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This 1939 Gibson L-50 demonstrates some unusual features. The carved spruce top is the norm for an L-50, and a flat back is also the usual for this model in the 1930s. Where it separates from the bulk of those given this model name is with a back made of solid flamed maple. It continues with the sunburst finish of the back, rather than it having a laminated back with a solid dark finish. Taking the finish features even another step further, it also has sunburst finish on the sides and even the neck. It also measures 16 1/8" at the lower bout.


This finish is in excellent condition for a guitar that is over 80 years old with very few marks and light finish checking. There is a small, stable, hairline crack in the back, bass side, upper bout, otherwise the guitar is completely free of cracks. The guitar is structurally solid with a perfect neck angle, allowing for adjustment either up or down, as the player prefers. The neck is perfectly straight with a perfect slight relief, allowed by the correctly functioning truss rod. The frets are the original vintage skinny wire which have quite a bit of life left in them. This guitar plays easily and has classic 16" Gibson archtop midrange punch, while also being quite nice for the solo player. I have included a photo of the guitar with a DeArmond "monkey on a stick" assembly (not included) in order to demonstrate that this one has a fair amount of room for a floating pickup, despite not having an elevated fingerboard tail. It would easily work well with a thin Vintage Vibe or Krivo floating pickup.


The guitar comes with a TKL hardshell case which is in very good condition.


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SOLD - 1939 Gibson L-50 - Solid carved spruce top - solid flame maple back

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