Gibson's Most Successful 17-Inch Archtop
Essentially a Plain Version of the L-5
One of Just 17 Examples Shipped in 1952.
1952 Gibson L-7CNE 'McCarty'
One of just 17 natural L-7CNE's shipped in 1952. This sixty-three year old L-7CE 'McCarty' weighs just 5.60 lbs. and has a nut width of 1 11/16 inches and a scale length of 25 1/2 inches. Seventeen inch wide, 3 1/3 inches deep body with hand-carved book-matched solid spruce top, two-piece solid maple back, solid maple sides and two unbound 'f' holes. Two-piece maple neck with mahogany center-strip. Brazilian rosewood fretboard with 20 original thin frets and inlaid pearl double-parallelogram position markers. The body is triple-bound, the fretboard and headstock are single-bound. Headstock with inlaid pearl "Gibson" logo and pearl crown inlay. Single-layer black plastic truss-rod cover with two screws. Black laminate 'stinger' on the back of the headstock. Individual 'no-name' Kluson Deluxe tuners with single-ring Keystone plastic buttons. Original Gibson 'McCarty' single-coil pickup (with an ouput of 4.79k) with non-adjustable, flat pole pieces mounted into a five layer black over white plastic laminated pickguard together with one volume and one tone control and a screw-on type input jack. Black plastic circular knobs (9/16 inch in diameter, 5/16 inches tall) with ribbed sides. Height-adjustable frequensated rosewood bridge on rosewood base. Standard trapeze tailpiece with three raised parallelograms on cross-bar, secured to lower edge of body by three screws. Original oval white label inside the bass f-hole with the Style "L-7-C" written in black ink and the serial number stamped in black. This guitar is in exceptionally fine (9.00) condition. There are a few very small and insignificant surface marks.on the body and some fine finish checking on the top and back. There are a couple of very small indentations on the back of the neck just behind the 8th and 9th frets - most probably due to the use of a capo. The original thin frets show very little wear and the fret-board has no divots. Overall this fine sixty-three year old jazz masterpiece is in exceptionally fine (9.00) condition. Housed in the original Gibson 'Faultless' 'four-latch' shaped brown hardshell case with green 'flannel' lining (8.75). (#1868).
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