Vintage Instruments: Gibson Guitars

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1963 Gibson L-48

Gibson’s L-48 was a base-model acoustic archtop offered through the post-war years up until the Norlin take-over of the company in the late 1960s. It features a 16” body of laminate mahogany with classic Gibson appointments, and looks pretty much identical to an L-50 but with a mahogany top. They are always nice sounding guitars, and offer a manageable way to get into a warm-sounding archtop.

This example is in excellent shape and is set up well. It’s budget pricing is thanks to a repair of its tailpiece, a nicely replaced bridge, a missing pickguard, and some fretwear. The body and finish are excellent, neck angle is perfect, and has been set-up here at Folkway.

It has an intimate and darker tone that many flat-top players will appreciate.

With modern hardshell case

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