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I'll soon be a new Gibson acoustic owner but confused about a couple of things that I hope you folks can clear up for me.


Is there any significance to the fact that some Gibsons say "Gibson" while others display "The Gibson"?


I'm thinking about buying a Robert Johnson acoustic and I'm seeing references to both L1 and L00.


Is there a definitive chart or reference anyone can point me to so I can understand the various sizes of Gibson bodies or learn more about each? I have reviewed the site, but haven't been able to figure it all out yet.


Many thanks for your help.



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"Any significance that some say Gibson" while others display "The Gibson". Changing looks with changing times. Script "the gibsson" =20s-30s; (you also see a white script Gibson around then); gold script Gibson (with banner, 41-45,plain 46-47); block logo =48 on on up. The scripts are used on quasi-vintage reissues


"I'm seeing references to both L1 and L00." The L1 is smaller (13 7/8) and 12 frets to the body. Tight and dry. The 14 7/8 L00 has a wee more ring to it. Last I checked they were making them of bubinga (rosewood-like) vs mahog for the LI.


"Is there a definitive reference [for] the various sizes of Gibsons" http://home.provide.net/~cfh/gibson.html

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SoPaw, Check out thread below - " Gibson Seniority Status". JGWoods summarized answer to your question, I think. To get more into it - I would start at the Gibson website looking at models and descriptive info. Size, wood, finish, even pickguards - all vary and the model names/numbers do not offer direct correlation. Good luck on your journey of discovery.

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