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Gibson L-4A Rosewood Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Fishman Classic 4 pickup system flawlessly translates the miles of tone from the huge solid Sitka spruce top with scalloped bracing. Gold tuners and ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Narrow-waist comfort with cutaway access and solid rosewood back and sides.

Fishman Classic 4 pickup system flawlessly translates the miles of tone from the huge solid Sitka spruce top with scalloped bracing. Gold tuners and natural lacquer finish add elegance.

FEATURES
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Indian rosewood back and sides
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Fishman Classic 4 pickup system
  • Dovetail neck joint
  • Scalloped top bracing
  • Natural lacquer finish
  • Gold tuners
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4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Solid Workhorse with Great Tone and Style

I was actually looking for a J-185 cutaway, but they were just a bit pricy. I found the L-4A has everything I need, with a little less eye candy at a...Read complete review

I was actually looking for a J-185 cutaway, but they were just a bit pricy. I found the L-4A has everything I need, with a little less eye candy at a much better price. As far as features go, I was disappointed in the pickup system. Mine has a Fishman Classic 4. In fact, every L-4A I've seen does. I don't know why the Prefix Plus is pictured. Regardless, I find this low-end Fishman system muddy. To get any kind of detail requires much knob-twiddling, and results in a tinny sound anyway. I'd much prefer an L.R. Baggs system. The tuning machine are your standard Grover Rotomatics. Seems they're on half the guitars I own. They may not be glamorous, but they're solid and dependable. Acoustically, the L-4A has a lot of character. The Rosewood back and sides makes the tone a bit thick and undefined for my tastes, but a bone saddle and bridge pins went a long way to balance that out. With these upgraded pieces, the tone is quite rich; somewhere between a nice J-45 and a J-200. As far as playability, this guitar is unmatched. The smaller upper bout matched with the 16" lower bout is perfect. My gigs usually entail 3-4 hours of playing, and the L-4A remains comfortable the entire time. The fingerboard is perfect and the shorter scale is great for long sessions. My only gripe is the neck tends to get sticky, no matter how much I polish it. The finish is typical gorgeous Gibson. Mine is Sunburst and is simply a work of art. Gibson may have their consistency issues from time to time, but they know how to do a burst! The Rosewood back is wonderful to look at. After a while, however, the pickguard has begun to lift up. Not a huge deal, but also not something that should be happening.I own a lot of acoustics. Without a doubt and by far, I enjoy picking up the L-4A and playing it above all. I'd highly recommend this guitar for anyone who wants a real "player," rather than a museum piece. You're not paying for unnecessary accoutrements, and you get a great-sounding guitar. Just be prepared to switch out at least Gibson's lousy plastic bridge pins, and possibly even the saddle. (Note to Gibson: In this price range, your customers deserve decent bridge pins. Your standard plastic ones are garbage.)

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Guess I got a lemon

This is the most expensive guitar I've ever bought, and also the one I've had the most problems with. It's a beautiful guitar, plays like a dream, and has an amazing, amazing...Read complete review

This is the most expensive guitar I've ever bought, and also the one I've had the most problems with. It's a beautiful guitar, plays like a dream, and has an amazing, amazing acoustic sound. The problem I've had is with the electronics. The second gig I took it to I plugged it in and ... nothing. Took it back to the dealer who replaced the input jack, saying Gibsons are notorious for input jack problems. Six months later cutting a track at the studio, started getting a terrible hum from the input jack. Like I said, it's a beautiful instrument, but electronically has been nothing but trouble.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

life long guitar picker

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I own it..the L-4a has a very sweet sound with excellent projection of volume unplugged....always wanted to own a Gibson but my expectations may have been too high..dissapointed with the shaping of the neck,actually has machining marks (bumby)the fretting seems to have sharp edges at their ends...my instument is really very nice to play and I do play it often,however given Gibsons famous reputation for excellence,I could find better....

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Solid Workhorse with Great Tone and Style

By bkharmony-B_2nE

from Dallas

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I was actually looking for a J-185 cutaway, but they were just a bit pricy. I found the L-4A has everything I need, with a little less eye candy at a much better price. As far as features go, I was disappointed in the pickup system. Mine has a Fishman Classic 4. In fact, every L-4A I've seen does. I don't know why the Prefix Plus is pictured. Regardless, I find this low-end Fishman system muddy. To get any kind of detail requires much knob-twiddling, and results in a tinny sound anyway. I'd much prefer an L.R. Baggs system. The tuning machine are your standard Grover Rotomatics. Seems they're on half the guitars I own. They may not be glamorous, but they're solid and dependable. Acoustically, the L-4A has a lot of character. The Rosewood back and sides makes the tone a bit thick and undefined for my tastes, but a bone saddle and bridge pins went a long way to balance that out. With these upgraded pieces, the tone is quite rich; somewhere between a nice J-45 and a J-200. As far as playability, this guitar is unmatched. The smaller upper bout matched with the 16" lower bout is perfect. My gigs usually entail 3-4 hours of playing, and the L-4A remains comfortable the entire time. The fingerboard is perfect and the shorter scale is great for long sessions. My only gripe is the neck tends to get sticky, no matter how much I polish it. The finish is typical gorgeous Gibson. Mine is Sunburst and is simply a work of art. Gibson may have their consistency issues from time to time, but they know how to do a burst! The Rosewood back is wonderful to look at. After a while, however, the pickguard has begun to lift up. Not a huge deal, but also not something that should be happening.I own a lot of acoustics. Without a doubt and by far, I enjoy picking up the L-4A and playing it above all. I'd highly recommend this guitar for anyone who wants a real "player," rather than a museum piece. You're not paying for unnecessary accoutrements, and you get a great-sounding guitar. Just be prepared to switch out at least Gibson's lousy plastic bridge pins, and possibly even the saddle. (Note to Gibson: In this price range, your customers deserve decent bridge pins. Your standard plastic ones are garbage.)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent value

By JDolan

from Chestertown, MD

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I have owned this guitar for a month now. The sound and playability are top-notch. My only complaints are that the soundhole end of the fretboard could have been finished a little better, and the pickguard supplied by Gibson for this model is an ugly, very fake looking tortise shell (I left mine off). Other than that, it's a great guitar for the money.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WoWzzz!

By will Grifenhagen

from columbus georgia

this guitar is truly amazing. it has such a unique, different sound and tone that i have never heard come out of a guitar!the combination of rosewood back and sides, sitka spruce top, and then a jumbo body style makes this guitar sound AMAZING!I find this is the only guitar i play for shows now.i used to play only electric, but after i bought this baby, almost every show my band does is unplugged!the stock action was kinda high for me, and i had to trim down the saddle/bridge and now it is perfect.

 
5.0

Gibson L-4A, Awesome sound

By VinnieKel

from Jacksonville, Fl

I bought the L-4A from a guy who never took this guitar out of the house! He said it was too beautiful a guitar and didn't want to ding it. It's a Gretch orange with Les Paul trapazoid MOP inlays. When I first tried the guitar (it had never been set up), I was not happy with the action. the strings were probably 2-3 years old. I didn't play it too much because of the strings, but even with the old strings, this axe sounded awesome! The seller met me at my luthiers shop. He told me he could get the guitar set up the way I wanted it so I gave the seller his cash and sent him on his way. My guy had this thing set up sweet in about 30 minutes. I'm very happy with it. Acoustically, it's EQ'd perfectly. Very happy with the Fishman Prefix Plus. I have 2 other electric acoutics, one with a Fisman Prefix Pro and the other with an LR Baggs. The LR Baggs pickup is the sweeter sounding of the 3, but thePrefix plus on the L-4A has the most gain and the most adjustability. The L-4A is my #1 acoustic that I play and will be for some time!

 
5.0

An incredible acoustic guitar

By Mike-RedonKiLaus

from Chandler, AZ

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The guitar arrived very well packed. Upon opening the case, I found an instrument that exceeded my expectations. The guitar was set up properly, and the inlays and general workmanship are fabulous. Also included was a case humidifier, a pick and even a battery for the electronics!

 
5.0

An amazing acoustic.

By kiowarock

from California

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I bought this guitar about three months ago and can't put it down. IT has incredible playability and a really even sound with great resonance and a really full low end. The entire guitar feels so solid and looks amazing on stage or in the case or wherever. I got the sunburst and put the pickguard on afterward and it looks beautiful, sort of ornate in the Gisbon fashion but modern simultaneously. Plugged in it is pretty great. One of the most natural electric sounds I have heard from an acoustic guitar. It is awesome.

 
1.0

Guess I got a lemon

By Twang Bar King

from Collinsville, IL

This is the most expensive guitar I've ever bought, and also the one I've had the most problems with. It's a beautiful guitar, plays like a dream, and has an amazing, amazing acoustic sound. The problem I've had is with the electronics. The second gig I took it to I plugged it in and ... nothing. Took it back to the dealer who replaced the input jack, saying Gibsons are notorious for input jack problems. Six months later cutting a track at the studio, started getting a terrible hum from the input jack. Like I said, it's a beautiful instrument, but electronically has been nothing but trouble.

 
4.0

Great except for electronics

By River Minstrel

from Davenport Iowa

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I am a Gibson fan and own three of their instruments. Tone quality, workmanship, projection, and playability are excellent on this L-41 sunburst. Unfortunately the electronic pick-up as originally advertized on the guitar is not the Fishman Prefix pick up as shown in the product picture (and which was origingally listed in the product detail). I am not sure why the "classic four" pick up was substituted, other than I suspect this guitar, as a discontinued model, was relegated to receive the lower grade classic four which is not even listed on the Fishman web site. While the electronic pick up is disappointing on such a fine instrument, I still rate it as above average overall, as its other features are outstanding.

 
5.0

Beautiful Sound

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

When I first played this guitar I thought that this was a beautiful guitar.This guitar has the most amazing sound I have ever heard in an acoustic guitar and the electronics are simply wonderful.Gibson out did themselves when they made this acoustic.I'm thinking about buying it.

 
5.0

L-4A

By Johnny Strings-GR9Ce

from Troy. MI

If only yours ears could describe the tone and resonance that exudes from this guitar. Best value in entry level custom made guitar I could find. Action was set high when I received it, but once it was set lower this guitar quickly became my favorite.

 
5.0

L4a is a beauty

By Jesse-l3bIp

from Austin Texas

This guitar has an incredible tone! I have owned this model and gigged with it regularly for quite a few years in that time I have experianced no problems with the electronics ever! The tone unplugged and amplified is unbeatable, this guitar represents the spirit of Gibson, If your looking for an incredible sounding acoustic electic this is it

 
5.0

Awesome Gibson L-4A

By Kirt-3bHJM

from Chino Hills,ca

Went in to purchase a used Taylor that retailed the same as the Gibson L-4A. Saw the Gibson. Played the Gibson. Bought the Gibson! The tobacco sunburst is incredible looking. The tone, balance and clarity all the way up the neck is flawless. Wow, what bass! All notes come out at the same volume with individual clarity. I think I will get another for my alternate tunings. Kirt

 
5.0

One of Gibson's best

By Ed Mili

from edgewood, MD

I have been playing for over 40 years steady. I have owned many fine acoustic guitars. This one is a life-long keeper. I can't wait to see how wonderful it sounds in about 10 years or so when the rosewood and spruce sweeten. The factory action was just fine. The electronics are really nice and provide great tonal control. The all gloss finish is superb. The craftmanship is second to none. If you want a one time investment in a great acoustic guitar you should definitely consider this Gibson L4A. This is one any player can fall in love with!

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Daniel-H9XsA

from Ridgeland, MS

Great overall guitar. I bought mine about a month ago. Sounds fantastic. Looks amazing. Love the electronics. I have puchased many guitars and have played many more. For the money this guitar is the best. I played it against Martins and Taylors and for what I wanted in a new professional line guitar this has 'em beat. The only reason I didn't give this guitar all 5's is because I know that there are better guitars out there, but I just didn't have the extra $1000.00 to $1500.00 to buy them. lol. If this is in your price range, BUY IT!!!

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