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1934 Gibson L-50

No FON. The L-50 was introduced in 1932 or so, and saw a number of changes to its design and body shape through the first few years of its run. Ultimately, the L-50 would become a 16" carved-top archtop, but in 1934 the model featured a flat-backed L-00 sized body with a carved spruce top. Most of the L-50s we've encountered from 1934 feature a round soundhole and maple back and sides, but the company did build F-hole L-50s like this one with mahogany back and sides, although in significantly lesser numbers.

This example is a solidly attractive guitar, with a sunburst-on-all-sides finish, nicely proportioned f-holes, and classic 1934 appointments. It's in wonderful condition, and plays very nicely after a thorough set-up by our shop.

A crack-free guitar with very little playwear, no repairs, and great looks, this L-50 is original but for correct replacement tuning machines, and a well made exact reproduction pickguard. The original tailpiece's cross-bar is bent from years of string pull, but functions well.

Pearl Gibson logo, bone nut that's never been removed from the guitar, original frets are only lightly worn, good neck angle, and original ebony adjustable bridge. The guitar's only real flaw is some finish bubbling on the bottom of the sides adjacent to the endpin.

Comfortable V neck with 1-3/4" nut and 24.75" scale.

With non-original hardshell case

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