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1953 Gibson L-7C
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Serial #: A-14764, white oval label FON: Y-4179-19
Body size at lower bout: 17". Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut Width: 1 11/16" Neck depth, 1st/10th frets: .88/.95
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 hardware includes Gibson trapeze tailpiece, compensated adjustable rosewood bridge, Kluson Deluxe tuners (included in case). Vintage correct hardware includes Mirabella pickguard, additional set of Kluson Deluxe tuners installed.
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 seen to date. In under-the-bed condition, this gleaming guitar looks much as it did when it left the factory, almost 70 years ago.
At a mere 4lb, 15oz, this guitar is phenomenally light in weight, with exceptional acoustic volume, clarity, and projection. All original sunburst finish is intact and in sparkling condition, without cracks, pick, buckle, or thumb wear. Apart from a few strands of scattered checking, the instrument shows few signs of age altogether: even the label looks uncannily bright inside the body. The instrument has smooth low action over a fresh high precision setup, with a comfy traditional C profile neck, and fine undented pro fretwork.
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. 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.
Case: Original deluxe brown Lifton hardshell case.