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1954 Gibson L-7C

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Serial #: A-17677

Body size at lower bout: 17". Scale length: 25 3/4" Nut Width: 1 11/16"

Finish: Cremona sunburst finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type.

Materials: Hand-carved solid spruce top; highly figured tiger-flame maple back; three-piece maple maple neck; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with split-parallelogram mother of pearl inlays; solid bone nut.

Hardware: Original nickel hardware includes raised parallelogram trapeze tailpiece; Kluson Deluxe tuners with single ring tulip keys; Gibson compensated adjustable rosewood bridge; beveled black 5-ply pickguard. Thro-Back PG-102 vintage PAF style pickup installed, with aged nickel cover, volume and tone controls and vintage correct gold bell knobs.

Notes: The L-7C was produced between 1948 and 1972, and is dimensionally identical to the costly L-5C. Gibson never produced this model in great numbers, and this fine example is one of only 62 built in its model year.

At juat 5lb, 15oz, this is an wonderfully lightweight guitar, with the deep resonance you'd expect from a carefully graduated instrument, with excellent clarity and depth. Beneath the all-orginal walnut finish one sees a highly figured solid flame maple back, and the carved bookmatched spruce top is richly ambered. The guitar is in superb condition, without cracks, pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, and is complete with all it original hardware, and brown Gibson Lifton deluxe arched hardshell case. The neck is straight, with a gently rounded profile and smooth low action over a fresh high precision setup and recent pro fretwork in excellent condition. Apart from a few scratches on the lower side near the tailpiece, the guitar shows few signs of play altogether.

A Thro-Back PG-102 pickup with aged nickel cover is installed as well, without alteration of the tone bars of any kind. Warm and sweet, the vintage PAF style voice combines with the solid top and long scale to make an attractive and affordable alternative to the costly single pickup L-5 Wes Montgomery. A genuine 50's vintage Gibson jazzer with a magnificent voice, at a fraction of the cost of an L-5 of similar vintage, this gleaming guitar is a compelling reminder of just how fine a classic '50s Gibson can be. One only: call now.

Setup: The frets have been precision leveled, recrowned and polished as required; 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, electronics tested and adjusted.

Case: Original brown Gibson Lifton deluxe arched hardshell case.




























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