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1950 Gibson L-7CN

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Serial #: A-6546

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

Finish: Natural blonde finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type.

Materials: Hand-carved solid spruce top; highly figured tiger-flame maple back; three-piece maple maple neck; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with split-parallelogram mother of pearl inlays; solid bone nut.

Hardware: Original nickel hardware includes raised parallelogram trapeze tailpiece, Gibson compensated adjustable rosewood bridge. Vintage correct hand antiqued beveled black 5-ply pickguard, Kluson style nickel Gibson Deluxe single ring tuners.

Notes: Flamed, featherlight boomer for the true acoustic guitarist.

The L-7CN was produced only between 1949 and 1959, and is dimensionally identical to the costly L-5C. Gibson never produced more than a few dozen specimens in natural finish in any production year, and blonde guitars constitute only about one in five examples. This guitar is one of only 28 L-7CN guitars made in 1950, and the first one we've found in some time.

Carved of all-solid tonewoods, this handsome guitar shows exceptional figure in the bookmatched tiger flame maple back, and a finely carved soundboard of beautifully aged quartersawn fine grain Sitka spruce. At a mere 5lb 9oz, this guitar is notably lightweight and resonant, and balances smartly on the lap or the strap. Particularly notable is the warm, open bass, and rich sustain, with excellent clarity and depth. All original blonde finish is intact and richly ambered, with some light normal scattered checking, mostly on top. The guitar has been maintained in excellent condition, with fresh pro frets polished to a mirror shine, and a short seam separation on the back soundly resealed and filled. Smooth low action over a gently rounded classic full C profile neck.

All acoustic since it left the factory, this gleaming guitar is one of the very few that has never had a pickup attached. But we know she saw action: she even has the classic cigarette divots on the peghead binding under the D string. A true 50's Gibson jazzer with a magnificent voice, at less than half the cost of a comparable L-5, this blonde beauty is a compelling reminder of just how fine an old Gibson can be. 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.

Case: Deluxe period brown arched plush lined lush hardshell case.




























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