Gibson Nick Lucas Western guitar – U.S.A. – 1928


Acoustic Hollow Body Western guitar


Spruce top, mahogany back and sides

Rosewood fretboard


In 1928 Gibson launched the Nick Lucas model (also known as the ´Special´) that would later undergo various changes. Initially, this instrument had the shape of the L-1, but with a deeper body that provided the signature sound, a characteristic that remained constant, as did the number of frets, the material, the type of bridge and even the shape of the body.
The Florentine banjo from 1927 inspired the special decorations of the guitar’s fretboard, which depict cityscapes of Venice.
The most celebrated player of the Nick Lucas model was none other than Bob Dylan. In his early years, Dylan had always used a Martin or other acoustic Gibson models, but in his last acoustic period, which lasted until his conversion to the electric guitar in 1955, he played a Nick Lucas.

Last updated on 11 May 2020
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