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1949 Gibson L7-C

Respectfully to all the folks who have bought 17” Gibson Archtops from us over the years, this 1949 playworn L7 is likely the best sounding of its breed that we’ve yet encountered. So if tone is your #1 concern, take a look at this guitar. It’s a bold, loud, and strong cutaway 17” archtop, with enough bass warmth to make a flat-top player happy, while keeping all the cut, quickness, and accuracy a jazz player looks for. Round and forward mid range, full trebles, nice chop, and thick single-note strength too. It’s a guitar most any guitar player would fall for. Played hard or softly, this L7 puts out truly incredible tone.

Carved 17” body of sitka and maple with tone-bar bracing, Venetian cut-away and triple ply binding. Highly figured maple neck with bound rosewood fingerboard, split parallelogram inlays and long scale. Excellent neck angle. All original. Perfect action, set-up, and fretwork. The pickguard is long gone, and there are a handful of tiny filled-in screw-holes in the top that disappear into the playwear.

Round neck carve with a late 1940’s chunky feel and 1-11/16” nut width.

With original hardshell case

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