The Gibson L-37 model was introduced in 1935, with a 14 3/4" body, carved spruce soundboard, solid flat maple back, and red mahogany finish. By 1937 the colour was changed to a chocolate brown, and later to sunburst. A short lived model, the L-37 was discontinued altogether by 1941.
Body size at lower bout: 14 3/4"
Depth at full taper: 3 1/2"
Scale length: 24 3/4"
Nut width: 1 3/4"
Finish: Original sunburst finish, nitrocellulose lacquer
Materials: Hand carved solid spruce top; solid maple back and sides; one-piece mahogany neck; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, single-bound body, bone nut.
Hardware: Appears to be all original including contoured firestripe celluloid pickguard, nickel trapeze tailpiece and three-on-a-plate open back tuners, adjustable truss rod, adjustable compensated Brazilian rosewood bridge.
This lovely specimen is a wonderful survivor, and a delightful example of the model. With its original hardware and finish, this guitar has stood the test of time in uncannily good condition.
There is a fine crack on the lower bout near the F hole, which appears to have been professionally repaired. But apart from some light pick marks, this one shows little wear. There are a few minor dings and dents expected on a guitar of this age, but nothing offensive, and nothing structural.
There is some finish checking on the original sunburst lacquer which just adds to the vintage appeal of this wartime baby. The truss rod works fine, the original tuners continue to do their job well and there is very little evident fret wear.
The fingerboard has a smooth low action over original fretwork, and a generous 1 3/4" nut with a full feeling rounded C profile neck.
Weighing in at 4.25 lbs, this guitar has a brilliant clear voice, with good projection.
A pickup has been installed on this one along with a modern end pin socket. We do not know the brand or model, but it sounds very good.
Completing the time-warp scenario is its fitted hard shell case. Not likely to be its original case and certainly showing some wear, but in serviceable condition.