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1960 Gibson L-7C
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Serial #: A-34456, white oval label FON: R-5334-19
Body size at lower bout: 17". Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut Width: 1 11/16" Neck depth, 1st/10th frets: .81/.89
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 nickel triple parallelogram trapeze tailpiece, wide bevel 5-ply pickguard, and compensated adjustable rosewood bridge. Vintage correct aged nickel Kluson Deluxe single ring tuners.
Notes: Gibson's popular L-7C model was produced between 1949 and 1972, and constructed with the same body size, materials, bracing and scale length as its costly cousin, the L-5C. One of just 81 examples from its model year, this handsome guitar is a rare one that has remained all acoustic, with no pickup ever installed.
Carefully maintained with all original Cremona sunburst finish, the instrument is free of cracks, pick, buckle, or fingerboard wear. The gleaming dark walnut finish shows fine curly maple figure on the back and neck, with just a small oval of thumbwear around the second fret. All multi-ply binding is original and tight to the body, and still retains its nibs at the ends of the fine original medium fretwork.
At a mere 5lb, 3oz, this guitar is exceedingly light in weight, and nimbly balanced on the lap or the strap. The neck profile is particularly elegant, with a full width 1 11/16" fingerboard, and a notably slim depth, exceptionally easy in the hand. A scattering of finish nicks are visible on the upper treble bout, but the instrument shows few signs of age otherwise: even the label looks uncannily bright inside the body.
Hardware is original as well, with the addition of a vintage correct set of aged nickel Kluson deluxe tuners, with smooth modern 15:1 gearing. With smooth low action over a fresh high precision setup, the guitar has a vibrant acoustic voice with excellent volume, clarity, and projection.
A classic vintage Gibson jazzer with a resonant voice, this striking beauty is a rare find, at a fraction of the cost of a comparable L-5. A compelling reminder of just how fine a Golden Era 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: Deluxe recent arched black plush lined hardshell case.