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1956 Gibson L-48

FON V7372-30. The Gibson L-48 was the company's most affordable post-war archtop, produced from 1946 into the late 1960's. The guitar features a single-bound body with mahogany top and sides, and maple back. Dot-inlaid rosewood fingerboard, rosewood adjustable bridge, simple nickel-plated trapeze tailpiece, and Gibson decal logo. Changed Kluson tuners, end-pin jack added (pickup since removed), otherwise original. No repairs, no issues, no significant finish-wear, and an excellent set-up. We've replaced the first 7 frets and the guitar plays very nicely.

A surprisingly good sounding guitar, this L-48 has a depth of tone and a character you'd not expect of a laminate-topped Gibson. It has a smokey, and somewhat throaty mid-range with nice punch, well-developed basses, and well-dimensioned trebles. It's louder than most any L-48 we can remember, too, which helps make the guitar a very expressive jazz/blues-jazz box -- but without the price tag such guitars usually come equipped with.

Round neck, 1-11/16" nut, 24.9" scale. Set-up in shop with acoustic light-gauge strings.

With TKL Deluxe double-arched hardshell case

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