Retrofret Stock # 7833. Gibson L-7C Model Arch Top Acoustic Guitar (1956), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # A-24516, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, maple back and sides, spruce top; maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown tolex hard shell case. This amazingly well-preserved mid-1950s L-7C is a lovely example of a 17" cutaway arch-top guitar, which was a fading breed at Gibson during the time it was built. For electrification, it has been fitted with a later period Gibson mini-humbucking "Johnny Smith" pickup, which was the company's top-of-the-line offering for this sort of amplification from the early 1960s on. This pickup is still one of the top choices for players desiring to amplify their acoustic arch-tops, with the traditional electric/acoustic sound still prized today. The volume control and jack are firmly mounted to the pickguard, so apart from the required mounting screws discreetly in the side of the fingerboard extension, there is no alteration of the guitar itself. Other than this electronic addition, the guitar remains all original with features typical for the period. The neck is maple with a center laminate ebony strip and rosewood fingerboard. The top is finely carved spruce and the rim and back are solid maple. The neck and headstock are single bound, with triple binding on the top and back. The pearl fingerboard inlay is a parallelogram pattern with Gibson's traditional crown on the headstock. The two-foot bridge, the nickel-plated tailpiece, and the Kluson Deluxe tuning pegs with tulip buttons are the standard period fittings. The orange Gibson "artist" label inside the body indicates a shipping date in late November 1956, one of just 56 of the L-7C shipped that year. This HAS to be one of the finest of all that remain; a great-playing and sounding solid wood arch-top acoustic/electric perfectly at home in both plugged and unplugged modes and well on par with many originally more expensive carved-top Gibsons.Overall length is 42 1/2 in. (108 cm.), 17 in. (43.2 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). This spectacularly well-preserved guitar looks to have been hardly played since the 1950s, still gleaming in its original glory, sporting a showroom-new look. The finish has some tiny dings and some checking on the headstock, but overall maintains its original color and patina perfectly with hardly any wear or fade. The Johnny Smith style floating pickup installation is the only alteration. The frets show hardly any wear and this instrument plays and sounds as good as it looks. This is just as nice a '50s Gibson as we have seen in a while. It looks like it's up for sale in 1957, not 2017, and comes complete with a brown hard shell case in similar condition. Excellent + Condition.
|1956||Excellent||sunburst top, dark back and sides||Original Hard|
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