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1924 Gibson Snakehead L4 Guitar #81312


1924 manufacture date (traditional estimates)
1927 shipment date, according to Spann's Guide to Gibson
Guitar, Style L4
Serial 81312
Factory order number unknown


A rare model with the coveted snakehead headstock and the unusual cremona sunburst finish on the top. The back and sides are birch with nice figuring on the back. The whole instrument is crack free and just has a few normal marks and play wear. Original end pin, tailpiece, and adjustable bridge. Very nice engraved tuning pegs with one replaced screw. Fancy pearl stroboscopic rosette surrounds the soundhole and the label is nicely intact showing serial # 81312. Someone must have had a good reason to put a very neat hole in the top of the peghead but I'm not sure I know what it is. The bridge was glued to the top (in the wrong position, of course) so there is a mark there where it once resided. The guitar has slight top sinkage but it has been checked out and is stable and has been for years. The action is nice and the sound is strong and mellow. The hard shell case may well be original with a nice new leather handle.


Categories this instrument is a member of

  • Snakehead peghead shape
  • Truss rod


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