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Author Topic: Soundhole diameter, Gibson L-00  (Read 825 times)

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Offline GhostRider

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Soundhole diameter, Gibson L-00
« on: June 13, 2013, 03:01:59 PM »
Howdy:

I was playing my '33 Gibson L-00 the other day when I noticed that the soundhole is quite large, compared with all my other guitars.

I wonder, if any of you who own L-00s or can get your hands on one, would you measure the diametre of the soundhole opening so I may compare with mine.

Mine is an even 4"

Just curious, thanks
Alex
« Last Edit: June 14, 2013, 11:56:22 AM by GhostRider »

Offline Parlor Picker

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Re: Soundhole diameter, Gibson L-00
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2013, 02:06:53 AM »
Not an L-00, but its cousin: my Kalamazoo KGN-12 is also exactly 4".
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Offline nobocaster

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Re: Soundhole diameter, Gibson L-00
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2013, 12:57:29 PM »
  I have a set of plans that somebody drew up after painstakingly measuring a 1940 L-00.  He marked the soundhole at 3.94 inches.  So, pretty close to what you've got there.  4" diameter is standard for dreadnoughts too. 

  On the flipside of that, I have a '29 L-1 with an abnormally small soundhole.  Someone, at some point before I got the guitar, decided to inlay a donut of wood inside the existing hole to make it smaller.  I have no idea why it was done, but they did a clean enough job, and the guitar sounds so good, I wouldn't change it.

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Offline Lignite

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Re: Soundhole diameter, Gibson L-00
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2014, 02:01:04 PM »
Mine is also 4".

Offline RobBob

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Re: Soundhole diameter, Gibson L-00
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2014, 07:07:45 AM »
Yes, they are quite large, but the sound is so good.

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