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1953 Gibson L-7C
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Serial #: A-13665, 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 hardware includes Gibson 102-SCN ("McCarty") single coil finger rest pickup with 1/4" jack, Gibson compensated adjustable Brazilian rosewood bridge. Vintage correct antique nickel hardware includes Gibson trapeze tailpiece, Kluson style tuners with single ring tulip keys.
Notes: The L-7C 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. A stunningly well preserved instrument, this guitar is one of the finest examples of this model we've ever seen. Purchased new at Burke-Hoyt Music in Portland, Oregon in January of 1954, this remarkable instrument has been kept in under-the-bed condition, right down to its original sales receipt and hang tag.
At just 5lb, 10oz, this guitar is a particularly lightweight example, with exceptional acoustic volume, and excellent clarity and projection. All orginal sunburst finish is intact and in uncannily pristine condition, without cracks, pick, buckle, or thumb wear. Even the typical checking one expects in a 50+ year old finish is notably absent. The neck is straight, with a gently rounded profile, and the instrument is fitted with a Gibson 102-SCN ("McCarty") single coil finger rest pickup with 1/4" jack under the guard. Volume and tone controls are mounted on the guard, and the tone pot has been replaced under the original knob.
A true 50's vintage Gibson jazzer with a magnificent voice, at a fraction of the cost of a comparable L-5, this breathtaking beauty is a compelling reminder of just how fine a nice old Gibson can be. 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: Early 50's Epiphone black alligator plush lined deluxe hardshell case.