This especially fine condition consignment 1935 converted Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe (Batch Number 366A 4) is part of a consistently good sounding batch, many examples of which have passed through the shop in the last 10 years. The conversion process of neck reset, installing new frets to replace the white binding material lines, New Brazilian rosewood bridge with long saddle, and narrowing of the neck with localized finishing, was performed by my favorite California guitar luthier, Alan Perlman. Fine grain Adirondack spruce top with lots of cross-grain silking figure, Honduras Mahogany back. sides, and neck, Grover 6:1 tuners with cream buttons, Painted headstock front with white script “Gibson” logo and “Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe” model designation, Original hard bone nut with narrower 1 13/16″ (my favorite) width, Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with pearl dots, 3 3/4″ sound hole with cream-black-cream purfling, Tiger stripe pattern turtle-oid pickguard, Cream body binding, replacement pin and endpin set. There is one glued 4″ long back crack near the neck end, and about 7 glued short dryness top cracks near the tail end. The voice is brilliantly colorful and even when strung with light gauge strings. Now strung with phosphor bronze D’Addario, I have grown to prefer nickel light gauge from various makers on Stage De Luxe guitars from this era. The original red stripe case has some fabric tearing at the top end and is missing the accessory pocket lid. It is in fine functional condition. A great sounding and well presented example of this model.
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