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    Here's a lovely old guitar, in excellent playing condition - a 1937 Gibson Advanced L-12. Serial number is 94379. I seem to have ended up with two of these, so off goes the one with the smaller neck. If you like a 24 3/4", x-braced, 17", fully carved, acoustic archtop, you'll like this. Suprisingly modern and fabulous neck profile - I can measure it all and provide the info. Includes an old hardshell case that works fine, or a newer hardshell case that works fine. Happy to take pix of cases, pickguards, whatever.

    $3,999 takes it away, plus whatever actual shipping/handling costs to wherever you want it to go. Hey, make me an offer if you are interested. I do have some lovely new Waverly tuners available that are perfect retrofit to this guitar. I put a set on my OTHER '30s L-12, and they work great.

    Some pix, and a detailed description to follow:



    Last edited by Hammertone; 11-25-2020 at 01:06 AM.

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    More pix. Updated headstock shot with trimmed strings, sheesh. I believe that Gibson went to the "fat" horizontal script logo in '38:



    Last edited by Hammertone; 04-05-2020 at 02:15 AM.

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    In the past 83 years, a bit of maintenance has been done to the guitar. Pix can be provided that show it all.
    -It was refinished a million years ago. Thin nitro. No shortage of fine lacquer checks now grace the finish.
    -It was refretted at some point and the frets are in great shape.
    -It had a jack in the rims at some point. That was disappeared when it was refinished.
    -No cracks that I can find, and I have looked. This guitar was never mistreated.
    -Original tuners, but the low E tuner was replaced at some point. The old 12:1 Grovers work fine, but I would be happy to install a set of Waverly tuners and put these in the case pocket for the cost of the Waverlys.
    -Replaced tailpiece - shiny. Happy to make it less shiny if that's how you roll.
    -Replaced bridge - footed, rosewood, works great.
    -I have an old pickguard that is stable but was slightly gassing. Happy to include it. I also have a new repro pickguard that I'd be happy to include, mounted to the guitar or loose.

    The guitar sounds great, broken in nicely after only 84 years of being played.
    The blistered Michigan maple on the back is pretty damned awesome.
    There's plenty of room for a Dearmond or a variety of other floating pickups. At some point the guitar had a floating pickup installed.

    Someone buy it, love it, play the bejeebus out of it! It's pretty *&^%$ great.
    I will endeavour to persevere wth only one pre-war L-12. And only one L-5P. And only one L-7C. And so forth. Because times like this require sacrifice. Yeah, that's the ticket.
    Last edited by Hammertone; 01-16-2021 at 03:29 AM.

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    Oh man, to save shipping, put it in a canoe and shove it across "the creek" to me. Hope it makes it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody Sound View Post
    Oh man, to save shipping, put it in a canoe and shove it across "the creek" to me. Hope it makes it.
    Perhaps we can arrange for something through our buddies on the rez. Seneca Nation rewlz!

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    That is a gem. Best of luck with the sale!

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    Hammertone, that is a beauty. If I didn't have the L7, I'd be tempted. I just love the old gibsons. And Epi's too!
    GLWTS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by skykomishone View Post
    Hammertone, that is a beauty. If I didn't have the L7, I'd be tempted. I just love the old gibsons. And Epi's too! GLWTS!
    Thanks. The Advanced Gibsons like this are completely different from your '44 L-7 - different scale, different bracing, different top/back carve. They sound and feel different. You NEED this guitar.

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    I just got back on this forum after a long absence. I am a little confused by the interface and I hope that I have actually sent an email to Hammertone. I have been looking for an L-12 for some time. Don't do a thing until we talk!!

    Good to be back, even if I am a little confused.

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    I'm so glad this is short-scale, x-braced. Otherwise I'd be researching OnlyFans

    Sent from my SGH-I337M using Tapatalk

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    mmm ... OnlyFans. A different kind of thrill. The L-12 can annoy your wife in a much more benign manner!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammertone View Post
    mmm ... OnlyFans. A different kind of thrill. The L-12 can annoy your wife in a much more benign manner!
    I annoyed her so much, she went back in time and never married me in the first place. I think. I have no memory of getting married, so I assume that's what happened.

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    Well, the operation was a success - back to having only one head.
    I've been making room in the main bunker, selling off teles, Jazzicas, parts and so forth.
    This guitar is still for sale and takes up way more space than a plank guitar.
    No electricity required to enjoy this thing - very handy when rolling blackouts, the revolution and/or apocalypse occur.
    Come on down!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hammertone View Post
    Well, the operation was a success - back to having only one head.
    I've been making room in the main bunker, selling off teles, Jazzicas, parts and so forth.
    This guitar is still for sale and takes up way more space than a plank guitar.
    No electricity required to enjoy this thing - very handy when rolling blackouts, the revolution and/or apocalypse occur.
    Come on down!
    Only one head? Is that you, Zaphod Beeblebrox? this explains a lot!

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    Questions:

    1.Do you have "lay away" terms to allow a buyer to make payments?

    2. If so, do you charge intrest ?

    3. Does your company have a credit card?

    4. Wait a minute. Your in Canada and I am in the US. The boarder is closed between the two countries. How does the work?

    5. There's an exchange rate between US and Canadian dollar. How does that work?



    Quote Originally Posted by Hammertone View Post
    Finally recovered from 2020, and am getting back to the many extra instruments and amps I want to sell, like this wonderful L-12. Come on down!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildcat View Post
    Questions:
    1.Do you have "lay away" terms to allow a buyer to make payments?
    2. If so, do you charge intrest ?
    3. Does your company have a credit card?
    4. Wait a minute. Your in Canada and I am in the US. The boarder is closed between the two countries. How does the work?
    5. There's an exchange rate between US and Canadian dollar. How does that work?
    Ha! Nicely done, Rich.

    1 - I have done several deals on this forum and elsewhere on "lay away" terms. It's a great way to make things easier instead of harder.

    2 - No, I do not charge interest.

    3 - I don't use the services of the credit card companies - for the most part, I'm just a guitar enthusiast and collector. I have decided that I have more guitars that I want to have, and want to sell some of them. I typically get paid and pay using Paypal "Friends and Family" to minimize fees and extra costs. I have never had an issue with it. For those who are concerned about it, I can always provide a pile of references. It's easy, it works. Cheques also work. I may try a couple of other methods, so long as there are minimal fees involved.

    4 - When the border is open to vehicular traffic, I ship guitars to folks in the US from the US, and to folks in Canada from Canada. I am happy to ship anywhere else in the world as well. I have shipped several guitars from Canada to the US since the border closed and have been pleased with the results - it turns out that it really doesn't cost a lot more to ship cross-border. Once the border re-opens, I'll go back to shipping guitars to folks in the US from the US.

    5 - I sell my guitars in US dollars in the US to make life simpler and easier for buyers in the US.

    I'm always happy to discuss deals via email, phone, PM, whatever and work out ways to get cool guitars to folks who want them.

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    Oh, how did you guess my first name as I have no idea who you are?
    Seriously these things need to be said as they are extremely important factors in making a buy/deal. Your instruments and amps are superb and when combined with reasonable prices and liberal payments make business with someone like you a happy prospect.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hammertone View Post
    Ha! Nicely done, Rich.

    1 - I have done several deals on this forum and elsewhere on "lay away" terms. It's a great way to make things easier instead of harder.

    2 - No, I do not charge interest.

    3 - I don't use the services of the credit card companies - for the most part, I'm just a guitar enthusiast and collector. I have decided that I have more guitars that I want to have, and want to sell some of them. I typically get paid and pay using Paypal "Friends and Family" to minimize fees and extra costs. I have never had an issue with it. For those who are concerned about it, I can always provide a pile of references. It's easy, it works. Cheques also work. I may try a couple of other methods, so long as there are minimal fees involved.

    4 - When the border is open to vehicular traffic, I ship guitars to folks in the US from the US, and to folks in Canada from Canada. I am happy to ship anywhere else in the world as well. I have shipped several guitars from Canada to the US since the border closed and have been pleased with the results - it turns out that it really doesn't cost a lot more to ship cross-border. Once the border re-opens, I'll go back to shipping guitars to folks in the US from the US.

    5 - I sell my guitars in US dollars in the US to make life simpler and easier for buyers in the US.

    I'm always happy to discuss deals via email, phone, PM, whatever and work out ways to get cool guitars to folks who want them.

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    Hey, who wants to buy this lovely guitar?
    I have TWO Advanced L-12 guitars and only need one.
    Or do some trading?

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    Hammer,

    What does "...one with the smaller neck" mean, in terms relative to some standard measure(s)?
    And, horse trading sounds interesting to me. Horses are facinating creatures, as long as you don't have to do the shit shoveling. My friends that are married to horse wives all seem to lament the ownership equation, shoveling money in, horse manure out!

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    OK, OK, I'll post the actual measurements, already ... to come on a couple of days...
    In the meantime, this is very close:
    1937 L-12 - the one I'm selling - has a neck like a Gibson Historic Reissue '59 Les Paul
    1938 L-12 - the one I'm keeping - has a neck like a Gibson Historic Reissue '58 Les Paul
    ....more to come...
    Last edited by Hammertone; 02-08-2021 at 01:52 PM.

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    The blistered hard maple back is gorgeous. When i first played my 40 L12 I noticed how modern the neck felt. It's long scale though. You mentioned your 37 being short scale. Did they change in 38?

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    Quote Originally Posted by guitarcarver View Post
    The blistered hard maple back is gorgeous. When i first played my 40 L12 I noticed how modern the neck felt. It's long scale though. You mentioned your 37 being short scale. Did they change in 38?
    Both my L-12 guitars have the Advanced, short-scale, X-braced, double-hump carve design.
    There are various transitional models, but sometime in '38/'39 Gibson migrated to:
    -25 1/2" scale
    -parallel bracing
    -simplified top and back carving pattern
    The new design was designed to compete with the Epiphone Triumph/Broadway/Deluxe archtops, which were @17 1/2" wide, with 25 1/2" scale and parallel bracing.