How does one get the sound of a 1933 Gibson L-5 for about one third of the price? Right here! This 1933 Gibson L-7 has the same basic construction as the 16-inch L-5 of the period, but has simpler binding and a simplified finish with walnut stained sides and back, rather than sunburst. The all original hardware is nickel instead of gold plated, but is otherwise the same! The inlays are arguably fancier than the L-5. The L-5 had block mother-of-pearl, whereas this L-7 has the mother-of-pearl "Nick Lucas" style inlays. As for the important part, how does it sound? All of the tone of a great L-5 is there, in fact, this L-7 is clearly better playing and sounding than many of the L-5s I have played from the same era. Check out the video demo.
The guitar was just refretted by master luthier Darrell Guinn, replacing the completely worn out frets. The guitar now plays like an absolute dream. The new frets allow the guitar to ring out loud and clearly too. The guitar is remarkably resonant, and can easily function as a solo instrument or in the context of a band. The neck has the usual V-shape of the era, and is very comfortable for those who like this shape.
The guitar is in excellent condition for a guitar that is almost 90 years old! The orignal finish shows some scratches as shown. There is an approximately 4-inch crack in the top which has been glued and is now stable. The rest of the guitar is entirely free of cracks and repairs.
Weight - 4.5 pounds
Nut width - 1.76 inches
1st fret depth - 0.93 inches
10th fret depth - 1.0 inches
The guitar comes with the original red line Geib case which is absolutely remarkable condition for its age. All the original latches and hinges work, the case stay is still intact and in excellent condition, and even the handle still has the orignal leather on it (a first for us to have seen).
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