1930 Gibson Marshall Special

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1930 Marshall Special

The Gibson Marshall Special was built in 1930 for Lilian G. Marshall, a Hawaiian guitar teacher and orchestra leader in Hartford, CT.[1] The body style is the same shape and size as the Gibson L-00 with a 12-fret neck joint. Unlike most L-00 style guitars built as other brands the Marshall Special has an X-braced top. The bracing is the lightest of any Gibson flat-top guitar ever made. The top of the guitar is painted with a tropical volcano scene. The fingerboard and headstock are covered in pearloid and have geometric designs silk screened as position markers. The Marshall Special is considered one of the rarest Gibson-made models with only two known examples in existence.


  1. ^ The Other Brands of Gibson, Paul Fox, Centerstream, 2011, p. 38-39

Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars, George Gruhn and Walter Carter, Backbeat, 1999, p. 307