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NO RESERVE. Gibson employee Thaddeus J. McHugh applied for a patent for his adjustable truss rod design on April 5, 1921 (#1,446,758), but this 1919 Gibson L-4 proves that Gibson was experimenting with this feature a few years before seeking a patent. This early example has the truss rod adjustment nut mounted underneath a cover on the headstock, which all these years later remains the preferred location for this feature.


This guitar has a reasonable amount of playing wear and is missing its original elevated pickguard. It allegedly once belonged to J.J. Cale, the celebrated songwriter and guitarist who penned the songs “After Midnight,” “Cocaine,” and “They Call Me the Breeze,” which were covered by artists like Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Serial number: 49794
Top: Spruce, sunburst finish
Back and sides: Birch
Neck: Mahogany
Fretboard: Ebony
Frets: 20
Bridge/tailpiece: Ebony, pin trapeze
Tuners: Open gear three-on-a-plate Waverly with engraved base plates and white plastic buttons

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$13,000.00

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1919 Gibson L-4

Auction ended on Wed, Apr 2, 2014
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Estimate $40,000 - $50,000
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