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1941 Gibson L-50

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FON #: 2289-G, handwritten on endblock

Body size at lower bout: 14 3/4" Depth at full taper: 3 1/2" Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut width: 1 11/16"

Finish: Original sunburst finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type

Materials: Hand carved solid spruce top; solid maple back and sides; one-piece mahogany neck; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, single-bound body, ebony nut.

Hardware: Original hardware includes contoured red swirl tortoise celluloid pickguard, nickel trapeze tailpiece, adjustable truss rod, adjustable compensated Brazilian rosewood bridge. Vintage correct 16 x1 antique nickel three-on-a-plate open back tuners.

Notes: Gibson's most popular archtop model, the L-50 was introduced in 1932. Its 14 3/4" body was upsized to 16" in 1935, and this perennial favorite remained in the catalog until 1971. With its compact body and 24 3/4" scale, the L-50 retained the same dimensions as the original Loar-era L-5, and its solid carved soundboard put it a cut above the laminate mass market archtops of the time.

Specs changed often in the prewar era, and this rare variant was built with a flat back of solid birdseye maple, unlike postwar L-50 models, whose back and sides were laminate. In addition, the sides show a rare lateral sunburst pattern, quite uncommon on Gibson branded models. Finally, most L-50 models hid their backs under a solid dark walnut stain. Happily, this guitar shows off its brilliant bubble maple back with a vibrant golden sunburst lacquer finish.

This gleaming specimen would have to be on any short list of the finest surviving examples of the model. With 100% original finish, this guitar has survived in museum quality condition, without cracks, pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear. Even the typical finish checking one expects on a 70 year old instrument is happily absent. Original hardware includes the contoured tortoise pickguard, nickel trapeze tailpiece, three-on-a-plate open back tuners, adjustable truss rod, ebony and adjustable compensated Brazilian rosewood bridge.

The fingerboard has smooth low action with a fresh high-precision setup over fine original fretwork, and a gently rounded C profile neck. Tipping the scales at a scant 4lb. 5oz, the guitar simply floats in the lap, with a brilliant clear voice, excellent projection and rich natural reverb. An outstanding example, and unbeatable value, in a true prewar Gibson classic. One only: call now.

Setup: The frets have been precision leveled, recrowned and polished as required; trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted as required; 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; bridgewheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.

This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel 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: Deluxe black plush lined hardshell case.









































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