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1962 Gibson L-7C
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Serial #: 56649, orange 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; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with split-parallelogram mother of pearl inlays; solid bone nut.
Hardware: Original hardware includes Gibson trapeze tailpiece with raised parallogram crossbar, adjustable compensated Brazilian rosewood bridge. Grover Imperial tuners installed, original Kluson Deluxe tuners included. Jason Lollar 'McCarty' style single coil floating pickup/pickguard assembly, with tone and volume controls, endpin jack, original pickguard included.
Notes: The Gibson L-7C was produced between 1948 and 1972, and was constructed with the same body size, bracing and scale length as its costly cousin, the L-5C. Examples from the 60's are quite rare indeed: this guitar is one of just 66 L-7C models built in its production year.
At just 5lb, 9oz, this guitar is a particularly lightweight example, with exceptional acoustic volume, and excellent clarity and projection. The deep Cremona sunburst finish is all original, and is remarkably free of pick, buckle, or thumbwear, showing handsome flame maple in the back, and some normal fine checking.
The neck is particluarly inviting, with an elegant, gentle D profile, and the action is smooth and low over fine pro fretwork. The instrument is fitted with a Jason Lollar 'McCarty' style single coil floating pickup/pickguard assembly, made from an original template, as seen on Gibson archtops from the late 40's through the '60s. (The original guard, routed for a Johnny Smith pickup, is included in the case.)
A true 60's orange label Gibson jazzer, this guitar has an exceptionally deep, open voice, of the kind earned only through years of age and play. At a fraction of the cost of a comparable L-5, this gleaming guitar is a compelling reminder of just how fine a nice old Gibson can be.
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: Original deluxe Victoria Luggage arched black plush lined hardshell case.