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    Gibson LeGrand-100_0536_copy-jpgGibson LeGrand-100_0533_copy-jpg




    I got this one from the famous RhoadsScholar in a complicated trade, as our most of ours over the years. This was NOS from 2001. There was a batch of two LeGrands and a Citation at a Detroit music store. He got the LeGrand last year I believe and relayed it to me.

    The finish really is a natural but Gibson calls it Chablis. Heritage calls it rose natural. The LeGrand, as most know, is the "heritage" of the Gibson Johnny Smith. It's 3" deep, 17" across roughly, and light. The nut is 1 11/18" and the scale length is 25.5".

    I measured it against my L-5 Premier or Acoustic (whatever it is) from around the same time period of creation. The L-5 is about 1/2" longer.

    The bracing is an unequivocal cross type. It is the same as Heritage does on its cross bracing. The LeGrand is tapped tuned. The top is on the thin side, but I've seen thinner. The neck is a solid medium C.

    This came with a TOM/bridge base set and a ebony saddle/base set.

    I have played it minimally since I got it last night. So far, it's an excellent acoustic instrument that's pretty loud. I haven't plugged it in yet.

    This on has a James Hutchins signature on the label. I am aware that some people are not impressed by him or his signature. Those of us who lived at Kalamazoo at the time had respect for him as a decent and gifted luthier. It is likely true that he only supervised the build of this instrument and tuned the body. That's still something.

    Gibson Guitar's James "Hutch" Hutchins Leaves Behind a Legacy All His Own

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    LeGrand next to L-5. The quality is poor but you can appreciate the size difference and the f holes. Rhoads holding the guitar with a smile.


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    Nice score Marty, you did good.

    Big

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    Happy NGD! That's a beaut from stem to stern!

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    Gorgeous!!! Congrats

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    I own a Hutch signed Byrdland and Citation, They’re the best Gibsons I own. The wood on yours has that “Hutch cut” look I really like

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    What did Bob get in the exchange ? That was supposed to be his retirement guitar. Beautiful LeGrande ! Congrats Mark.

    I hope my good buddy Bob is happy.

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    Marty it is wonderful and he did not have the guitar long really. I am looking for one of those myself really I did see one on ebay for not a bad price but you got a stunner for sure.

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    Really amazing guitar. Congrats!

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    congratulations, LeGrands are in a league of their own .......

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    MG, What a beautiful guitar. Really nice.
    Enjoy.
    JD

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnyv1k
    What did Bob get in the exchange ? That was supposed to be his retirement guitar. Beautiful LeGrande ! Congrats Mark.

    I hope my good buddy Bob is happy.
    Money and another guitar. That's how we roll. Sometimes the guitars go in one direction and sometimes the other. Amps too.

    Bob had suggested years ago that we have a "guitar library" so we can check them in and out. Or maybe a guitar co-op.

    There's a fair chance the guitar will end up back with him.

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    Wow, what a gorgeous Le Grand! Play it in good health.

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    Marty,
    Gorgeous guitar in every way. The Legrand is my favorite Gibson Archtop, do enjoy.

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    Here's what I sold to get the money for the Legrand. It's also a Hutch creation. There are similarities in the top and back.

    Gibson LeGrand-6_zpsteedkquh_37523560051_o-jpgGibson LeGrand-20161212_164910_zpsyxtukjxa_37523556401_o-jpgGibson LeGrand-8_zpsr6ilr8uz_37492324112_o-jpgGibson LeGrand-7_zpsn7jwyrq1_37492324412_o-jpg

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    Your Le Grande is indeed grand. The woods are exquisite. Congratulations, and play it in good health!

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    Congrats, that is a real beauty! I have an L5 Custom from 2001 that looks exactly like your L5P (except blond). Can you describe any differences in sound and playability between the LeGrand and your L5? Have not yet had a chance to try out a LeGrand. Maybe that's a good thing...

    Thanks,

    Len

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    Quote Originally Posted by Len R
    Congrats, that is a real beauty! I have an L5 Custom from 2001 that looks exactly like your L5P (except blond). Can you describe any differences in sound and playability between the LeGrand and your L5? Have not yet had a chance to try out a LeGrand. Maybe that's a good thing...

    Thanks,

    Len
    Too soon to comment.

    One has LaBella 15s and the other Chromes 12s.

    I'll need a few months.

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    Thanks, I look forward to your impressions!

    Len

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    Congrats Marty! So was that "sold" within the co-op too, or did it go to someone who had put in a request to buy it in the event you decided to sell it? Just curious.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Grass
    Here's what I sold to get the money for the Legrand. It's also a Hutch creation. There are similarities in the top and back.

    Gibson LeGrand-6_zpsteedkquh_37523560051_o-jpgGibson LeGrand-20161212_164910_zpsyxtukjxa_37523556401_o-jpgGibson LeGrand-8_zpsr6ilr8uz_37492324112_o-jpgGibson LeGrand-7_zpsn7jwyrq1_37492324412_o-jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marty Grass
    Money and another guitar. That's how we roll. Sometimes the guitars go in one direction and sometimes the other. Amps too.

    Bob had suggested years ago that we have a "guitar library" so we can check them in and out. Or maybe a guitar co-op.

    There's a fair chance the guitar will end up back with him.
    Marty, I wonder how many of us read this post and sigh, like a jealous, wishful, envious guy in some setting where a beautiful woman walks into the room hanging on someone else's arm and think, lucky man! But I know and appreciate how much effort you put into finding these hidden treasures.

    Very nice. Congratulations. Both of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2bornot2bop
    Congrats Marty! So was that "sold" within the co-op too, or did it go to someone who had put in a request to buy it in the event you decided to sell it? Just curious.
    That went back to the guy I got it from. This is the second time he got it back from me.

    It'll maybe come back some day.
    Last edited by Marty Grass; 01-26-2020 at 06:47 PM.