This is a vintage 1939 Gibson HG-00 flat top acoustic guitar. This ’39 HG-00, serial number EG-3705, has been re-appropriated /converted many years ago for a traditional Spanish setup, with the original Hawaiian nut being reduced for non-slide playing. Otherwise, this particular example is in 100% all original condition. The HG-00 is a 12-fret, wide nut version of the L-00, with the two different models sharing the same “00” body size, same X-bracing patterns, same cosmetic appointments, etc. Much like the Gibson Jumbo Roy Smeck, a Hawaiian guitar by design, both the HG-00 and Roy Smeck Radio Grande/Stage Deluxe are converted for regular Spanish playing. The result is always an incredible 12-fret acoustic that out performs most 14-fret factory Spanish counterparts.
The Brazilian rosewood bridge is original, and it features an original straight-across saddle. While the neck should be reset, it is in playable condition. The nut is a prodigious 1 7/8″, and the V-shape profile neck is super comfortable. This HG-00 features a bound back and the early style fire stripe pickguard. This example has excellent Mahogany back and sides and an x-braced spruce top with large footprint sunburst finish, firestripe guard that follows the body contour, a chunky v profile neck, small straight bridge, bound top and back, and a silkscreened white script Gibson logo in the peghead.
The guitar is all solid and in good structural condition; no cracks, no breaks and no repairs! The tuners are the original 3 on a plate Klusons with original semi-transluscent buttons. The original frets are good and the neck is straight. Big big sound from the 12 fret body. Very clean intact guitar. Perfect for ragtime and fingerstyle playing.