Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged Review & Prices

Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged Review
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  • From Gibson Custom's 2023 Murphy Lab - Light Aged series
  • Made in United States
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Thermally Aged Red Spruce top
  • Solid Mahogany top
  • Solid Mahogany back
  • Solid Mahogany sides
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: (/)
  • Rosewood; Rectangular, Open Slot bridge
  • Acoustic V Set neck
  • 19 Medium frets
  • Square End, Cream Button, Light Aged tuners
  • Weight between 3.5lbs (1.6kgs) and 3.625lbs (1.6kgs)
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Our Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 75
Sound 81
Build quality 85
Value for money 65
Overall Score 80
Tone Evaluation
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Strengths & Weaknesses
Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged
  • Made in United States
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Bone Saddle
  • Solid Top Wood
  • Solid Side Wood
  • Solid Back Wood
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Top Brand Pickups
  • No Electronics
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

Price Overview

Its average competitor's price is $3500, which means that the Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged costs around 57% more than the competition. It might be due to it having additional features, but know that you can find cheaper similar alternatives. This takes into account all instruments of the same category in our database with 6 strings and Fixed bridge that are made in United States.

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Is it Easy to Play?

The Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged meets 4 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's not bad for beginners, but it could be better. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

New Player Friendliness

Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Tall frets
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable fretboard
  • Narrow nut
  • Short scale
  • Soft Strings
  • Locking tuners

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged's construction is balanced for most hand sizes.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

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How Lightweight is it?

We found that the Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged weighs between 3.5lbs (1.6kgs) and 3.625lbs (1.6kgs). This was recorded from some online retailers that publish the weight of the instruments they sell.

Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged's 24.75" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged Scale Length Comparison
Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is the scale length used in most Gibson guitars. If you like the playability of a Gibson, this guitar will feel pretty similar. It's a lot shorter than the typical Stratocaster (25.5'')

As you can see from the picture above, a shorter scale length also means shorter separation between frets. If you got really small hands, you probably will feel more comfortable playing this guitar than a Fender Stratocaster.

This scale length also allows for easier bends and vibratos because the strings will have lower tension due to the shorter scale.

Finally, another thing affected by scale length is tone. A shorter scale will give less room for the harmonics, thus resulting in a warmer, more 'bassy' tone.

Still, remember that you string gauge plays an important part in all of this. A lighter gauge will make it easier to perform bends, vibratos and will also give you a brighter tone.

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Neck Profile

Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged Neck Profile
Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

It has a V type neck. This is a vintage type of neck that is not so common nowadays. Some people like it because they can rest their hand easily while letting their thumb hang over the edge of the fretboard. It's thicker than most modern necks, so it's great for playing chords but not so much for shredding.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged has a 12" fingerboard radius.

Here's an image comparing this fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged's fretboard radius compared to others

This is the same radius that Gibson uses in most of their guitars. When compare to the other popular radius of Fender Stratocasters, you can see that it's a lot flatter. Guitars with this radius are usually made to bring a good balance between single-note and chord playing.

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged has the same radius across the board.

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Playability compared to main competitors

24.75'' Scale Length
V Neck Profile
1.77'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.725'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.725'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.725'' Nut Width
16'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged Nut Width
Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged Nut Width

The Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged has a nut width of 45mm (1.77''). This is within the most common range of nut widths for a 6-string guitar. It offers a good balance of string separation at the nut. It's the size that most guitarists prefer as it gives them just enough space to play open chords without muting the strings, but without spreading the strings too wide and making bar chords difficult to perform.

Frets

It comes with nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you might need to replace the frets after a few years. But this is unlikely as most people change instruments before this happens.

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Fret Size

Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged Fret Size Comparison
Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged's frets are Medium size. With medium frets, you can feel the fretboard more than with jumbo frets, but it's still easier to press the strings cleanly than with small frets; notes might change their pitch just slightly if you press hard on the fret. Also, if you need to do some fret leveling after years of playing, you'll have some room to sand them down without having to replace them.

Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 85
Chord Playability 80
Solo Playability 60
Playability 75

Tone Analysis

The type of wood and even the shape of the body will have a lot of influence in the final tone of an acoustic guitar. Here's we'll talk about what kind of tone you can expect from its specs.

Wood

Mahogany wood pattern used for guitar building
Mahogany Top, Back, Sides, Neck
Rosewood wood pattern used for guitar building
Rosewood Fretboard

Mahogany Top, Back, Sides and Neck: This is the type of wood found in many top-of-the-line guitars, so that's a positive point for the build quality. This red-looking wood Mahogany is found in Africa and Central America and has great sustain and a warm tone due to its high density. The downside about this type of wood is that it's relatively heavy.

Rosewood Fretboard: Since the ban of Brazillian Rosewood, this has become a rare and expensive wood. It's not usually used for guitar bodies because of this, and also because it's heavy. Instead, it's used mainly for fretboards. Sometimes it's also used for necks because it's an extremely hard wood (even harder than maple). Its tonality tends to favor warm tones.

Pickups

This acoustic guitar doesn't come with preamp pickups, so you won't be able to connect it directly to an amplifier. Instead, you'll need to use an external microphone.

Sound Score

Sustain 85
Versatility 70
Tuning Stability 70
Sound 81

Build Quality Analysis

Country of Origin

Knowing where the instrument is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive instruments are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged is made in United States. Guitars made in the USA have the reputation of being the best instruments you can get. This statement isn't as accurate as a few years ago, but you should still expect top-quality from a guitar made in this country.

Bridge

Rosewood; Rectangular, Open Slot: The advantage of fixed bridges is that they don't require any kind of set-up. This makes it extremely easy when changing strings because you don't need to adjust anything besides tuning the guitar. Also, the fact that the bridge is directly attached to the body will help to increase sustain. The disadvantage is the lack of versatility since you can't create the same vibrato effects as with tremolo bridges.

Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure it stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged has a Bone nut. This material is one of the highest quality you can get. It provides excellent sustain and tune stability if cut well. The only disadvantage is that it's an organic material, so it's not consistent. Two different bone nuts, even if made from the same bone, will probably sound slightly different. However, bear in mind that this is only relevant when playing open strings.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 90
Features 65
Quality Control 100
Build Quality 85

All Specs

Gibson Custom 1933 L-00 Ebony Light Aged
General
Brand: Gibson Custom
Year: 2023
Configuration:
Strings: 6
Made in: United States
Series: Murphy Lab - Light Aged
Colors: Black
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Top: Thermally Aged Red Spruce
Type: Hollowbody
Body Material: Solid Mahogany
Bridge: Rosewood; Rectangular, Open Slot
Neck
Neck Joint: Set
Tuners: Square End, Cream Button, Light Aged
Fretboard: Rosewood
Neck Material: Mahogany
Decoration: Mother of Pearl dot
Scale Size: 24.75"
Shape: Acoustic V
Frets: 19 Medium
Fretboard Radius: 12"
Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 45mm (1.77'')
Electronics
Switch: 0 Way
Knobs:
Volume Controls: 0
Tone Controls: 0
Bridge Pickup: ( / )

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