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Gibson Robert Johnson L-1 Acoustic Guitar

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The haunting, timeless sound of the man whose genius has inspired generations of blues artists has been captured in the special signature edition Gibson Robert Johnson L-1 Acoustic Guitar. Everything about this guitar has been painstakingly re-created, from the shallow L-1 body design to the 25" scale. The authentic ebony bridge has the original, beautifully carved pyramid wings and the soundhole diameter remains at 3-3/4". Even period-correct hardware is used. The only modern refinement to the design is the tasteful inclusion of Robert Johnson's signature inlaid with mother-of-pearl in the fingerboard. Gibson includes a hardshell case with your Robert Johnson Guitar.

FEATURES
  • Historic small L-series body
  • Solid Sitka spruce top
  • Mahogany back and sides
  • Single-ply top & back binding
  • Mahogany neck
  • Tapered V-shape neck profile
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • 25" scale
  • Ebony bridge
  • 1930s L-1 pyramid wings
  • Nickel Gotoh with white buttons
  • Mother-of-pearl Robert Johnson signature inlay at the end of the fingerboard
  • Hardshell case
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4.8

(based on 13 reviews)

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Reviewed by 13 customers

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5.0

It's Not a Woman, But It's Close!

By Spaboy

from Denver

I'm a guy in his early 50s who has dreamed of owning a Gibson guitar since I was about 12. After some research and coming into a few bucks to afford it, I purchased this model. For a small guy like me, it is ideal -- a 12-fret neck on a 4-inch wide body. Unsurpassed craftmanship and sound quality, exaxtly what I would expect from a Gibson. This is a wonderful and beautiful instrument!

 
4.0

Lame

By muddymississippi

from Buckville, Mississippi

It's a great guitar, but the idea is outrageous and stupid. Robert Johnson's guitar was bought from a Sears-Roebuck catalog for who knows how cheap! If you really want that good blues sound you don't have to drop a grand or two!

 
5.0

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

By Ray Leon

from Nevada

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I HAVE NEVER FELT MORE COMFORTABLE WITH A NEW GUITAR. THE BODY SIZE, 12 FRETS, 25 INCH SCALE, APPEARANCE, TONE, PLAYABILITY, IT'S ALL THERE. THE MORE I PLAY THIS GUITAR THE MORE I LIKE IT. I'M STARTING TO PLAY CHORDS UP AND DOWN THE NECK I NEVER HAVE TRIED WITH LONGER SCALE GUITARS. THIS ONE'S A KEEPER.

 
4.0

Egadz, more expensive than the original!

By The T-Dog

from Austin, TX

One of my favorite guitars in my modest collection is my 1931 L-1 flattop, which I picked up for $1600 three years ago. It has amazing sound and plays like a dream, but, since it is an antique, I worry about taking it out and damging it. I heard there was a "Robert Johnson" remake of the guitar, which I figured would be good to take around with me, and keep the "real deal" at home, but was shocked when I saw that the remake is more expensive than an original!

 
5.0

Beautiful but expensive and short scale

By Steady Delta

from Warren, MI

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No doubt, this is a beautiful guitar to look at, hold and play. It sounds incredible, with an old, woody tone. It also has a gorgeous case with a blue interior that is very beautiful.I ordered one from another company but returned it mainly for one reason: the short scale. I simply don't want to limit my options of being able to comfortably play higher. Also, it is quite pricey. I chose a Gibson Montana Blues King (had both of them at the same time) and the Blues King easily won. However, if the Robert Johnson had been a full-scale, I'd have kept it for its incredible sound and vibe, even for the higher price.

 
5.0

Sublime tone (with tweaks)

By Thaddy

from Amsterdam, Netherlands

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I have mine for three months now and it gets better all the time. BUT: Mine has the tunings already replaced with shallers. My luthier has cut the bracings. Glue residue all over the place. So the build quality is sloppy to say the least and the hardware isn't up to scratch.. But it has a heavenly sound that grows on you...Btw I own period guitars too.All in all: with 23 (mostly top rate, but also very cheap ones) guitars to choose from this is the one that smiles and want to take me it to play most. Quality woods, quality sound(s).

 
5.0

Shocking Tone & Sound

By Charlieroxs247@aol.com

from Las Vegas, FROM New York, now Retired

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I happen to be a Gibson Les Paul Collector. At this time I own a Total of 20 Gibson Les Pauls starting with my 1972 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe which is in a Clear Wall Mounted Case that hangs in the middle of my Wall Of Paul's as my friends and family call it. As for the Robert Johnson Acoustic Guitar I must admit I bought it for my wife. BUT, I have to say this Guitar happens to be one of those Rare Gibson Guitars that was without a doubt Painstakingly Reproduced. If Robert Johnson DID buy his Acoustic Guitar from Sears like it says above there's NO WAY it could sound like this little Guitar. And what REALLY drew me to it was the fact that Gibson even did a Logo Change. The Head Stock reads The Gibson. AWESOMELY Built by the Fine Gibson Luthiers in the Montana Shop this little Acoustic Guitar is VERY HARD to put down. Yes I did buy it for my wife but I must admit I'm the one breaking it in. Playing Guitar for over 40 years now I have to say this is my Third Gibson Acoustic and it stands right up with the big boys with no problem. Yes it has Limitations because of the short Scale but if you know how to play you can get right around that. It's the Amazing Tone this Guitar gets that's just unreal. The way my Serial Number reads I was lucky enough to get the Second one Completed. And I can see it's one of my Gibson Guitars that I'll Treasure just like the rest of my Collection. Don't be fooled by that short scale because this little Gibson, Oh Sorry The Gibson is one HOT Sounding and Playing Acoustic Guitar. I've already got my wife playing 8 Chords and she LOVE'S this Guitar as much as I do. And it actually gets her to practice which I've been trying to get her to do for 30 years now. It's just a pleasure to sit with my own wife and get her to do some Blue's Progressions so I can keep up my licks. The Tonal qualities of this Guitar are UNREAL. Dollars for Doughnuts another increadible accomplishment by Gibson. Since 1972 when I bought my Les Paul Deluxe I've just stuck with Gibson for over 40 years now and they have NEVER let me down. With 20 Gibson Les Pauls alone and all the touring I've done with some of them don't let this little Guitar fool you. It's a Fantastic Value so get one fast. I've heard from a little bird that this is also a Limited Run so get one fast. Simply AMAZING Gibson. As always. Charlieroxs247

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4.0

Small Body Guitar

By nah

from U.S.

I've owned this guitar for over a year now and I rarely play it. This guitar gets the credit for helping me decide that I'm not a mahogany player. It's a cute guitar but I can barely stand the boxy sound. When people talk about a "woody" sound??? This guitar defines that sound. But I hate it. I want to hear what a guitar does to the strings. Guitars, after all, are stringed instruments and ultimately I wanna hear the strings... I want to hear what the wood does for the string and NOT what the string does for the wood.This guitar is not for me and I will be selling it.

 
5.0

So different, and fun, fun, fun...

By James-WeXXh

from Laguna Niguel, CA

I have several high-end Martin guitars, which are spectacular. I love the Martin sound and ringing sustain and overtones, and I never considered a Gibson. In fact, when somebody placed this little L-1 in my hands and said "listen to this baby, I have got to have it" I thought he was nuts. The sound was thud-y, sustain relatively short, and not what I imagined a nice guitar should sound like. But, it was very easy to play, and rather fun. I came back and played it over the next few months, and grew to appreciated the old-timey dime-store gutiar kind of sound. And always, this thing was fun to play. I coulnd't get its thud-y sound out of my head, and after a while realized that "that sound" was perfect for blues. The price was lowered again, and I snatched the thing up. It couldn't be more different from my Martins, and that is what I love about it. This is a very inspriation little instrument with a ton of personality and a great tone. I find myself playing very different stuff on the L- and some of the stuff I love to play on the Martins doesn't really make sense on the L-1. I could not be happier!

 
5.0

Great, but can be bettered

By Thaddy

from Amsterdam, Netherlands

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I bought the RJL1 recently from a great source in Amsterdam (Luthier Harry de Jonge, Sacksioni guitars). "As is" I played several and none matched my desire to actually buy one. Harry recut the bracings, replaced the tunings with schallers (also period correct, but with more precision) and it plays like a dream!!! The guys at Montana should have a look at it. Build quality, however, is sub-standard with many glue residue. But its sound is heavenly.

 
5.0

Excellent blues guitar

By Terry Buckalew

from Helena, Arkansas

The first reviewer (above)notes that Robert Johnson paid less for his guitar. That's a brilliant observation, I wonder if other items from the 1930s have increased in price. I own this guitar and use it for all styles of music. Highly recommended.

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5.0

Gibson L-1 Robert Johnson

By Acoustic Blues

from Las Vegas, NV

Overall a very nice guitar. I have owned it about 1 month now. Set up and action are great. A little pricey considering the manufacturing quality (Not even close to my Martin DC-16). Many glue spills on the interior and even on the sound hole next to the fretboard and where the neck joins the body.It arrived with scratches on the back of the neck and I thought about sending it back but then again, I PLAY may guitars so it will get dinged and scratched anyway. Plus, I didn't want to chance getting another that did not have the incredible sound of this one. The Mahogoney back and sides make this guitar sing the acoutic blues. My Martin is getting lonely.

 
5.0

A Real Jewel

By robroy

from Colorado high country

I have had mine for over 2 years and I keep liking it more and more. It is so small, light and comfortable that I can just drift away in musical inspiration, like the other reviewer said. It is awesome for funky country blues. It has a woody, airy tone with a surprising amount of bass. You'll get music out of this guitar that is impossible to find on most guitars. Go ahead and get one and join in on the fun.

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