Vintage 1940s Gibson L-50 Acoustic Archtop Guitar


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Condition: Very good overall condition. Surface scratches, nicks, dings, dents, chips and weather checking throughout the finish. There is one small crack on the lower portion of the bass side “F’ hole. This shows some movement but does not affect playability or sound. The binding has shrunk in some areas with one small section of replaced binding . There is an extra hole on the bottom from a replacement strap button. Fingerboard and frets have moderate play wear and plenty of life left in them. Neck is very straight and the truss rod functions fine. No loose or missing braces or other structural issues. One tuner has been replaced, otherwise all parts are in good working condition.

Body: Double bound body with solid arched spruce top and maple back and sides in sunburst finish. The binding has developed an awesome vintage patina and there is some nice light flame figuring throughout the sides. Nickel trapeze tailpiece, compensated Ebony bridge, dual “F’ holes and a bound tortoise pickguard.

Neck: Maple neck with bound rosewood fingerboard, pearloid trapezoid inlays and a 1 ¾” nut. Kluson Deluxe tuners with a newer vintage style tuner for the A string, 24 ¾” scale length.

Playability/Sound: This is a great playing guitar with an excellent sound. The sound resonates nicely and the wood has matured enough to provide a very natural, warm tone. The spruce top still provides a nice brightness to the high end. The neck is very comfortable and suitable for any playing style.

Case: Includes hardshell case.