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The guitar is actually not what they commonly call the Robert Johnson L1 which would be a 1920s version.   The larger lower bout and burst  finish combined with the  12 frets, no pickguard  lack of soundhole binding, and"The Gibson" logo  makes this one out to be a 1930-1931.    And yeah, $2700 is a killer price unless there are a number of condition issues which do not show up in the photos.

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What ZW says.

It's hard to know if that is the original finish, but the guitar appears to be intact with no obvious signs of damage.  I'm guessing the top at least has been refinished, as there's no sign of a pickguard shadow, and no pick damage around the soundhole. ZW and others here will know better about the finishing process used around 1930.

The most common issues you may encounter are the need to re-glue braces, plus maybe a neck re-set.

More pictures might be helpful, but if it's as good as it appears to be, that's a great price.

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As far as finish and bridge comparisons go here is my '32 L1.  This one has a bit of Gibson quirkiness as it does have soundhole binding.  I also would not be too quick to pass on it because it is not 100% original..  The early-1930s 12 fretters are truly something. and have darn near reached legendary status.    You will not find anything else like them.  Leave the question of originality to the collectors,

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5 hours ago, zombywoof said:

As far as finish and bridge comparisons go here is my '32 L1.  This one has a bit of Gibson quirkiness as it does have soundhole binding.  I also would not be too quick to pass on it because it is not 100% original..  The early-1930s 12 fretters are truly something. and have darn near reached legendary status.    You will not find anything else like them.  Leave the question of originality to the collectors,

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So true.   

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