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1949 Gibson L-7

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Serial #: A-4291, white oval label

Body size at lower bout: 17", Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut width: 1 11/16"

Finish: Tobacco sunburst finish, nitrocellulose lacquer type.

Materials: Solid handcarved tiger flame maple back and neck; quartersawn bookmatched solid carved spruce top; Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and bridge, split-parallelogram mother of pearl fingerboard inlays and "crown" headstock inlay; pearl Gibson peghead logo, triple-bound body, bound fingerboard and headstock, bone nut.

Hardware: Original hardware includes hinged nickel trapeze tailpiece with raised parallelogram design; compensated adjustable Brazilian rosewood bridge, adjustable truss rod. Vintage correct bound tortoise pickguard, hand antiqued nickel Kluson Deluxe 16:1 tuners with single ring tulip pegs.

Notes: Introduced in 1932, the Gibson L-7 was Gibson's most popular professional sized archop. The last noncutaway example rolled off the line in 1955. Identical in all but cosmetics to the costly L-5, the L-7 was highly prized by working players for it's warmth, projection and playability.

A wonderful example, this early A-series instrument combines the rich open voice of half-century old tonewood with an attractively figured solid maple back. Well played and well cared for, the instrument is in fine shape, with the lustrous original sunburst finish showing moderate checking and scattered finish nicks, but notably free from wood cracks, pick, buckle or thumbwear.

Remarkably light in weight, the guitar is barely 5lb. 10oz., and beautifully balanced, with the wide open voice of a finely aged soundboard, well played-in over years of devoted music making. Neck angle and bridge height are excellent, all binding is original and tight to the body, and the classic C profile neck has smooth low action over freshly leveled fretwork.

Our most popular professional sized Gibson acoustic archtop ever, the L-7 offers peerless performance, at a price point for the practical player. 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.

This instrument is strung with medium gauge bronze strings (.013-.057). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 5/64" to 6/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Deluxe black plush lined arched hardshell case.

























































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