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1936 Gibson L-7
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Serial #: 92806
Body size at lower bout: 17", Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut Width: 1 11/16"
Finish: Cremona 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; older fat script Gibson peghead logo with "vase and curlicue" inlay; triple-bound body, bound fingerboard and headstock.
Hardware: All original hardware includes original nickel-plated trapeze tailpiece; original Brazilian rosewood compensated bridge; original bound tortoise pickguard; original nickel Grover Sta-Tite tuners; adjustable truss rod.
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 their archtop guitars. The X-brace had been used by Martin for some time, and has in recent decades found wide popularity with top builders like Benedetto and others for it's warm woody tone, with greater sustain and 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. This example has been very well cared for, and has 100% of its original hardware intact. Made in late '35 or early '36, the guitar shows the 20's style trapeze tailpiece, shallower arch, and smaller f-holes of the very earliest 17" "advanced model" bodies.
The guitar is in exceptional condition, with all its original sunburst finish and original hardshell case. The solid maple body shows attractive flame figure under the deep walnut finish. The instrument is without cracks or repairs, and only typical light scattered lacquer checking and a few lacquer dings on top and back. The neck profile is very comfortable, with almost no thumbwear, and is distinctly slimmer than the full necks found on later examples, with smooth low action over fine pro frets. The voice of the X-braced soundboard is notably open, even and warmly resonant, with excellent sustain and bass response: great for chord melody, vocal backup, fingerstyle play or recording. A superb example from Gibson's Golden Era of acoustic archtop guitars.
Setup: The frets have been precision leveled, recrowned and polished; trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; 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 brown alligator Gibson arched hardshell case.