About as rare as they come, we have here a custom Gibson, a rosewood (!) L-00 body with an L-12 neck. I can easily picture a player in the mid-'30s wanting a flattop Gibson with the much smaller neck of the jazz guitars, since the flattops of those days have logs for necks. An unusual feature is that this is a 12-fret neck, which brings the bridge lower, making a very noticable improvement in tone. Rosewood Gibson's are extremely rare and sound particularly wonderful, and are thus much sought after. This one has to be the rarest rosewood Gibson of all (except, amazingly, we now have two of them: a 12-fret and a 14-fret)! It has Gibson's lovely Cremona sunburst, with two top cracks solidly but not beautifully repaired ages ago, and we reset the neck and replaced the frets.
Meanwhile, we've been playing and Tonight-ing both of these and they are showing themselves to be among the best sounding Gibsons. Quite full, rich and balanced with a strong, sweet treble. Why didn't Gibson make more rosewood guitars?!