Gibson introduced the L-7 in 1932 as a more affordable version of their very popular L-5. Similar in everything but cosmetics, the L-7 became one of their most popular archtops and is still favored today by players looking for an affordable jazz box with that vintage warmth and projection.
This 1949 version is exceptionally clean and a rare natural finish. We looked the guitar over very carefully for signs of restoration and, after much head-scratching given the near impossibly clean finish, determined it to be all original. The pickguard does look to be replaced as one can see some slight repair work under the guard on the inside of the fingerboard extension. The original guard assembly looks to have been replaced with a smaller attachment piece. Otherwise, the guitar is nice and clean. There is no seam separation or obvious binding shrinkage; tight joints all around.
The playability is excellent as is the neck set, bridge height and original fret work.
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We ship all instruments with a 48-hour approval period during which time you can comfortably evaluate your purchase and determine if it's right for you. The prices listed on our website do not include shipping charges or any applicable taxes, duties, or custom fees. Instruments shipped within MA are subject to a 6.25% sales tax. All out-of-state shipments are tax-free though we do recommend you look into your individual state's tax codes to determine any tax liabilities. The Music Emporium has been shipping guitars around the world for 40+ years. Your instrument will be expertly packed and shipped via FedEx, UPS, or US Post, depending on the destination and level of service. If you have a preferred method not listed here, please let us know and we'll do our best to accommodate.
Upon receiving your instrument, please inspect it to insure that the condition of the instrument is as described in your communication with us. Please contact us immediately via phone or email if you find any damage to the case or instrument that wasn't previously disclosed at time of purchase. If you decide to return the instrument, you must notify us via phone or email within 48 hours of delivery. We'll instruct you on how to make the return. Please pack the instrument in the same manner in which it was received, using all supplied packing materials, Unless instructed otherwise, you must ship the instrument using the same service in which it was delivered (Next day, Ground etc.) and insure it for its full value. The Music Emporium will issue a refund for the full purchase price once the instrument arrives, provided it arrives in the condition in which it left our shop. All shipping charges will be the responsibility of the customer.