a Sunburst model with black body and neck given to a student of stringed instrument repair and completely ruined of its vintage nature. First the good news. This guitar has been completely examined by an expert Luthier and found to be a very solid guitar without any structural weaknesses. Backing plate for the bridge is original. All bracing is firmly attached with no weak or loose areas. It was recently strung and is very strong. Great sounding guitar and should remain so with a properly applied, quality finish. Now the bad news. The finish has been completely sanded off of it including (sigh) the Gibson script. The bridge is not original. There is a hairline crack about 3" long along the grain of the inside curve of the body on the low E side. Here is the best assessment of repair needs: replace bridge with original style; reset the neck; restore to original type finish; replace Gibson logo on headstock (originally silk screened). Included with the guitar are original vintage Klusen 3:1 tuners with hardware, hard shell case (not original), truss rod bolt cover, original style pick guard (not traditional color). Will sell for $800.00 plus cost of insured shipping. Price is not negotiable. If it doesn't sell, I will have it refinished. Email if you are interested. Thanks for your time. G Gibson 3a.odg
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    1936 L-00

    I inherited a 1936 L-00 from my Aunt. I remember as a boy, long time ago, her having it at her house. A student at a luthier program at Morrisvile (NY) Community College said he could "fix" it up. Needless to say he destroyed all of its original splendor and it has sat unfinished for years. I remember it having the Sunburst finish . You can see from the photos that it has been completely stripped down and the bridge is not original. I have had a couple of Luthiers look at it but seem hesitant to touch it. One said it looked like there was adhesive patterns on the sound board (I do know it had had some masking tape attached to it for quite some time). I have the Klausen 3:1 tuners. I do not know why any "student" would remove the original Gibson script logo, change the bridge and do some sort of re-drilling of the headstock (maybe that's why that program is not at that school any longer)?! Anyway, I am looking for advice on what to do with this instrument. Aside from cosmetics, it does appear to be have good structural integrity. Is it worth restoring? Would restoring it cost more than it is worth? Is it sellable to anyone in its current condition? These are the questions I am dealing with. I would like to have something that is playable and looks original, but I don't know if that is possible. Any advice, comments, etc. are surely appreciated. PS The stamped number on the neck block appears to be: 837B with a red pencil #15 underneath it. PSS Having trouble getting photos into forum.
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