Gibson LeGrand Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (2005)

Gibson  LeGrand Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (2005)
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Gibson LeGrand Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (2005), made in Nashville, TN, serial # 22865002, natural lacquer finish, flame maple back, sides and neck, spruce top, ebony fingerboard, original black tolex hard shell case.

The Gibson LeGrand was introduced in 1993, the direct successor to the Johnny Smith model. By that point Smith was no longer a Gibson endorser, having switched his allegiance to Heritage and then later to Guild. The LeGrand continues most features of the highly regarded Smith model including the 17" wide, 3 1/8" deep maple body with the carved, X-braced spruce soundboard of its famed predecessor. The primary difference it the Le Grand shares a longer 25 1/2" scale with the L-5, giving it a somewhat stronger acoustic presence.

This beautiful blonde LeGrand was built in 2005; the clear natural finish superbly highlights the hand carved book-matched solid quarter sawn Sitka spruce top over solid carved AAA tiger maple back and sides. The laminated 1960s style three piece flame neck is topped by a solid ebony fingerboard with Super 400 style split block inlay. The headstock has a Gibson logo over a Super 400 split diamond peghead inlay, which is mirrored on the back. The guitar is trimmed with 7-ply body binding, 5-ply peghead and fingerboard binding, 3 ply back binding and bound f-holes.

The original hardware is all gold-plated and includes an adjustable finger-style tailpiece, Tune-O-Matic bridge on a solid ebony base with pearl inlay, Gibson Deluxe tuners and a "LeGrand" logo truss rod cover. The floating Gibson BJB humbucking pickup (as used on the Citation, Kalamazoo Award and other ultra-premium Gibson archtops) has a single mini-knob volume control mounted on the pickguard, with a tone wheel mounted under the back edge. It runs to an endpin jack so there is no hole in the rim. The bound pickguard has the mottled pattern traditionally used on many Super 400s.

This is a truly beautiful guitar that really shows Gibson maintaining their finest archtop traditions into the 21st century. It has a fine acoustic tone and really shines in the amplified mode when plugged in, with a very even response across the entire fretboard.
 
Overall length is 41 3/4 in. (106 cm.), 17 in. (43.2 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.)., 6.9 lbs.

This 17 year old guitar shows some very light signs of use but approaches near mint condition. It appears original with no modifications; some LeGrands are shipped with an ebony bridge top but this one appears to have had a Tune-O-matic saddle since new. Of course this is an easy substitution either way if desired. There are a few small marks on the body, mostly scuffing under the bridge feet. The finish on the headstock face has flaked in a few spots under the tuner mounting pressure rings. Other than this the guitar shows hardly any wear. This is a suberb playing and sounding instrument, one of the finest the modern Gibson company offers. Excellent + Condition.