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1952 Gibson L-7C, DeArmond 1100 Pickup
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Serial #: A-10747, white oval label
Body size at lower bout: 17". Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut Width: 1 11/16"
Finish: Sunburst finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type.
Materials: Hand-carved solid spruce top; solid figured maple back; three-piece maple neck; solid Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with split-parallelogram mother of pearl inlays; solid bone nut.
Hardware: Original nickel hardware includes Kluson Deluxe tuners with single ring tulip keys, triple parallelogram trapeze tailpiece, compensated adjustable Brazilian rosewood bridge. Vintage correct 5-ply pickguard, DeArmond 1100 Adjustable Rhythm Chief pickup with volume and tone controls, endpin jack.
Notes: The L-7C was produced between 1949 and 1972, and was constructed with the same body size, bracing and scale length as its costly cousin, the L-5C. This gleaming guitar is one of just 70 examples produced in its model year, and has been carefully maintained in outstanding original condition.
At a mere 5lb, 6oz, this guitar is an unusually lightweight instrument, with exceptional acoustic volume, clarity and projection. With a back of striking flame maple, the guitar shows no cracks or repairs, and its all-original dark Cremona sunburst finish is remarkably free of pick, buckle, or thumb wear. Apart from a few scattered lacquer nicks, the guitar shows few signs of play altogether.
The neck has the classic 50's full C profile, solid and comfy in the hand, with fine pro fretwork over the solid Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, and smooth, low action with a fresh high-precision setup. A special plus is the vintage DeArmond 1100 Adjustable Rhythm Chief, the original and most coveted floating jazz guitar pickup. With volume and tone controls mounted on the guard, the pickup is incomparably clear, detailed and faithful to the warm acoustic tone of the instrument.
A featherweight vintage jazzer with a magnificent voice, at a fraction of the cost of a comparable L-5, this handsome guitar is a compelling reminder of just how fine a true '50s Gibson can be. 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. This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel flatwound strings (.012-.054). 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: Early 60's deluxe Gibson black arched hardshell case with gold plush lining.