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Serial Number 02578007, bearing a label STYLE Costello Century Number 91 of 300 is hereby / GUARANTEED against faulty workmanship and materials / Elvis Costello Gibson / Acoustic / Bozeman Montana, U.S.A., inlaid at the headstock Gibson, bearing the decal Gibson CUSTOM SHOP on the reverse, with original hardshell case bearing a label inscribed GIBSON CENTURY ELVIS COSTELLO #02578007; accompanied by the original shipping invoice and commercial invoice from Gibson Incorporated to David Gilmour Music Ltd, dated 29th October 2008, a Gibson Acoustic Final Checklist, warranty and owner’s manual
Length of back 19 1/3 in. (49.2 cm.)
Taylor, P. Pink Floyd: The Black Strat - A History of David Gilmour's Black Fender Stratocaster, London, 2017, illus. p. 197.
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In 1933 the World Fair's was held in Chicago, Illinois to commemorate the city's centennial. Entitled A Century of Progress, the fair aroused widespread marketing exposure, which was quickly embraced by the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company, which was located 150 miles to the east in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Gibson produced a special variant of its popular L series guitar and named it the L-Century or L-C to commemorate the international exposition. Festooned with copious amounts of a celluloid based plastic called pearloid, the instrument was intended as an eye-catching presentation piece. Priced at $55.00, the guitar had only a small production run, and the last one was shipped in 1941. Today these instruments are highly sought after among collectors, including Elvis Costello, who popularized the L-C. In 2008 Gibson produced a copy of Costello’s 1936 L-C named the Elvis Costello Century of Progress. The guitar was offered at a list price of $5,633.00 and the limited production of 300 instruments quickly sold out.
Supplied directly by Gibson on 29th October 2008, this Costello Century was kept by David Gilmour for home use. Gilmour liked this guitar and played it often.

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