Vintage style L-00 with Italian spruce top, Honduran rosewood back and sides

Vintage sunburst top with a tortoise shell pickguard.
Vintage sunburst top with a tortoise shell pickguard.

Vintage sunburst top with a tortoise shell pickguard.

A highly customized vintage style guitar that was designed by the customer. The shape is based on a 1930’s Gibson L-00 that caught his eye. All of the appointments were specified by the customer, from the peghead shape which he found on an old National to the inlay inspired from a Silvertone. Some of his comments:

Read a review of this guitar on the Acoustic Guitar forum

“Well, you’ve outdone yourself again, Jim, and beat my expectations, too. Wow! This guitar is just so amazing. To be honest, I was a bundle of nerves all day (lots of butterflies). It arrived around 3 pm, but I didn’t get up the nerve to open the box until 6 pm. And then once I had the case out of the box, I was afraid to lift the lid. Maryann just laughed at me and opened it for me. What a sight! To my eyes, the most beautiful guitar I’ve ever seen.

The lush Honduran rosewood, the amazing color and shading, the lovely binding, purfling, and rosette. The cool peghead shape. The extra cool-looking inlays. I was surprised to see that your gold MOP logo matches perfectly with the vintage-style tuning keys. Beautiful craftsmanship all around. Fit and finish look perfect.

You know I love the vintage body shape, but the slim soft-V neck was a bit of a gamble, and yet it feels perfect. I tuned it up and played just a little (because I’m afraid I’ll scratch it), and it sounds young but really fine already. I was surprised at the bass and huge volume for such a small bodied guitar. It’s bright and clear and really rings out. And to think it will only get better. I’ll play a lot more tomorrow (and for years, I’m sure) but for now I’m content to just marvel at its stunning beauty.

You can’t get a guitar like this at Guitar Center at any price, and even though there are plenty of fine sounding and playing guitars at the better shops, you put the whole package together for me: beautiful tone, great feel, and everything I wanted in vintage looks. A simple “thank you” seems too little for such a fine thing, but here it is — Thanks! ”

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  • Brian Summers Link Reply

    Jim, I came across the article in Premier Guitar mag. about the Prairie, so I went to your website and found this Loo. I am blown away by the “vintage sunburst” It’s just beautiful. I really love(what appears to be) the lighter colors you used on this burst. Maybe the lighting but I’d take it at sunrise or sunset…LOL. Lovely guitar!

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