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1947 Gibson L-7

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Serial #: A-124 white Kalamazoo label

Body size at lower bout: 17", Scale length: 25 1/2"

Finish: Dark tobacco sunburst finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type.

Materials: Solid handcarved figured maple back; handcarved bookmatched solid Adirondack spruce top; solid maple neck and sides; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and compensated bridge, split-parallelogram mother of pearl fingerboard inlays and "crown" headstock inlay; pearl 'fat script" Gibson peghead logo, triple-bound body, bound fingerboard and headstock.

Hardware: 100% original hardware includes nickel-plated trapeze tailpiece with raised parallelogram crossbar; compensated Brazilian rosewood bridge; nickel Kluson Deluxe Pat. Applied single line tuners with single-ring tulip pegs; adjustable truss rod; bound tortoise pickguard with nickel bracket.

Notes: Introduced in 1932, the Gibson L-7 was Gibson' most popular professional sized archop. The last noncutaway example rolled off the line in 1955. Identical in all but cosmetics to the costly L-5, the L-7 was highly prized by working players for it's warmth, projection and playability. Bearing one of the earliest "A series" postwar serial numbers, this instrument was also one of the last guitars to show the graceful "fat-script" pearl peghead logo, an emblem that had adorned Gibson archtops since the mid-1930's.

A museum quality example, this meticulously maintained guitar is free of cracks, pick, buckle and fingerboard wear, with 100% original sunburst finish showing only a bit of normal thumbwear on the neck. The instrument has a figured maple back, a soundboard with a subtly shaded sunburst, and deep walnut stained back and sides. The 100% original hardware includes the nickel plated trapeze tailpiece, a handsome dark bound tortoise pickguard, and some of the earliest closed back Pat. Applied Kluson Deluxe tuners we've seen. The neck profile is full but not clubby, the action is fast and low, and the voice is big and woody. A big band boomer, this guitar has an exceptionally warm, open and resonant voice, with fine original frets on a dead-level Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. A superlative example of our most popular Gibson ever.

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 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 arched black plush lined hardshell case.
























































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