Back in the 30s, the L-00 Standard was a well-established acoustic model, recognised by many. Although it has a smaller, parlour-size body compared to standard-size acoustic guitars, it generates a huge sound that is befitting of even a Jumbo. Gibson have recreated this classic model for 2016, paying close attention to the history and tradition of the original guitar by following the specs of the legendary J-45.
The build of the Gibson 2016 L-00 Standard follows on from the ancestry of its predecessors. The parlour-size body is slightly larger than a regular parlour guitar but smaller than an ordinary acoustic. However, the size feels just right and it’s safe to say it offers full-bodied, resounding projection. The body top is constructed from grade AA sitka spruce which is a very popular tonewood for an acoustic soundboard, due to its dynamic range of tones on offer. Mahogany is used to construct the back and sides, partnering the sitka spruce top to add warmth and sweetness to the tone.
The L-00 has a radiused body top and is further reinforced by scalloped bracing, which increases the guitar’s ability to resonate openly while also increasing the guitar’s lifespan.
A mahogany neck is firmly joined to the body of the L-00 Standard via a compound Dovetail neck joint using hot hide glue to keep it as historically similar as possible. The neck has a SlimTaper profile which promotes a faster playability, while the rolled edges feel smooth in your hand as you make your way up and down the neck.
Married to the neck is a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard decorated with Mother of Pearl dot inlays to guide you along the frets. A black Graphtec nut is fitted to ensure the tone remains consistent while keeping the spacing and balance between the strings accurate for optimum acoustic sound. As mentioned, the fingerboard has rolled edges for a softer feel in your hand, and the frets are then hand-rubbed and oiled to make the wood firmer, thus allowing it to withstand more playing time. The guitar is enhanced using cutting edge, hand finished German Plek technology for the perfect playing surface.
LR BAGGS ELECTRONICS
The 2016 L-00 Standard is fitted with the superb undersaddle LR Baggs VTC pickup enabling you to amplify your acoustic timbre through an amp. It has a delicate, subtle design that is incredibly easy to use with volume and tone controls beneath the soundhole. LR Baggs designed the VTC pickup with the soundboard in mind, rather than concentrating just on the attack of the strings, thus allowing it to accurately translate even the faintest of notes. It’s as simple as just plugging your guitar into your desired amplifying device and beginning to play.
HARDWARE AND FINISH
Mini Nickel Grover Rotomatics tuning keys are fitted to the headstock, effortlessly upholding tuning integrity with precision at a 14:01 ratio. The 2016 L-00 Standard is equipped with a traditional rectangle rosewood bridge which holds a strong connection between the strings and the body to give great sustain and sound clarity. The headstock logo has also been upgraded, so this 2016 model has a Mother of Pearl Gibson logo, joined by a custom engraved Gibson truss rod cover just below.
The Vintage Sunburst finish is achieved using finer sand paper and polishing compounds. The luthiers hand rub the body to give it that sumptuous colour and then use Hi Gloss 90 Sheen Lacquer to give it that smooth finish. A tortoise L-00 pickguard complements the body while protecting against scratches.
The Gibson 2016 L-00 Standard is a fantastic, modern take on a 1930s industry-standard Gibson acoustic guitar equipped with a myriad of innovative features to provide you with a top quality electro acoustic guitar that looks, feels and sounds great.
Manufacturer Gibson Model 2016 L-00 Standard Electro Acoustic Guitar Top Material Sitka Spruce Back & Side Material Mahogany Neck Material Mahogany Fingerboard Material Rosewood Body Shape Parlour Colour Vintage Sunburst Pickups LR Baggs Element VTC Guitar Size Full Number of Strings 6 Included Accessories Hard case & Owner’s Manual Tuners Mini Nickel Grover Rotomatic Pickguard Tortoise L-00 Bracing Scalloped Bracing Inlays Mother of Pearl Dot
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