Gibson's most popular archtop model, the L-50 was introduced in 1932. Its 14 3/4" body was upsized to 16" in 1935, and this perennial favorite remained in the catalog until 1971. With its compact body and 24 3/4" scale, the L-50 retained the same dimensions as the original Loar-era L-5, and its solid carved soundboard put it a cut above the laminate mass market archtops of the time.
Unlike postwar examples with laminate backs, this fine prewar guitar was built with a solid carved back of highly figured tiger maple, finished in a deep walnut stain. Well played and well loved, this veteran performer has a solid carved spruce soundboard of exceptionally fine grain, solid Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, and a one-piece mahogany neck worn velvet smooth from years of play. All-original hardware includes the contoured tortoise pickguard, nickel trapeze tailpiece, open back tuners, adjustable truss rod, ebony and adjustable compensated Brazilian rosewood bridge.
Carefully maintained, the guitar is remarkably free of cracks or pick wear, showing scattered lacquer nicks mostly confined to the nicely arched back. Some well seasoned lacquer is visible on the peghead, and the top centerseam has been soundly resealed under the tailpiece. The fingerboard has smooth low action with a fresh high-precision setup over fine medium fretwork, and a comfy, gently rounded medium C profile neck.
Weighing in at a mere 4lb. 10oz, the guitar is a delight to hold, and elegantly balanced. With the fine, warm voice of a classic big band trouper, the guitar has excellent focus and rich natural reverb. An outstanding example, and unbeatable value, in a true prewar Gibson classic. One only: call now.
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