Gibson Black Special #4 1939Gibson offered occasional limited non-cataloged dealer specials in the late 30?s and on into the wartime period. This Special #4 was available from 1937-40 and clearly was made to put a full sized archtop in a player?s hands at an affordable price. This is a 16? guitar with a carved spruce top and a flat maple back with braces. Its not unlike the 16? flat backed L-50?s of the period, but the black finish and silkscreened logo were a means to keep the cost down. In spite of such economy measures, these guitars can sound remarkably good.