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1941 Gibson L-7

With its regal looks, exceptional tone and gorgeous original hardshell case, this 1941 Gibson L-7 is a very enticing guitar. It’s a factory blonde 17” carved archtop with parallel top bracing, L-5 long scale neck (25.4”), bound tortoise celluloid pickguard, and script headstock logo. Essentially a more simply adorned version of the venerable L-5, the L-7 was marketed to professional guitarists looking for the all the tone and quality of the higher-end L5, but at a more affordable price point.

This is a wonderful example of the late pre-war L-7 model, and has survived the years beautifully. The finish is original throughout and in remarkably great shape, and the guitar’s tailpiece, pickguard and bridge are factory original. The frets were replaced by Folkway’s Mark Stutman some 15 years ago and are still in excellent shape showingonly light play wear. The bone nut is original, and the tuners are period correct Kluson replacements with aged reproduction buttons. The guitar’s faults are few – a very cleanly repaired seam separation by the tailpiece, a minor repaired side crack at the waist, some deterioration of the celluloid in the pickguard. The black finish stringers on the top along the fingerboard’s edges are factory original; it’s not uncommon to find such black-finished sections on pre-war Gibsons.

The guitar has a well developed midrange and lovely dynamics. It can be played sensitively or attacked harder for louder and quicker response, and it has excellent headroom. The setup, bridge fit, frets, and playability are about as good as it gets, and the rounded neck with 1-11/16” nut feels perfect in the hand. Excellent neck angle and top shape, too.

With original Gieb hardshell case.

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