• Gibson L-Century acoustic guitar
    Gibson L-Century


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1933 to 1940

GIBSON introduced the L-CENTURY (CENTURY OF PROGRESS) model in 1933. The model was named after the Century of Progress International Exposition World's Fair held in Chicago to celebrate the city's centennial. Gibson unveiled this model at the Chicago World's Fair. Gibson had been making L-series flat top acoustics since 1926 and already had a range of models by this time. For this Century of Progress Model, however, Gibson decided to showcase the use of plastics like pearloid and celluloid, which covered the fingerboard and headstock and were also used for the bindings, tuner buttons, pickguard, and bridge pins. The Gibson L-Century is one of the few guitars with rosewood inlays on a pearloid fingerboard - its usually the other way around! Gibson also used eye catching figured maple for the back and sides (instead of the standard mahogany). Otherwise the Gibson L-Century has the same dimensions as the standard L-Series models.

Gibson described the L-Century as follows in 1934:

"Wood: Figured curly maple back and rim; mahogany neck; spruce top.
Finish and Decorations: Shaded chocolate brown with golden sunburst in top, back and rim; beautiful pearloid fingerboard and peghead inlaid with rosewood and pearl; bottom and top of body, fingerboard and peghead bound with white, black and white ivoroid; purfling around sound hole; ivoroid position dots;
Fittings: Rosewood bridge with offset bone saddle and white pins; inlaid brown celluloid finger-rest; nicker plated individual machine heads; white end pin.
Body size: 14.75" wide and 19.25" long."

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Finish effectssunburst finish
Made inUSA
Bindingivoroid binding
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length24.75 inches scale-length


Body back materialmaple body back
Body sides materialmaple body sides
Body top materialspruce body top
Pickguard materialtortoiseshell pickguard
Soundhole rosettesingle ring rosette
Soundholeround soundhole


Body fretNeck joins body at 14th fret
Neck jointset neck
Neck materialmahogany neck
Neck width1.75 inches wide at nut
Number of frets19 fret
Peghead (headstock)bound headstock, veneer headstock
Tuner layoutthree-each-side


Bridge pinswhite pins
Bridgerosewood bridge


Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialpearloid fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdiamond enclosed by block fingerboard position markers

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