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Gruhn Guitars Nick Lucas

All-rosewood Gibson Nick Lucas Special

In the late 1920s, when Gibson began making its first serious attempt at a high quality flat top guitar, the company enlisted the endorsement help of Nick Lucas. Lucas was one of the original "crooners," and he was riding the wave of a huge hit song, "Tip-toe Through the Tulips."

The Nick Lucas Special went through numerous changes in body shape, body size, body woods and bridge designs between 1928 and 1934, and consequently most versions of the model are relatively rare. But this instrument from late 1929 is unique, with a Brazilian rosewood top as well as Brazilian rosewood back and sides. Furthermore, it is signed on the back "To my friend Nick Morro from your friend Nick Lucas."

The body shape is that of early Gibson flat tops, 13 5/8" wide with a circular lower bout. Like all Lucas versions -- and no other small-body flat tops -- the body is extra-deep, a feature that gives the Lucas model a rich tone.

This instrument (inv. #AG5124) is in excellent condition. With a soft case it is SOLD.

This instrument is SOLD

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