The Gibson Nick Lucas is considered by many to be one of Gibson's finest flattops of any era, carrying the torch as one of the company's flagship guitars. Gibson likely produced fewer than 250 Nick Lucas models in various configurations during its 9-year production, due primarily to it's high cost. Of the different Nick Lucas designs, many players and collectors consider the 1934 and later spruce top/maple back & sides models to be the finest. This guitar was purchased from the grand-niece of the original owner (see last photo), and happens to be one of only a handful surviving in this configuration with a factory-original black finish. Everything is original to the guitar (aside from a new bone saddle and the frets) including the Grover tuners, end pin, bridge, bridge plate, and bridge pins. There are two top cracks that have been repaired; there are no other cracks or any previous repair work. After settling in from a neck reset and a refret, this guitar plays fantastic! The truss rod cover is original and was engraved with the original owner's name, "Ben". This guitar had been sitting dormant for decades, and the demo videos below were shot right after it had been put back in playable shape. It has only continued to open up and sound better, and those demo videos sound pretty incredible! It comes with a custom-built Cedar Creek "Redline" reproduction case.