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1950 Gibson L-7C
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Serial #: A-4777, white oval label. FON: 2327-29
Body size at lower bout: 17". Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut Width: 1 11/16" Neck depth, 1st/10th frets: .86/.93
Materials: Hand-carved solid spruce top; solid figured maple back; three-piece maple neck; solid rosewood fingerboard with split-parallelogram mother of pearl inlays; solid bone nut.
Hardware: Original nickel hardware includes Gibson trapeze tailpiece, compensated adjustable rosewood bridge, Kluson Deluxe tuners. Vintage correct aged 5-ply pickguard with aged nickel bracket.
Notes: The L-7C was produced between 1948 and 1972, and was constructed with the same body size, bracing and scale length to its costly cousin, the L-5C. One of 115 examples produced in just the second full year for the cutaway L-7, this guitar has Factory Order # 2327-29, indicating it was started in 1949, and a label # of A-4777 showing it shipped the following year.
She's in fine condition, with all original sunburst finish, and shows no cracks or structural repairs. At just 5lb 6oz, the guitar is exceptionally lightweight, and its closely graduated parallel braced soundboard produces a clear, vibrant acoustic voice, with powerful volume and projection.
Fine original fretwork over very comfy gentle D profile neck, with fresh high precision setup. Original nickel Kluson Deluxe tuners, tailpiece and Brazilian rosewood bridge, with a vintage correct aged wide bevel 5-ply pickguard.
Playwear is light, with scattered lacquer nicks mostly confined to soundboard, a bit of typical thumbwear, and some normal checking in the aged true nitro lacquer finish. A single short grainline crack on the back has been soundly cleated and resealed. Interestingly, the fretboard was factory fitted with trapezoidal pearloid inlays of the type commonly seen on the ES-150 and other postwar models, possibly a custom order.
The player's choice, and a perennial best buy in a full sized Gibson cutaway archtop. Let others spend a fortune for a vintage L-5, and bag this value at a fraction of the price. One only, call now.
Setup: 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. Medium gauge nickel roundwound strings.
Case: Original deluxe brown Lifton hardshell case.