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1936 Gibson L-7

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Serial #: 93712

Body size at lower bout: 17", Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut Width: 1 11/16"

Finish: Dark tobacco sunburst finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type.

Materials: Solid handcarved maple back, sides and neck; handcarved bookmatched solid spruce top; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and compensated bridge, ornate mother of pearl "picture frame" fingerboard inlays; thin script Gibson peghead logo with "vase and curlicue" inlay; triple-bound body, bound fingerboard and headstock.

Hardware: Original hardware includes nickel-plated trapeze tailpiece; original nickel Grover Sta-Tite tuners; adjustable truss rod; original compensated rosewood bridge. Vintage style bound tortoise pickguard.

Notes: Regular visitors know that we have a special place in our hearts for the X-braced Gibson archtops of the '30's. In 1934, to meet the increased demands for volume required by the Big Band era, Gibson increased the body size of its professional guitars from 16" to 17" in the lower bout. Just as significantly, Gibson introduced the X-brace support system for the first time in an archtop guitar. The X-brace had been used by Martin in their peerless flat tops, and has been resurrected by modern archtop builders like Benedetto and others for it's warm woody tone with greater sustain and increased bass response.

The L-7 was Gibson's most popular 17" guitar, with the same size, scale and materials as the L-5. Interestingly, the L-7 of this era had a much more ornate inlay pattern than it's spendier cousin, as Gibson craftsmen recycled the intricate patterns of pearl out of fancy banjo fingerboards from the 20's. The guitar shows the shallower arch and smaller f-holes of the 17" advanced model bodies as well. This example has been very well cared for, with the 'concentric diamond' art deco trapeze tailpiece, the rarest and most eyecatching variant of the several styles seen on this model.

The guitar retains all its original sunburst finish and the body is in excellent condition, with fine flame figure under the deep walnut finish. The instrument is without pick, thumb or fingerboard wear, and the original sunburst finish shows normal checking and some light scattered lacquer dings. A single short grainline crack under the guard is soundly resealed, along with a few inches of the centerseam under the tailpiece. The neck profile is very comfortable, distinctly slimmer than the full necks found on later examples, and has the 20's style French heel seen on the earliest Advanced Models. The voice is exceptionally open, even and warmly resonant, great for chord melody, vocal backup, fingerstyle play or recording. A classic example from Gibson's finest era.

Setup: The frets have been precision leveled, recrowned and polished as necessary; trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted as necessary; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation set; string slots at nut and bridge inspected and recut as necessary; bridge foot contour inspected and fit to top as necessary; bridge radius inspected and recurved as necessary; bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.

This instrument is strung with medium gauge bronze strings (.013-.057). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 5/64" to 6/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Original Gibson brown hardshell case.























































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