Gibson is one of the pioneers of the “blues box”, and have consequently influenced the designs of parlor guitars as we know them today. An important distinction that the Blues King has over the L-00 is its extra-shallow body, which reduces the lower frequencies to warm up the mids, resulting in a cutting tone that’s great for blues, that also works well for folk and ragtime style guitar playing. Following conventional blues box builds, the top is crafted from solid spruce, however the back and sides are crafted from bubinga to give the instrument a more earthy appeal. The top is supported by hand-scalloped, radiused top bracing, a feature that’s usually only found in limited run boutique guitars. It is said that the carefully scalloped bracing helps focus the sound toward the center of the body for improved projection. The bracing pattern follows after the ones found inside L-00 from the ’20s and ’30s, and is attributed by Gibson for the tighter and warmer midrange tone of the instrument. Crossing over to the stage from your couch, this premium parlor guitar is equipped with LR Baggs Element Active pickup system. It utilizes an under-saddle piezo pickup and an onboard preamp with a discrete volume control that’s mounted beside the sound hole.