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c.1948 Gibson L7

Serial # A-3016. First catalogued in the early 1930's, the L-7 was a mainstay of many a bandstand in the golden age of Jazz. Built to compete with almost any horn section in an era before amplifiers, guitarists valued the powerful yet sweet tone of Gibson archtops, and this instrument is no exception. With a voice that manages to cut and project, this Gibson L-7 is one of those great instruments that adds sweetness and a full complement of resonant overtones to the mix. Sporting a gorgeous 1960's faded sunburst factory re-finish, the guitar is crack free and in otherwise excellent condition.

17' non-cutaway body, carved maple back and sides, carved Sitka spruce top, maple neck with bound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and pearl parallelogram inlays, Brazilian rosewood adjustable bridge. Pearl inlaid Gibson headstock logo, original nut, pickguard and frets. Five original patent applied for Kluson tuners, one from the early 1950's, all original buttons. Chrome-plated tailpiece is either a 1960's replacement or has been replated. A few minor nicks and wear marks are the only signs that betray its age; and overall, the guitar is in very fine condition. No cracks, excellent neck angle, perfect top arch. Worn original frets play cleanly but feel low, excellent set-up by our shop. 25.4' scale, 1-11/16' round full-feeling neck.

A particularly fine sounding player's L-7.

With original hardshell case



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