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1952 Gibson L-7CN

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Serial #: A-10788

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; rounded Venetian cutaway; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with split-parallelogram mother of pearl inlays; solid bone nut.

Hardware: 100% original hardware includes beveled black 5-ply pickguard, Kluson Deluxe tuners with single ring tulip keys, Gibson compensated adjustable rosewood bridge, nickel triple paralellogram L-7 tailpiece. Chrome DeArmond FHC pickup with rod, control box and cable.

Notes: He was a doctor in a small town in rural Eastern Washington. When times were hard, he occasionally accepted payment for care in trade. And one day a patient walked in the door with this guitar.

The Gibson cutaway L-7C model was produced between 1949 and 1972, and was constructed with the same body size, bracing and scale length to its costly cousin, the L-5C. Natural finished examples were generally a fraction of the sunbursts produced, and Gibson workers high-graded the most attractive appearance grade tonewood for them. And the sales force priced the blondes at a premium accordingly. The year this stunning specimen was crafted, only 28 blonde L-7 cutaways rolled off the line, total. Originally sold at Sherman Clay Music, a prominent West Coast chain, the guitar has been kept in a small town in Eastern Washington, and maintained in pristine original condition ever since. The good doctor, it seems, wasn't much of a guitar player after all.

The body shows exceptional tiger flame maple, and at a featherweight 5lb. 7oz., it cradles effortlessly in the arms. The instrument is fitted with 100% original nickel hardware, and includes a DeArmond FHC pickup with mini-jack cable in superb condition. All original deeply ambered natural blonde finish, with no cracks, pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and only very light normal checking. The neck is straight, with a gently rounded profile, and action is smooth and low over fine original fretwork. The voice is fine and forward, with excellent clarity and projection, and an appealing woodiness. The original brown Lifton hardshell case still bears the gold Sherman Clay logo. She's simply the finest condition example of this model we have seen to date, like unsold stock from the music store in the Twilight Zone. Call now: doctor's orders.

Setup: The frets have been precision leveled, recrowned and polished as needed; 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 plush brown Gibson Lifton arched hardshell case. 
























































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