So, it's come time for me to part with a guitar I really love, but just don't play enough to warrant having around: my 1935 Gibson L-12.
It's a first-year, advanced 17" Gibson with an X-braced top. It has significant play wear, but that does allow for a well-played-in sound that you just can't get any other way. I've had it PLEK'd and refretted, which necessitated new neck binding (done at Westwood Music in Los Angeles), and it plays perfectly from stem to stern. Outside of the pickguard, and the frets/neckbinding, it's all original. No evidence of cracks, or neck resets, or anything major. Bridge height has plenty of travel in either direction, and the neck angle is good.
As far as the play wear, it's got plenty of dings, the back of the neck is well worn-in, and there's a patch of strum wear on the top hidden behind the pickguard.
It came to me in a 1940's or 1950's Lifton Case with a crocodile pattern. I will include that as well.
The advanced L-12 was just below the L-5 in the Gibson heirarchy, with identical construction, except with a rosewood fingerboard. The L-12 had gold hardware, and fully sunburst back (unlike an L-7 which had nickel hardware and brown back). The L-12 is the first appearance of Gibson's iconic "parallelogram" inlays, and the deco headstock inlay is unique to the model.
It's got that classic "advanced" X-braced tone. Rich, full, round, and most importantly open, with great natural reverb.
Honestly, I'd happily keep her for a long, long time, but with a '32 L-5 around the house, I just don't get around to picking my L-12 up often enough. I'm asking $4500.