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1947 Gibson L-7

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Serial #: 99980, white Kalamazoo label

Body size at lower bout: 17", Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut width: 1 11/16" Neck depth: .92/1.03, 1st/10th fret

Finish: Dark tobacco sunburst finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type.

Materials: Solid handcarved figured maple back; handcarved bookmatched solid 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: Original nickel hardware includes trapeze tailpiece with raised parallelogram crossbar; compensated Brazilian rosewood bridge; adjustable truss rod; bound tortoise pickguard with nickel bracket. Kluson Deluxe tuners with single-ring tulip pegs, several replaced.

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. This classic guitar is one of the final twenty instruments to bear the consecutive serial numbers of the original Gibson serial system, which began in 1905. It's 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 gleaming example, he guitar has figured maple back and sides, a graduated spruce soundboard with a subtly shaded sunburst top, and deep walnut stained back and sides. Well maintained, the guitar is free of cracks, thumb and fingerboard wear, with all original sunburst finish in fine condition, showing only a few pick marks and a bit of typical light buckle wear on the back.

The original hardware includes the nickel plated trapeze tailpiece, a compensated adjustable Brazilian rosewood bridge, and a solid original bound tortoise pickguard, showing just a bit of crystallization at the neck block. Several of the Kluson Deluxe tuners were replaced years ago along with the originals. The neck profile is a full gentle C, the action is fast and low, and the voice is particularly fine, with an exceptionally warm, open and resonant voice, gleaming recent Evo gold fretwork, and a fresh high-precision setup.

A splendid example of our most popular Gibson ever. One only: call now.

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-.056). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 4/64" to 5/64" 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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